Edmonton Chinese community celebrates Lunar New Year with a blast. The most popular festivities include traditional dragon dances, iconic lion parades, impressive martial arts shows, various live performances, and the finest of Chinese cuisine. If you visit the city in season, which usually falls between late January and early February, you'll find no shortage of things to see and do in Edmonton.
Where to celebrate Chinese New Year in Edmonton
Chinatown Edmonton in the McCauley neighborhood has to be your number one destination if you crave the most impressive Chinese New Year experience. Chinatown hosts a vibrant street parade, which draws chords of spectators. The bash is filled with drum music, vivid lions, and firecrackers. Also, be ready for a couple of solemn speeches delivered by local authorities.
West Edmonton Mall
Another place to check out is West Edmonton Mall, which claims to be the biggest shopping center in North America. The mall holds Lunar New Year Extravaganza, providing the shoppers with live entertainment throughout the holiday. The fun-packed program is typically designed by Edmonton Chinatown Multicultural Centre.
ECBEA & Meyonokh School
Edmonton Chinese Bilingual Education Association (ECBEA) also boasts an annual celebration of the Lunar New Year at Edmonton City Center. Likewise, a Chinese bilingual Meyonokh School in southeast Edmonton prepares an elaborate festival to ring in the Chinese New Year.
Restaurants & hotels
Lastly, a number of restaurants and hotels throughout the city throw special cultural events and countdowns to mark the occasion. A Lion Dance at Century Casino is just one of the dozens of such events.
Since venues and schedules can change annually, we recommend checking the official websites to stay up-to-date. You'll find the official Facebook of Edmonton's Tourist Information Center and other useful links in the External Resources below.