Hong Kong Chinese New Year
Lion Dance Performances

Lions, Dragons, Drums, Gongs...!
Chinese New Year Lion Dance in Hong Kong at Harbour City

Lion Dances and Dragon Parades are an essential part of every Chinese New Year celebration, or rather, ANY Chinese Festival for that matter, and in Hong Kong that is no exception.

In fact, the city set a Guinnes World Record in 2011 for the largest Lion and Dragon Dance display which featured 1,111 Dragons and Lions. This gave way to a fantastic yearly event, the Hong Kong Dragon and Lion Dance Festival which takes place every year on New Year's Day January 1st, (NOT Chinese New Year's Day) and is an explosion of colour, glitter and roars with hundreds of troupes parading throughout the streets...

Chinese New Year Lion Dance in Hong Kong at Harbour City

These traditional arts date back for more than a thousand years.

Besides being incredible acrobatic performances, in Chinese Culture it is believed that the Lions and the accompanying revelry of drums, gongs and firecrackers, will scare away the bad spirits and bring in the good luck in the coming year, and thus a Lion Dance is a "must" during the Chinese New Year festivities.

Where are the Lion and Dragon Dances during Chinese New Year in Hong Kong?

During the Chinese New Year celebrations, Lion and Dragon Dances will be performed just about everywhere. Regardless of where you are tripsing around town, chances are, you will be able to catch one at some point or another.

Starting on New Year's Day, it will be dragon and lion galore at the annual Chinese New Year Parade, one of your first chances to catch them.

Chinese New Year Parade in Hong Kong - Lion Dancers
Lion Dancers at the Chinese New Year Parade

Afterwards, great chances to catch a show will be at the many shopping centers in the city...

Chinese New Year Lion Dance at Pacific Place Shopping Center in Hong Kong
Chinese New Year Lion Dance Performance at Pacific Place

At hotels and restaurants...

Chinese New Year Lion Dance at Langham Place in Hong Kong
The Lunar New Year Festivities at Langham Place

At tourist attractions around town, Ngong Ping where the Big Buddha is located, the Observation Wheel, and of course Disneyland and Ocean Park will be having full programmes for the occasion.

Chinese New Year Lion Dances at Ocean Park in Hong Kong
Lion Dance performances at Ocean Park

Even if you're just strolling the markets, keep an eye out for those lions! After all, anybody that is in business will want to usher away all the accumulated bad luck, clean house and bring in the good fortune, so the Lion Dancers are sure to be welcomed by all anytime... anywhere!

Lion Dances at Temple Street Night Market
Chinese New Year Lion Dancers at the Temple Street Night Market

Keep in mind that while most government offices, schools, banks, are closed for the public holidays during Chinese New Year, shops and restaurants remain open, shopping centers even offer extended hours. Attractions and theme parks remain open as usual, street markets close on the first and second day of Chinese New Year and reopen on the third day, this year on February 7, 2019. There will be plenty of time and opportunity to catch a Lion Dance performance!

For 2019, the window of opportunity to catch that Lion and Dragon dance performance will be from early February through the end of the month.

The Lantern Festival will be on February 19, 2019 . It marks the culmination of the Lunar New Year festivities and is also a great chance to see the lions and dragons at the many carnivals that pop around town.

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Dragon and Lion Dances Year Of The Pig 2019

Here are some popular places where lions and dragons make an appearance every year. They are likely to reappear for the Year of the Pig celebrations in 2019. Will be posting latest info as it becomes available.

Year of the Pig Celebrations at the Hong Kong Observation Wheel

Lion Dances and God of Fortune at the Observation Wheel

What? Chinese Lion Dance Performances and God of Fortune Blessings
When? January 31 - February 19, 2019. Times TBA, last year Lion dancing took place everyday from 2:30pm to 3pm, while God of Fortune was there giving blessings for 30 minutes starting on the clock from 3pm to 6pm.
Where? Hong Kong Observation Wheel
How Much? Free
More Info: Hong Kong Observation Wheel and AIA Vitality Park FB Page

