Event Guide: Lunar New Year Celebrations around Sydney’s North Shore

Lunar New Year
From night markets to calligraphy, we bring you all the exciting events you can enjoy this Lunar New Year

Celebrate Lunar New Year! Friday 12 February marks the beginning of the Year of the Ox, and there are plenty of celebrations taking place around Sydney’s North Shore. From night markets to calligraphy, we bring you all the exciting events you can enjoy this Lunar New Year.

The ox is second character in the Chinese zodiac, which embodies the traits of honesty, positivity and hard work. With that in mind, check out all the events to be enjoyed around Sydney’s North Shore to celebrate the Chinese New Year!

Lunar New Year Market, St Ives

Lunar New Year

St Ives Village Green will come alive on the evening of Friday 12 February with a delicious food market and lion dancers. Bring your picnic rug and relax under the lanterns whilst enjoying some delicious Asian cuisine and street food. There will be amusement rides on the Village Green to help keep children aged up to 12 years entertained.

  • When: Friday 12 February
  • Where: St Ives Village Green, Memorial Avenue, St Ives
  • Time: 4.30pm-9.30pm
  • Info: Find out more.

Year of the Ox Festival, Chatswood

Willoughby City Council’s Lunar New Year celebrations will return in 2021 to dazzle and delight with the Chatswood Year of the Ox Festival. Named after the lunar zodiac sign, the festival program will, for the first time, feature a comedy night, along with a series of COVID-safe events.

The 2021 program includes:

  • Lunar New Year Comedy (Saturday 27 February): some of Australia’s best acts will come together across two 75-minute shows. 
  • Chinese New Year Cultural Celebration Concert (Saturday 20 February): Welcome the Year of the Ox with a wonderful demonstration of culture at the Chinese New Year Celebration Day concert at The Concourse Theatre. 
  • Precious Treasures (3-28 February): An exhibition of painting, sculpture and installation curated by one of the most important contemporary artists of Chinese descent in Australia, Guan Wei. 
  • Golden Market (9am to 9pm, Thursdays and Fridays, plus Saturday 6 February): Meander through Chatswood Mall as it is transformed into a replica end-of-year market commonly found in cities across Asia, with 35 stall holders selling flowers, lucky bamboo, decorations, and delicious new year delicacies. 

For more information you can head to the website and find out more.

Lunar New Year In The Plaza, Lane Cove

Bring in the Year of the Ox at this special event featuring live entertainment, creative workshops, kids activities and a spectacular lion dance by Pak Hok Kung Fu.

  • When: Friday 19 February
  • Where: Lane Cove: The Plaza and The Canopy
  • Time: 3.30pm – 8pm
  • Info: Find out more.

Lunar New Year Stories & Craft, Gordon

Two special storytimes for young children with a Lunar New Year theme. Listen to traditional stories followed by a craft demonstration. Children will receive a complimentary craft pack to take home.

  • When: Wednesday 10 & 17 February
  • Where: Gordon Library, 799 Pacific Highway, Gordon
  • Time: 10.30am-11.30am
  • Info: Find out more

Korean Celebration Day, Gordon

A Korean-inspired celebration of Lunar New Year featuring traditional Korean performances and stories about the Lunar New Year in Korean culture. Invitation only with 10 seats available to guests living in Ku-ring-gai Council area, if you would like to join the celebration, please book to attend.

  • When: Friday 12 February
  • Where: Gordon Library, 799 Pacific Highway, Gordon
  • Time: 11am-12.30pm
  • Info: Book here

Streetwork New Year Celebration, Chatswood

Join local charity, StreetWork, on Thursday 25 February at 6.30pm for a banquet dinner at King Dynasty Restaurant, Chatswood. Celebrate Chinese New Year with a selection of contemporary Asian fusion dishes drawing on traditional chefing techniques from Southern China. Find out more.

  • When: Thursday 25 February
  • Where: King Dynasty, Anderson Street, Chatswood
  • Time: 6.30pm-10.30pm
  • Info: Find out more.

Lunar New Year Events in Sydney

Lunar New Year Banquets with Lotus Dining

Enjoy an incredible Lunar New Year banquet with Lotus

To celebrate Lunar New Year , the team at Lotus Dining Group are ready to celebrate the Year of the Ox with a range of festive celebrations across their Sydney venues – from banquets and lion dancers through to dumpling and cocktail masterclasses.

Each venue has carefully crafted its own unique Lunar New Year inspired banquets with everything from prosperity salad at Lotus The Galeries, golden ingot puff pastry at Madame Shanghai or a whole steamed barramundi with ginger, shallot and soy broth at the newly opened Chi by Lotus. For all diners spending over $20 across the Lunar New Year weekend, they’ll be gifted with a traditional lucky red envelope containing a special gift to enjoy at their next visit. Authentic lion dancers will be setting the scene over the weekend, weaving their luck and fortune throughout the different venues across Sydney.

  • The Gardens by Lotus | Darling Harbour: LNY Banquets: $128pp & $168pp from 10 – 13 February. Lion Dance Performance: 12:00pm on Friday 12 February
  • Chi by Lotus | Barangaroo: LNY Banquets: $108pp from 9 – 13 February. Lion Dance Performance: 8:30pm on Friday 12 February
  • Lotus The Galeries | CBD: LNY Banquets: $118pp & $168pp from 9 – 13 February. Lion Dance Performance: 7:30pm on Saturday 13 February
  • Lotus Barangaroo | Barangaroo: LNY Banquets: $88pp & $108pp from 11 – 18 February. Lion Dance Performance: 9:00pm on Friday 12 February
  • Madame Shanghai | Darlinghurst. LNY Banquets: $89pp & $120pp from 10 – 14 February
  • Lotus Double Bay | Double Bay: LNY Banquets: $78pp from 8 – 14 February. Lion Dance Performance: 8:30pm on Saturday 13 February

Click here to view menus and book a table online.

    Lunar Lanterns, Sydney CBD

    Take a stroll from Circular Quay to Haymarket to discover 12 larger-than-life animal signs of the Lunar zodiac. The Lunar Lanterns are a creative, contemporary interpretation of a centuries-old tradition.

    • When: Friday 12 February to Sunday 21 February
    • Where: Circular Quay to Haymarket
    • Info: Find out more

    Dumplings at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo, Darling Harbour

    This Lunar New Year, WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo have teamed up with the dumpling masters at New Shanghai to offer all-you-can eat dumplings and bottomless drinks, PLUS after-hour access to the zoo! Choose to have your festive 30-minute dumpling sessions at either Koala Rooftop with the adorable marsupials or at the Upper Croc Deck with a view of their resident 365kg crocodile Rocky.

    • When: Thursday 11 – Saturday 20 February, 5.30pm – 9pm
    • Where: WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo, 1-5 Wheat Road, Darling Harbour
    • Info: Find out more.

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