Chinese New Year in Manchester. Photo: Chris Payne.

Chinese New Year in Manchester

Creative Tourist

Chinese New Year is always a colourful cultural highlight, bringing brightness to the dark winter days here in the UK. This is especially true for a city like Manchester, whose Chinatown buzzes all year round but becomes a hive of activity and celebration come New Year.

While the celebrations have been pared back slightly this year, there’s still plenty of action to welcome in the Year of The Tiger in Manchester City Centre. This includes photography exhibitions, film events, and the presence of a huge wooden tiger watching over St Ann’s Square. And many of the annual Chinatown celebrations will be going ahead, too, including thousands of red lanterns on the city’s trees, an illuminated dragon, traditional lion dances, Chinese acrobatics, singing, poetry reading, Kungfu, lantern-making workshops, exhibitions and – of course – dazzling explosions of colour everywhere you look!

The celebrations also present a great opportunity to stop for a bite to eat in one of the city’s best Chinese restaurants (find our top picks of those below). Our call is to get down to Chinatown early, take a seat, order some delicious food and soak in the festivities as Manchester rings in the Lunar New Year.

Here are our picks

  • 1. Chinatown Celebrations in Manchester

    Chinese New Year Celebrations in Manchester
    Photograph by Mike Peel (www.mikepeel.net)

    Chinatown Celebrations in Manchester, 6 February 2022, free entry - Find Out More

    Head into Manchester’s Chinatown to celebrate the Year of the Tiger, with live performances, workshops, food stalls and a funfair on the cards.

  • 2. The Door Opened: 1980s China – Photographs by Adrian Bradshaw at Central Library

    The Door Opened: 1980s China - Photographs by Adrian Bradshaw at Manchester Central Library, Manchester, Until 26 April 2022, free entry - Visit now

    Coinciding with Chinese New Year, Manchester’s Central Library is hosting a fascinating exhibition by British photojournalist Adrian Bradshaw, with a blend of candid and posed photographs revealing China in the 1980s.

  • 3. The New Year Tiger at St Ann’s Square

    Tiger at St Ann's Square
    Photo by Efe Yağız Soysal on Unsplash

    The Year of The Tiger at St Ann’s Square, City Centre, 1–6 February 2022, free entry - Find Out More

    A giant, benevolent tiger sculpture will loom over St Ann’s Square this February, marking the Year of the Tiger.

  • 4. Chinese New Year 2022 at HOME

    HOME

    Chinese New Year 2022 at HOME Manchester, Manchester, 3–6 February 2022 - Book now

    Hong Kong action and documentary shorts from the mainland, HOME are collaborating with the Confucius Institute and Chinese Film Forum UK to bring two new film events to Manchester.

  • 5. Yellow Furry Lullaby at FACT

    Yellow Furry Lullaby at FACT

    Yellow Furry Lullaby at FACT, City Centre, 4 February 2022, free entry - Find Out More

    London-based Korean diaspora artist duo Breakwater present a powerful storytelling performance examining the historical trauma of Chinese indentured labour.

  • 6. Chinese New Year: Lantern watercolour painting at Ordsall Hall

    Lantern Painting

    Chinese New Year: Lantern watercolour painting at Ordsall Hall, Manchester, 30 January 2022, from £8.00 - Book now

    Get the creative juices flowing with a relaxing lantern making and decorating workshop that’s perfect for the whole family.

  • 7. Ho’s Bakery

    Ho’s Bakery, 56 Faulkner Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M1 4FH - Visit now

    Buns buns buns! The aroma of Ho’s drifts down onto the street, drawing you in like Yogi Bear to a picnic basket and causing you to part with your cash in exchange for calories. No, it’s not a healthy option – even the stuff that looks like it might be vaguely savoury is packed with soft and sugary sumptuousness – but who cares when it tastes this good. Get some to fuel yourself for the festivities.

  • 8. Yang Sing

    Yang Sing

    Yang Sing, 34 Princess Street, Manchester, M1 4JY - Visit now

    One of the most well-known Chinese restaurants in Manchester, Yang Sing has been feeding Mancunians for forty years.

  • 9. Sweet Mandarin

    Sweet Mandarin

    Sweet Mandarin, 19 Copperas St, Manchester, M4 1HS - Visit now

    Gordon Ramsay-approved Northern Quarter restaurant run by three sisters, featuring some of the city’s finest Chinese cuisine.

  • 10. Tattu

    Tattu
    Ian Jones

    Tattu, Gartside Street, 3 Hardman Square, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M3 3EB - Visit now

    Tattu has an indoor (artificial) blossom tree and the whole concept behind this innovative Chinese restaurant is equally lavish.

  • 11. Yu Alderley Edge

    Yu Alderley Edge, London Rd, Alderley Edge, SK9 7QD - Visit now

    If you fancy an out-of-the-city Chinese restaurant that combines traditional Cantonese cooking and modern ideas, head to Alderley Edge.

  • 12. Hyde Park Picture House Presents: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon at Leeds University Union

    via Leeds Inspired

    Hyde Park Picture House - Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, 31 January 2022, from £8.80 - Book now

    Fancy a trip to Leeds? Hyde Park Picture House is celebrating the Year of the Tiger with Ang Lee’s now classic wuxia, full of romance and swordplay.

  • 13. Horizons New Year 2022 – Shoots Scratch Night at The Lowry

    Image courtesy of Milk Tea Alliance Mei Yuk Wong.

    Horizons New Year 2022 - Shoots Scratch Night at The Lowry, Manchester, 4 February 2022, from £5.00 - Book now

    To celebrate the Lunar New Year -The Lowry have teamed up a brilliant community of north-west based British East Asian and South East Asian creatives. Seize the opportunity to see some brand-new theatre in development at The Lowry.