It’s the year of the dragon. Here’s how to celebrate in Sydney

What's New — By rruge on January 20, 2012 at 3:13 pm


Chinese lantern

Chinese lantern

Chinese New Year Markets
Hot woks will be firing up and creating sensational aromatic cooking scents at sizzling Sichuan food stalls in Belmore Park as the Chinese New Year festival launches on Friday 27th January. It’s the Chinese food markets where you can grab trays of noodles and dumplings before watching the dragon show and Asian rock and pop gigs all lit up by pretty lanterns.
Chinese New Year Markets, Belmore Park (across Eddy Ave from Central Station) 2000. Fri 20 Jan, 4-11pm; Sat 21 & Sun 22 January, 11am-10pm. FREE.

Twilight Parade
The twilight parade is the main event at Sydney’s Chinese New Year celebrations. Around 3000 performers and dancers will meander from Town Hall to Chinatown in a sea of dragons, martial arts, lanterns and light projections.
Twilight Parade, Town Hall, George St, Sydney 2000. FREE.

Chinese Garden of Friendship

At the serene pagoda-filled gardens in Chinatown there are plenty of celebrations including tea ceremonies, fun stuff for kids and talks on Chinese culture. Entry to the Garden is free for everyone on Saturday 21 January and Sunday 22 January.