Chinese New Year in Paris has become one of the city’s most popular annual events. Paris has a large and booming French-Chinese community whose cultural influence grows stronger all the time. 

The Year of the Horse begins on 31st January 2014, which is today!

So if you are looking for something to do this weekend… A first parade on Sunday, February 2nd leaves from Place de l’Hotel de Ville at 2:30 pm, following the ceremonial “opening of the dragon’s eye”. The cheerful procession of dancers, drummers, dragons and lions will wind through major streets of the 3rd and 4th arrondissements (districts) of Paris. In the northeast Belleville neighborhood, which also includes a large Franco-Chinese community, a parade leaves from Metro Belleville on the same day (February 2nd) at 10:30 am. For more info visit

Or if you want to stay home to do some Art & Craft projects with your child(ren)… I’ve found this great website with fun printables, puzzles, colouring pages, crafts and other activities regarding the Chinese New Year.  They do have many other themes as well. Just click here to go to the Activity Village webpage.

Year of the horse