Chinese New Year in Preston

chinese new year preston


Happy Chinese/Lunar New Year!

The Chinese New Year officially marks the year of the Pig beginning on February 5th, 2019, and ends on February 19th. The Pig is the twelfth in the 12-year cycle of Chinese zodiac sign. The Years of the Pig include 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2031, 2043…

What’s happening around/near Preston for Lunar New  Year?

Harris Museum

Sat 9 February | 11am – 15:30pm

Come and celebrate the year of the Pig with the Confucius Institute at the Harris with events for all ages. This is a fun-packed, family-friendly day with plenty of things to see and do. Plus- it’s FREE!

11am – 3.30pm
· 1pm Preston People’s Choir
Selection of songs, including Chinese moon poetry in song.
· 11am Lion dance on flag market
Ground Floor
· Chopstick games
· Chinese puzzles

1st Floor
· Porcelain handling
· Calligraphy and brush painting
· Chinese knots: ribbon bracelets.

2nd Floor
· Traditional storytelling session
· Tea ceremony demonstration
· Making lanterns & Paper cutting:

Preston Guild Hall

12 Feb | 12pm-5pm

An amazing celebration of Chinese New Year presented by UCLan Confucius Institute, with the incredible performing talents of the internationally-renowned Shanghai Theatre Academy! Expect an amazing mix of dance, theatre, and music, all of them detailing the intricacy, history, and beauty of Chinese culture. 

Lancaster Chinese New Year Carnival

3 Feb 2019 | 10am-4pm

The Carnival returns for one of the most colourful and lively events in Lancaster! Expect another incredible day with streets full of tasty international food, gifts, souvenirs, exciting funfair rides for the family and entertainment throughout the day with artists, musicians and martial arts taking the stage in Market Square.

There will be a funfair in Market Square for kids of all ages to enjoy alongside entertainment throughout the day with music, dance and martial arts taking to the stage from 11am – 4pm.

The Parade will start from 2pm following a path through the high street and circling the city centre around all the main thoroughfares for everyone to take in the lively and colourful performances.

Funfair and Street Markets – 10am to 4pm

Entertainment and Performances – 10am to 4pm

Dragon Parade – From 2pm


There are several Chinese restaurants in Preston to help mark this special occasion. Check out the top ten recommended by TripAdvisor.

Top restaurants include The Azuma and Tang Authentic Chinese.

Read our blog for Chinese New Year events happening around Manchester!

For more information on events happening around Preston head to Visit Lancashire.

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