Chinese Lantern Festival in Hong Kong

Spring Lantern Carnival and Displays 2018
February 9 - March 4, 2018
Chinese Lantern Festival Displays in Tsim Sha Tsui Hong Kong

The Chinese Lantern Festival is celebrated on the first Full Moon of the Lunar Year.

The Spring Lantern Festival as it is also known, heralds the end of the Chinese New Year celebrations and in Hong Kong, this day or rather night, will be lit with hundreds of colorful lanterns which will adorn the markets, store fronts, restaurants and hotels and just about anywhere you go.

One of the main celebrations in Hong Kong which is easy for visitors to enjoy takes place in Tsim Sha Tsui at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza. It is sponsored by the Hong Kong Leisure and Cultural Services Department and the displays and activities are free to the public.

There are also displays and carnivals set up in the New Territories.

The "Lantern Festival" in Hong Kong actually consists of several events:

One common question we get is if you can see the lanterns over the harbour. No, the lanterns during the festival are not the kind you release into the sky. The lantern festival in Hong Kong consists of lantern displays as well as cultural activities for the entire family but no sky lanterns.

Lantern Exhibition and Displays

The LCSD sets up an amazing Lantern Exhibition in the grounds of the HK Cultural Centre just steps from the Kowloon Star Ferry Pier. The exhibition is part of the Chinese New Year Celebrations and runs for about a month.

The displays are lit every evening and the public is free to roam around the beautiful displays.

This is not your typical red Chinese Lantern, the displays are quite colorful and can take just about any size, shape and form you can imagine.

Dragon lanterns are featured quite often, and particularly in the Year of the Dragon when you can expect them to be showcased front and center...

Chinese Lantern Festival Hong Kong

The themes vary from year to year. Auspicious Chinese symbols will make a presence, for example the Goldfish which is believed to bring abundance and prosperity... or the pomegranate fruit which with the many seeds symbolizes fertility and prolific offspring...

Chinese Lantern Festival Hong Kong Goldfish Lantern
Goldfish Lanterns
Chinese Lantern Festival Hong Kong Pomegranate Lantern
Pomegranate Lanterns

Chinese Zodiac Animals are also a popular theme...

Chinese Lantern Festival Hong Kong - Chinese Zodiac Ox
Year of the Ox
Chinese Lantern Festival Hong Kong - Chinese Zodiac Monkey
Year of the Monkey

The Spring Lantern Carnival

The Urban Lunar New Year Lantern Carnival also sponsored by the LCSD, takes place on the day of the Chinese Lantern Festival, that is, the 15th day of the new year in the Lunar calendar.

The carnival takes place in the same grounds of the Lantern Exhibition at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza and consists of a series of events and performances by different guest groups.

The performances and the groups vary from year to year and may include musical performances, kung fu, acrobatics, as well as folk song and dances...

Chinese Lantern Festival Hong Kong Cultural Performances

...and of course the dragon parades...

Chinese Lantern Festival Hong Kong Dragon Parade

...and the auspicious lion dances...

Chinese Lantern Festival Hong Kong Lion dances

Also at the Carnival there are many kinds of folk craft and heritage exhibitions on topics such as lantern making, dragon or lion making, Chinese painting, paper cutting, etc.

Chinese Lantern Festival Hong Kong Lion Head Making Demo

Other Art, Craft, Cultural Exhibitions

As part of the Hong Kong Intangible Heritage Programme, there are exhibitions of Craftmanship on Lantern Making and other crafts normally over the weekend.

For more information on this year's Chinese Lantern Festival, Lantern Displays, Carnival programme, and other festival venues in the New Territories, check out the official site of the Hong Kong Leisure and and Cultural Services Department at www.lcsd.gov.hk.

Colorful Lanterns at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza lit for Spring Lantern Festival

Lunar New Year Lantern Carnival and Displays 2018

The main celebrations of the Urban Lunar New Year Lantern Carnival take place in Tsim Sha Tsui but there are also other locations in the New Territories.

Tsim Sha Tsui Events

Displays: February 9 to March 4, 2018 - lit-up time Friday-Sunday from 6:00pm to 11:00pm Theme: "Happily the Fishes Leap"

When? Youth Night March 1, 2018 from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Carnival Night March 2, 2018 from 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm features performances by the Xinjiang Arts Troupe
Where? The Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza by the Water Pools in front of the Clocktower, Tsim Sha Tsui.
How Much? Free

Hong Kong Intangible Cultural Heritage – Exhibition on Traditional Paper Crafting - March 1 - 6, 2018 from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm

This year's programme details here.

New Territories West

Displays: March 1 - 4, 2018 - lit-up time from 6:00pm to 11:00pm

When? Youth Night March 2, 2018 from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Carnival Night March 3, 2018 from 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm
Where? Tung Chung North Park
How Much? Free

This year's programme details here.

New Territories East

Displays: March 1 - 4, 2018 - lit-up time from 6:00pm to 11:00pm

When? Youth Night March 3, 2018 from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Carnival Night March 4, 2018 from 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm
Where? Hong Kong Velodrome Park in Tseung Kwan O
How Much? Free

This year's programme details here.

Colorful Lanterns at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza lit for Spring Lantern Festival

Make the most of Chinese New Year!


Enjoy the festivities and celebrations of this amazing time that is Chinese New Year in Hong Kong!

Gung Hay Fat Choy!

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