Chinese New Year 2020

Liverpool will be bringing in the Year of the Rat in style with celebrations set to take place in the heart of Europe’s oldest Chinatown.

Full details have been released from Liverpool council regarding Chinese New Year 2020 celebrations, including parades and firecrackers display.

There will be festivities across the heart of Europe’s oldest Chinatown which will see traditional Chinese culture blended with modern performances including must-see street, stage and music acts.

From Friday January 10th, a number of buildings will be illuminated in red in honour of the New Year, signifying good fortune and joy to everyone.

And over the next few days, thousands of Chinese lanterns will adorn the city centre streets in the run up to the main Chinese New Year events on Sunday, January 26.

This year, as a result of the financial challenges facing the city council, the celebrations will take place on one day with a whole host of activities for families which are free or cost very little.

What’s happening on the day?

There will be a packed schedule of events taking place including aerial demonstrations, family workshops, a fairground along with the hugely popular dragon, unicorn and lion parades and firecracker displays.

The market will also make a return to George Street selling gifts, souvenirs and mouth-watering food.

In the Family Zone at Great George Square near the stage there will be activities on offer for all ages from 11.30am to 4.30pm.

There will also be storytelling sessions courtesy of the China Dream Stagecoach bus.

Don’t miss street performances around the Chinatown area at 12pm, 2pm and 4pm.

Which buildings will be lit up red?

Buildings include the Cunard Building, Liverpool Town Hall, St George’s Hall, Central Library, Picton Colonnades, Toxteth Library, World Museum, Open Eye Gallery, Everyman and Playhouse Theatres plus Mersey Tunnels George’s Dock Building.