Top 2020 Chinese New Year events in Vancouver – Year of the Rat


This signature event of Vancouver’s Chinatown will feature lion dances, cultural dance troupes, marching bands, martial arts performances and much more. This is an annual cultural extravaganza not to be missed. The Year of the Rat in the Chinese Lunar calendar will begin on Saturday, January 25th in 2020; however, the parade will start at 11am on Sunday, January 26th. Come see the sights and hear the sounds of the festivities!

WHERE? 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.

WHEN? Sunday Jan. 26, 2020

Cost:  FREE

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To usher in the 2020 Lunar New Year, Metropolis at Metrotown will be hosting over 2 weeks of family-friendly festivities along with a popular Instagram-worthy lantern display. Dance performances by South East Asian Cultural Heritage Society, Charm Dance Company, Lorita Leung Dance Academy, and Flying Dance Studio 

Where?  (Grand Court) Metropolis at Metrotown, 4700 Kingsway, Burnaby

Where? Jan 25 & Jan 26 11am – 4pm
Cost: Free

For more CNY events at Metrotown, click here.

3) CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATIONS at OAKRIDGE MALL. There are many cultures that celebrate the lunar new year including Taiwan, Korea, Vietnam, and China. Some multi-cultural events that you don’t want to miss include as follows:

Lunar New Year – Castles and Lifestyles exhibit

This exhibition is a perfect opportunity to take photos with your family & friends. Known as the “Community of Castles” art exhibition, the castles are based on pop-up books giving life to the different scenery and architecture of Taiwan, South Korea, Vietnam, and China. When? January 16 – February 10, Oakridge Mall Hours

Children’s Lunar Lantern Crafts + Workshop.

Celebrate Chinese new year by bringing your little ones to West Galleria (Oakridge) to enjoy various arts and crafts at the following times: Saturday, January 18, 1PM – 3PM
Thursday, January 23, 6PM – 8PM
Saturday, January 25,12PM – 2PM
Saturday, February 1, 12PM – 2PM

Oakridge Lunar New Year Party & Special Sales Event.

There will be live entertainment, Asian food market, shopping incentives, photo opportunities, door prizes, and so much more!

When? Thursday, January 23, 6pm- 9pm, mall-wide

Lunar New Year Photo Opportunity Are your kids a big fan of Toopy & Binoo? To commemorate the year of the rat, they have an opportunity to take photos with their favourite character Toopy & special guest Binoo. There will be face painting and lantern crafts for the kids.

When? Saturday, January 25, 12pm -3pm


There’s a full slate of events over the coming weeks at Abderdeen Centre including a Flower & Gift Fair, Countdown to Year of the Rat, Golden Dragon Lion Dance, Cultural performances at the central atrium.

Countdown Night Year of the Rat | When? Friday Jan 24 8:30pm – 12:10am Where? Central Atrium, Aberdeen

Golden Lion Dance

When? Saturday Jan 25 11am

Where? Outdoor courtyard, Aberdeen, Richmond.

Flower and Gift Fair + Extended shopping hours at mall

When? Jan 18 (Sat) to Jan 26 (Sun), 2020, Mall Hours (except for Jan 24; extended hours from 11am to 12:30am midnight)

Where? lower level, Aberdeen

Chinese Cultural Performances Variety

When? Sat & Sun Jan 25/26 1pm-4:15pm

Where? Central Atrium, Aberdeen

Cost: Free

For further information, click here:  Aberdeen Centre website. 

For those looking to experience Chinese culture and meditation, there is a gentle introduction at Bodhi Meditation. Celebrate Lunar New Year and welcome spring returning to warm to the earth, bringing good luck and fortune. In the blink of an eye, the year of the Golden Rat will be here. The Bodhi Meditation Vancouver Center has been decorated for the new year, and a series of activities have been prepared to provide you entertainment. Everyone is welcome to celebrate the New Year at Bodhi Meditation Center!

Where?  7740 Alderbridge Way, Richmond, BC

Where? Jan 18/19 11am – 4pm
Cost: Free

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