Chinese New Year is a special time in Orlando. Disney resorts and parks, such as Magic Kingdom, hold an array of special events and offers during this time. Disney stores also offer Chinese-themed merchandise to celebrate the arrival of Lunar New Year in the parks.
Celebrate Lunar (February 24, 2024)
Celebrate Lunar is a vibrant cultural festival, taking place at Luminary Green Park in Downtown Orlando from noon to 7 pm. The event celebrates diverse Asian cultures, in particular Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Filipino, and Japanese heritage. The festival showcases ethnic cuisines and artistic talents, offering vibrant performances, dances, and music. Admission to the festival is $12 for adults and $8 for kids (ages 5-13). Children under 5 get in for free.
Central Florida Dragon Parade (unconfirmed in 2024)
The largest Lunar New Year celebration in Orlando occurs during Central Florida Dragon Parade. The event offers a traditional take on the Chinese New Year celebration. It features lion dances, Chinese food, live music, firecrackers, and family-friendly crafts. The parade starts at the corner of Lake Highland Dr and N. Mills Ave, then it turns at N. Thornton Ave, heads south, and ends at N. Thornton Ave and Colonial Drive.
The Multicultural Festival, which follows the parade, is held in Orlando’s Mills 50 district. One of Central Florida's signature events brings together a few cultures of East Asia. The festivities include martial arts, taiko drummers, dragon and lion dances as well as authentic food vendors.