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Chinese New Year events for kids in NYC

Get the whole family involved in Chinese New Year festivities like colorful parades, live performances and hands-on art workshops in NYC

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Lunar New Year Parade & Festival in Chinatown

Your family celebrated New Year's Eve earlier this winter, but with the Year of the Horse coming to an end (according to the Chinese calendar) it's time for more festivities to usher in the Year of the Sheep! Fete the Chinese New Year with the whole clan at colorful, confetti-filled celebrations throughout the city. Welcome a fresh Lunar New Year with a bang at kid-friendly events like parades and craft workshops at various cultural institutions and NYC museums.

What is Chinese New Year?

Chinese New Year is a traditional Chinese holiday that celebrates the turn of the Chinese lunar calendar. 

When is Chinese New Year?

Chinese New Year falls on different days each year, according to the Chinese calendar—this year, it occurs on Thursday, February 19.


Chinese New Year events for kids

16th Annual Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade & Festival

The main event of Chinese New Year in Manhattan, the parade travels from Little Italy through Chinatown, with marching bands, floats, and lion and dragon dancers twirling the entire way. Before the procession starts, get your fill of cultural performances and demonstrations at Sara Roosevelt Park (11am, Canal St at Forsyth St). Parade begins at 1pm at Mott and Hester Sts. All ages.

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Chinese New Year Firecracker Ceremony and Cultural Festival

Bundle up and celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year (which falls on February 19 this year) at this massive celebration in Chinatown, during which half a million firecrackers will be set off to welcome the Year of the Sheep. Families can join in on the pyrotechnics to ward away bad spirits for the year, plus revel in colorful traditions like lion dances and drumming. Follow the parade from Sarah D. Roosevelt Park as it winds through town (starting at noon), then make sure to browse nearby craft and food vendors with the kids in search of themed decorations and fresh dumplings. All ages.

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New Beginnings: Lunar New Year Festival

The Metropolitan Museum is celebrating the Year of the Ram and the centennial of its Department of Asian Art with an incredible lineup of family-friendly offerings, from dance and music performances to artist-led workshops and interactive gallery activities. Stay tuned for a full schedule in February. All ages.

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