Celebrate the Chinese New Year in Paris

Some districts in Paris celebrate the Chinese New Year. Parades and special events welcome in the Year of the Rat

Due to the coronavirus, some Chinese New Year celebrations may be cancelled as a precautionary measure.

On 25 January 2020, the Asian community celebrates the Chinese New Year, sometimes called the ‘Spring Festival’ or the ‘Festival of the Tết’ by the Vietnamese. In 2020, the Year of the Pig makes way for the Year of the Rat!

In Paris, many neighbourhoods take on a festive atmosphere, are decked out with decorations and organize special events for the occasion. Dragons, paper lanterns, dancing lions, firecrackers, illuminated Chinese lanterns… Make way for the parades!

In the Chinese Quarter in the 13th arrondissement

Défilé du nouvel an chinois dans le 13e arrondissement, Paris

The Chinese New Year parade is on Sunday, 2 February 2020. As the oldest parade in Paris, it also attracts the largest crowds.

The planned route:

  • 44 avenue d’Ivry
  • Avenue de Choisy
  • Boulevard Masséna
  • Avenue d’Ivry

Many free festive events for the Chinese New Year will take place from 20 January to 2 February 2020 at the 13th arrondissement town hall.

  • 23 January 2020 at 6.15 pm: Dance of the Lions, in front of the town hall. At 7pm: concert ‘Guo Gan and his friends’, Salle des fêtes
  • 27 January 2020 at 7pm: Talk on Traditional Chinese Medicine, Salle des fêtes
  • 29 January 2020 at 7 pm: round table and debate ‘Identity and transmission’, Salle des fêtes
  • 31 January 2020 at 7pm: concert ‘1,001 vibrations of bamboo’, Salle des fêtes
  • 1 February 2020 at 7 pm: ‘13e Fête’ show, Salle des fêtes

As well as two exhibitions:

  • Paintings and sculptures by Qixiang Zhou, from 20 January to 1 February 2020, Galerie Athéna and Antichambre
  • Paintings by Yang Yan, from 20 January to 1 February 2020, Galerie Bièvre

More info on the parade and festivities in the 13th arrondissement

In the Chinese Quarter in the 3th arrondissement

Paris, défilé du nouvel an chinois © Fotolia

Meet on 26 January 2020 at 2pm, place de la République, to admire the Dragon Parade. Free face make-up for children from 10am to midday at the Association Pierre Ducerf (29, rue Michel Le Comte).

A week of culture and special events is also planned from 3 to 8 February 2020, in the 3rd arrondissement. On the programme a range of activities for kids and grown-ups: exhibitions, concerts, workshops, shows, martial arts...

  • From 3 to 8 February 2020: exhibition of works by pupils of the Centre d’Art de Pékin et du Guanzhou, 3rd arrondissement town hall.
  • 4 February 2020 – 7pm: talk by Yu Zhou, Qing and Zhang Yi on "humour in China, the different forms of comic art, can you laugh about everything in China?", 3rd arrondissement town hall.
  • 5 February 2020 – special kids’ day: 12 midday: folk dance lesson; 1pm: yoga lesson and 2pm: paper cutting workshop, 3rd arrondissement town hall. 3pm: storytelling and making of a puppet dragon at the Marguerite Audoux library, 10 rue Portefoin (from 7yrs with prior booking 01 44 78 55 20). 5pm: children’s musical show, 3rd arrondissement town hall.
  • 6 February 2020 – 7pm: evening of greetings starting with the Lion Dance, in the main courtyard of the town hall and show featuring traditional dances in the Salle des fêtes.
  • 7 February 2020 – 7pm: piano concert, 3rd arrondissement town hall.
  • 8 February 2020 – 9am kids/teenagers sport workshops: Gongfu, martial arts, hip-hop, Kpop. Cultural workshops for all ages: calligraphy and Chinese painting, Chinese language, at the 3rd arrondissement town hall.

