Chinese New Year in Manchester

Chinese New Year in Manchester is a long-standing internationally recognised festival and one the largest events of its kind in the UK. Events celebrate Chinese culture spanning Chinatown, cultural venues and Manchester’s shopping and leisure districts.

Each year, Manchester City Centre BID coordinates the city’s ‘Zodiac’ campaign, and overarching city PR. In the past, we have also staged a range of contemporary events in the retail district, including our Giant Pig, Golden Dragon, Chinese Warriors and Light Show.

2024 Event

Saturday 10 & Sunday 11 February 2024

The UK’s brightest celebrations.

As the dark streets light up, welcome in the Year of the Dragon. Featuring Manchester’s famous red lanterns, live performances, stalls and funfair, plus the return of the city’s the legendary Dragon Parade.

January-February: Red Lanterns across the city centre including new extended locations in partnership with Manchester Accommodation BID

Saturday 10th + Sunday 11th February: Chinatown celebrations

Sunday 11th February: The Dragon Parade (led and managed by FCAM and Manchester City Council)

2024 Footfall

  • +13% increase in footfall across Chinese New Year weekend v 2023 [10th and 11th February v 21st and 22nd January 2023]
  • +16% increase in footfall for the Dragon Parade v 2023 Dragon Parade [11th February 2024 v 22nd January 2023]
  • +8% increase in footfall across Chinese New Year weekend v previous weekend [10th and 11th February 2024 v 3rd and 4th February 2024]

2024 Press Coverage

2024 Digital Stats 

  • Paid Digital Reach: 1,000,000 on Facebook
  • Organic Social Media Reach: 298,000 across Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and TikTok
  • Website Views: 168,000 at
  • Email Recipients: +23,000 to Visit Manchester Leisure Database

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