Whether you’re looking for conventional Chinese New Year events in Hong Kong, or interesting exhibitions to feel the vibes, we’ve got you covered.
Hong Kong may be known for its happy hours and scrumptious brunches, but when it comes to Chinese New Year, it’s a whole different scene. From receiving red packets to indulging in auspicious Chinese New Year food like homemade Cantonese turnip cake, it’s the time of year when families reunite to celebrate and pray for good fortune. So, if you’re looking for the best Chinese New Year events in Hong Kong to enjoy with your loved ones, look no further than our top picks below.
Chinese New Year events in Hong Kong 2022
1. Lunar New Year Celebrations of Lanterns from Around the World
In addition to Chinese New Year, many other countries in Asia are celebrating Lunar New Year. And although we can’t travel outside of Hong Kong this holiday, four shopping malls have brought the stunning lanterns from across the continent to our doorstep. You’ll find Korea’s Lotus Lantern Festival at Double Cove Place in Ma On Shan; Vietnam’s Hoi An Full Moon Festival at Green Code Plaza in Fan Ling; Japan’s Akita Pole Lantern Festival at Grand Waterfront Plaza in To Kwa Wan; and Taiwan’s Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival at Metro Harbour Plaza in Tai Kok Tsui. Don’t miss out on your chance to take pictures of the Instagrammable installations and the dazzling luminaries this Chinese New Year!
Double Cove Place, 8 Wu Kai Sha Road, Ma On Shan, Hong Kong, p. 2603 5291
Green Code Plaza, 1 Ma Sik Road, Fan Ling, Hong Kong, p. 2997 4047
Grand Waterfront Plaza, 38 San Ma Tau Street, To Kwa Wan, Hong Kong, p. 2262 2029
Metro Harbour Plaza, 8 Fuk Lee Street, Tai Kok Tsui, Hong Kong, p. 3144 3350
2. Harbour City x Keung’s Dragon & Lion Dance Team: Garfield Lion Dance Team
A project group held by Keung’s Dragon & Lion Dance Team in collaboration with Harbour City and the iconic American comic character Garfield, Garfield Lion Dance Team will be performing publicly in the mall during Chinese New Year. Prior to these performances are two sessions of professional training in traditional lion dance, which help boost the children’s team spirit, discipline, and physical fitness. Upon donating $500 (with proceeds going to the SPCA), kids can be enrolled in the lion dance class, receive a Garfield lion dance uniform, as well as a certificate and performance photos after the show.
Recruiting students from 6 to 12 years old, Garfield Lion Dance Team will be holding classes in Cantonese, with performances being held on 22 and 23 January. While applications are now closed, you can look forward to catching their shows at Harbour City – a Chinese New Year event highlight!
Harbour City, 3-27 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Hong Kong, p. 2118 8666
3. Lion Dance at The Peninsula
For more than 40 years, The Peninsula has dazzled its audience with a vibrant lion and dragon dance performance. Taking place on The Sun Terrace with sweeping views of the Victoria Harbour, nine lions and one dragon will commemorate the Year of the Tiger, bringing luck, blessings and good fortune. The Peninsula Hong Kong will also host a children’s lion dance workshop this year, in collaboration with its long-standing lion and dragon dance partner, the renowned Ha Family. A special lion dance staycation package is available from 24 January to 31 March 2022 (excluding 1-15 February inclusive).
Learn more about the lion dance at The Peninsula.
The Peninsula Hong Kong, Salisbury Road, Hong Kong, p. 2920 2888
4. Citygate Outlets x Lan Lan Cat: CATch the New Year Vibe
Ring in the Year of the Tiger by CATching the adorable Lan Lan Cat at Citygate Outlets! From 15 January to 8 February, Citygate Outlets is home to Lan Lan Cat and his friends. In The Den of Blessings, you’ll spot the characters dressed up as cute tigers, surrounded by six festive and Insta-worthy installations, including the “Pawful of Fortune” Scratcher, “Level-Up Cat Tower”, “Fish O’ffluence” Goldfish Bowl, and more. Moreover, you can shop over 50 Lan Lan Cat merchandise at the pop-up store, such as the 2022 calendar and 3D New Year’s couplets. Last but not least, strike a pose in the feline wonderland using the “1, 2, 3, s-meow!” Chinese New Year AR filter to enjoy the full Lan Lan Cat experience.
Citygate Outlets, 18-20 Tat Tung Road, Tung Chung, Hong Kong, p. 2109 2933
5. MOSTown: Most Festive New Year Celebration @ Yummy Dim Sum House
Do you like dim sum? We do! And if you also have a soft spot for cute characters, be sure to head to MOSTown this Lunar New Year for its ‘Most Festive New Year Celebration @ Yummy Dim Sum House’. Until 15 February, MOSTown will be transformed into a Dim Sum House, containing various special zones and interactive games. Aside from taking photos with the viral characters in their Spring Festival-inspired costumes, don’t forget to download the Usagyuuun x Din-Dong CNY-edition WhatsApp stickers, too!
