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Celebrating Chinese New Year in Niagara means a blend of two fascinating things at once: rich Chinese culture and spectacular waterfalls. Besides the stunning red color illumination of the falls, visitors can enjoy lion dances and traditional cuisine at various locations throughout the Lunar New Year season.
The Niagara region boasts some traditional Chinese New Year celebrations. The Cham Shan Temple (Ten Thousand Buddhas Sarira Stupa) hosts a festive event on the Lunar New Year's Eve. It's usually a free festival, open to the public. Chinese Cultural Association of Regional Niagara runs different events each year. The program usually includes Chinese food, traditional dances, and singing performances. Tickets should be bought in advance.
Casino resorts in Niagara Falls also offer something special for the Lunar New Year season. One of the prime venues is the Fallsview Casino (Canada side) with a lion dance in the main lobby and traditional holiday dishes in the Golden Lotus restaurant. The Seneca Casino (at the US side) traditionally organizes the Lion Dance Parade and the red envelope give away in the hotel lobby.
As it seems impossible to imagine a Lunar New Year celebration without dumplings, we suggest checking out the Mandarin's Dumpling Festival. Mandarin Restaurants sell featured menu items on a take-out and delivery basis. While supply lasts, customers can order traditional favorites like Siu Mai, Har Gow, and Xiao Long Bao.
Check out the event updates closer to the official dates, make all the necessary reservations, and celebrate the Chinese New Year in Niagara Falls.