Celebrate Chinese New Year with Family in Manchester

Welcome the Chinese New Year with fun family activities in Manchester to celebrate the Year of the Pig.

A supersized Piglet, beautiful lanterns, street food, arts and crafts, fireworks and the famous Dragon Parade; Manchester is the place to be Thursday 7th – Sunday 10th February.



Giant Golden Dragon – Exchange Square, 7 Feb – 10 Feb

Catch a glimpse of the legendary Chinese mythical creature at Exchange Square during the celebrations over the weekend.


Piglet – St Anne’s Square, 5 Feb – 10 Feb

In honour of the Year of the Pig, giant art installation ‘Piglet’ will take centre stage at St Ann’s Square over the Chinese New Year weekend. Created by UK artist Alex Rinsler, the giant piglet will be dressed in a coat made from thousands of pennies, a symbol of good luck. Visitors can contribute a penny or two to piggy banks around the sculpture, with proceeds going to The Big Change, and the Wai Yin Society which works will Manchester’s most vulnerable residents.


Albert Square Celebrations – Fri 8 Feb – Sun 10 Feb

Sample traditional Chinese cuisine at the food market, get stuck into Chinese Arts & Crafts and meet an 8 metre inflatable Chinese Money God at Albert Square over the weekend.


Chinese New Year Manchester

Family Workshops with Confucius Institute – Manchester Arndale, 9 Feb, 11am – 5pm

Learn all about the traditional Chinese art of paper-cutting with Manchester’s Confucius Institute and teachers from China. Families can create their own Chinese New Year Pig shaped fan as they learn about the characteristics of this year’s zodiac animal.



Lion Dance – Market Street, 9 Feb at 12pm, 1pm & 2pm.

Catch the magnificent Lion Dance outside Boots on Market Street at 12pm, 1pm and 2pm.



Our Kids Social Chinese New Year Family Arts – Refuge, 10 Feb, 11am-1pm

Head to The Den at The Refuge for the OKS free arts family drop in and have a go at mono printing and badge making. Get yourself geared up for the fantastic parade through Manchester at 1 o’clock and be ready to wave your flags as the dragons go past. Find out more here



The Dragon Parade – 10 Feb

From Albert Square to Chinatown, follow the dazzling 175-foot dragon in the Chinese New Year parade and find traditional lion dances, street food, stalls, live performances, a funfair and spectacular fireworks finale.


Chinese New Year Manchester

Make a Meme with CFCCA – Manchester Arndale, 10 Feb, 11am – 5pm

Create your own ‘meme’ with the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art, this Chinese New Year. This workshop, inspired by its current exhibition ‘Chinternet Ugly’, is led by experienced practitioners who will help you use traditional craft techniques such as printing and calligraphy to create a meme you can take home with you (ages 3+).




Chinese New Year Celebrations at Manchester Art Gallery – Sunday 10 Feb, 10am-5pm

Located in the heart of China Town, the Manchester Art Gallery will be welcoming families to join in their Chinese New Year celebrations with a range of artists and Chinese performers. Take part in a Tai Chi class or decorate Chinese cupcakes while listening to traditional Chinese Erhu music. Make shadow puppets or life draw from beautiful Chinese dancers. Pick and choose which activities you would like to do, and don’t miss the Lion Dance at the end of the day, approx 3.45pm-4.15pm. Find out more here



Chinese New Year Sunday Funday at Central Library – 10 Feb, 11.45am – 4pm

Head to the Central Library for the Lion Dance, music, dance performances, and a demonstration of the Chinese Tea Ceremony. There will be lots of activities and crafts for everyone to try! Find out more here

Enjoy the Chinese New Year celebrations in Manchester! #ChineseNewYearMCR #YearofthePig

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