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Chinese New Year Events in Metro Vancouver 2019

Chinese New Year 2019 is Tuesday, February 5, 2019 and this is the Year of the Pig. Find out where to celebrate Chinese New Year in Metro Vancouver below.

Sections: Mall/Public Celebrations | Parade | Restaurants | Gift Ideas | Cultural/Arts

1. Mall/Public Celebrations

Chinese New Year Vancouver 2019 Year of the Pig
Dragon’s Beard Candy at Aberdeen Centre’s Chinese New Year Celebration

Aberdeen Centre

International Village Mall

  • Dates:
    • February 8 & 9, 2019: 11:00am – 8:00pm
    • February 10, 2019: 10:00am – 6:00pm
  • Location: 88 Pender Street West, Vancouver, BC
  • Highlights:
    • Exhibition booths showcasing Chinese New Year festive items, souvenirs and gift wares
    • Festive Chinese Heritage Village on Upper Level
    • Multi-cultural live performances and variety shows on stage
    • Free Lucky Draws and Souvenirs
    • Opening Ceremony with Eye-Dotting Ceremony, Lion Dance and dignitaries greeting you “Kung Hei Fat Choy”
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Yaohan Centre

Lansdowne Centre

Granville Island

  • Dates: February 5-17, 2019
  • Location: Granville Island, Vancouver, BC
  • Highlights:
    • February 5-17, 2019
      • Snap a photo in front of lantern installations, outside on the Tree of Light in Triangle Square or inside the Net Loft atrium. Tag @granville_island in your Instagram post.
      • Lunar New Year treats at the Public Market:
        • Obarz – sweet locally made Vietnamese pastries
    • February 9th, 2019: 10:30 am – 12 pm
      • Lion Dance: Follow the lion dancers as they make their way through the market and around the island bringing good luck and prosperity. The God of Fortune will hand out lucky red envelopes and good wishes for the year
    • February 9th, 2019: 11 am – 2 pm
      • Sugar Painting: Watch a traditional form of Chinese folk art that uses hot, liquid sugar to create two and three-dimensional figures. Walk away with a tasty edible art piece. Location: Public Market, Southwest entrance
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Lonsdale Quay Market

  • Date: January 26, 2019: 11 am – 4 pm
  • Location: 123 Carrie Cates Court, North Vancouver, BC
  • Highlights: Fan Dancing performance and workshop, traditional Lunar New Year’s crafts for all ages followed by the stunning Lion Dance blessing through the Market. There will be traditional Red Envelopes available to customers and visitors while supplies last.
    • Detailed Schedule:
      • Fan Dancing Workshop: 11am11:30am
      • Kids Crafts: 12pm – 3pm
      • Lion Dance: 3pm – 4pm
      • All events are held in the Rotunda with Kids Crafts on the Second Level Retail Floor
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2. Vancouver Chinatown Spring Festival Parade 2019

Chinese New Year Vancouver 2019 Year of the Pig
Credit: Chinese Benevolent Association of Vancouver
  • Date: February 10, 2019: 11 am
  • Location: Vancouver Chinatown: The 1.3-km long route starts at the Millennium Gate on Pender Street (between Shanghai Alley and Taylor Street), proceeds east along Pender Street, turns south onto Gore Street, turns west onto Keefer Street and then disperses on Keefer at Abbott. See the map here.
  • Highlights:
    This signature event of Vancouver’s Chinatown will feature lion dances, cultural dance troupes, marching bands, martial arts performances and much more.
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3. Restaurants

Here is a list of restaurants that are offering special Chinese New Year menus.

Origo Club

Date: Extended afternoon tea service Tuesday, February 5 – Saturday, February 9 from 1:30 to 4 p.m. and on Sunday, February 10 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: 6888 River Rd #110, Richmond, BC
Price: $45 per person with the addition of a glass of Rothschild Champgne (+$35)

Origo Club Chinese New Year Afternoon Tea 2019
Credit: Origo Club

Origo Club’s exclusive Chinese New Year Afternoon Tea services offer an array of savoury delicacies such as canard et poire pochée au thym (seared duck breast, thyme poached pear) and scone au cheddar et à la ciboulette (cheddar and chive scone, butter, smoked salt, fresh cream) in addition to sweet selections like matcha mochi (glutinous rice ball, matcha whipped ganache) and biscuit chinois au sésame (white sesame fortune cookie) that pay homage to the traditional annual celebration.

