Chinese New Year in Melbourne | Source: City of Melbourne

Where to Celebrate Chinese New Year in Melbourne 2022

Melbourne is not only home to the longest continuous Chinese settlement in the western world, but also to a strong community of Chinese migrants, international students and people of Chinese descent. For this reason, the city is a pretty amazing place to celebrate the Chinese New Year. While most people head over to Melbourne’s Chinatown for a taste of delicious New Year’s food, decor and lion dances, there are plenty of other fun events on offer all around the city as well.

Lunar New Year Lion Dance at Queen Victoria Market

Start the Year of the Tiger off right with a traditional lion dance performance at Queen Victoria Market. The historic markets will be starting the celebrations at 11 am as the performance troupe wind their way through the stalls. After the performance, head over to the Meat and Fish Hall to see a stunning display of dragon and lantern decorations.

Date: 1 February 2022

Time: 11am

Price: Free

Image: A traditional lion dance performance inside Queen Victoria Market Source: Queen Victoria Market

MSO’s Chinese New Year concert 

The Annual Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Chinese New Year concert is not to be missed. Combining Chinese masterworks with the world of western opera, you will hear from some of your favourite musicians and performers. The family-friendly performance is set to take place at Hamer Hall at the Melbourne Arts Centre. Suitable for the entire family, we recommend making your New Year a musical one.

Date: 5 February 2022 

Time: 7.30pm

Price: A$20 to A$95

ORION 2022 Whitehorse Lunar New Year Celebrations

We recommend heading on over to Whitehorse for a uniquely authentic Chinese New Year celebration. The annual festival is set to make a return to the suburb with dragon dancers, drums, musical performances, games, rides, stalls, street food and firecracker displays. This all-day event is going to be a good one.

Date: 5 February

Time: 10am to 10pm

Price: Free

Image: Chinese New Year celebrations in the suburb of Whitehorse Source: Chinese New Year Boxhill

Lunar New Year Dragon Boat Festival

Keen on sticking to the outdoor events this year? Head on down to Dockland’s Victoria Harbour for an exciting dragon boat race and festival. The festival will start with a traditional eye dotting ceremony to wake the dragons and bless the boats before the dragon boat race across Victoria Harbour with the beat of the drums. With cultural performances, lion dances and food trucks on offer for spectators, you won’t want to miss your chance to see the sporting event in action.

Date: 20 February 2022

Time: 9am to 6pm

Cost: Free for spectators

Lunar New Year at Spice Temple

If feasting is on your Chinese New Year itinerary then make sure you book a table at Melbourne’s favourite Chinese restaurant. Offering a special Chinese New Years menu, you will have the chance to sample Spice Table’s special auspicious dishes between the 2nd and 13th of February. Expect a decadent spread of fish for abundance, pipis for fortune and eggs for fertility alongside a mix of vibrant red ingredients to symbolise happiness and prosperity.

Date: 2nd February to 13th February

Time: 6 pm onwards

Cost: A$139 per person with optional A$85 per person wine matching

Image: Try the Chinese New Year inspired menu at Spice Temple Source: Spice Temple

Planning your own Chinese New Year celebrations? Read about the dishes to serve, gifts to give and displays to see around the world.

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