Hong Kong will hold special Chinese New Year Lantern Carnivals to celebrate Lantern Festival (元宵節) soon after the Chinese New Year. Chinese Lantern Festival or the Spring Lantern Festival always falls on the 15th day of Chinese Lunar Calendar. It is the first full moon day of the new year and also considered as the last day of Chinese New Year celebration.

This year, the 2020 Hong Kong Chinese New Year Lantern Carnivals will be on the 4th to 9th of February 2020, while the 2020 Lunar New Year Thematic Lantern Display will start earlier (17th of January to 9th of February 2020).

Different with the Mid-Autumn Day Lantern Carnival and Display, CNY Lantern Carnival and Display will usually feature more elements of Chinese New Year, wishing for a good start of the new year.

If you would like to enjoy other 2020 Chinese New Year celebrations, such as Lunar New Year Fair, Night Parade etc., check out the review below.

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The Chinese Lantern Festival, or called the Spring Lantern Festival is an ancient Chinese festival. It is on the 15th day of the Chinese Lunar Calendar and usually falls on February or March.

As the first full moon day of the new year, it represents the coming of spring and the end of Lunar New Year celebration. Usually, the locals will eat rice balls, play pretty lanterns as well as solve the Chinese riddles wining some gifts.

The 2020 Lantern Festival is on the 8th of February 2020. Although it is a traditional festival, it is NOT a public holiday (unlike the Mid-Autumn Day).

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During Lantern Festival, across the city, you will find various celebrations including lantern carnivals, lantern displays, traditional performances and other festivities. Lanterns will be displayed for one-week time.

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  • 2020 Urban Lunar New Year Lantern Carnival
    (February 4 – 9, 2020)
    Urban Lantern Carnival in Hong Kong Cultural Center Piazza is the mega event full with cultural programs. It’s also the most popular event of Lantern Festival in town.

  • 2020 New Territories East Lunar New Year Lantern Carnival
    (February 4 – 9, 2020)
    New Territories East Lunar New Year Lantern Carnival takes place in Wai Man Road Playground and Sai Kung Waterfront Park this year. It also consists of Carnival Night, Lantern Display and Youth Night.

  • 2020 New Territories West Lunar New Year Lantern Carnival
    (February 4 – 9, 2020)
    New Territories West Lunar New Year Lantern Carnival will be in Tung Chung North Park, which is far away from city center.

  • 2020 Lunar New Year Thematic Lantern Display
    (January 17 – February 9, 2020)
    This event with the longest exhibition duration is located conveniently in Tsim Sha Tsui. It is the most visited spot for tourists and you shall easily find it. This year’s theme is “Flying High with the Golden Dragon”.

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The Chinese New Year Lantern Carnivals consist of three parts: yeezy analog price, Carnival Night with live performance and game booths and Youth Night (performance from young generation).

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Illuminating lanterns is an ancient tradition for celebrating Chinese New Year. You will find the spectacular lantern display and innovative visual effects from 2020 CNY Lantern Display.

Lantern Display on Hong Kong Chinese New Year Lantern Carnival

Lantern displays on Chinese New Year Lantern Carnivals

Lantern Displays for Lantern Festival in Hong Kong

Illuminated lanterns

Lantern Display on Lantern Carnival

Gold ingot lanterns

Lantern displays on CNY Lantern Carnival

Traditional tea cup lanterns

Pigs lanterns display on Lantern Festival

Pigs lanterns

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This year, the Carnival Night features orchestra performances, Chinese ethnic songs, dance, acrobatics, traditional stage art, game booths as well as festival souvenirs and food markets.

Carnival Night on Hong Kong Lantern Festival

Acrobat performance on Carnival Night

Carnival Night on Lantern Festival in Hong Kong

Acrobat performance

Carnival Night on Lantern Festival

Chinese Opera performance

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Hong Kong Leisure and Cultural services Department arrange the stage for different performances of young generation, sharing their talents. The young generation of Hong Kong will perform street dance, band performance, diabolo, a cappella etc, filling the energy to this traditional festival.

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There will be different Chinese New Year Lantern Carnivals this year in different districts:
(1) 2020 Urban Chinese New Year Lantern Carnival (recommended);
(2) 2020 New Territories East Chinese New Year Lantern Carnival;
(3) 2020 New Territories West Chinese New Year Lantern Carnival;

The Urban Lantern Carnival is located in the downtown (Tsim Sha Tsui), which is the most convenient for tourists to join, while the other two in New Territories are bit far away from major areas. All three districts consist of “Lantern Display”, “Carnival Night” and “Youth Night”.

