11 places to celebrate Chinese New Year

Also known as the Spring Festival, Chinese New Year is the most important (and colourful) cultural events of the year. Celebrations often last up to two weeks and that is our kind of party.

This year is the year of everyone’s favourite animal, the dog, so it’s definitely one to get involved in.

Here are 10 Gold Coast events to celebrate the Chinese New Year (from north to south). 

Sanctuary Cove
On Sunday, February 18 The Marine Village will be alight with activities from calligraphy, lantern painting, face painting and a giant jumping castle. Fireworks will light up the sky on Friday the 16th and traditional lion dancing will take over the streets. Dragon Cove Chinese Restaurant will also host a Chinese New Year Banquet for $78 per person.
Where: The Marine Village, Sanctuary Cove
When: Lion Dancing – Friday February 16 – Sunday February 18 (7 to 8pm), Fireworks – Friday February 16 (8pm), Traditional Chinese Activities – Sunday February 19 (11am to 2.30pm), Dragon Cove Banquet Friday February 16 to Sunday February 19 (from 6pm) 

Harbour Town
Swaying lanterns, dazzling colours and sweet sounds – Harbour Town is getting ready for Chinese New Year! After checking out all the amazing Chinese New Year sales, be sure to visit the beautiful four metre tall Wishing Tree near Michael Kors. Whisper your wishes and snap a photo of yourself under the tree from Wednesday 14 February, for your chance to win an $88 Harbour Town gift card or go in the running to WIN an $888 gift card.
Where: Harbour Town, 147-189 Brisbane Road, Biggera Waters
When: Friday 16 February to Sunday 18 February, Traditional Lion Dancers will weave their magic through the malls twice daily from 12pm and 1.30pm plus listen to the Chinese Orchid Music Group at 11am and 1pm.

Chinatown Street Markets
Enjoy an authentic Asian food experience with family and friends at the Chinatown Street Markets, which will come alive with Asian culture, children’s activities and entertainment. The free event will feature a delicious Asian street food market, superb local restaurants, live music and cultural entertainment, children’s activities, film screening, pop up laneway bar and a spectacular fireworks display.
Where: Gold Coast Chinatown, Young and Davenport Streets, Southport
When: February 17 from 5pm to 9pm

Waves Buffet Restaurant
Nothing says Chinese New Year like a team of Asian chefs preparing steamed dumplings, tasty duck pancakes or sizzling seafood sliced, diced and prepared with noodles and Chinese greens. It all happens right before your eyes when Waves Buffet Restaurant welcomes Chinese New Year and the Year of the Dog. At the live cooking stations, chefs will whip up sizzling prawns, mussels and squid with Shanghai noodles and Chinese vegetables. Eat it all for just $68 per person.
Where: Watermark Hotel & Spa, 3032 Surfers Paradise Blvd, Surfers Paradise
When: February 15 to 17 from 5.30pm

Gold Coast Turf Club
Get excited for the first Chinese-themed race day in South East Queensland’s history. The racecourse will be decked out with Chinese emblems, symbols and lots of red and gold! Racegoers will experience one of the most important dates in Chinese culture while also providing the local Chinese community with an opportunity to celebrate and learn more about the racing industry. Free general admission at the gate on the day with all attendees being able to join in on the celebrations with a host of Chinese themed entertaining and dining experiences.
Where: Racecourse Drive, Bundall
When: Saturday February 16th from 10am to 5pm

Carrara Markets
Chinese Lions and a Chinese Dragon will parade throughout the markets on Sunday February 18. Watch the colourful dance performance as they weave through the crowds and dance to the traditional Chinese drum. For those wishing to attract good luck, fortune and joy for 2018, the placement of a lucky red envelope with a gold coin into the lion or dragon’s mouth is more than welcome.
Where: Cnr Gooding Drive and Manchester Road, Carrara
When: From 11am, February 18

The Star
Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and tastes of Asia as The Star celebrates Lunar New Year, with special menus and live entertainment from February 16.

  • Imperial at The Star
    Featuring the best ingredients, sauces and spices paired with the highest quality local and seasonal produce, Chinese restaurant Imperial at The Star has put together a special lucky menu featuring traditional dishes this Lunar New Year.
    When: February 16 to 18
  • Mei Wei Dumplings
    Mei Wei Dumplings will also celebrate with traditional Lunar New Year cakes including brown sugar sticky rice cake; daikon cake with turnip, dried shrimp and Chinese sausage; and water chestnut cake.
    When: February 16 to 18
  • Food Fantasy
    Family favourite Food Fantasy will feature a huge variety of oriental delicacies including Yum Cha, Chinese spiced pork belly with English mustard, Hainan chicken, and steamed or deep-fried whole fish with light soy, fresh chilli, shallots and coriander.
    When: February 16 to 18
  • YouYa Live in Concert
    Presented by Chinatown Cinema Corp, YouYa Live in Australia will take the stage for a special Lunar New Year performance with special guest Qiu Lin. YouYa was the first Taiwan idol singer, debuting in the 60s.
    When: Friday, February 23, 2018
Time: Doors open 7.30pm, show starts 8.15pm Tickets: From $68
    Where: Casino Drive, Broadbeach

Robina Town Centre
Join Robina Town Centre in welcoming the Year of the Dog this Lunar New Year. On Saturday 17 February, embrace good fortune and celebrate over a delicious lunch or dinner at one of the amazing Asian restaurants located in The Kitchens or along The Promenade. Plus, dine at Yum Cha and you’ll have front row seats to the traditional Lion Dance Show on Saturday 17 Feb from 7.15pm.
Where: Robina Town Centre Drive, Robina
Saturday February 17 from 7.15pm