Chinese New Year

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London’s annual Chinese New Year celebrations, the biggest in the world outside China, bring a swathe of Chinatown to riotous life once again for 2015. There will be a small ceremonial event on Saturday February 21, but the majority of the festivities will take place on Sunday February 22.

The parade begins north of Trafalgar Square at 10am, with a Dragon and Lion Dance on the stage in the square from noon to 1pm, after which there will be Lion Dances throughout Chinatown until about 5pm. You can expect Chinatown to go bonkers for the day, with New Year-themed decorations, special menus and events at the area's 100-odd restaurants, bars, cafes and shops, as well as all sorts of food and craft stalls colonising the streets.

Back in Trafalgar Square, hosted by rising star Jing Lusi (Holby City's Dr Tara Lo), additional entertainment will include 'Cultures of China: Festival of Spring' and the Red Poppy Ladies percussion group. The grand finale is from 5-6pm.

2015 is the Year of the Sheep, and the Chinese Zodiac says that little ones born this year (or in 1967, 1979, 1991 or 2003) are polite, clever, kindhearted and wise. They can also be indecisive, so don't let them do the organising if you'd like to eat in Chinatown on the day – book early to beat the herds.

See our guide to Chinese New Year in London

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M. Bradley-Birt

Great informative review especially as we live in Wiltshire , it felt like we were taking part to the extent that we have since booked a hotel and will now be joining in the wonderful celebrations! Thanks so much see you on Sunday!

sue bardwell

Really useful and gave me the information I needed to plan my day. Popup at the start were confusing.

Maria Guerreiro

Very interesting, useful information. I haven't been in the chinese new year celebrations but i'm definitely going this year!

Theo Russell

Very interesting and relevant but there could be more detail, especially on the route of the parade, and perhaps a link to a website with more details.


I've never seen Chinese New Year event before, but after this info I will definitely do. Thank you.