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Here's where to celebrate Chinese New Year 2020 across Australia

Give yourself a night off cooking and feast on delicious Asian cuisine and entertainment.

By Chanel Gellin
2020 is the Year of the Rat and across the country, Lunar New Year celebrations are kicking off with many parades, firework displays and delicious dishes.
So if you fancy soaking up some culture and getting amongst the festivities, we have your cheat guide to Chinese New Year 2020.
Twilight Dining at Sydney Fish Market
Experience Sydney's iconic seafood precinct by night with fresh oysters, mouth-watering rock lobster and tasty whole fish.
Sponsored by Union Pay International, be wowed by lion dancing and enjoy sunset on the boardwalk.
With red envelopes for the kids, it's a fun evening out for the whole family!
Chinese New Year Celebration Day
Welcome in the Year of the Rat at one of Sydney's largest Chinese New Year celebrations, which is in its 22nd year and is bigger than ever with a stage in Chatswood Mall and at The Concourse, from 9am to 4.30pm on Saturday February 1.
Attracting over 8,000 visitors, the celebrations include magic shows, face changing and Chinese Opera.
Where are you celebrating Chinese New Year? (Image: Supplied)
Lunar New Year at The Star Sydney
Sydney's most opulent venue is ringing in the Lunar New Year with a festival of the senses.
Visitors to The Star Sydney will be wowed by spectacular free entertainment of ribbon aerialists, stilt walkers, lion dancers and more.
Foodies are also in luck with traditional and modern menus serving up 7.3 tonnes of noodles, 118,000 oysters, 7.4 tonnes of prawns and over 30,000 dumplings!
Held from January 25 to February 9, get more info here.
"Lucky Chatty" Lunar New Year Dinner with Adam Liaw
Join author, television presenter, and Asian cuisine expert Adam Liaw for a delicious dinner at Chatswood's General Chao to ring in the Lunar New Year at 6:30pm on Wednesday February 5.
Feast on a festive menu of auspicious and creative dishes specially designed by Adam and Son Sewoo, Executive Chef of General Chao.
Celebrate at The Star Photo Credit: Image supplied
Karaoke Climb
Sing in the Year of the Rat on top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge!
This special climb features a karaoke station 134 metres above the harbour with a song list featuring all your favourites (available in Mandarin and English).
Karaoke climbers will also receive good fortune red pockets and lucky red flags as they ascend to the Summit, and at the Base, snap a selfie for a chance to win goodies.
Operating until February 2, get more info here.
Lunar New Year Twilight Parade
Join the fanfare as the Chatswood CBD comes alive with a traditional Lunar New Year street parade from 6.30pm on Saturday February 8.
Dance along with some of the country's top lion and dragon dancers, drummers and marching bands.
Sing on top of the harbour bridge Photo credit:Ben Cirulis
Sydney Lunar Festival
The City of Sydney will be hosting its biggest ever street party with more than 100 events celebrating this year's Lunar Festival.
Experience outdoor art exhibitions, colourful markets and the famous dragon boat races at Darling Harbour, and be entertained by Seoul's number one b-boy group, MB Crew.
Held from January 25 to February 9, get more info here.
Hundreds of events are in place to celebrate the Year of the Rat Photo credit: Katherine Griffiths Photographer
Melbourne Chinatown
Celebrating the city's cultural diversity, the streets of Chinatown will come alive with red and gold.
Traditional festivities include outdoor food stalls and fireworks, as well as the famous Dai Loong Big Dragon Parade.
Melbourne's Dragon parade is a highlight of the festivities. (Image: Getty)
Perth Chinese New Year Fair
From lion and dragon dancing to concerts and rides, this multicultural extravaganza will dazzle Perth.
Head to James St in Northbridge for all the action, and bring an empty stomach for the delicious food on offer!
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BrisAsia Festival
Bring the family to Fortitude Valley's Chinatown Mall for this dazzling Lunar New Year event.
Enjoy lion and dragon dancers, fire shows, roaming street performers, interactive workshops and more.

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