Celebrate the Year of the Rat in London, with the biggest Chinese New Year celebrations outside Asia. Every year, hundreds of thousands of people descend on the West End to wish each other "Xin Nian Kuai Le" (Happy new Year in Mandarin) or "San Faai Lok" (in Cantonese).
The Chinese New Year celebrations in Central London are free to attend and take place in Trafalgar Square, Chinatown and across the West End.
The day begins with a colourful parade through the streets of the West End, followed by stage performances in Trafalgar Square, including traditional dance troupes, acrobats, dragon and flying lion dances, opera and martial arts acts. The grand finale in Trafalgar Square ends the Chinese New Year celebrations with fireworks and a spectacular show.
Chinese New Year 2020, the Year of the Rat, falls on 25th January 2020, with the Trafalgar Square and Chinatown celebrations taking place on Sunday 26th January 2020.