What to Do Over Chinese New Year

Your CNY holiday 2019 to-do list.

17 Jan 2019 — By Catherine Stewart / What's On
flower market at Victoria Park

If you will be in Hong Kong to ring in the year of the Pig, here’s your quick guide to what’s on over the Chinese New Year holidays.

Note: Friday 5th, Saturday 6th and Monday 7th of February are all statutory holidays.

Chinese New Year Flower Markets

Colourful and festive, these markets are a perfect place for people watching, enjoying the atmosphere and buying some lucky blooms to decorate your home. Evening is the best time to go, expect crowds.

When:    30 January – 5 February (through the night on 5 February until 6am 6 February, New Year’s Day)

Where:  Victoria Park, Causeway Bay & Fa Hui Park, Mongkok


Lantern Exhibitions and Displays

lantern display

The LCSD will hold a lantern exhibition in the grounds of the HK Cultural Centre, Tseung Kwan O Po Tsui Park and Tuen Mun Park. Expect to see big, bright and beautiful lanterns on display as well as a carnival night with performances and activities.

When:    25 January – 24 February

Where:  HK Cultural Centre, Tseung Kwan O Po Tsui Park and Tuen Mun Park


International Chinese New Year Night Parade

CNY night parade in Hong Kong

Expect a colourful and noisy spectacle with floats, lions, dragons, drummers, dancers and fire crackers. Tickets for the viewing stands at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre sell out fast (they go on sale 26 January) but you can view anywhere along Canton Road, Haiphong Road and Nathan Road. Check out the Hong Kong Tourist Board website for more info.

When:   5 February, 8pm – 9.45pm

Where:  Starts at Hong Kong Cultural Centre and proceeds along Canton Road, Haiphong Road, Nathan Road.


CNY Fireworks

Chinese New Year Fireworks in Hong Kong

The city will go all-out to produce a stunning CNY firework display and you can view from anywhere along the harbourfront, get there early to secure a good spot, or head to one of these restaurants and bars with great views. 

When:    6 February, 8pm

Where:  Victoria Harbour


Lion Dancing

CNY lion dancing

The traditional Lion Dance is believed to scare away bad luck and evil spirits and will be happening all over the city from 6 February onwards. Visit any market or shopping mall and you will hear the distinctive Chinese drumming as lion dancers visit shops and businesses. Check out the listings in your own local area to see if any performances are planned near you.

When:    from 6 February onwards

Where:   all around HK


Chinese New Year Horse Races, Sha Tin

Enjoy the festive atmosphere at the Chinese New Year’s Day horse racing meet. Have a flutter and find out whether your luck is in for the coming year!

When:     7 February 12:30-6pm

Where:    Sha Tin Racecourse


5th Anniversary AIA Carnival

The AIA Carnival is once again returning to Hong Kong, celebrating its 5th anniversary. In addition to a wide variety of rides, installations, selfies boards and both street and stage entertainment programmes.

When:     until February 17 2019
Where:    Central Harbourfront Event Space
Tickets:  From $120 for adults and $85 for kids, Event Website


The Great Circus of Europe

Great Circus of Europe

Europe’s largest circus is returning to Hong Kong with an all new spectacular show. Every act will be appearing in Hong Kong for the very first time. Check out our review here.

When:     14 December 2018 – 17 February 2019
Where:    Central Harbourfront Event Space
Tickets:  From $150, Ticketflap



CNY decorations at HOng Kong Disneyland

From January through March you will find Disneyland decked out in red & gold finery to celebrate Chinese New Year. Goofy and Pluto will take center stage in this colorful and festive celebration to kick off the Year of the Dog. Mickey and his pals will all be dressed up for the occasion and you may get lucky with a festive Disney red packet during your visit.

When:    January & February

Where:   Hong Kong Disneyland


Check out our complete what’s on guide here, and our family-friendly what’s on guide!


Got your lai see sorted yet?

lai see packets

Photo credits: Flower Market: Flickr, Fireworks: Flickr, Night Parade: Flickr, Lion Dance: Flickr

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