The 2018 Lantern Festival will be the biggest Chinese New Year celebration yet with:
More performers across five performance stage areas
A greater participation of traditional Chinese food stalls
A fully integrated light display linking all of the major light installations around Tumbalong Park, (new for this year)
The Chinese New Year Lantern Festival has established itself as one of the premiere events for the Chinese community across Sydney, and is one of the largest lunar new year festivals, outside of China.
There'll be four smaller stages and one main stage featuring a diverse display of entertainment not just from China, but other Asian nations who also celebrate the Lunar New Year, including Thailand and Japan.
There are other Chinese New Year events spread throughout Sydney CBD, Circular Quay, and Chinatown, so why not make a weekend of it, snapping a selfie with the twelve lunar animals, including the Year of the Dog, at the Sydney Opera House, along with art exhibitions, and kids activities (fee applies) at the Chinese Garden of Friendship.
Getting there Exhibition Centre or Paddy's Markets light rail stations are the closest to Tumbalong Park. Town Hall is the closest train station, and if you walk down Liverpool or Bathurst Street, it will bring you out, closest to Tumbalong Park.
There are multiple car parks surrounding Darling Harbour, each charging different prices, so compare before booking. It's possible to get a flat-rate weekend event, however, with a festival of this magnitude, public transport is recommended.