Whitehorse City Council

Chinese New Year Festival

Celebrate the Year of the Monkey at the Chinese New Year festival in Box Hill on Saturday 6 February 2016.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 hosting a full entertainment program from 1:30pm (Saturday) to 12:30am (Sunday).


1:30 PM MC's Welcome and Introduction
1:55 PM - 2:55 PM Chinese Health Foundation Choir
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM New Life Evangelical Church Choir Performance
4:30 PM - 5:00 PM CYSM Dragon and Lion Dance Parade
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM CNYF 2016 Opening Ceremony
6:30 PM - 7:15 PM New Year Dance Performance
7:15 PM - 8:15 PM Melbourne Music and Choral Group Performance
8:15 PM - 10:00 PM Pop Music Performances and Dance Performances
10:00 PM - 10:30 PM 2015 Global Newcomer Chinese Artist Kenny Gao Performance
10:40 PM - 11:30 PM Live Band Performance - Mindever
11:30 PM - 12:30 AM CYSM Lion Dance Parade, Firecracker Display, Midnight Countdown & Choi Sun Parade


The Year of the Monkey is the ninth sign in the Chinese Zodiac.  Those born under this sign are said to be witty, intelligent, and have a magnetic personality. 'Monkeys' have been born in the following years: 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004.


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.  


Applications and additional information can be obtained through the Asian Business Association of Whitehorse website: www.abaw.com.au. For event enquiries please email contact@abaw.com.au. If you need to translate the ABAW webpage, you can do so by accessing the website via Google and clicking 'translate'.