7 Family Fun Events to Celebrate Lunar New Year: The Year of the Cat

The Lunar New Year is just around the corner; It is happening this Sunday, January 22, 2023, to be exact! Celebrate the Year of the Cat or Rabbit (depending on which cultural tradition you follow) and usher in the Lunar New Year with friends and family at these 7 markets, ceremonies, lantern festivals, dance performances and more across Toronto and the GTA.

Love and Peace Lantern Festival

Love and Peace Lantern Festival – Toronto

When: December 2, 2022, to February 5, 2023
Where: 1571 Sandhurst Cir, Toronto

With a large-scale international outdoor light show composed of four main thematic elements, there is no better way to mark the beginning of the Year of the Cat with your family and friends than by taking them to see the Love and Peace Lantern Festival.

Discover extraordinary scenes from ancient times to the present time as you explore the wonders of thousands of universes and explore the world with unsolved mysterious secrets.

At the end of the journey, you’ll be expressing love and peace from the bottom of your heart!

The lanterns originated from Zigong, Sichuan, China, and have come to Toronto after localized design in Canada!

In their half-year of preparation, more than 50 artisans from Zigong handcrafted the Love and Peace lantern show. It inspired the West to learn about Chinese craftsmanship.

The first “Love and Peace” Lantern Show in Canada, sponsored by 95 Developments, is here awaiting you and your friends and family. The team at “Love and Peace Lantern Festival” is excited to meet you in a context of humanities, stories, and cultures spanning multiple cultures!

For more information, visit: https://www.woodsidesquare.com/lantern-festival

Lunar Lantern of Indigenous Lights at Markham

Lunar Lantern of Indigenous Lights – Markham

When: January 14, 2023, to February 28, 2023
Where: Valley Art Gallery of Markham, 216 Main Street Unionville, Markham

In an incredible cross-cultural experience, light up the winter and celebrate the Lunar New Year with stories from Indigenous communities of the Greater Toronto Area through the “Lunar Lanterns of Indigenous Lights”.

Inside the Varley Art Gallery of Markham, discover beautiful artwork, each holding their own previous stories from the artists and their cultures, waiting for you and your family to explore your own connections to the land that we share and the wonderfully diverse communities that we live in.

Then, don’t forget to visit the lanterns outside of the Varley Art Gallery to celebrate a bright start to the Year of the Cat.

For more information, visit: https://lunarfestgta.ca/

LunarFest by Varley Art Gallery of Markham

Also in Markham: LunarFest – Varley Art Gallery of Markham

When: January 28, 2023, to January 29, 2023
Where:  Varley Art Gallery of Markham, 216 Main Street Unionville, Markham

LunarFest was designed to be a festival that celebrates one of the oldest traditions for many Asian cultures – Lunar New Year – LunarFest aims to collaborate with many Asian communities and outreaches to other Canadians.

Celebrate the Year of the Cat like no other!

Join the many families and friends online for fun activities, including arts and crafts, animal conservation knowledge, and the return of the Lunar Lanterns of Indigenous Lights.

The Lunar Lanterns of Indigenous Lights at the Varley Art Gallery courtyard are LunarFest’s way of making connections between the Indigenous cultures of Canada and the biggest tradition in Asian cultures, the Lunar New Year. Featuring the works of local Indigenous artists, we invite all of GTA to come to see these lanterns light up the new year.

For more information, visit: https://lunarfestgta.ca/

Lunar New Year at Toronto Chinatown in Dragon City Mall

Toronto Chinatown Lunar New Year Celebration

When: January 21, 2023, to January 22, 2023
Where: Dragon City Mall & Chinatown Centre, 280 Spadina Ave, Toronto

To welcome the Year of the Cat, Toronto Chinatown Business Improvement Area (BIA) will spearhead the celebrations with a lineup of interactive games and performances to showcase the rich heritage of Asian traditions during the 2023 Lunar New Year Celebrations.

Highlights include Lion Dance, Chinese Folk Dance, and Chinese Orchestra. Chinese New Year Cooking, Chinese Calligraphy, Zodiac Fortune Telling, Cultural Booths and much more!

Located at the popular Dragon City Mall & Chinatown Centre, there will be tons of family fun activities for everyone to enjoy.

For more information, visit: https://chinatownbia.com/eventsnews/lny2023/

Lunar New Year Celebrations at Scarborough Town Centre

Year of the Cat – Eye Dotting Ceremony & Dance Performances – Scarborough

When: January 21, 2023, to January 22, 2023
Where: Scarborough Town Centre, 300 Borough Drive, Scarborough

In celebration of the Year of the Cat this Lunar New Year, Scarborough Town Centre is hosting events with Eye Dotting Ceremony & Dance Performances.

With exciting festivities ahead including the traditional and important eye dotting ceremony, an exciting lion dance, engaging folk dancing and a visit from the God of Fortune to celebrate the Year of the Cat, there will be plenty to do and see at the Scarborough Town Centre this Lunar New Year.

There will also be a Lunar New Year Gift Card promotion for shoppers at the Scarborough Town Centre: Receive a $10 bonus with $200-499, a $25 bonus with $500-999 & a $50 bonus with $1000-$3000, ends Jan 29.

For more information, visit: https://scarboroughtowncentre.com/lunar-new-year/

Lunar New Year at Pacific Mall

Rogers Presents: Lunar New Year Celebration 2023 – Markham

When: January 22, 2023, to January 29, 2023
Where: Pacific Mall, 4300 Steeles Ave. East, Markham

The countdown to the Year of the Cat begins!  Rogers Presents: Lunar New Year Celebration 2023 is on the way!

“Rogers Presents: Lunar New Year Celebration 2023” is coming! Bring your family, and friends, and come join the Lunar New Year celebrations at Pacific Mall on Jan 22, 28 & 29 for stage shows, lion dances, orchestra music, dances, martial arts, Hanfu costume immersive experience, and more!

Come enjoy this Lunar New Year season and celebration at Pacific Mall, with over 350 stores & over 2000 parking spaces all year around!

For more information, visit: https://www.facebook.com/PacificMallToronto

Lunar New Year at Vaughan Mills

Lunar New Year Celebration – Vaughan

When: January 23, 2023, to February 5, 2023
Where: Vaughan Mills Shopping Centre, 1 Bass Pro Mills Drive, Vaughan

Celebrate the Lunar New Year with Vaughan Mills’ Unique, Immersive Wishing Tree Experience in support of Mackenzie Health. For every wish made, Vaughan Mills will donate $1 to the Mackenzie Health Foundation.

KICK-OFF EVENT: Celebrate the first day of the Lunar New Year – Sunday, January 22nd from 1-3 pm. Along with placing a wish on the garden’s welcoming arches or wishing tree, guests can enjoy live cultural dances and music performances, as well as fun and interactive Lunar New Year activities.

CELEBRATE: Lunar New Year at Vaughan Mills, January 22nd – February 5th

In celebration of the Lunar New Year, the Vaughan Mills Event Court will be transformed into a scenic landscape reminiscent of traditional Chinese gardens, complete with a cherry blossom tree, lanterns and a wishing tree experience. Mall visitors can enter the garden, write down their well-wishes for the New Year and have them added to the garden’s welcoming arches or wishing tree. As part of the experience guests also receive a lucky red envelope containing wishes for the Lunar New Year with a chance to win a variety of prizes.

For more information, visit:

https://www.vaughanmills.com/events/lunar-new-year/


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