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Chinese New Year

Leicester Square, China Town

Enjoy a colourful Chinese New Year parade, lion dances in London’s Chinatown, delicious Chinese street food, and free entertainment and a spectacular pyrotechnic display in Trafalgar Square, marking the Year of the Dog.


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

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).

Chinese New Year always falls between late January and mid-February, and the Chinese New Year festivities in central London, which are organised by the London Chinatown Chinese Association (LCCA), usually take place close to the actual date of the new year.

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).

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