More info on special events in the 3rd arrondissement

In the 11th arrondissement

Danse des lions dans le cadre du nouvel an chinois  dans le 11e arrondissement, Paris

Special events taking place at the 11th arrondissement town hall:

  • On 29 January 2020 from 4pm: Dance of lions and dragons and martial arts demonstration, town hall square
  • Exhibition of works by Chinese artists, from 28 to 31 January 2020, entrance hall of the town hall

More info on festivities in the 11e arrondissement

In the 8th arrondissement 

Défile du nouvel an chinois rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, Paris

The rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré is also decorated in the colours of the event. On 25 January 2020 at 2.30 pm, the parade opens the celebrations with its mythical dragons and lions, percussionists performing traditional music ... From 25 January to 1 February 2020, two huge luminous doors will stand between rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré and rue Royale to welcome in the New Year.

Under the Eiffel Tower

Tour Eiffel, Paris

The Eiffel Tower celebrates the Chinese New Year on its forecourt on 25 January 2020 from 11am to midday with a lively parade featuring 16 dancers of the ‘Association Française de Danse du Dragon et du Lion Chinois’. On the programme: traditional dances and music as well as demonstrations of pirouettes, jumps and acrobatics.

 More info on the parade under the Eiffel Tower

At the Racecourse

The Vincennes Hippodrome de Paris welcomes in the New Lunar Year on 9 February 2020. There are plenty of free activities for kids and grown-ups: lion and dragon dance, folk dances, introduction to painting, calligraphy and lantern making, demonstrations of wushu and martial arts, gastronomic village, and more.

 More info on animations in the Vincennes Hippodrome de Paris

Chinese cultural Centre

Centre culture Chinoise animations nouvel an chinois 2019

The Chinese Cultural Centre in the 10th arrondissement is organizing a festival of Chinese culture, Aux Temps du Corps, for the Chinese New Year, on 25 and 26 January 2020. On the programme:

  • 25 January 2020, at 11.30am: opening of the festival. At 2.30 pm: talk and workshop ‘Calligraphy and Chinese painting’. At 5pm: demonstration and workshop Fu Chen and Taiji de l'éventail. At 7pm: evening show ‘Le partage du nouveau souffle’.
  • 26 January 2020, at 9.30 am: workshop ‘Qi Gong des yeux’. At 10am: workshop and talk ‘The art of tasting tea and meditation’. At 1.30pm: screening of the film ‘Les Temps du Corps et les montagnes sacrées chinoises’. At 2pm: talk and round table ‘Chinese wisdom for today's world’. At 5pm: workshop ‘Introduction to Qi Dance’.

More info on animations at the Chinese cultural centre

In an upscale Parisian hotel

Nouvel an chinois au Shangri-La, Paris © DR

The Michelin-starred hotels of the capital are also celebrating with gastronomic Chinese cuisine.

From 20 to 26 January 2020, the Camélia restaurant at the Mandarin Oriental Paris will be serving a special lunch signed Thierry Marx from Monday to Friday, a tasting dinner on Saturday and a brunch on Sunday.

In a famous parisian museum

There are activities galore at the Musée Guimet on 24 and 25 January 2020. Programme of events at the Musée National des Arts Asiatiques: visits on the theme ‘Rites and legends of the Chinese New Year’ and a workshop to create a protective genie in the company of the ceramic artist Magali Satgé, along with a storytelling tour of the museum's permanent collections.

 More info on animations at the Musée Guimet

In the Paris region

Paris, défilé du nouvel an chinois © Fotolia

Nogent-sur-Marne (94) celebrates the Chinese New Year on Sunday 26 January 2020.

Programme of celebrations: at 2pm: Lion Dance parade, with distribution of lanterns to children. Departure from the Place de l’Ancien Marché. At 2.30pm: themed workshops, tea ceremony, gastronomy... at La Scène Watteau. At 3pm and 4.30pm: shadow theatre show ‘The magical child and the dragon king’, at La Scène Watteau. At 6pm : concert ‘Souffle du printemps’, at La Scène Watteau.

 More info on celebrations in Nogent-sur-Marne

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