Chinese New Year falls on January 23, 2012, and Vancouver has several events to celebrate the Year of the Dragon, from the famous cultural mash-up Gung Haggis Fat Choy Robbie Burns Chinese New Year Dinner to the free, annual Vancouver Chinese New Year Parade.
Top 5 Vancouver Chinese New Year Events 2012
1. Chinese New Year Bazaar – January 16 – 20, 2012 – FREE Take pictures with a Dragon and browse loads of discounted merchandise at this festive bazaar in Vancouver’s historic Chinatown. Takes place from 10:30am – 3:30pm daily from January 16 – 20 at 28 West Pender Street.
2. Gung Haggis Fat Choy Robbie Burns Chinese New Year Dinner – January 23, 2012 One of Vancouver’s most-beloved and quirkiest Chinese New Year traditions is this cultural fusion dinner at Chinatown’s Floata Restaurant that honours both Scottish-Canadian and Chinese-Canadian heritage. Features a full dinner plus lots of live entertainment.
3. Year of the Dragon Celebration at Chinatown’s International Village – January 27 – 29, 2012 – FREE One of Greater Vancouver’s largest New Year’s celebrations happens at the International Village in the heart of Chinatown, where over 150,000 visitors drop in over the three days of free fun. Festivities include live performances, entertainment, shopping, kids’ activities, and more.
4. Vancouver Chinatown Spring Festival & Cultural Fair – January 28 – 29, 2012 – FREE Due to popular demand, the Chinese Cultural Fair that usually follows the Vancouver Chinese New Year Parade has been expanded to two days: the Saturday before the parade and Sunday, the day of the parade (see below). The Spring Festival & Cultural Fair takes place at Chinatown’s Sun Yat-sen Plaza (50 East Pender Street) and include multicultural performances, a special lion dance grand finale, and martial arts demonstrations.
5. Vancouver Chinese New Year Parade 2012 – January 29, 2012 – FREE Vancouver’s annual Chinese New Year Parade features the largest assembly of traditional lion dance teams in Canada, plus multicultural dance troupes, the Vancouver Police Department Motorcycle Drill Team, marching bands, and many local community groups, attracting over 50,000 spectators each year. Parade route details here.