If you’re looking to embrace the essence of Chinese New Year in Hong Kong, we can help you plan a memorable and family-friendly season – from cultural parades to festive meals and thoughtful gifting traditions, this year’s offerings will ensure an auspicious start to the Year of the Dragon for you and your family.
Here’s our guide to experiencing Chinese New Year in Hong Kong.
Chinese New Year in Hong Kong: Key Info
The 2024 lunar calendar ushers in the Year of the Dragon and Hong Kong will be abuzz with festivities, feasts, and family-friendly activities. From traditional parades to magical Disneyland celebrations, there are heaps of experiences to mark this auspicious occasion with your little ones.
When: Lunar New Year celebrations start on the night before the first day of the new year which is Saturday, February 10th, 2024 (the second new Moon after the winter solstice).
Public holidays in Hong Kong: 10 -13 February 2024
(Lunar New Year through the fourth day of the Lunar New Year)
Lantern festival: Saturday, February 24th, 2024 (marks the first full moon of the lunar calendar). This marks the last day of the Chinese New Year celebrations.
Chinese Horoscope: This is the Year of the Dragon. The animal designations of the zodiac follow a 12-year cycle and are always used in the same sequence.
Chinese New Year Dining and Events in Hong Kong
Chinese New Year Night Parade
Date: Saturday 10 February 2024, 8pm – 9:45pm
Location: Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza in TST to Sheraton Hong Kong Hotel & Towers
Tickets: Sales begin on 27 January and are on a first come basis. Maximum four tickets can be purchased per person. Tickets are purchased from the HK Tourism Board Kowloon Visitor Centre
The Cathay International Chinese New Year Night Parade is a spectacle not to be missed, featuring floats, performers and a pre-parade street party. The procession of floats will spread auspiciousness and luck as it works its way through TST. The first float and parade group will arrive at Canton ROad at approximately 8:30pm and Nathan Road at around 9pm. The last float is expected to reach the finish point at 10.30pm. Tickets can be purchased, but there are many free viewing spots along the route.
The floats are available to be viewed up close at a number of venues across Hong Kong, including the Urban Council Centenary Garden, between 11 and 25 February .
Chinese New Year Flower Market
Date: 4 – 10 February
Location: Victoria Park, Causeway Bay
Join the crowds stocking up on flowers for the New Year at the Flower Market at Victoria Park, the largest and most popular of the markets.
Olympian City’s Kids Parade
Share the richness of Chinese traditions through the Olympian Kids Imagineers project. Children delve into the art of lion dancing, guided by experts, culminating in a lively Lunar New Year Charity Parade at Olympian City 2. Master Ha and his team will also show off their skills at the Parade at Olympian City 2. Ms. TK Chan, Master of Design from a renowned institution in Edinburgh, will guide children to design a one-of-a-kind lion-dance team costume with ink painting which will also be showcased at the parade.
Disneyland’s “Magical Year After Year”
Date: 25 Jan – 25 February 2024
Join Hong Kong Disneyland’s “Magical Year After Year” celebration, featuring enchanting performances with Disney characters in festive attire to welcome the Year of the Dragon . Don’t miss “Disney Classic Live in Concert Presents Lang Lang” – a captivating concert at the Castle of Magical Dreams on 27 January.
Chinese New Year decorations will be featured throughout the park with Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and many more friends wearing bright and festive outfits to ring in the Year of the Dragon with an all-new “Mickey’s Year of the Dragon Celebration” New Year performance.
Chinese New Year Floral Jubilation at Discovery Bay
Discovery Bay has some of the best Chinese New Year dining and events in Hong Kong. Running from 19 January until 2 February there are weekend markets, workshops and staycation deals and more.
Check out the Chinese New Year Sunday Market full of family-friendly activities. Shop for Lunar New Year necessities at the Chinese New Year Sunday Market, where you can stroll through merchants around the DB Plaza with festive calligraphy, origami, paper-cutting, fresh flowers and more to offer.
Date: 27 January and 4 February 2024
Time: 11:00 – 18:00
Location: DB Plaza
From 25 January to 6 February 2022, enjoy a Chinese-inspired, avant-garde Italian dining experience at Radical Chic. For HKD$1,880, enjoy a Chinese-Italian fusion meal that includes pasta dishes with wagyu, dumplings, Sichuan pepper pigeon, grouper fillet and tangerine tarts.
