Chinese New Year Festival Melbourne

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Chinese New Year Festival Melbourne
Amelia Stanwix

Celebrations will sweep the city as Melbourne rings in the Year of the Rooster

Colourful traditional dances, spectacular light shows, Chinese food stalls and family friendly celebrations will light up the city for Chinese New Year. 

The Year of the Rooster festivities will take place from January 27 until February 2, with January 28 as Chinese New Year's Day. There are four main precincts this year, each offering the following activities: 

Queensbridge Square
Head down to Queensbridge Square throughout the festival and find a bustling Chinese cultural village. The big event will be the Chinese New Year countdown on January 27, but there'll also be family friendly activities, cooking demonstrations, dragon boat demonstrations and Tai Chi lessons every morning. Visit the website for the full list of activities and times. 

Yarra River
The banks of the Yarra River will be home to lighting installations from January 27 onwards, and demonstrations by Dragon Boat Victoria on February 4-5.

Docklands
The Harbour Esplanade will light up on all three weekends of the festival with a food truck park open from noon until late. Enjoy Asian cuisine while you watch a light show at 888 Collins Street from sunset until midnight, and look out for other performances along the way.

Queen Victoria Market 
Firecrackers, performances and tasty Chinese treats will abound at one of Melbourne's oldest landmarkets. 

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