The Hong Kong Chinese New Year Parade is a classic event featuring colourful lit floats, spectacular performances by local and international performers welcoming Chinese New Year with a festive energy that is uniquely Hong Kong. Themed ‘Best Fortune. World Party.’, the parade will take place on Chinese New Year day (16th February 2018), bringing positive energy to everyone in the audience and a vibrant party to see in the Year of the Dog.
The parade features over 30 floats and performing troupes from the many organisations, which in the past has included Cathay Pacific, the official sponsor, Disneyland Hong Kong, Ocean Park and Ngong Ping 360 among many others.
There will be traditional lion dancers along with the colorful dragons. There are as well a number of international guest performers anywhere from Peru, Thailand, to the Czech Republic and Japan.
Date: February 16, 2018
Time : 8:00 pm (You are advised to go as early as 6pm to get a good spot!)
Location : Streets of Tsim Sha Tsui
There will be street closures as stands are being set up and near the time of the parade the route will be roped off.
Special spectators stands are set up for this event by the Hong Kong Cultural Center Piazza, the start point of the parade, and along some of the streets. There is an admission charge for these reserved seats. Otherwise, viewing along the parade route is free. Beware of “official looking” people that might try to charge you a “show fee” along the free parade route.
Admission for the spectator stands: TBA, last year for reference HK$480 / $450 / $300 per person. Stands open at 7:00 pm.
Tickets go on sale a couple of weeks before the parade, and are available on a first-come-first-served basis, they normally sell out the very first day. You can buy the stand tickets at the HK Tourism Office at the Star Ferry in TST and there is normally a limit of 4 tickets per person. Call the Visitor Hotline for inquiries: +852 2508 1234.
Parade starts with an opening ceremony at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza. First float and performing group will arrive Canton Road at around 8:30pm, Haiphong Road at 8:50pm and Nathan Road at 9pm.
The last floats will reach the end point at around 10:30 pm.
How to get there
To parade route along Canton Road, Haiphong Road and Nathan Road (Free viewing):
MTR Tsim Sha Tsui Station, Exits A, C, D or E
MTR East Tsim Sha Tsui Station, Exits J, K, L1, L3, L5 or L6
To spectator stand at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Tsim Sha Tsui (Ticket required):
MTR East Tsim Sha Tsui Station, Exit L6
Star Ferry from either Central or Wan Chai to Tsim Sha Tsui
To spectator seats on Nathan Road (Tickets required):
MTR Tsim Sha Tsui Station, Exit K
Note: Surrounding roads will be closed to vehicles about two hours before and after the parade. Please pay attention to government announcements in the local media.
Parade Float Exhibition & Performances
Get a good look at the splendid floats up close when they go on display at Lam Tsuen in Tai Po, during the Hong Kong Well-wishing Festival. Don’t miss even more wonderful performances by the parade’s international groups at Lam Tsuen, pentahotel and Temple Mall North on 17 and 18 February.
2018 Parade Floats Exhibition Date :
17 February to 4 March 2018
Time : 9am to 7pm (For 17 to 19 February and every Saturday and Sunday will close at 9pm)
Venue : Lam Tsuen Wishing Square, Tai Po, New Territories
1 Cathay Pacific Airways Limited
2 China Construction Bank (Asia) Corporation Limited
3 China National Tourism Administration
4 Hong Kong Disneyland
5* The Hong Kong Jockey Club
6 Hong Kong Tourism Board
7 Macao Government Tourism Office
8* Ocean Park Hong Kong
9 Quality Tourism Services Association
* Float will not be displayed in Lam Tsuen.
How to get there
To Lam Tsuen, Tai Po:
Bus 64K from MTR Tai Po Market Station to Fong Ma Po (Lam Tsuen Wishing Trees).
To pentahotel Hong Kong, Kowloon (19 Luk Hop Street, San Po Kong, Kowloon):
MTR Diamond Hill Station, Exit A2, and walk for 10 minutes.
To Temple Mall North:
Wong Tai Sin MTR Station Exit B3