Chinese New Year 2023 in London: Four Year of the Rabbit events

Lanterns hang across the street to celebrate the Chinese New Year in Chinatown, central London.

This weekend is the Chinese New Year. (Image: Luciana Guerra/PA Wire)

The Chinese New Year is fast approaching and the nation’s capital is gearing up for the celebrations.

2023 is the Year of the Rabbit and the New Year celebrations mark the transition from the Year of the Tiger 2022. explains, “In Chinese culture, rabbits represent the moon. Some say it’s because the moon’s shadows resemble a rabbit. Others say it is due to the rabbit’s pure qualities.

Chinese New Year can last up to 16 days, but the first 7 days are considered a public holiday in China.

This year, the celebrations begin on January 22, 2023 and end with the Lantern Festival on February 5.

Because of this, a variety of events are held across London to celebrate.

From Chinatown to Trafalgar Square, if you’re looking to celebrate Chinese New Year, here’s what you need to know.

How to celebrate Chinese New Year 2023 in London

According to, Chinese New Year celebrations in the capital will be concentrated primarily in the West End and other parts of central London.

Here are some of the top picks:

Chinese New Year Parade

One of the obvious highlights of the CNY celebrations in the capital is the New Year’s Day Parade, which will be attended by more than 50 teams and usually starts at 10am on Charing Cross Road.

From there it goes through Shaftesbury Avenue.

Trafalgar Square

From 12pm, celebrations usually take place in Trafalgar Square, central London, throughout the day until early evening.

Visitors will be treated to a screen show and thanksgiving ceremony, fireworks, speeches, the Lions’ Eye-Dotting Ceremony and more.

Chinese traditional dragon lantern lit at night.

Various events are held in central London to celebrate the Chinese New Year. (Image: Getty Images)

Food stalls will line the square, and there will be martial arts performances, flying lion dances, dance shows and pop acts.

West End Stages

Various stages will be positioned around the West End including the Talent and Community Zone on Shaftesbury Avenue, the Family Zone on Leicester Square and the Martial Arts and Culture Zone on Charing Cross Road.


Obviously, some of the best Chinese New Year celebrations will take place in Chinatown. From exceptional restaurants to street performers and works of art, Chinatown is definitely worth a weekend visit.

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