Come and celebrate Lunar New Year in Greenwich


Press Release - A spectacular Lunar New Year celebration in Greenwich this January

This year, celebrate the Year of the Rabbit in Greenwich. 
The Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site will play host to a full day and evening of activity linking the National Maritime Museum and Old Royal Naval College, through Greenwich town centre, as part of the Greenwich Light Time series.

A lively programme of activities will be taking place throughout the day, from live performances, family workshops, talks, tours and planetarium shows at the National Maritime Museum, to a special late-night opening of the Museum of the Moon at the Painted Hall and a mouth-watering street food market at the Old Royal Naval College. 

Greenwich Co-operative Development Agency (GCDA) will run the street food market serving up freshly made, delicious dishes from local traders from 12 noon to 7:00pm.  You will have a chance to tuck into authentic Chinese food at UStick, noodles at One Pan Noodle, Venezuelan arepas at Peter’s Panas, Indian from Chai Junction, African from Maame T’s Kitchen and vegan delights from Delice and Joy’s Caribbean Fusion, who was highly commended at the 2022 Royal Greenwich Business Awards. 

Old Royal Naval College
Celebrate the Lunar New Year with food stalls, a special late opening of Museum of the Moon in the Painted Hall, and a delightful outdoor light display.

Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site will be illuminated with a FREE programme of events as part of the Greenwich Light Time series, linking the National Maritime Museum and Old Royal Naval College through Greenwich Town Centre.  

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National Maritime Museum
The Museum will hold a day full of FREE activities for families in collaboration with community partners including the Newham Chinese Association, Greenwich Vietnam Women’s Group and the Association of Chinese Women, Woolwich. A Lion Dance will kick of the festivities, with more throughout the day, and other performances from the The Bitten Peach collective, Global Fusion Music and Arts and others. For those looking to get stuck in, there will be hongbao envelope and lantern making workshops. Finally, visitors will also be able to join curator-led tours and talks on East and Southeast Asian items in the Museum’s collection, or hear about the spring festival traditions and the tea ceremony.

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The light display will be a rolling format between 5:30pm until 8:30pm, colourfully lighting up the Old Royal Naval College colonnades, the iconic domes and across to the Queen’s House at Royal Museums Greenwich. Viewing area for the display is in the grounds of the Old Royal Naval College. Come at any time!  

Click here to view the programme for the day.

 * The Greenwich Light Time programme of events is delivered with the support of the Mayor of London’s High Streets for All Challenge, secured by the Royal Borough of Greenwich and local project partners including GCDA, Old Royal Naval College, National Maritime Museum and Visit Greenwich.

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Lunar New Year Celebrations 2023

Type:Lunar New Year

Old Royal Naval College / National Maritime Museum, Romney Road, Greenwich, London, SE10 9NF

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