The showstopping highlight of Manchester’s Chinese New Year celebrations sees St Peter’s Square and Chinatown burst into life in an eruption of colour, music, fireworks and the unmissable Dragon Parade.
Gather from 12.30 on 6 February to see the dazzling 175-foot Dragon, music and dance performances in Albert Square followed by The Dragon Parade as it makes its dramatic way to Chinatown. Our favourite viewing point is the raised areas outside Manchester Art Gallery.
Celebrations continue in Chinatown itself – we expect the usual classical Chinese lion dances, martial arts, music, acrobatics and more dancing. Street food can also be found here and our top tip if you fancy a seated approach is to get down early if you can and bagsy a table with the best views of the parade and all the celebrations on the first floors of the restaurants lining George Street, Nicholas Street and Faulkner Street.
We love a good fireworks display and Manchester’s Chinese New Year fireworks finale is usually one of the most razzly-dazzly of the year. It’s yet to be seen whether this will go ahead as planned, but we’ve got everything crossed. If it does, the firework finale should be taking place at 6pm on 6 February in Chinatown.
This is the sort of event that Manchester does so well for families, with plenty of thrilling activity alongside great locations like the Art Gallery, Library and many great restaurants of Chinatown to duck into and explore on the way.