Pan Pacific Hotel (Oceans 999)

Date: Sunday Brunch Buffet on February 3, 2019 | 11:30 am – 2:30 pm
Location: 999 Canada Pl #300, Vancouver, BC
Price: $68 Adult|$64 Seniors|$34 Child 6 to 12
Website: Click here

H2 Rotisserie & Bar

Date: Sunday Brunch Buffet on February 10 & 17, 2019 | 12 pm – 3:00 pm
Location: 1601 Bayshore Dr, Vancouver, BC
Price: $39

H2 Rotisserie & Bar‘s will have a variety of additional items just for Chinese New Year. From noon to 3 pm on February 10 and 17, you can find congee with traditional toppings, assorted dim sum, longevity noodles, “action stations” featuring made-to-order Peking duck rolls and bao buns, traditional desserts, and much more.

Chinese New Year Vancouver 2019 Year of the Pig

H Tasting Lounge

Date: Every Saturday and Sunday between February 2 and 24 from 12 – 5pm
Location: 1601 Bayshore Dr, Vancouver, BC
Price: $55

HTL’s popular afternoon tea service will feature a “Wheel of Fortune” with a variety of items including BBQ Pork Puff, dumplings and bao, Seared Nian Gao, “Iron Guanyin” Shortbread, and Water Chestnut Jelly. Tea selection includes premium Tealeaves Floral Jasmine Green Tea or Dragonwell Organic Green Tea.

Chinese New Year Vancouver 2019 Year of the Pig

There will also be a special Year of the Pig cocktail ($16) – a blend of Johnnie Walker Black Scotch whisky, golden apple and ginger-infused vodka, Buddha’s hand citron jelly, yellow chrysanthemum tea, and lemon juice.

UVA Wine and Cocktail Bar

UVA Wine and Cocktail Bar (900 Seymour St, Vancouver, BC) is featuring the “Fu Lu Shou.”

Chinese New Year Vancouver 2019 Year of the Pig

Party Platters

Party trays can be ordered from the following restaurants:

  • Western Lake (4989 Victoria Drive Vancouver, BC)
  • Peaceful Restaurant (Multiple locations: Broadway, Mount Pleasant, Kitsilano, Seymour, Robson, and Kingsway)
Chinese New Year Vancouver 2019 Year of the Pig
Peaceful Restaurant

4. Gift Ideas

Available now until Feb 5, Temper Pastry has created a Chocolate Pig Showpiece, with gold coin and “Happy New Year” note ($32 each).

Location: 2409 Marine Dr, West Vancouver, BC

Credit: Temper Pastry

5. Cultural/Arts

Lunarfest by TELUS

Chinese New Year Vancouver 2019 Year of the Pig
Lunarfest by TELUS

The Galleria of Imperial Inspirations

  • Date: January 31, 2019 – February 19, 2019
  • Location: Oakridge Centre, 650 W 41st Ave, Vancouver, BC
  • Highlight:  Giuseppe Castiglione was known as one of the greatest royal court painters in Chinese history. Inspired by some of his paintings, 8 local and international fashion designers have created extraordinary couture to help celebrate his legacy and the Year of the Pig.
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The New Butterfly Lovers

  • Date: February 3, 2019: 7:30 pm *TICKETED*
  • Location: Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 630 Hamilton St, Vancouver, BC
  • Highlight:  An interpretation of China’s most famous folk tales, pair it with the equally renowned, Asian-inflected concerto it inspired, and then give it to a western ballet company, a Japanese Canadian ballerina, and a Vancouver choreographer to perform.
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Lunarfest Celebration @ Art Gallery

An Accident of Love Musical

  • Date: February 9, 2019 7 pm *TICKETED*
  • Location: The Centre, 777 Homer St, Vancouver, BC
  • Highlight:  A musical adaptation of the 1983 Taiwanese film, “Papa, Can You Hear Me Sing.”
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