Ultimate Guide to Chinese New Year Celebrations Around Metro Vancouver

Ultimate Guide to Chinese New Year Events in Metro Vancouver2018 is the Year of the Dog. Honest and loyal, people born in the Year of the Dog are the truest friends and most reliable partners. While the majority of the Chinese New Year celebrations happen in Vancouver and Richmond there are a few events happening in other communities as well.

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Burnaby:

Chinese New Year at Brentwood MallChinese New Year at Brentwood: Come to Brentwood Town Centre and celebrate Chinese New Year.  The celebrations include lion dance & dotting ceremony, dough & origami artisans, calligraphers, balloon artists, live music & dancing, as well as a blessing of the merchants ceremony.


North Vancouver:

Lunar New Year at Lonsdale QuayLunar New Year at Lonsdale Quay: Enjoy traditional Chinese Fan Dancing performance and workshop from 11am – 12pm. From 12pm to 3pm, visitors can take part in traditional lunar new year’s crafts for all ages. Afterwards watch the stunning Lion Dance blessing throughout the Market, beginning at 3:00pm. The God of Fortune will also be handing out traditional Red Envelopes to customers and visitors while supplies last.


Richmond:

Countdown to Chinese New YearCountdown to Chinese New Year: Countdown to Chinese New Year at Aberdeen Centre. This event will provide an unforgettable night of entertainment and celebration!  When you’re not watching the events on the main stage, you can browse the shopping centre or dine at one of the many on-site establishments. Featuring countdown shows by Fairchild Radio & Fairchild TV.


Golden Dragon & Lion DanceGolden Dragon & Lion Dance: Travel from the outdoor courtyard through Aberdeen Centre and watch the dragon pick-the-green from all the stores. The event will start at 11am and the dragon will travel throughout the entire mall, all levels.


Chinese New Year at LansdowneChinese New Year at Lansdowne: As spring approaches each year, Richmond pulls out all stops to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year, one of the most important annual events for the city’s large Asian community. Giant dragons & lions twist & dance to drums, cymbals & cheering crowds. Restaurants introduce special menus for the holiday & quickly fill their reservation books for extravagant New Year’s feasts.


Surrey:

Lunar New Year Fest at Central CityLunar New Year Fest: Central City is hosting a day of FREE family fun on February 12th. Music, dance, crafts, draws, a traditional lion dance, plus a FREE goodie bag to the first 300 people at the event.


Vancouver:

FlyOver Canada Flight of the DragonFlyOver Canada Flight of the Dragon: FlyOver Canada is proud to present “Flight of the Dragon” for the 5th year.  For a limited time, guests will get to experience Flight of the Dragon and FlyOver Canada back-to-back for the regular FlyOver admission price! First, follow a mythical dragon as you soar over some of China’s most spectacular landscapes and scenery during Flight of the Dragon. Then, stay seated and take off again to experience FlyOver Canada, a thrilling flight ride that takes you from east to west across Canada. Both rides incorporate state of the art special effects including wind, scents and mist.


Lunar New Year at Wesbrook VillageWesbrook Village Lunar New Year Celebration 2018: Gong xi fa cai! Join Wesbrook Village in celebrating the Year of the Dog on February 17, 2018. The village will be bustling with festivities from 12:30pm-4:00pm! Lions will leap and roar throughout the village from shop to shop, starting in Norman MacKenzie Square, and you can leave with a lucky red envelope of your own too.


Year of the Dog Temple FairYear of the Dog Temple Fair: The Year of the Dog Temple Fair celebration is filled with barks of joy. Er nao, or “hot and noisy”, is the spirit behind the public event at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden. Everyone is invited to wish each other good fortune, prosperity, and good health.


Blessing Lanterns at OakridgeBlessing Lanterns at Oakridge: Over 800 lanterns adorn the Archways in the West Galleria. Each lantern can be reserved and personalized with your very own blessing for the New Year.


LunarFest - Year of the Dog 2018LunarFest 2018: Celebrate Year of the Dog with mankind’s best friends at the Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza! For one day only, enjoy some fantastic activities and experiences for you and your dog!


Blessing Lanterns at OakridgeLion Dance & Store Blessings at Oakridge: Don’t miss the annual Lion Dance stage performance and merchant blessings in Oakridge’s West Galleria.


Chinese New Year ParadeChinese New Year Parade: The renowned Chinese New Year Parade will return in the Year of the Dog. This special event will feature lion dances, cultural dance, marching bands, martial arts and much more. The Chinatown parade is an annual cultural festival not to be missed. Vancouver’s Chinatown is the 3rd largest Chinatown in North America. It is the city’s 45th Chinese New Year Parade.


Chinese New Year in East VancouverChinese New Year in East Vancouver: Hastings North celebrates the multicultural nature of the area by hosting a Chinese New Year celebration in the week of the lunar New Year.  The festivities include a traditional lion dance, Chinese instrument performers, and a Chinese drum entourage.


West Vancouver:

Asian New Year CelebrationsAsian New Year Celebration: This FREE event will celebrate the Chinese culture with festive fun, prizes & giveaways. Enjoy classic lion & dragon performances and participate in lantern riddles. The morning happens at the West Vancouver Community Centre, afternoon celebrations are at Park Royal.


 

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