18. February 2018 - 12:00 till 20:00
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Chinese New Year in London 2018 | London, United Kingdom | Sunday, 18. February 2018

Celebrate the Year of the Dog in London, with the biggest Chinese New Year celebrations outside Asia.

All you have to know about the event:

Every year, hundreds of thousands of people descend on the West End to enjoy a colourful parade, free stage performances and traditional Chinese food, and to wish each other "Xin Nian Kuai Le" (Happy New Year in Mandarin) or "San Nin Faai Lok" (in Cantonese).

In 2018, the London celebrations are taking place on 18 February, which is the Sunday following the date of the Chinese New Year (16 February).

Chinese New Year 2018 in London event programme:

- Watch colourful floats and more than 30 teams take part in the vibrant Chinese New Year parade, which kicks off at 10am with a dragon and lion dance in Charing Cross Road, before snaking its way through Chinatown.
- Walk down to Trafalgar Square from 12pm for the main stage performances, featuring traditional Chinese dance and music shows, contemporary hip-hop acts and an exciting line-up of artists from China.
- Get a taste of the Far East at one of the two food zones: tuck into street food in Trafalgar Square, or sit down for a traditional Chinese New Year menu and special festive treats in a Chinatown restaurant.
- Take the kids to the Leicester Square family zone for cultural activities and family-friendly performances, including calligraphy, Chinese music, dressing up in traditional outfits and more.
- See thrilling martial art performances, including tai chi chuan and traditional flag display, in the Shaftesbury Avenue martial arts and culture zone.
- Spot up-and-coming British-Chinese artists on the New Talent stage, hosted by Spectrum Chinese radio, in the Charing Cross Road community zone.
- Enjoy more cultural activities with lion dances and craft stalls in Chinatown.
- Don't miss the pyrotechnic display which lights up Trafalgar Square to mark the end of the festivities.

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  • It says the parade begins at 10am but the main stage at Trafalgar square starts at 12. Does anyone know when the family zone in Leicester Square opens? At 10 or 12 ? Cheers
  • Maybe bump into you there We’re there with some friends
  • How much are the tickets and where do I get them from?
  • I know Soho in Piccadilly circus station, london
  • Hi guys where about in London?
  • Do I need to book tickets for this event?
  • I was born in the Chinese year of the dog. I shall then have to wait 12 years for the next year of the dog to come around
  • Candice Ashanti Thompson message me and we'll link up
  • Candice Ashanti Thompson message me and we'll link up
  • I always like to celebrate Chinese New Year but might just go to see the. Lanterns and buzz this year as eating out is too tempting for my discipline on slimming world this year ***
  • Am going anyway ...Dog Years great for me (normally) fx
  • We are looking forward to celebrate the Year of the Dog with you in London. 🐶 These will be the biggest Chinese New Year celebrations outside Asia! ✨ This event is free to visit - just show up! If you want to find more events in London take a look at our guide in the event link. 🤩
  • Hi I’m traveling from bristol , where is best to park? Please help
  • Emily colours and fun
  • Emily colours and fun
  • Is there a theme colour this year or is it wear something red every year? :)
  • Can’t find where to buy tickets as the link only takes me to a page with other events and no option to search! 🙁
  • Something I have never done before **
  • Alison Hull Eddie Ford
  • Kevin Dark this would be great to take the kids to
  • Kevin Dark this would be great to take the kids to
  • Zorro
  • We're so looking forward to Chinese New Year in London! 😍 Find here more things to do in London this weekend: ► http://tidd.ly/c855bbe0
  • Where’s the wishing tree gone? There used to be one at glasshouse street near Piccadilly Circus 😥