London – Chinese New Year

The information below has been issued by organisers of events for Chinese New Year taking place on Friday the 16th of February.

Trafalgar Square:

The fun in Trafalgar Square begins from 11am, as screen shows and a thanksgiving ceremony are followed by firecrackers, speeches and the Lions’ Eye-Dotting Ceremony at 12pm.

Experience traditional dragon and flying lion dances from 12.50pm, ahead of fun-filled stage performances including Chinese dance and music shows, acrobatics, Chinese rock hits, interactive dance sessions and an exciting line-up of artists from China.

If you’re feeling peckish, experience a taste of the Far East with street food dishes from the stalls lining the square throughout the celebrations.

The finale gets underway from 5.30pm with a variety of showstopper performances, a special appearance from TV personality Gok Wan and a spectacular pyrotechnic display, which lights up Trafalgar Square to mark the end of the Year of the Dog festivities.

West End stages:

The London Chinese New Year fun continues across the West End with special performances, workshops and activities from 12pm to 5pm.

Spot up-and-coming British-Chinese artists on the New Talent stage, hosted by Chinese Spectrum radio, at the talent and community zone at Charing Cross Road.

Take the kids to the family and children’s zone in Leicester Square for cultural activities and family-friendly entertainment, including calligraphy, Chinese music and dressing up in traditional outfits. Plus, look out for children’s performances, from lion dances and magicians to shows from Chickenshed Theatre.

See thrilling martial art performances, including tai chi chuan and taekwondo, in the martial arts and cultural zone at Shaftesbury Avenue. You can also enjoy DJ sets, alongside classical music performances from the Chinese Community Centre Chinese Orchestra.


Head to Chinatown from 12pm to 6pm, where you’ll be able to get up close to lion dances and take selfies with Chinese zodiac animals. And sit down for a traditional Chinese New Year meal and festive treats in one of Chinatown’s restaurants.


London’s Chinese New Year event map


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