Now in its 15th year, Crown’s Lunar New Year Festival has become an annual tradition, drawing in crowds of over 100,000. This year, Crown Melbourne showcases an outstanding program of festivities which began with the launch of the Diem Jing ‘Dotting of the Eyes’ ceremony on 20 January and continuation through to 19 February

Officiating over the launch ceremony was Ms Ann Peacock, General Manager – Community and Charity for Crown Melbourne and representing the Asian Australian community was Dr David Chong,  a respected Plastic and Maxillofacial Surgeon based at the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne.

The “dotting the eye” ceremony symbolises the awakening of the mythic lion and in doing so brings forth good luck and bountiful fortune.

In an act of generosity and respect to all Asian Australian families, Crown Melbourne took under its wings, the Ngo family for an unforgettable dining experience at Silks Crown followed by an overnight stay at the five-star Crown Towers.

 Crown’s Atrium has been festooned with 60 large Chinese lanterns and glowing sculptures in the shape of each of the 12 zodiac animals.  Visitors are welcomed with a traditional lights and music show. Set on a marble pedestal atop a staircase is an elaborate installation of this year’s Chinese Zodiac, the Rooster.

The return of the Hawkers’ Bazaar on the Crown Riverwalk has been designed to invigorate the senses. Across two weekends, Crown will host the Mini Festival and Grand Festival, featuring a host of exciting cultural activities and live entertainment, including karaoke, dragon and lion processions, cooking demonstrations, 60 food and market stalls and a petting zoo to explore.

 A beautiful burst of fireworks on Saturday nights along the Yarra River are exciting climaxes to a busy day of fun family-centred events.

Crown’s Atrium will be transformed with 60 decorative suspended lanterns, 12 internally lit lanterns in the shape of each of the zodiac animals, and a traditional lights and music show.

Set on a marble pedestal atop a staircase will be an elaborate installation of this year’s Chinese zodiac, the Rooster.

The return of the Hawkers’ Bazaar on the Crown Riverwalk has been designed to invigorate the senses. Across two weekends, Crown will host the Mini Festival and Grand Festival, featuring a host of exciting cultural activities and live entertainment, including karaoke, dragon and lion processions, cooking demonstrations, 60 food and market stalls and a petting zoo to explore.

To finish a seamless day of events, there will be a stunning fireworks display on the Saturday nights.

Key Dates: Friday 20 January to Sunday 19 February

Lunar New Year Festival: Crown Towers and Crown Riverwalk – 8 Whiteman Street, Southbank

Location: 20 January – 12 February

Hawkers’ Bazaar Mini Festival: 27 January – 29 January

Hawkers’ Bazaar Grand Festival: 3 February – 5 February

Lunar New Year: 28 January

Lunar New Year Fireworks Display: Saturday 28 January at 9.45pm, Saturday 4 February at 9.45pm