Update: Free Chinese New Year events in Richmond

Chinese New Year is coming up on Jan. 25, and festive events are kicking off early in 2020.
Events will be periodically updated here as they come up.

Take a look at the events listed for the celebrations in Richmond:

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Jan. 11 to 12

What: Vancouver Carnival – Aberdeen Square x Mooby Yoho
When: 12 – 7 p.m.
Where: Aberdeen Square main atrium, 4000 No. 3 Rd

Aberdeen Square will be hosting a carnival-style celebration in collaboration with Mooby Yoho for Chinese New Year. Throughout the weekend, there will be multiple hip hop dance performances by various groups, different types of family games and lucky draws for everyone to participate in. For those who download WeChat, a Chinese social media app, a small prize is given with every QR code scanned at the event.

Jan. 18 - 19

What: Bodhi Meditation Chinese New Year Market Place
When: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: Bodhi Meditation Centre, 7740 Alderbridge Way

The year of the Rat will be celebrated at the annual Bodhi Meditation’s Chinese New Year Market Place. There will be a photography studio, traditional tea house, children’s courtyard, gift shop, oracle readings, multicultural performances and international veggie food hutongs. Food trucks will be a new addition to this year’s celebration including: Teapressu, Overland Sandwiches, Real Mac-N-Cheese, Basanti and more.

Jan. 18 - 26

What: Flower and Gift Fair
When: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Where: Aberdeen Centre, 4151 Hazelbridge Way

Hallways of Aberdeen Centre will once again be transformed into a flower and gift fair featuring vendors selling gifts, decorations, fresh flowers, crafts, food and more. The fair is known to be your “one-stop-shop” for all Chinese New Year essentials.

Jan. 24

What: Lunar New Year celebrations at YVR
When: 10 a.m.
Where: Vancouver International Airport Jade Canoe, 3211 Grant McConachie Way

A lion dance performance will begin in the morning at the Jade Canoe, near the International food court, and will proceed to go around the terminal until around noon. There will also be activities like live music, photo opportunities and promotions.

What: Prize giveaway and Chinese New Year couplets demonstration
When: 3 - 5 p.m.
Where: Parker Place Mall, 4380 No. 3 Rd.

Parker Place will be giving away prizes for every purchase of $20 or more at the mall all day. There will also be a Chinese New Year couplet demonstration in the afternoon at the food court for all those who wish to know more about the meaning.

What: Chinese God of Fortune visit
When: 8:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.
Where: Aberdeen Centre Central Atrium, 4151 Hazelbridge Way

The Chinese God of Fortune will be at Aberdeen sending his blessings of luck to visitors as well as free photo opportunities for everyone.

What: Live Chinese New Year Countdown
When: 8:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.
Where: Aberdeen Centre Central Atrium, 4151 Hazelbridge Way

Two variety stage shows, presented by Fairchild Radio and Television, will feature cultural performances, music, dance, fortune telling and giveaways in the evening. There will also be a live broadcasted countdown to the Chinese New Year of the Rat.

Jan. 25

What: Chinese New Year Dragon and Lion Dance
When: 11 a.m.
Where: Aberdeen Centre outdoor courtyard, 4151 Hazelbridge Way

In the morning, a golden dragon and eight lions will come alive after a traditional eye-dotting ceremony and a live firecracker display. Afterwards, the lions will travel indoors to retail stores on all three levels to perform the pick-the-green ceremonies.

What: Family-friendly Chinese New Year opera concert
When: 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Where: Richmond Cultural Centre atrium room, 7700 Minoru Gate

Ten members of the Vancouver Cantonese Opera Society will be performing a 90-minute concert in traditional Chinese attire. Short Cantonese opera arias and Chinese New Year folk songs will be performed to celebrate the Year of the Rat. With limited space, registration is required at bit.ly/309XPP3 .

Jan. 26

What: Year of the Rat celebration with CF Richmond Centre
When: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Where: Richmond Centre, 6551 No. 3 Rd.

CF Richmond Centre will be hosting a cultural celebration to bring family and friends together. There will be a traditional Lion Dance as well as a meet and greet with the God of Fortune who will be giving away lucky red pockets filled with chocolate coins.

What: Chinese New Years celebration at Lansdowne Centre
When: 12:30 – 5 p.m.
Where: Lansdowne Centre centre court, 5300 No. 3 Rd.

Celebrate the Year of the Rat with the Richmond Chinese Community Society (RCCS), Lansdowne Centre and TD Bank. A full day of activities will start with an opening ceremony and Lion Dance followed by traditional and modern live entertainment, martial arts demonstrations, giveaways and community booths.

What: Lunar New Year at the Vancouver Airport Marriott
When: 2:30 p.m.
Where: Vancouver Airport Marriott

Enjoy a lively lion dance performance and traditional dotting ceremony. Guests will receive lucky red envelopes with the chance to win prizes with values of up to $400. For those who wish to enjoy a Lunar New Year-inspired lunch, 75 West Coast Grill is offering a $20.20 brunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.

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