If you stay in the UK for Chinese New Year...
Traditionally, your friends and family will head home to be together for the New Year but this year you might be staying in the UK...
And it isn't all bad!
Luckily, there are lots of things happening all over the UK that you can get involved in to celebrate the Year of the Dog in style.
We've heard good things about these (and most of them are free) so whether you live in the city or feel like travelling with some friends, check them out:
Chinese New Year celebrations in Birmingham are always big but this year is set to be bigger than ever! Think two stages of entertainment, lion dances, a funfair, delicious street food and plenty of local entertainment. The city has a huge Chinese community so there will be loads get involved in.
When? Sunday 18th February from 11:30am
Where? Birmingham Hippodrome and Arcadian Centre
The Chinese Community Association are hosting a great festival of events for the Year of the Dog. With lots of stalls with food, crafts, beauty and more, you'll be spoilt for choice. There will be lots of activities to get involved in too - music, dancing, calligraphy, tai chi and kung fu.
When? Sunday 18 February from 11:30am
Where? Town Hall (£5 entry)
Glasgow is a very fun city with a big international student community so there are lots happening to help you feel at home and avoid feeling lonely. The main highlights are the Chinese traditional dragon & lion dance, Chinese/Western rock music and dance, games and many more.
When? Friday 23rd February from 5:30pm
Where? Citizens Theatre
Obviously, the capital has lots happening that you won't want to miss, especially the vibrant parade through the city followed by some amazing stage performances. You'll be able to sample traditional food, watch martial art displays, listen to the best Chinese music. Just make sure you don't miss the big finale...
When? Sunday 18th February from 10am
Where? Chinatown and Trafalgar Square
Newcastle has a huge event happening this year due to successful crowdfunding. There will be a parade of over 200 people with a lion, dragon and unicorn dance and an all-female drumming group. So bring your colourful flags and banners to get in the spirit!
When? Sunday 18th February from midday
Where? Chinatown (Stowell Street)
With a popular Chinatown and large Chinese population, it's no surprise that Manchester has a weekend packed full of events. Some of the things happening are fireworks, a funfair, thousands of red lanterns, food, the Dragon Parade, red envelope giveaways and VIP shopping events. Don't miss out!
When? Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th February (all day)
Where? Exchange Square, Market Street & St Peters Square
All of us at Fresh hope you have a great time whatever you do and want to wish you a Happy New Year!
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