In 2019, the London celebrations are taking place on Sunday 10 February 2019, which is the Sunday following the date of the Chinese New Year (5 February 2019).
Celebrate the Year of the Pig in London, with the biggest Chinese New Year celebrations outside Asia.
Chinese New Year Parade:
Watch colourful floats and more than 50 teams take part in the vibrant Chinese New Year parade, which usually kicks off with dragon and lion dances and handcrafted floats in Charing Cross Road, before snaking its way through Shaftesbury Avenue in Chinatown.
The fun in Trafalgar Square often begins with screen shows and a thanksgiving ceremony, followed by firecrackers, speeches and the Lions’ Eye-Dotting Ceremony.
Experience traditional dragon and flying lion dances, 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 with a variety of showstopper performances and a spectacular pyrotechnic display, which lights up Trafalgar Square to mark the end of the Year of the Pig festivities.
West End stages:
The London Chinese New Year fun continues across the West End with special performances, workshops and activities.
Spot up-and-coming British-Chinese artists and Chinese Spectrum radio on stage 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.
Head to Chinatown, 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.