The Lunar New Year, also known as the Chinese New Year falls on February 1 this year and celebrations are on in full swing. People around the world will be participating in the hopes of ushering in some good luck and prosperity this year.
Although the party in Sydney has already begun, it isn’t ending with just incredible eats. On offer are Lion dances, lantern walks and heaps of other exciting events.
Find here nine exciting ways you can celebrate the Lunar New Year and take part in the festivities happening in Sydney.
1. Embark on the Lunar Lantern Walk in Circular Quay
Sydney’s interpretation of a centuries-old tradition returns with the Lunar Lantern Walk. From Saturday, January 29 to Sunday, February 13, twelve larger-than-life animal signs will form a path from Haymarket to Circular Quay and at night will be lit up for you to enjoy.
The walk itself is just shy of 3km and would be a perfect way to walk off all the food you’re bound to be eating. Find all the details here.
2. Head to The Rocks for Lunar New Year Celebrations
From February 1-13, The Rocks will come alive with a huge celebration in its cobblestone streets.
Street food vendors will be cooking up noodles, sweet treats and, our favourite, dumplings among a whole host of Asian delicacies while roaming lion dancers carve their way through the crowd. You can also look forward to a cosy Lunar New Year edition of cinema under the stars along with The Rocks Lunar Markets and a free Zodiac reading.
For everything else that’s happening at The Rocks this Lunar New Year, check what’s on here.
The Lotus Dining Group is bringing the goods when it comes to authentic Chinese cuisine to ring in the New Year. From January 29 until February 13 they will be serving specially curated Lunar New Year inspired banquets across their five locations.
Head to Lotus Double Bay for some scrumptious prawn dumplings or dig into a mouth watering prosperity salad at The Gardens by Lotus. Also on offer are Lion dances and red envelope giveaways.
4. Enjoy Chatswood’s vibrant Lunar New Year Festival
There’s a reason why Chatswood’s Lunar New Year Festival: Year of the Tiger is so highly anticipated this year. It features a vibrant program filled with comedy shows, a massive inflatable tiger installation, musical performances and food, lots of really good food.
Head here and plan your itinerary on where to eat and what to do this year. If you’re on the street already, keep an eye out for the lion dance which will be taking over The Concourse.
5. Spend the day at Lunar Lanes – Haymarket’s Street Festival
If you love Asian cuisine, chances are Haymarket is one of your regulars. Although it’s always buzzing with activities, shopping and food, it packs a real treat this time of year.
The beloved Lunar Lanes Festival on January 29 will see everything from Lion dancing to spectacular light shows to a performance by a fusion Mix band.
On from 5pm, the streets will transform into a hub of activity with several performances by Asian community groups from the Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Thai, Indonesian, Taiwanese and Japanese diaspora. You can also look forward to electrifying LED lion and dragon dancers and a 10m dragon descend to the streets.
Find all the info here.
6. Plan a trip to Eastwood for food trucks, movies and delicious food
Eastwood is quite an underrated hub when it comes to Asian food. You can find some real gems in the area away from the noise of the city.
For Lunar New Year this year, you can find a variety of food trucks and a colourful lion dance performance starting at 6.30 pm on Saturday, February 12. Their program also includes a screening of Kung Fu Panda 3 in the park as a free ticketed event. Get your rug, grab your kids and get excited for a relaxed day in the sun.
Find all the details here.
7. Head to the Lane Cove Plaza for a day of festivities and fun
Lane Cove is another relatively quiet suburb that allows you a moment of respite away from the city. For Lunar New Year, you can expect heaps of fun activities at The Lane Cove Plaza on Friday, February 4, from 3.30pm – 5.45pm.
A range of creative workshops have been planned along with several activities to keep the kids occupied. You can also expect live music and a lion dance at The Canopy to wrap up the celebrations.
Find more info here.
8. Bring in the Lunar New Year at World Square
From January 24th-Feb 13th, the World Square is bringing a ton of celebration to ring in the Year of the Tiger. Expect 21 days of entertainment, music, mouth watering cuisines, shopping deals and even an augmented reality treasure hunt.
Inflatable tiger installations will line up the centre and you can try your luck at the Tiger Trails Treasure Hunt. Entry is free of cost and the centre promises a holistic experience for all. Find all the info here.
9. Enjoy a one-off dining experience at Ikea
Ikea is switching things up by replacing its beloved Swedish meatballs for a three-course Chinese dining experience. Whet your appetite for Cantonese chicken wings, mouth watering Hokkien Noodles in a Shanghai Sauce, Silken Tofu with garlic and crispy onions and heaps more.
Dessert includes matcha panna cotta, a plate of fresh fruit and a pot of green/peppermint tea to wash it all down. Only a limited number of seats are available for the experience on February 1. Book your seats here.