The Chinese New Year in London is celebrated with much fervor. Locations across this culturally diverse city play host to events of all kinds, with Trafalgar Square being the site for numerous live performances and the main parade. The fun usually kicks off on a Sunday in February, and the celebrations most often continue on the following Sunday. Since the Chinese New Year is based on both the solar and lunar calendars, the annual dates for the celebrations that are held across the world vary. Celebrations can start as early as late January and as late as mid-February.
The Chinese New Year in London gets under way with the special opening ceremony that is held at Trafalgar Square. Performers from China are on hand to dazzle the masses with live entertainment spectacles. You can expect to see traditional lion and dragon dances, acrobats flying around, and other dramatic performances. A parade of sorts is formed during it all, and after it makes its rounds, the celebrations are capped off at Trafalgar Square with a fireworks display.
When celebrating the Chinese New Year 2016 in London, you can also hope to check out the Chinatown area, and the celebrations in Leicester Square are also worth keeping in mind. Shaftsbury Avenue is converted into a temporary "Hong Kong in London" for the Chinese New Year festival, and should you drop by for a bit, you can see what the food stalls have to offer, check out the dance displays, and see what's going on at the stage for local Chinese artists. As for Leicester Square, it hosts the grand finale fireworks display for the Chinese New Year in London. The event is free, as is true of most of the fun Chinese New Year events that are held around the city.