The New Year is finally upon us! Time to make those optimistic resolutions to get fit and eat more healthily that will inevitably last for approximately the first week of January. It’s tradition. Luckily, we still have Chinese New Year to look forward to, and get us all motivated again for the year ahead.

In Victoria, the Year of the Rooster will be marked by the Chinese New Year Melbourne Festival. From January 27th to February 12th festivities will be held city-wide from Queensbrige Square, Queen Victoria Market, Emporium Melbourne, Federation Square, the Chinese Museum, Melbourne Zoo, Eureka Skydeck and Southgate, to Docklands and DFO South Wharf.

Ring in the New Year at the official New Years countdown in Queensbridge Square on the 27th of January. This gives you plenty of time to get down to Spotlight and prepare some celebratory rooster-themed gear (Oh, the things you can do with a hot glue gun and some red feathers). The Docklands will also be transformed with lighting illuminations and cultural activities to provide some entertainment between all of that manic January sale shopping.

Alternatively, for a more relaxed experience you can catch celebratory performances by the Beijing Dance Academy and China’s Three Tenors at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on February 3rd.

To satisfy those Chinese New Year food cravings, head down to the Queen Victoria Market for a celebration of Chinese food. You can pick up some tips (and help with that New years resolution to learn to be a better cook) from celebrity chef Elizabeth Chong, and Lee Chan.

The 17-day long festivities will be celebration of Melbourne’s diversity. From dragon boat racing to Tai Chi, there is something for everybody to enjoy. So, Melburnians don’t stay cooped up at home (See what I did there??!), and head out to one of these great locations to ring in the Year of the Rooster!