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Dragon dancers at Chinese New Year celebrations in London. Photo: Jon Mo / LCCA
Join London's Chinese New Year celebrations, the largest outside Asia, with colourful parades, performances and displays in and around Chinatown and London’s West End. Read More


Celebrate the Year of the Pig in London, with the biggest Chinese New Year celebrations outside Asia.

Every year, hundreds of thousands of people descend on the West End to enjoy a colourful parade, free stage performances and traditional Chinese food, and to wish each other "Xin Nian Kuai Le" (Happy New Year in Mandarin) or "San Nin Faai Lok" (in Cantonese).

For the latest updates on the day of the Chinese New Year London celebrations, follow the official #CNYLondon hashtag on social media.

When is Chinese New Year celebrated in London?

Chinese New Year always falls between late January and mid-February, and the Chinese New Year festival in central London, which is organised by the London Chinatown Chinese Association (LCCA), usually take place close to the actual date of the new year.

In 2019, the London celebrations are taking place on 10 February, which is the Sunday following the date of the Chinese New Year (5 February).

Where do London's Chinese New Year celebrations take place?

The central London festivities take place across the West End, from Shaftesbury Avenue in the north down to Trafalgar Square.

There are lively activities and foodie treats in Chinatown; Leicester Square offers family-friendly entertainment; and while Trafalgar Square hosts the main stage performances, more stages can be found on Shaftesbury Avenue and Charing Cross Road.

Chinese New Year 2019 in London event programme

Check back nearer the time for confirmed details and event programme for the 2019 celebrations.

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.

Trafalgar Square:

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.

See thrilling martial art performances, including tai chi chuan and taekwondo, in the martial arts and cultural zone at Shaftesbury Avenue


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.

Follow our 10 tips for Chinese New Year in London to make the most of your time at the event.

How to get to the Chinese New Year event

The area around Chinatown and Trafalgar Square gets very busy during London's Chinese New Year celebrations, so be sure to plan your route in advance using our travel guide and read our tips on how to stay safe in London

Alternatively, book a hotel near Chinatown to stay near the heart of the action.

About Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year, also known as Spring Festival and Lunar 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 and each year in the Chinese calendar is represented by one of the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac. Learn more about the traditions of Chinese New Year.

Find more things to do during Chinese New Year in London, including special Chinese New Year events throughout the city.


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