Chinese New Year highlights

Chinese New Year 2015 is here and there are plenty of fun-filled events in Melbourne to welcome in the Year of the Goat. See the city come alive with hawker markets, street performers, fireworks and the magnificent Chinese dragon. Here’s a few highlights.

Sunday in Chinatown, 22 February from 11am

Chinatown will transform into a sea of colour on Sunday 22 February with dancing, drumming and the much loved colourful dragon on display. There’ll be yummy Asian food stalls and street performers. During White Night, take the kids down to Cohen Place Square for martial arts and lion dance lesson, or make a wish at the lantern wishing tree.

Chinese New Year Celebrations

A dancer performing on Chinese New Year

Docklands 19 February to 1 March

The Docklands Dragon will light up Victoria Harbour during Chinese New Year celebrations. Get your photo taken alongside the 100 metre illuminated dragon or watch the colourful lantern display. Watch beautiful performances and get involved in fun activities like face painting, lantern making, kite flying and more.

Chinese New Year Dragon

Celebrate the arrival of the dragon at Victoria Harbour

Federation Square 26 February to 1 March

Find your inner peace with Tai Chi and Mahjong lessons at Federation Square. At night the stage comes alive with an animated dragon story combined with shadow puppetry. After the show you can make your very own animated dragon and see it live on the big screen! Chinese art demonstrations will be on show daily and you can also catch performances from the Qunyi Lion Dancers and Melbourne Chinese Choir.

Chinese Museum 16 February to 1 March

If you love Chinese tea, visit the Penjing Tea Garden at the Chinese Museum to experience an ancient tea ceremony, or explore 160 years of Chinese history with a tour through Chinatown.

Melbourne Star Observation Wheel 19 February

To celebrate Chinese New Year, the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel’s LED light show will be themed ‘red and gold’, illuminating the Melbourne skyline in traditional Chinese colours from dusk until midnight. You can also say ‘hello’ to cult character Hello Kitty, who is visiting Melbourne Star on Saturday February 21.

Melbourne Star

Melbourne Star

Markets

We all love a good market, and Chinese New Year bring a fantastic hawker-style market to Heffernan Lane on 20 February. Head to the Queen Victoria Market from 19 February to 1 March to see the 15 metre dragon light up or pick up a lucky goat charm from one of the Chinese traders.

Want more? Check out all the Chinese New Year events for 2015.