Lunar New Year is around the corner and some epic festivities are coming to Sydney. From street parties in Haymarket to glowing art installations in Darling Square, the city is diving into the spirit of the Chinese New Year in full force. Closer to the harbour, you’ll get a chance to immerse yourself in Chinese culture with a bunch of interactive activities and festive feasts. Part of Darling Harbour’s stacked Lunar New Year program includes the return of the popular dragon boats and thrilling Jet Pack Water Shows.
Jet Pack Water Show, Darling Harbour
As part of the water shows, visitors will get to experience entertainers dressed in Lunar New Year-themed costumes flying sky-high over the water and being propelled by jet packs. Watch the shows on January 21 and 22 and on February 4 and 5 at 8.15pm and 9pm. Taking it up a notch, the 9pm show will coincide with the dazzling fireworks over Cockle Bay. Get a spot near the water’s edge for the best view!
The popular dragon boat races are also returning to the harbour with over 3,000 paddlers participating and many more in attendance. The fast-paced water sport symbolises patriotism and acts as a means to encourage rains for prosperity. The event takes place from January 27 to 29 with an opening ceremony that will pay tribute to both Australian and Chinese cultures.
Once you’ve had your fill of fireworks and water shows, make a beeline for the Chinese Garden of Friendship and enjoy a bunch of traditional activations until January 28. There’s lion dances, tea ceremonies, calligraphy demonstrations, Chinese Astrology readings and more set against a lovely waterfall and traditional music.
Get more information about Lunar New Year in Darling Harbour here.