Whitehorse City Council

Chinese New Year Festival

Celebrate the Year of the Sheep at the Chinese New Year festival in Box Hill on Saturday 14 February 2015.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 Main Stage (located at the intersection of Market St & Main St) will be the hosting a full entertainment program from 2pm (Saturday) to 12:30am (Sunday). The program is subject to change but is outlined here:

2:00pm – 4:00pm      Community Performances

4:30pm – 5:00pm      Dragon and Lion Dance Parade

5:00pm – 6:00pm      Official Opening Ceremony

7:00pm – 7:15pm      Q&A AFL (Hawks) players appearance

7:15pm – 7:50pm      Music Performances

7:50pm – 8:10pm      AFL onstage handball competition

8:10pm – 11:30pm    Singing, dance and band performances

11:30pm – 12:30am  Midnight Countdown, Lion Dancing, Choi Sun & firecracker display

The Year of the Sheep - the eighth sign in the Chinese Zodiac - indicates a year of peace and inspiration.  Those born under this sign are said to be considerate, sensitive and very creative. They are the dreamers, with elegant artistic charm. 'Sheep' have been born in the following years: 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003.

With 80,000 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.  


To be confirmed


Applications and additional information can be obtained through the Asian Business Association of Whitehorse website: www.abaw.com.au. If you need to translate this page, you can do so by accessing the website via Google and clicking 'translate'.