Chinese New Year

Liverpool City Centre
L1 5DN
Chinese New Year


A three day celebration welcoming Chinese New Year will take place to mark the 20th anniversary of Liverpool’s twinning with Shangahi. This year, it’s all about the Pig!

Thousands of Chinese lanterns will adorn city centre centre streets and Chinatown - the perfect selfie opportunity!

As well as the lanterns, a number of buildings across Liverpool and Wirral will be lighting up red in homage to China. The buildings lighting up are as follows:

St Luke’s Church (Bombed Out Church), Central Library and World Museum, Town Hall, Cunard Building and St George’s Hall, Everyman & Playhouse Theatres, Liverpool ONE, Moorfields and James St Stations, Martin Luther King Building, Royal Liverpool Albert Dock, Open Eye Gallery, Port of Liverpool Building, Sefton Park Palm House, The Arch, Toxteth Library, Unity Theatre and key Wirral buildings such as the tower at Wallasey Town Hall, the panoramic lounge at the Floral Pavilion and the Queen Victoria monument in Hamilton Square.


The festivities for the Year of the Pig will begin on this day and run until Sunday 10th February. The main focus will be on the Chinese Arch, which was gifted to the city by Shanghai 20 years ago.

From 7pm on the 8 and 9 February, there will be lion dancing and Chinese influenced street theatre in and around the arch, which will build up to a unique projection and pyrotechnic show at the arch, and on surrounding buildings. Called ‘The Quest for the Arch’, the projections follow the journey of a little girl and a pig from Shanghai to Liverpool.  The soundtrack will provided by musician and composer Jah Wobble and will feature a live element to the performance. It will end at around 7.45pm.


A number of street and stage performances, family workshops, a fairground, parades, firecracker displays and of course the popular Chinese market on George Street selling gifts, souvenirs and mouth-watering Chinese food will be back on Sunday 10th February!

The family friendly activities will start from 11.30am and take place in and around Great George Square and Nelson Street.  The event will end at 6.45pm

The Chinese arch street entertainment, the lumiere and pyrotechnic show will also take place on Sunday 10 February from 6pm.

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