Chinese New Year Festival

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Each year the City of Sydney hosts a wonderful program of Chinese New Year events to celebrate including events like the Lunar Lanterns trail, Festival Markets, fireworks, and the largest Dragon Boat regatta in the southern hemisphere. 2017 was the Year of the Rooster and in 2018 we will celebrate the Year of the Dog!

Chinese New Year Festival 2018
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2018 details coming soon refer 2017 details below as a guide

2017 Festival Highlights 

  • Lunar Lanterns Trail - Circular Quay, Sydney CBD and Dawes Point
    • Beautiful, large scale lanterns representing the 12 animals of the Chinese Zodiac will illuminate the city from the Sydney Opera House to Dawes Point. Follow the trail of the lanterns to find your zodiac sign.
  • Painting the Town Red - 27 to 29 January, Sydney landmarks
    • A collaboration lighting famous landmarks in red from the Opera House, Harbour Bridge and Circular Quay station to Sydney Town Hall, among others.
  • Lunar Lantern Hub, Martin Place
    • A hub of Lunar entertainment, food and drink featuring a 50m canopy of red lanterns. The hub will host a party on 3 Feb to celebrate the 21st birthday of the festival in Sydney.
  • Dragon Boat Races - 11 & 12 February, Darling Harbour
    • It’s a heart-stopping competition as spectacular dragon boats race through the water to the pounding of drums and the cheering of spectators in the biggest dragon boat regatta in the southern hemisphere.
  • Lunar Food Festival, Pyrmont Bay Park 
    • Enjoy Asian cuisine, live entertainment and culture at the pop-up food festival in Pyrmont Bay Park. 

CHINESE NEW YEAR CRUISES 

Combine your Chinese New Year festivities with a Sydney Harbour cruise departing daily. Join a morning tea, lunch, high tea or early dinner cruise before heading for the night markets, or follow the Dragon Boat Races with a 7.30pm dinner cruise from Darling Harbour.

Sightseeing & Hop On Hop Off Cruises

Lunch Cruises

Dinner Cruises

 

CHINESE NEW YEAR CALENDAR

Year Chinese New Year Date Animal Sign
1930 29 January 1930 Horse
1931 17 February 1931 Sheep
1932 06 February 1934 Monkey
1933 26 January 1933 Rooster
1934 14 February 1934 Dog
1935 04 February 1935 Pig
1936 24 January 1936 Rat
1938 31 January 1938 Tiger
1939 19 February 1939 Rabbit
1940 08 February 1940 Dragon
1941 27 January 1941 Snake
1942 15 February 1942 Horse
1943 04 February 1943 Sheep
1944 25 January 1944 Monkey
1945 13 February 1945 Rooster
1946 01 February 1946 Dog
1947 22 January 1947 Pig
1948 10 February 1948 Rat
1949 29 January 1949 Ox
1950 17 February 1950 Tiger
1951 06 February 1951 Rabbit
1952 27 January 1952 Dragon
1953 14 February 1953 Snake
1954 03 February 1954 Horse
1955 24 January 1955 Sheep
1956 12 February 1956 Monkey
1957 31 January 1957 Rooster
1958 18 February 1958 Dog
1959 08 February 1959 Pig
1960 28 January 1960 Rat
1961 15 February 1961 Ox
1962 05 February 1962 Tiger
1963 25 January 1963 Rabbit
1964 13 February 1964 Dragon
1965 02 February 1965 Snake
1966 21 January 1966 Horse
1967 09 February 1967 Sheep
1968 30 January 1968 Monkey
1969 17 February 1969 Rooster
1970 06 February 1970 Dog
1971 27 January 1971 Pig
1972 15 February 1972 Rat
1973 03 February 1973 Ox
1974 23 January 1974 Tiger
1975 11 February 1975 Rabbit
1976 31 January 1976 Dragon
1977 18 February 1977 Snake
1978 07 February 1978 Horse
1979 28 January 1979 Sheep
1980 16 February 1980 Monkey
1981 05 February 1981 Rooster
1982 25 January 1982 Dog
1983 13 February 1983 Pig
1984 02 February 1984 Rat
1985 20 February 1985 Ox
1986 09 February 1986 Tiger
1987 29 January 1987 Rabbit
1988 17 February 1988 Dragon
1989 06 February 1989 Snake
1990 27 January 1990 Horse
1991 15 February 1991 Sheep
1992 04 February 1992 Monkey
1993 23 January 1993 Rooster
1994 10 February 1994 Dog
1995 31 January 1995 Pig
1996 19 February 1996 Rat
1997 07 February 1997 Ox
1998 28 January 1998 Tiger
1999 16 February 1999 Rabbit
2000 05 February 2000 Dragon
2001 24 January 2001 Snake
2002 12 February 2002 Horse
2003 01 February 2003 Sheep
2004 22 January 2004 Monkey
2005 09 February 2005 Rooster
2006 29 January 2006 Dog
2007 18 February 2007 Pig
2008 07 February 2008 Rat
2009 26 January 2009 Ox
2010 14 February 2010 Tiger
2011 03 February 2011 Rabbit
2012 23 January 2012 Dragon
2013 10 February 2013 Snake
2014 31 January 2014 Horse
2015 18 February 2015 Sheep
2016 08 February 2016 Monkey
2017 28 January 2017 Rooster
2018 15 February 2018 Dog
2019 05 February 2019 Pig
2020 25 January 2020 Rat
2021 12 February 2021 Ox
2022 01 February 2022 Tiger
2023 22 Janurary 2023 Rabbit
2024 10 February 2024 Dragon
2025 29 January 2025 Snake
2026 17 February 2026 Horse
2027 06 February 2027 Sheep
2028 26 January 2028 Monkey
2029 13 February 2029 Rooster
2030 03 February 2030 Dog

Children Under 18 Years
Please note children under 18 years must be accompanied by an adult on all dining cruises.

IMPORTANT 

Accessibility for people with a Disability Policy


Select cruise and date below

Options Travel date How to book
Sightseeing Cruises Coming soon ... Visit the Sightseeing page, select your cruise and a travel date during Chinese New Year
Hop On Hop Off Coming soon ... Visit the Hop On Hop Off page, select your cruise and a travel date during Chinese New Year
Lunch Cruises Coming soon ... Visit the Lunch Cruises page, select your cruise and a travel date during Chinese New Year
Sunset Dinner Coming soon ... Visit the Sunset Dinner Cruise page,  and select a travel date during Chinese New Year
Main Dinners Coming soon ... Visit the Dinner Cruises Page, select your cruise and a travel date during Chinese New Year

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