Chinese New Year in Manchester: Chinatown Celebrations

Shekina Rose, Families Editor
Chinese New Year in Manchester
Chinese New Year Manchester.

10 — 11 February 2024 Entrance is free — Visit now

The UK’s brightest Chinese New Year celebrations are returning to Manchester this February, as the city comes together to celebrate and welcome in the Year of the Dragon. The Dragon is a symbol of power, nobility, honour, luck and success in traditional Chinese culture.

The ultimate highlight of the Chinese New Year Celebrations in Manchester, The Dragon Parade, is taking place on Sunday 11 February. Crowds will be gasping with joy at the spectacular 175ft Chinese dragon winding its way through the city’s shopping streets, accompanied in an incredible procession of traditional lion and ribbon dancers, stunning Chinese opera performers, twelve spectacular Zodiac animals, and fascinating ancient army characters. The parade is a truly spectacular event packed with culture, and even better – it’s free!

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There will also be a live performance stage packed with unmissable shows, a delightful fun fair for the little ones, and delicious street food stalls for when you’re feeling peckish. You could also stop and have a bite to eat in one of the great restaurants that run along George Street, Nicholas Street and Faulkner Street?  You can read more about some of our favourite restaurants in Chinatown here. All events on 11 February will be running from 11am – 7pm.

Chinese New Year in Manchester is impossible to miss, with iconic red lanterns and golden ornaments dotted around Manchester in the lead-up to the big day of celebrations, illuminating the city’s streets and creating a buzz amongst Manchester residents and beyond.

This year’s event is organised by the Federation of Chinese Associations of Manchester (FCAM), in collaboration with Manchester Business Improvement District and Manchester City Council.

10 — 11 February 2024 Entrance is free Visit now

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