Chinese New Year 2013 Celebrations

Chinese New Year in Manchester
Chinese New Year in Manchester
Manchester’s famous Chinese New Year celebrations are just around the corner!

The Year of the Snake will be kicked off in style on the 10th February with dazzling events in the city centre organised by the Federation of Chinese Associations of Manchester which will immerse the city in the Chinese culture.

Chinatown and the Albert Square (which you can enter for free) will be covered in a street market from 11am, with unique shopping and food stalls, art and craft workshops and loads more.

A key part of the celebrations will be the Dragon Parade and Lion Dances by Master Chu. Starting at 12:30, this is a bright and colourful parade that commences at the Town Hall and weaves its way into China Town. Organisers have promised that this year’s lion dance will be the most amazing one ever performed in the UK!

Performances will be entertaining the crowds in both locations and a spectacular 15 minute fireworks display will crown the evening at 6pm.

There will be a fair ground in the city centre and you can even learn a traditional Chinese art form on the day such as calligraphy, origami or you could play the ancient Chinese game tangram.

This is the biggest Chinese New Year celebration in the North with over 65,000 people attending in 2012.

The Year of the Snake facts

The snake is symbol of ambience in traditional Chinese custom and legendary folklore and it is loved by the public because it was found in China’s earliest totem.

The Chinese Year of the Snake
The Chinese Year of the Snake
Event Information


Cost: Free


Street Markets – 11:00

Parade starts – 12:00

Fireworks – 18:00

Address: Albert Square
M60 2LA