Year of the Pig Celebrations at Ngong Ping Village and the Big Buddha

Dragon and Lion Dances and Parade at Ngong Ping Village Lantau

What? Fabulous Decorations, Chinese Dragon and Lion Dance Performances, Bodhi Trees, Blessing Drums, and special CNY dishes at the restaurants in Ngong Ping Village
When? January 22 - February 24, 2019
Lion Dances from February 5 - 12, 2019 (except February 8) at 12:30pm and 3:30pm. Each session lasts approx. 10 minutes
Where? Ngong Ping Village Square. Here's how to get there with the Cable Car and getting discount tickets.
How Much? Free
More Info: www.np360.com.hk

Celebrate Chinese New Year 2019 at Festival Walk

Lion Dances at Festival Walk Hong Kong

What? Drumming Acrobatic Dragon Performance: A high-energy Drumming Acrobatic Dragon Performances by afamous Hong Kong Kung Fu & Dragon Lion Dance Team!
When? January 19, 20, 26, 27, February 2, 3, 2019 at 3:00 pm and 4:30 pm
Where? Level LG2 at Festival Walk Kowloon

What? Lion Dances: Feel the power and excitement as the lion dances around the mall to bring good luck and wealth to everyone!
When? February 11, 2019 at 11:00 am
Where? Level LG2 at Festival Walk Kowloon

What? CNY Fun on Ice: Figure Skating performances, New Year Blessings from the God of Wealth
When? February 5 - 7, 2019, Figure Skating at 3:15pm
Where? Festival Walk Glacier at Festival Walk Kowloon
How Much? Free
More Info and full CNY programme: www.festivalwalk.com.hk/en/ or follow their FB page.

Year of the Pig 2019 at Harbour City TBA

Dragon and Lion Dances and Parade at Harbour City Hong Kong

What? Junior Lion Dance Trial Classes for Kids (ages 4-12)
When? Sundays February 4, 11 and 25, 2018 at 2:00 pm, 3:30pm and 5:00pm
Where? Ocean Terminal Atrium on the Ground Floor
How Much? HK$100 donation to Hong Kong Blood Cancer Foundation. You must register.

What? Chinese Dance Lion Paper Puppet Workshop (ages 3-10)
When? February 10, 19, 24, 2018 at 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Where? Ocean Terminal Atrium on the Ground Floor
How Much? HK$40 donation to Hong Kong Blood Cancer Foundation or same-day purchase of HK$200+ at any one outlet in Ground Floor, Ocean Terminal. First-come First-served.
Parent accompaniment is required for young children
More Info: www.harbourcity.com.hk or follow their FB page.

Chinese New Year at IFC Mall 2019 TBA

Dragon and Lion Dances and Parade at IFC Mall Hong Kong

What? Live Chinese Music Performance
When? Several Performances from February 14 - 21, 2018
Where? IFC Mall Oval Atrium, Podium Level 1

What? Lion Dance
When? February 23, 2018 - 10:30 am to 1:00 pm
Where? IFC Mall Oval Atrium, Podium Level 1
How Much? Free

More Info: www.ifc.com.hk or follow their FB page.

Year of the Pig at Pacific Place TBA

Lion Dances  at Pacific Place Hong Kong

What? Lion Dance Performance and Parade
When? February 21, 2018 at 1:00 pm
Where? Garden Court, Level LG1. Parade throughout the Mall

What? "Let Music Blossom" Festive Music Performances
When? Several performances February 1 - 24, 2018
Where? Garden Court, Level LG1.
How Much? Free
More Info: www.pacificplace.com.hk or follow their FB page.

Celebrate Chinese New Year 2019 at Times Square TBA

Lion Dances at Times Square Hong Kong

What? "A Rendezvous with Hats and Headdress Pieces in Cantonese Opera" with a New Year Greetings Photography Corner.   The costumes of Cantonese Opera are always elegant and have a unique beauty. In the exhibition venue, photography corner enables you to put on the costumes to take photos.
When? February 3 - March 4, 2018
Where? Open Piazza, Times Square
How Much? Free
More Info: www.timessquare.com.hk or follow their FB page.

Lion Dances... Dragon Dances... what's the difference?

The Lion Dance is performed by a pair of dancers, one handles the head of the lion and the other half handles the tail.

Hong Kong Chinese New Year Lion Dance

The Dragon Dance is a team effort involving a dozen or more dancers. The long Dragon is held on poles carried by each dancer, they raise the poles up and down creating the Dragon's movements as they snake around the streets.

Hong Kong Chinese New Year Dragon Dance

You can learn more about the Lion Dance and Dragon Dance at our sister site, China Family Adventure.

Make the most of Chinese New Year!


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

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