Whitehorse City Council

Chinese New Year Festival

Celebrate the Year of the Horse at the Chinese New Year festival in Box Hill on Saturday 1 February 2014.ChineseNewYearDragon

Central Box Hill will be filled with food, music and a spectacular traditional parade during the 12 hour event running from 1pm-1am. 

The showcase of Chinese culture and unique style of celebration will include activities and entertainment for all ages. 

Whitehorse City Council is proud to once again support the Asian Business Association of Whitehorse as it brings an exciting program of entertainment and stalls to one of the largest Chinese New Year celebrations in Melbourne. 

Chinese New Year festivities are full of sound, colour, dance and sweet treats to mark the start of another year full of promise. 

The stunning Parade of Choi Sun (Chinese God of Fortune) will entertain, while a visit to the giant Buddha statue will give some a chance to pray for a prosperous, safe year to come.  

Other entertainment include traditional lion and dragon dancers moving through the crowd to count in the New Year, a firecracker show,  martial arts demonstrations, singers, dancers, games and amusement rides for all ages.  

Stalls will sell Chinese New Year souvenirs and merchandise, and there will be a market of unique and authentic Asian cuisine.  

The festival will be held in and around the Box Hill Mall and along the section of Whitehorse Road adjoining the Mall.  

This cross-cultural event is ‘Waste Wise’ and Council is working with the Asian Business Association of Whitehorse to encourage stallholders to reduce and recycle waste. Volunteers will assist visitors as they recycle their waste at the appropriate bins at the event. 

SBS Radio will broadcast live from the event. 

The Year of the Horse indicates a year of support, perseverance and hope. The horse not only symbolises the 2014 lunar year, but it is an animal of significance for the City of Whitehorse, by name and also logo. Therefore, 2014 is a particularly special year for the people of Whitehorse. Those born in the Year of the Horse are said to be animated, active, social but also independent. Many find them captivating individuals who make good friends, as they are honest, loyal and open-minded.

With 70,000 people expected, parking will be very limited. Some roads will also be closed. Visitors are encouraged to leave the car at home and make their way to this year’s event by using public transport:

  • Pick up a TravelSmart map that shows street and off-road cycling paths, walking paths through parks and reserves and public transport routes (TravelSmart maps are available from Council's Customer Service Centres at Nunawading, Box Hill or Forest Hill. Alternatively, email customer.service@whitehorse.vic.gov.au or phone 9262 6333 to request that one is sent to you.)
  • Visit ptv.vic.gov.au for a public transport journey planner.
  • Trains: Belgrave/Lilydale line to Box Hill rail station.
  • Buses: 202, 270-271, 279, 284, 286, 289, 291, 293, 295, 302, 315, 612, 684, 700, 732-3, 735, 765, 767, Smart Bus 903.
  • Trams: 109 Box Hill – Port Melbourne.  


2:00pm ~ 3:00pm Community Performance (include Teenage Singings and Elderly Choir)

3:00pm ~ 3:30pm Exciting games with AFL Footy Stars

3:30pm ~ 4:30pm Dancing Performance (Kids from Times Dancing Studio)

4:30pm ~ 5:00pm CYSM Dragon and Lion Dance Parade

5:00pm ~ 7:00pm CNYF 2014 Opening Ceremony

7:00pm ~ 9:00pm Local Pop Singers Performances

9:00pm ~ 11:30pm Live Band Performances

11:30pm ~ 12:30am CYSM Lion Dance Parade, Chinese Firecrackers, Count Down & The Choi Sun Parade