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Date:  Feb 8, 2020 (on the day of Lantern Festival)
Time:   7:30pm – 10:00pm
Program:  Shows and Fun:
   (TBC)

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Date:  Feb 7, 2020
Time:  7:30pm – 9:30pm
Program:  Shows and Fun:
   (TBC)

Venue:  Hong Kong Cultural Center Piazza (Tsim Sha Tsui)
Ticket: Free Admission for All

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By Subway: The most convenient way is to take the MTR to Tsim Sha Tsui or East Tsim Sha Tsui station.
ferry By Star Ferry: Or to take Star Ferry to Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry Pier.

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Due to limited space of the piazza, the Urban Lantern Carnival will not have lantern display, but only Carnival Night and Youth Night. However, if you would like to enjoy the traditional lantern display, the 2020 Chinese New Year Thematic Lantern Display is right around this area.

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Date:  Feb 4 – 9, 2020
Time:   illuminated from 6:00pm – 11:00pm
Program:  Lantern themes:
   (TBC);

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Date:  Feb 9, 2020
Time:   7:30pm – 10:00pm
Program:  Shows and Fun:
   (TBC)

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Date:  Feb 8, 2020
Time:  7:30pm – 9:30pm
Program:  Shows and Fun:v
   (TBC)

Venue:  Wai Man Road Playground and Sai Kung Waterfront Park
Ticket: Free Admission for All

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By Subway: The most convenient way is to take the MTR to Sha Tin station and transfer with Bus No.299. directly to Sai Kung.

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Date:  Feb 4 – 9, 2020
Time:   illuminated from 6:00pm – 11:00pm
Program:  Lantern themes:
   (TBC)

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Date:  Feb 7, 2020
Time:   7:30pm – 10:00pm
Program:  Shows and Fun:
   (TBC)

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Date:  Feb 6, 2020
Time:  7:30pm – 9:30pm
Program:  Shows and Fun:
   (TBC)

Venue:  Tung Chung North Park
Ticket: Free Admission for All

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By Subway: The most convenient way is to take the MTR to Tung Chung station. Walking of around 800 meters(about 20 minutes) via Citygate from exit C of Tung Chung MTR Station.

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Every year, special designed lanterns will be set up either in the fountains/ponds next to the Clock Tower, or around the pond of Hong Kong Space Museum. Starting from 17th of January 2020, it is the earliest public event of the Chinese New Year celebration in 2020 (even earlier than the Lunar New Year Flower Market).

This year’s theme is “Flying High with the Golden Dragon”. The illuminating dragon will spreads it’s blessing and wish everyone happy new year. Besides, all the lanterns will light up with stunning night view of Victoria Harbour as background. It’s definitely a unique opportunity for photo shooting.

Hong Kong Lunar New Year Thematic Lantern Display 2020

Flying High with the Golden Dragon (2020)

Hong Kong Lunar New Year Thematic Lantern Display 2020

Flying High with the Golden Dragon (2020)

Here are some many breath-taking beauty from the previous years’ thematic lantern displays.

Hong Kong Lunar New Year Thematic Lantern Display 2019

Glittering Peacocks in Full Bloom in daytime (2019)

Hong Kong Lunar New Year Thematic Lantern Display - 2019 Glittering Peacocks in Full Bloom

Glittering Peacocks in Full Bloom (2019)

Hong Kong Lunar New Year Thematic Lantern Display - 2019 Glittering Peacocks in Full Bloom

Pretty lantern at night

Hong Kong Lunar New Year Thematic Lantern Display - 2019 Glittering Peacocks in Full Bloom

Glowing peacock

Hong Kong Lunar New Year Thematic Lantern Display - 2019 Glittering Peacocks in Full Bloom

Glowing peacock

Hong Kong Lunar New Year Thematic Lantern Display - 2018 Happily Fish Leap

Happily Fish Leap (2018)

Hong Kong Lunar New Year Thematic Lantern Display - 2018 Happily Fish Leap

Fish Lanterns

Hong Kong Lunar New Year Thematic Lantern Display - 2018 Happily Fish Leap

Fish Lanterns (2018)

Hong Kong Lunar New Year Thematic Lantern Display - 2018 Happily Fish Leap

Fish means Good Luck in Chinese Culture (2018)

Hong Kong Lunar New Year Thematic Lantern Display

2014 Thematic Lantern Display next to Clock Tower at night

Hong Kong Lunar New Year Thematic Lantern Display

2017 CNY Thematic Lantern Display

Hong Kong Lunar New Year Thematic Lantern Display

2017 Thematic Lantern Display

Hong Kong Lunar New Year Thematic Lantern Display

Lantern Display in the daytime (2017)

Hong Kong Lunar New Year Thematic Lantern Display

Year of the Sheep Lantern Display (2015)

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Date:  Jan 17 – Feb 9, 2020
Time:   illuminated from 6:00pm – 11:00pm (Fri – Sun)
  Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
  Free Admission

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