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Chinese New Year Lantern Festival 2018

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The 2018 Lantern Festival will be the biggest Chinese New Year celebration yet with:
More participants
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.

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It's a family-friendly event and this year will see more than 3,000 individual lights, joining seven major lantern displays across Darling Harbour in a grand spectacle.

Grab some spring rolls, or moon cakes, and wander the luminous art installations celebrating the Year of the Dog.

There's multiple events spanning Friday 23rd February to Sunday 25th February, in Darling Harbour with festivities running from 10am to 10pm, each day including:

A pre-launch lantern lighting show ~ Thursday 22nd February from 10pm to 10:30pm.
Grand Opening Ceremony (featuring government officials)~ Friday 23rd February from 7pm to 10:30pm
Multiple dance and acrobatic acts perform throughout the festival on the stages in Tumbalong Park.

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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.

Alternatively, avoid the transport hassles altogether and stay a night or two, in a modern serviced apartment, or a Luxury Hotel, within an easy walking distance from Chinatown and Darling Harbour. Start the Chinese New Year right with a visit to your hotel day spa, Yum Cha, and a wander through Barangaroo, finished off with a ferry trip on the harbour.

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For information on the full range of Chinese New Year events and activities, check the City of Sydney website.

The Chinese New Year Lantern Festival is a huge celebration and is a great opportunity, to sample Sydney's diverse culture, featuring lights, food, and free entertainment.
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Why? Huge lantern festival, entertainment, food stalls & itís free to attend!
When: Thursday 22nd Feb until Sunday 25th Feb
Phone: 02 9267 6568
Where: Tumbalong Park, Darling Harbour.
Cost: Totally FREE to attend.
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