Lunar New Year 2020: Year of the Rat

Lunar New Year Twilight Parade

Immerse yourself in the sensational lunar new year festivities from 20 January to 8 February, 2020. Chatswood will welcome in the new year in style – with luck, prosperity and good health for all. Chinese New Year Celebration Day is on Saturday 1 February and is one of the largest celebrations of its kind in Sydney. Young and old will marvel at the spectacular dragon and lion dances as well as live entertainment throughout the day including Chinese Opera, magic shows, martial arts displays and face changing.

Chatswood’s famous Lunar New Year Twilight Parade returns on 8 February. A sea of colour and lights will descend through the streets of the CBD as lion and dragon dances, drummers, marching bands and floats party in the new year. Following the parade, settle in for the evening at one of Chatswood’s many acclaimed restaurants.

See last years amazing event: Year of the Pig Festival 2019


Have your event included in the Chatswood Year of the Rat Festival.

Please note not all events will be included.


  • Celebrate the diverse community
  • Showcase cultural achievement in all creative forms
  • Celebrate the spaces & places available in Willoughby
  • Promote Willoughby as a dynamic & innovative City
  • Support economic development & tourism


  • The event must be held within the Willoughby local government area.
  • The event must be of value to the Willoughby community and/or attract visitors to the City.
  • The event is required to be relevant to the Year of the Rat Festival
  • Event must be held between 20 January and 8 February 2020.

Please contact Events Team on 9777-1000 or prior to making a submission to ensure that it complies with the program guidelines.

Applications close 11.59pm, 1 November 2019.

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Golden Market 

Applications are now open for the Golden Market running every Thursday and Friday from 23 January until 7 February to celebrate the Year of the Rat

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Lunar New Year Twilight Parade  

The Lunar New Year Twilight Parade will sweep through the main hubs and streets of Chatswood, showcasing all the cultures that celebrate the Lunar New Year.To join in the parade and further information, please go to the form below.

For any enquiries, please email

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Restaurant Promotion

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Sponsor the Year of the Rat Festival 2020


Juliet Rosser
Festival and Events Producer
9777 7976