Celebrate the Year of the Rooster in London, with the biggest Chinese New Year celebrations outside Asia. Every year, hundreds of thousands of people descend on the West End to wish each other "Xin Nian Kuai Le" (Happy New Year in Mandarin) or "San Nin Faai Lok" (in Cantonese).
Chinese New Year 2017 in London Event Programme
The day usually kicks off with a colourful Chinese parade that snakes its way through the streets of the West End, followed by stage performances in Trafalgar Square, including traditional dance troupes, acrobats, dragon and flying lion dances, opera and martial arts acts. The grand finale in Trafalgar Square ends the Chinese New Year celebrations with fireworks and a spectacular show.
Check back nearer the time for the 2017 event programme.
On top of the Chinese New Year parade and main-stage performances, there are plenty more things to do and see around the West End, especially around Chinatown, Shaftesbury Avenue and Charing Cross Road.
Pause to sample a wide selection of Chinese regional dishes at one of Chinatown’s many Chinese restaurants or pop-up food stands. Alternatively, secure a table at one of our Top 10 Chinese Restaurants in London.
See our Top 10 Tips for Chinese New Year to make the most of your time at the event and find out more about Chinese New Year in London. Plus, book a hotel near Chinatown to stay near the heart of the action.
About Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year is a huge festival among Chinese communities in London and across the world.
Based on the lunar and solar calendars, the actual date of Chinese New Year varies, but always falls between late January and mid-February. Each year in the Chinese calendar is represented by one of the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac.
Chinese New Year 2017, the Year of the Rooster, falls on 28 January, with the Trafalgar Square and Chinatown celebrations taking place the following day.