Here's How To Celebrate Chinese New Year In Epic Style In Manchester

It's the year of the dog

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The Year of the Dog begins on February 16, 2018 and two weeks of celebrations will begin ending on March 2nd.  We have snooped around for the best events happening in Manchester.

The famous dragon Parade 

On Sunday 18 February the 175ft dragon will grace the city centre with its presence along with traditional lion dancing, food stalls, martial arts, a funfair over on Charlotte street, and a huge fireworks display at 6pm.

12pm: Martial arts and dance displays in Albert Square

12.30pm: Dragon lands in Albert Square

1pm: Dragon parade from the town hall to Chinatown

1.30pm: Dragon parade at Chinatown NCP car park 

2pm - 5pm: Lion and Unicorn visit and bless all of the businesses on Chinatown - some businesses will be setting off Chinese firecrackers when visited by the Lion and the Unicorn

2pm - 5pm: Chinese acrobatics, dances and music in Albert Square

6pm: Fireworks in Chinatown

Eat the best food at the Chinese food markets

St Ann's Square will be hosting stalls of delicious Asian food over the weekend including delicious treats of dumplings, dim sum and steamed buns from the likes of Cottonopolis and Wallace & Sons. 

Manchester Arndale

On Saturday 17 February there will be a variety of fun events going on over at the Arndale, the kids can try traditional knot making and creating their own knotted bracelet decorated with an animal charm to welcome the Year of the Dog. They can also kids choose a Chinese character and a teacher will be on hand to show to draw the character using a brush and ink. 

On the Sunday the Centre for Contemporary Chinese Art will be running free block printing workshops, suitable for all ages. Learn a traditional Chinese technique, which can be re-created at home using household objects. The workshops are taking place here Sunday 18 February from 11am to 4pm. Booking is not required, and anyone can join in.

Trafford Centre

Check out some of the events below, we love the sound of the LEGO dragon!

The Chinese lion dance

Visit the Orient and be transported to the East with an energetic, traditional lion dance, famous Chinese pangu drumming and elegant dancers. The free show brings noise and colour to ward off evil and celebrate Chinese New Year.

The Chinese lion dance will take place on Friday 16 February at the following times:  

2.15pm – 2.30pm

3.15pm – 3.30pm

4.15pm – 4.30pm

5.15pm – 5.30pm

LEGO Chinese Dragon

Join us as we partnership with LEGOLAND Discovery centre for a BRICKtacular build event to celebrate Chinese New Year with their awesome Master Model Builder! We need your help to create the longest ever LEGO Chinese Dragon... are you up to the challenge? Pick up your build kit and get involved in our hands on workshops

The event will take place on Friday 16 February between 12noon - 4pm on Peel Avenue

Chinese woodblock printing workshop

Join in our block printing family workshop on Peel Avenue to develop a skill that is traditionally associated with older Chinese art, but will use materials that can be more readily found at home. The session will be developed by a local artist, Joe Ford, and participants will be invited to draw influence on traditional Chinese imagery and woodblock printing techniques.

Open Saturday 17 February between 11am – 4pm.

Chinese New Year Oriental canopy social competition

Be in with a chance of winning a £100 intu Gift Card! To enter, snap a photo under our Oriental canopy in the centre (located near to the main dome) and share it with us on social using #intuChineseNewYear


HOME will be celebrating the new year with a a selection of the best recent Chinese language films and will be collaborating with the Confucius Institute at the University of Manchester and the Chinese Film Forum UK.


The guys over at Selfridges will be putting on some pretty cool activities from Thursday 15 to Sunday 18 February. Some of the activites include visiting the Suqqu 'God of Wealth' as the team gives away special Chinese New Year red envelopes containing one of four complimentary services. They include Gankin facials, eye lift massages and foundation colour match consultations along with with complimentary foundation samples and on-counter mini makeovers. 

When: Friday 16 to Saturday 17 February, 2–5PM
Where: Beauty Hall on LG

Manchester Library

Sunday Funday celebrations over at the Manchester Library will include musicians, storytellers, artists and activities for all the family. You can even indulge in some free drop-in workshops, where you can learn about the Chinese arts of paper folding and a typical tea ceremony.

Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art

The Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art will be hosting a seriusly cool workshop. 

Makey Makey – a tool which allows you to connect everyday objects to computer programmes.

At the end of the workshop, the group will create a sound sequence that brings together everyones favourite noises and objects! 

This workshop is £4 per child taking part, and adults can join for free! The ticket price includes refreshments too.

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