What’s going on this Chinese New Year 2019 in Manchester

The city centre will be welcoming in the Year of the Pig with one of Europe’s biggest Chinese New Year celebrations from Thursday 7th - Sunday 10th February 2019.

This year’s city-wide event offers four days filled with food, fortune, fireworks and fun alongside a whole host of free activities for all the family to enjoy. Here’s what’s on offer…

Festival Events

The Dragon Parade, Chinatown Celebrations & Fireworks
Sunday 10th February, 12 – 7pm
Chinese New Year just wouldn’t be the same without the annual appearance of the city’s dazzling 175ft dragon. Follow the Dragon Parade from Albert Square to Chinatown and leave plenty of time to enjoy traditional lion dancing, unicorn performances, Chinese dancers, a funfair, traditional street food stalls, Chinese arts and crafts and a spectacular fireworks finale at 7pm.

Full timetable:

12pm – 1pm
Martial arts, dance displays and the Dragon appears outside the Town Hall in Albert Square.

The Dragon Parade from the Town Hall to Chinatown.

The Dragon arrives in Chinatown to firecrackers and New Year addresses from Chinese community leaders.

2pm – 5pm
The Lion and Unicorn visit and bless Chinatown’s businesses and revellers. Enjoy the funfair and spectacular Chinese acrobatics, dancing and music alongside over 60 food, arts and crafts stalls.

Fireworks finale in Chinatown.


Glittering Golden Dragon in Exchange Square
Thursday 7th – Sunday 10th February
Thousands of stunning red lanterns will once again adorn the city’s streets, landmarks and iconic buildings will be lit up red and Manchester’s infamous 50ft giant glittering Golden Dragon will be making a welcome return to the city’s Exchange Square, ready for snaps and selfies.


Penny Coin Piglet in St Ann’s Square
In honour of the Year of the Pig, giant art installation Piglet will be taking centre stage in the city’s St Ann’s Square. Created by UK-artist Alex Rinsler (previous works include giant foxes in Shanghai & London and the world’s largest squirrel in Almaty, Kazakhstan), the giant piglet will don a handsome coat made from thousands of pennies for good luck.

Visitors will be invited to contribute their own pennies to piggy banks around the sculpture, with proceeds going to The Big Change, and the Wai Yin Society, working with Manchester’s most vulnerable residents.


Food & Drink

Chinese Street Food Market
Thursday 7th & Sunday 10th February, 11am – 7pm
Head to the colourful stalls in St Ann’s Square and enjoy a selection of traditional festive dumplings, steamed buns and dim sum favourites from some of the city’s best purveyors of Asian food and drink, including Dim Sum Su, Jade Rabbit and Wallace & Sons.


Arts & Culture

CFCCA Chinese New Year
To celebrate the Year of the Pig, Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art will be hosting a wealth of activities for all the family. Taking inspiration from its ‘Chinternet Ugly‘ exhibition, you can explore fun and exciting ways to engage with online art and digital technologies, alongside some more traditional Chinese crafts and workshops.

For more information on Chinese New Year throughout the city you can visit



Related articles

Subscribe to our Newsletter

For how we use personal data see our privacy policy.