Why celebrate New Year with just a kiss and some fireworks, when you can celebrate over ten enormous days with a massive range of events across the whole city? Chinese New Year (the Year of the Rooster) will be celebrated with a ten-day festival from January 27th to February 5th.
For families and kids, there will be plenty of family-friendly activities and events taking place during the festival.
The 2017 Chinese New Year Festival will stretch over 10 days and nights
There are four zones including the main hub at Elizabeth Quay, plus Northbridge, Forrest Place and Brookfield Place. Smaller events will also be taking place at Garden City, Carousel, the WA Museum's Discovery Centre and Stirling Farmers Market.
Lion Dancing at Elizabeth Quay
Elizabeth Quay – January 27th to February 5th
Elizabeth Quay is the primary #WACNY2017 hub. Visit in the evenings to see the Perth riverfront lit up by 12 giant inflatable Zodiac lanterns including a six-metre Golden Rooster, as well as an exciting interactive lantern wall that will change colour and formation when you touch it.
There will be traditional Lion Dancing at the Quay almost every day of the festival: Friday 27th at 6pm Saturday 28th at 10am and 3pm Sunday 29th at 3pm Friday 3rd at 9pm Saturday 4th at 3pm
Sunday 5th at 2pm
Also at the Quay will be special hands-on demonstrations of the growing phenomenon Kids 'push hands' martial arts with 20 minutes sessions starting at 11.15am and 5pm on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th.
Ging Mo push hands for kids
WA Museum's Discovery Centre, January 29th to February 18th
Children are welcome to learn about the Chinese Zodiac at the Discovery Centre (Francis Street, Northbridge) with a range of kids' activities plus a great exhibition of fascinating objects from WA's Chinese community.
Forrest Place, January 27th
Bring the whole family to wander through a special Twilight Hawkers Market on Friday 27th which will be decorated with traditional red lanterns. Running from 4.30pm to 9.30pm, there will be plenty of delicious food available and you can also sit and watch the special light show being projected onto the GPO Building, featuring the legend of the twelve Chinese Zodiac animals.
The fair will have performers, food, firecrackers and plenty for the kids
Northbridge, January 29th
If you are looking bang for your buck, look no further than the huge Chinese New Year Fair taking place in Northbridge.
This free, family-friendly event will run from midday to 9pm on Sunday 29th January and will incorporate exciting food stalls, traditional lion dances, music and dancing, martial arts, firecrackers plus games, rides and water slides for the kids. There will be a special Chinese costume photo booth for kids and a multicultural concert to finish the evening at the Northbridge Piazza.
Feed the Dragons
Brookfield Place, January 30th
Head to Brookfield Place on Monday 30th January to 'feed' the Lions – kids will enjoy the unique lion and dragon dancing ceremony which wards off 'evil' spirits and welcomes in the new Year of the Rooster. The feeding session runs from 12.30-1pm.
Carousel Shopping Centre, February 9th
On the evening of Thursday 9th February there will be a special Chinese lantern display and cultural shows at Carousel that the whole family will enjoy. (Event runs from 4pm-9pm).