The Lantern Walk, a parade of Chinese lanterns along the Newcastle foreshore from Nobby’s to Wickham’s Figtree Park, will converge in Honeysuckle on the Saturday 21 February for an evening of entertainment, food and fireworks to mark Chinese New Year.
NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for Tourism and Major Events Troy Grant said: “The Lantern Walk promises to be a spectacular sight, as the Hunter foreshore lights up to celebrate Chinese New Year. The NSW Government is proud to support this vibrant event through its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW.”
Lanterns will be for sale from 4-8pm at 10 harbour side locations. The lantern walks will form a snake along the waterfront of Newcastle harbour and Light up Newcastle before converging in the Maritime Centre Square for a short official ceremony and Chinese lion dancing at 7pm.
Around the Honeysuckle Precinct you will find Chinese lion dancers, dancers, musicians, singers, marching bands, choirs and much more to entertain you. You can join in the tai chi demonstrations and Chinese style ‘get-fit’ exercises.
The Honeysuckle big screen will have continuous screenings of Chinese films, opera and other information. During the afternoon dragon boat races will be held near the Maritime Centre between 2-5pm and Newcastle’s tugs and ferry will be decorated with lanterns and the tugs will perform a water ballet between 6-7pm.
You can find out more about the event here: http://www.lightupnewcastle.com.au/