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Chinese New Year in Melbourne

Chinese New Year in Melbourne is one of the biggest events on the calendar and has a long tradition in Melbourne. See the biggest event in Chinese culture come to life providing free cultural activities and events for all ages.

Welcome the Year of the Rat with 15 days of celebration from the 22nd of January to the 15th of February 2020. Immerse yourself in the Chinese festivities that include firecrackers, exploring Chinese diverse and tasty cuisine around the CBD and witnessing the awakening of the dragon.

Experience streets around Melbourne lighting up around Queen Victoria Market, South Wharf, Docklands and Queensbridge Square to Southgate.


Celebrate the Chinese New Year in Melbourne in Chinatown

Chinatown’s Chinese New Year Festival is a celebration of Chinese culture and culminates in the Dai Loong Big Dragon Parade.

Experience Melbourne’s Dai Loong Big Dragon Parade from 11:30am to 1pm on the 2nd of February, 2020. The Big Dragon is the centre piece of the Chinese New Year’s festival being 100 metres long and illuminated! The parade begins in Chinatown and weaves its way around the CBD. Make sure to check out additional activities around Chinatown such as Lion dance performances, live music, cultural performances and street calligraphy.


Join the Chinese New Year in Melbourne festivities at the Chinese Museum

The Chinese Museum will be open during the Chinese New Year Festivities, located off Little Bourke Street (free of entry). The Museum showcases the history of Chinese Immigration to Australia, including five floors of history starting from early Gold Rush to present day.

Join the celebrations on the following dates:

  • Chinese New Year’s Eve and Countdown – Friday 24th January, 2020 at 5pm to 12.15am
  • Chinese New Year’s Day – Saturday 25th January, 2020.
  • Chinese New Year Celebrations – Saturday 2nd Feburary, 2020 at 10am to 9pm

Celebrate Chinese New Year in Melbourne and the wonderful message of spreading prosperity and wishes of good luck to your family and friends this 2020 in Melbourne!


Why stay at Holiday Inn Melbourne on Flinders during the Chinese New Year in Melbourne?

Holiday Inn Melbourne on Flinders is part of the InterContinental Hotel Group (IHG). We are a 4.5 star hotel in the Melbourne City and are close to public transport and Southern Cross Train Station.

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