The International Chinese New Year Night Parade is one of Hong Kong’s most anticipated annual events, with fantastic floats and spectacular performances by local and international performers welcoming Chinese New Year with a festive energy that is uniquely Hong Kong. Themed ‘Best Fortune. World Party.’, the parade will take place on Chinese New Year day, bringing positive energy to everyone in the audience and a vibrant party to see in the Year of the Dog.
- See magnificent floats alongside local and international performing groups, including cabaret music and dance, cheerleaders, magic, and a collaboration between Chinese drums and a Western marching band.
- Before the parade begins, roving street performances and games will warm up the route from 6pm onwards, including unicyclists from Japan, diabolo performers from Taiwan, jugglers from the Czech Republic and pogo performers from the US.
16 February 2018 (Chinese New Year’s Day)
8–9:45pm (A variety of street performances will warm up the route from 6pm onwards)
Major roads in Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon. Parade starts with an opening ceremony at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza. First float and performing group will arrive Canton Road at around 8:30pm, Haiphong Road at 8:50pm and Nathan Road at 9pm.
On the first day of Chinese New Year, floats and performing groups will parade around the Tsim Sha Tsui harbourfront area, setting off from Hong Kong Cultural Centre to the major thoroughfares of Canton Road and Nathan Road. Wondering where best to get a good look at the parade, enjoy the celebratory vibe, or take stunning photographs? We’ve got you covered.
Maximum comfort, ideal angle: Hong Kong Cultural Centre spectator stand
The parade sets off from the stage at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Open Piazza, where ticket holders will be the first to see the performing groups in the comfort of the spectator seats. Needless to say, the audiovisual effects are best experienced from near the stage, which is equipped with LED screens. In addition, there will be programmes and souvenirs given out to the audience, as well as performances by local celebrities at the opening ceremony. Tickets are limited — they go on sale two weeks before the show and are usually sold out within hours, so get yours fast!
Most happening: Canton Road, before Harbour City
Didn’t manage to get tickets? No worries, you can still watch the parade for free along the route, and catch street performances two hours before the parade starts. Busy Canton Road is the most popular, so you’ll need to be there early to secure a good spot. Shutterbugs might want to get close to the media area which has got bright lights focused on the floats and performers to make them extra dazzling. Your long wait will pay off when you snap away at the troupes’ spectacular performances right before your lens.
Less crowds, more interaction: Nathan Road
Don’t feel like waiting? Pop by Holiday Inn Golden Mile Hong Kong or Imperial Hotel on Nathan Road, where the roads are wider and there are fewer crowds. The parade ends near Sheraton Hong Kong Hotel & Towers, which means that performers will have more time to interact with spectators to make for an even more unforgettable evening.
Hidden vantage point: iSQUARE
Worried about the crowds blocking your view? Try the lower floors of iSQUARE. You won’t be immersed in the parade, but you can stay warm and see the show in peace from up high through floor-to-ceiling windows.
Float exhibition: Lam Tsuen
Even if you missed the parade, you’ll still have a chance to see the floats up close. From 17 February to 4 March, the floats will be on display at the Lam Tsuen Well-wishing Festival. There will also be various performances around town throughout the Chinese New Year period.
How to get there
To parade route along Canton Road, Haiphong Road and Nathan Road (Free viewing):
- MTR Tsim Sha Tsui Station, Exits A, C, D or E
- MTR East Tsim Sha Tsui Station, Exits J, K, L1, L3, L5 or L6
To spectator stand at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Tsim Sha Tsui (Ticket required):
- MTR East Tsim Sha Tsui Station, Exit L6
- Star Ferry from either Central or Wan Chai to Tsim Sha Tsui
To spectator seats on Nathan Road (Tickets required):
- MTR Tsim Sha Tsui Station, Exit K
Parade Float Exhibition & Performances
How to get there
To Lam Tsuen, Tai Po:
- Bus 64K from MTR Tai Po Market Station to Fong Ma Po (Lam Tsuen Wishing Trees).
To pentahotel Hong Kong, Kowloon (19 Luk Hop Street, San Po Kong, Kowloon):
- MTR Diamond Hill Station, Exit A2, and walk for 10 minutes.
To Temple Mall North:
- Wong Tai Sin MTR Station Exit B3