Featured image credit: Lunar New Year Festival, Vancouver, British Columbia
Chinese New Year is on February 16, but the festivities have started already in parts of Vancouver, British Columbia, at the Lunar New Year Festival. And they’ll continue through early March.
Here’s a sampling of what’s in store. For more details, view the full schedule.
Countdown to Chinese New Year of the Dog, Thursday-Friday, February 15-16, 8:30 p.m.-12:10 a.m.
Enjoy live entertainment from the Miss Chinese Vancouver Pageant winners, a lion dance, cultural dances, games, and fortune telling at the Aberdeen Centre, 4151 Hazelbridge Way, in Richmond. The countdown to the Chinese New Year takes place at midnight. Admission is free.
Lunar New Year Tea Set, daily through February 28, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Enjoy a traditional Chinese tea with canapés and sweets infused with tea at TWG Tea Salon & Boutique, 1070 West Georgia Street in Vancouver (view the menu). The cost is $48 CDN per person, and reservations are recommended. Make reservations online or call (604) 692-0071.
Flight of the Dragon, daily through February 18
During this 20-25-minute adventure at FlyOver Canada, 201-999 Canada Place in Vancouver, follow a mythical dragon as it soars over some of China’s most spectacular scenery. Then go on an eight-minute flight from Canada’s east to west coasts. Children must be at least 102 cm (40 inches) to participate in the ride. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult or guardian aged 14 years or older.
Tickets cost $22.95 CDN for adults, $14.45 children 12 and younger, $17.85 seniors 65 and older, and $17.85 students ages 13-21. Buy tickets online or call (604) 620-8455.
Lanterns in the Garden, Friday-Sunday, February 16-March 4, 5-10 p.m.
This is an authentic Chinese lantern festival at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, 578 Carrall Street, in Vancouver’s Chinatown. Handmade lanterns on display portray classic Chinese legends. Also enjoy live performances, answering Chinese lantern riddles, and Chinese sugar painting.
Tickets cost $15 CDN for adults ages 16-65, $12 children ages 6-15 and seniors 66 and older, free ages 5 and younger, and $45 for a family pack for two adults and up to three children 15 and younger (buy online). For more information, visit the Lanterns in the Garden webpage or call (604) 620-6966.
In addition, there are many community celebrations throughout the greater metro area, including parades, lion dances, and other live performances. The Canucks are also celebrating on Sunday, February 17, as they face the Boston Bruins on the ice at the Rogers Arena, 800 Griffiths Way in Vancouver.
Image credit: Lunar New Year Festival