How to Celebrate Chinese New Year in Vancouver

Sun Nin Fai Lok (Happy New Year) – there’s your Cantonese lesson for the day. 

To celebrate the year of the Ram AND the Goat (Yes it’s both. Don’t question it – just accept it) we have the most Notable Chinese New Year events and activities happening all over Hongcouver…

Bao Down
While hong baos trump char siu baos any day, if you’re not planning on having a traditional dinner celebration with the family, dim sum will just have to do. And there’s no yum cha place worth going to quite like Kirin.


Not ready for the full Chinese family-style dinner experience?

Check out Bao Bei. It’s the perfect medley of Asian dishes with a fusion twist.

Ordering tips: Beef Tartare, Mantou, and Shao Bing.

Feeling Sheepish?
This year, LunarFest will be taking place at the Vancouver Art Gallery plaza where hundreds of sheep-shaped lanterns will be on display. During the three days you’ll have the opportunity to partake in different activities including Sheep Love For All, The Lanterns of The Little Sheep, Dumpling Making competition, and The Winter Wonderland with performances from the Jhuo Lan Dragon Dance Team.


Chinese New Year Parade
Unless you’ve encountered a dancing lion or dragon you haven’t had a real Chinese New Year.

But fear not – this year you’re getting both. 

With more than 3,000 performers and +50,000 spectators lined along the 1.3 km Chinatown Spring Festival Parade you’re guaranteed to come across a few dragons and lions to safeguard you from any ‘evil spirits’.

Sun Yat Sen Garden
Post-parade, mosey down to the Year of the Ram Temple Fair at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden for a serene backdrop, Chinese games, and dumpling and noodle making demos.


Give ’em a Call
This wouldn’t be a proper Chinese New Year list if we didn’t remind you to call your grandparents. Part of Chinese New Year tradition is about expressing gratitude for loved ones and especially elders. Just try not to spit out ‘hong bao nai lai’ (May I have the red envelope please).

Kong Hei Fat Choy! (Wishing you a prosperous year.) 


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Cover image –; Kirin restaurant –; Chinese Garden –