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Where to Celebrate the Lunar New Year Around the Main Line

Ring in the Year of the Pig around town.

Gong xi fa cai! The Year of the Pig begins on February 5, and there are Lunar New Year celebrations around town and in Philly. Here’s where to ring in the new year!

Preschool and Kindergarten Story Time at Marple Public Library

January 29, 1:30 pm
2599 Sproul Rd, Broomall


Mrs. Wang from the Main Line Cultural Chinese Center will visit the library and share her knowledge of Chinese New Year. This storytime for kids ages 4-6 will also include eating traditional Chinese dumplings and making a Chinese New year craft.

Media Chinese New Year Parade

February 2, noon—1 pm
Margaret Kuo’s, 6 W. State St., Media


The parade begins in front of Margaret Kuo’s Media and will continue up and down State Street. The Hung Gar Kung Fu Academy will be there performing the traditional Lion Dance, complete with elaborate costumes and rhythm!

Chinese New Year at Elmwood Park Zoo

February 2, noon—1 pm

Elmwood Park Zoo, 1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown


Enjoy an educational program, crafts, and live animal greetings featuring “animals of the zodiac.” Plus, try on a dragon mask! Free with zoo admission.

Main Line Chinese Culture Center’s Chinese New Year Free Community Gala

February 3, 1—5 pm

Great Valley High School, 225 Phoenixville Pike, Malvern


This free celebration starts with a show featuring Chinese folk dance, traditional Chinese music and poetry, and martial arts. Following the performance is a fair with games, crafts, food, and more.

Celebrate at Bala Cynwyd Library

February 5 and 7, 3—5 pm
131 Old Lancaster Rd., Bala Cynwyd


Celebrate the New Year with make-and-take activities at the STEAM table in the Junior Room! Appropriate for kids preschool-aged and up. No registration required.

Lunar New Year Celebrations in Philly

From day-long festivals to the Chinatown parade, we’ve got the rundown over at Philly Family. Check it out!



Photograph from iStock.

Contributing Writer