For Chinese New Year, Sino Hotels is offering two authentic Singaporean delights: the ‘ong lai’ pineapple tart and sambal ikan bilis, dried anchovies, a popular snack in Singapore. You can get any one jar for HKD$117.3 or a combination (any two jars) for HKD$219.3.
Yue will be hosting a Chinese New Year feast from 1 January to 28 February 2022. The menu features Cantonese classics like roasting suckling pig and braised bird’s nest soup with minced chicken. Plus, enjoy two puddings: Okinawa brown sugar ginger pudding and parma ham turnip cake.
Yue, Level 2, Sheraton Hong Kong Tung Chung Hotel, 9 Yi Tung Road, Tung Chung, Hong Kong, +852 2535 0028
Sexy Crab has unveiled its selection of puddings for Chinese New Year 2022. The new additions are the crab roe sticky rice cake and the black truffle turnip cake. The New Year Gift Box with the puddings costs HKD$588.
Sexy Crab will also serve two dinners, called the “Sexy Crab Bang For Luck” Poon Chois. The “Hairy Crab Roe Big Bowl Feast with Fish Maw and Abalone is made for 10 people and comes with 20 hairy crabs, along with cab lid stuffed with double portions of crab roe and Spanish Iberico pork and New Zealand codfish maw. The dinner costs HKD$3,888.
Meanwhile, the “Crab Roe Big Bowl Feast With Fish Maw and Abalone” is made for six people and comes with 12 hairy crabs, soy-braised pork knuckle, black moss along with scallops, braised goose webs in oyster sauce, fresh tiger prawn, braised pork belly and other favourites like steamed chicken, roasted duck and more. The dinner costs HKD$2,888.
Both dinners will be available from 28 January until 7 February 2022.
For Chinese New Year, Mott 32 is serving a menu of specially-crafted dishes that honour the traditions and ingredients of the celebration. Diners can enjoy whole lobster salad with abalone and homemade sauce (HKD$1,280), minced prawn, fish maw, pigeon eggs (HKD$660), deep fried giant prawns with salted egg yolk, sesame and seaweed (HKD$290) and braised duck with taro and plum sauce (HKD$240), among others. For dessert, enjoy the fried arrowhead cake (HKD$220).
Chinese New Year Sweet Treats
Besides the Chinese New Year dining options, there are also several options for sweet treats!
Harry’s Kitchen will be teaching home chefs how to make traditional Chinese New Year cookies, cakes and puddings at K11 MUSEA. From now until 8 February 2022, guests can take part in various classes:
- the Coco the Milky Koi & Persimmony class, teaching decorative “nian gao” rice cookies, and pineapple shortbread. The 90-minute class costs HKD$980 pp.
- the Bloom of Happiness & Mandarin of Grace class, instructing learners on how to make fondant butter cupcakes decorated with peach blossom and mandarin orange. The 90-minute class costs HKD$780 pp.
- the Nutty Triplets class, which will instruct learners on how to make a candy tray of cashew, walnut and almond cookies. The 75-minute class costs HKD$580 pp.
- the Double Happiness class, aimed at children, will see learners make gingerbread men themed after “The Golden Roar” tiger, or Harry’s signature gingerbread man. The 75-minute class costs HKD$580.
- the Turnip Cake class will see learners make a cake with white radish, Japanese dried scallops, Japanese dried mushrooms, local Chinese sausages and dried shrimps. The 15-minute costs HKD$1,088.
- the Water Chestnut Cake with Osmanthus Flower class will see learners make a cake embedded with chopped water chestnuts and osmanthus. The 150-minute class costs HKD$888.
Healthy bakery The Cakery has unveiled its Chinese New Year collection of healthy treats, including a red sugar rice pudding, red date pudding and black truffle infused turnip cake. They also have a gift set, which includes five pieces of short date, six pieces of almond thins, three pieces of vegan black sugar ginger cookie and six pieces of vegan milk chocolate with lemonade ginger. They’re also launching a cookie set, a collection of six organic Chinese New Year-themed sugar cookies.
Finally, guests can enjoy The Cakery’s Chinese New Year vegan afternoon tea set, with such treats as Mandarin coconut panna cotta and yuzu tart, black truffle turnip cake, mini earl grey cupcake and gojiberry scones with red date jam.
Chinese New Year dining and events in Hong Kong will be updated. Check back for more!
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