2020 Chapel Hill LIGHTUP


The 2020 LIGHTUP Festival is postponed. The event, celebrating the Chinese Lunar New Year, was scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020, at the 140 West Plaza in downtown Chapel Hill.

Due to the recent outbreak of the novel coronavirus and the peak holiday travel season, the LightUp team made the decision to postpone the event out of abundance of caution. Please check the CDC website for the most recent update and guidance https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-in-us.html#states-confirmed-cases

For the people of our community whose families and friends are directly impacted by the outbreak, our thoughts and prayers are with you. We hope for their fast recovery and improvement of situations on the ground.

We thank our volunteers, Town of Chapel Hill , Downtown Chapel Hill , Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools and other business and organization partners for your contribution and the community of Chapel Hill for your enthusiastic support for LIGHTUP.

We will reschedule the event when the situation allows and continue working together to celebrate cultures diversity in our town.


LIGHTUP 2020: Celebrating the Chinese New Year

140 W Franklin St Plaza and 200 W Franklin St

FEBRUARY 2, 2020 12:30PM–6:00PM TBD

Lion and dragon dance, martial art performance and hands-on workshop sessions, Play dress up at photo booth. Children’s performances, Peking opera and music ensemble, and folk dance performances.

Traditional Asian new year food, Arts, crafts and cultural activities: Chinese calligraphy and traditional paintings, children’s lantern decorations, art and craft activities. When the twilight sets in, join your family, neighbors and friends in a thousand-lantern parade to usher in the New Year of the Martel Rat.

May peace, happiness and prosperity be with you in the New Year!

Program of LIGHTUP 2020


  • Drumming, Lion Dance and Dragon Dance Performances
  • Folk Dance, Music ensemble and Peking Opera Performances
  • Martial Arts Performances
  • Local Student Chorus

Arts and Crafts

  • Lantern Decoration with an Artist
  • Hands-on Craft Activities
  • Cartoon Animal Lantern


  • Fun Games with Prizes
  • Dress-up Photo Booth

A-Hundred Lantern Parade & Exhibitions

  • Chinese Calligraphy to write free name cards for visitors
  • Chinese Traditional Painting
  • Gallery of Art painting lanterns featured “I Love Chapel Hill”


  • Authentic Chinese Food