MOSTown, 18 On Luk Street, Ma On Shan, Hong Kong, p. 2643 9110
6. The Langham, Hong Kong: “Journey to Fortune” staycation
Embark on a “Journey to Fortune” at The Langham this Lunar New Year. This staycation package is available for booking until 3 February, and it includes a one-night stay in the hotel, with a complimentary upgrade to City View Room; breakfast and lunch for two adults and one child below 11 years old; a 30-minute family selfie experience at the “Pink Afternoon Tea” themed room; a limited-edition pack of Langham red packets; and more.
The Langham, Hong Kong, 8 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, p. 2375 1133
7. Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong: Lunar New Year Entertainment
Ring in the new year at the Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong. In addition to its luxurious staycation packages and pampering experiences, the Hotel itself is undergoing a festive transformation for Lunar New Year. Find Chinese lanterns, fragrant blooms, and even the God of Wealth making an appearance; make sure to catch him on the First and Second Day of Lunar New Year (1 and 2 February), so that you can grab yourself a lai see or two. Also on the First Day of Lunar New Year are a traditional lion dance and eye-dotting ceremony, which will be held in the hotel lobby at 3pm. For those in search of family-friendly Chinese New Year events, this will be your best bet.
Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong, 5 Connaught Road Central, Hong Kong, p. 2522 0111
8. The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong: “Spring Stellar-bration” staycation
Cosy up in one of the Deluxe Rooms at The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong with its “Spring Stellar-bration” staycation package over your Chinese New Year holidays. Take in the sky-high views of the city while savouring the Hotel’s signature Mango Delight Cake and a complimentary bottle of house champagne. You’ll also get to enjoy breakfast for two, along with 20% savings on selected spa treatments at The Ritz-Carlton Spa (which is one of our favourite hotel spas, BTW) and the hotel’s dining venues.
The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong, International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon, Hong Kong, p. 2263 2100
9. Visit the Wishing Trees in Lam Tsuen
Looking for traditional Chinese New Year events in Hong Kong? The famous Wishing Trees in Lam Tsuen are said to bring good luck to those who throw joss paper onto them and make wishes. Legend has it that the higher the branch the joss paper lands on, the higher the chance your wish will come true. Each Chinese New Year, people from across the city flock to these Trees to pray for good fortune.
Lam Tsuen, Tai Po, Hong Kong, p. 2638 3678
10. Sample both traditional and innovative Chinese New Year menus
You can’t miss out on the delicious food when it comes to Chinese New Year in Hong Kong! Other than traditional CNY snacks like the New Year pudding and turnip cake, we’ve also compiled a list of the best Chinese New Year menus in Hong Kong where you’ll find limited-time festive delicacies to enjoy with your family and friends.
11. Gold Coast Hotel presents a CNY staycation package
Reserve a seaside staycation at the Gold Coast Hotel to ring in the arrival of the Year of the Tiger with your loved ones! The package includes accommodation at a Deluxe Seaview Room, a kids’ art session, and outdoor activities including Gold Coast ziplines, mini train ride, and outdoor mini bowling. If you’re staying for two consecutive nights, you can enjoy a mini golf session and complimentary drinks upon spending a minimum $300 at Satay Inn.
Gold Coast Hotel, 1 Castle Peak Road, Tuen Mun, Hong Kong, p. 2452 8888
12. Temple Mall Celebrates Chinese New Year with the “Tapestry of Luck”
To mark an auspicious start to the Year of the Tiger, Temple Mall presents the “Tapestry of Luck” campaign, featuring 12 cloth tigers. The stuffed cloth tiger doll is an ancient folk craft sewn by elders as a talisman that protects their infant family members. Customers, who spend $388 or more using an electronic payment method at the mall in a single transaction, can redeem a free Blessed Tiger Ornament. To claim the gift, you need to register as a Link member or upload an on-site selfie with the New Year installations onto social media with the hashtag #TempleMall during the promotion period.
Temple Mall, 136 Lung Cheung Road, Wong Tai Sin, Hong Kong, p. 2320 5614
13. Go shopping at the Flower Market
For an extra dose of luck, prosperity, and good fortune, add some symbolic plants into your home. Kumquat, orange trees, and mandarin trees are often bought to welcome wealth, luck, and prosperity, and you’ve probably spotted them outside shops and in lift lobbies. And in case you haven’t noticed, shops filled with orchids are popping in every corner, why not stop by to pick up these beautiful blooms? They signify renewal of life and a new beginning, and their long branches symbolise longevity. You can easily find them at the Flower Market (for a great bargain too!).
Follow our guide to the Flower Market for an insider’s look at the best shops.
14. Watch these Cantonese movies during your holiday
If you’re looking for things to do during Chinese New Year that you can enjoy from your own home, we recommend you to binge watch these beloved Hong Kong movies – including our favourite Cantonese horror movies – to get into the mood. One of locals’ must-watch during the holiday has to be Stephen Chow’s All’s Well, End’s Well – it’s a simply hilarious classic!
Check out these iconic Hong Kong film locations if you feel like taking a tour in the city over the CNY break.