Chinese New Year Celebrations 2019

What’s on locally during the Chinese New Year celebrations.

2019 is the Year of the Pig and Manchester is set to hold a whole host of activities from Thursday 7th to Sunday 10th February 2019 to celebrate.

The celebrations will include a giant art installation piglet, street market, an 8 metre inflatable Chinese Money God, creative sessions, live performances, finished off with the legendary Dragon Parade.

Take a look at the itinerary of events below to find out what’s on, and when:

7th – 10th February


To celebrate the Year of the Pig there will be a giant art installation ‘Piglet’, in St Ann’s Square, created by artist Alex Rinsler.

Piglet will feature a coat made from thousands of pennies for good luck and visitors will be invited to contribute their own pennies to piggy banks displayed around the sculpture.  Proceeds from funds raised will go to The Big Change (funding youth charity projects), and the Wai Yin Society (working with communities in Manchester)

Street Market

St Ann’s Square will also host a street market featuring the City’s best Chinese food and drink.

When:  11am – 7pm

Giant Golden Dragon

The Giant Golden Dragon will be situated in Exchange Square during the festival.  Be sure to pop along to take a look.

Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art

You are invited to join the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art to discover fun, and exciting, ways to engage with online art and digital technologies.

Where: Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art, Market buildings, Thomas Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M4 1EU

8th – 10th February

Albert Square Celebrations

Head to Albert Square where you will see the 8 metre inflatable Chinese Money God and be able to have a go at Chinese Arts & Crafts.

Food Market

Sample some of Manchester’s finest Chinese food and drink at the Food Market in Albert Square.

Chinese New Year Street Food4

9th – 10th February

Chinese Crafts with Confucius Institute and Centre of Chinese Contemporary Art

Manchester’s Confucius Institute and Centre of Chinese Contemporary Art invite you along to try your hand at traditional Chinese crafts.

10th February

Make a Meme at Arndale

The Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art will be at the Arndale Centre to help visitors create their own ‘meme’ for Chinese New Year.  Using traditional crafting techniques, including printing and calligraphy, to create your own meme to take home.

The activity is suitable for family members from age 3+.

Manchester Art Gallery

There will be a wide variety of sessions available for visitors to join in, including music, puppet making, Tai Chi, decorating Chinese cupcakes, and life drawing to name but a few.

The day will end with the Lion Dance at 3:45pm.

Activities are suitable for families.

Where: Mosley Street, Manchester M2 3JL

The Dragon Parade

The Chinese New Year Parade will be led by an amazing 175 foot dragon from Albert Square to Chinatown.

The parade will include traditional lion dances, live performances, stalls, street food, a funfair and fireworks finale.

Where: Manchester City Centre, Albert Square, China Town


Chinese New Year


Take a look at our Weekend Guide for events and activities over the coming weekend.

For a full list of upcoming events, take at look at our Events Guide

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