Whitehorse City Council

Chinese New Year Festival

Once we have details for next year's Chinese New Year event, we will update the info here.
In the meantime, here is a snapsot of this year's celebration!

Year of the Dog at the Chinese New Year festival in Box Hill - Saturday 17 February 2018

Central Box Hill was filled with food, music and a spectacular traditional parade during the 12 hour event running from 11am – 11pm 

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.  

Dragon dancers weave through the crowd to the beat of drums. The festival showcases wonderful music, singing and dancing from our local community. Festival goers can enjoy games, rides, firecracker displays, music and performances.

Market 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 and visitors 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. 

Entertainment Program

The Main Stage (located at the intersection of Market St & Main St) will be hosting a full entertainment program. Stay tuned for more information.  

The Year of the Dog

The Year of the Dog is the eleventh sign in the Chinese Zodiac. Those born in the year of the Dog are usually independent, sincere, loyal and decisive. They are not afraid of the difficulties of life with shining characteristics. 'Dogs' have been born in the following years: 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018 

Stall Applications & Additional Information

Applications and additional information can be obtained through the Asian Business Association of Whitehorse (ABAW) website.

For event enquiries please email contact@abaw.org.au. If you need to translate the ABAW webpage, you can do so by accessing the website via Google and clicking 'translate'.

How to get there

With 80,000 people expected, parking will be very limited. Some roads will also be closed. Whitehorse Road west-bound lanes between Station St and Nelson Rd will be closed for the event. Traffic diversions will be in place from midnight Friday 16 February to 6am Sunday 18 February.

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.