It’s time to welcome the Year of the Rabbit! There are many Lunar New Year events in Toronto this year that combine culture and tradition with fun for the whole family. From lion dances to delicious food, our city will be ringing in the Chinese New Year in a big way this year.

Here are 8 of the best Lunar New Year events in Toronto that are worth checking out this year.

Chinatown BIA 2023 Lunar New Year Celebrations

Chinatown is hosting a Lunar New Year celebration with cultural performances, activities, booths, and tasty food.

Some of the featured attractions are the Lion Dance, Chinese Folk Dance, Chinese Orchestra, Chinese Calligraphy, Zodiac Fortune Telling, God of Fortune, Mahjong Competition, and a Lucky Draw.

Where: Chinatown Centre, 222 Spadina Avenue & Dragon City Mall, 280 Spadina Avenue
When: January 21st and 22nd, 2023

Lunar New Year at Vaughan Mills

Celebrate the Year of the Rabbit at Vaughan Mills.

The mall’s 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,” according to the description.

Head to the shopping centre on Sunday the 22nd for entertainment, complimentary treats, and tons of in-store specials at participating retailers.

Where: Vaughan Mills Event Court, 1 Bass Pro Mills Drive
When: January 22nd to February 5th, 2023

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Lunar New Year at Scarborough Town Centre

In celebration of Lunar New Year, Scarborough Town Centre is transforming its Centre court with 9-foot-tall rabbits and Asian-inspired décor starting on January 18th.

The fun continues on January 21st with a lion dance and cultural performances attended by local politicians, as well as additional performances on January 22nd.

Where: Scarborough Town Centre, Centre Court, 300 Borough Drive
When: January 21st and 22nd, 2023

Lunar New Year Afternoon Tea at St. Regis Toronto

Welcome the Year of the Rabbit with some delectable sips and bites at the elegant Astor Lounge at St. Regis Toronto.

This esteemed tea service is a perfect celebration of new beginnings with an opulent menu featuring sweet and savoury bites infused with classic Chinese flavours.

You’ll get to pair the delicious bites with a selection of tea from the beloved, local purveyor Sloane Fine Tea Merchants along with a glass of champagne.

Where: Astor Lounge, St. Regis Toronto, 325 Bay Street
When: January 13th to 29th, 2023
Cost: $95 per person

Lunar New Year at Holts Café

Delight your senses with a tasty spread of bites inspired by classic Chinese and Lunar New Year dishes, accompanied by unique afternoon tea flavours.

The menu items are not only delicious but full of meaning. For example, the Crystal Shrimp Dumpling and Lobster & Prawn Toast represents prosperity, joy and laughter in the new year.

This afternoon tea experience is available by reservation only, so be sure to call or email your preferred location to secure your table.

Where: Holts Café Bloor Street and Holts Café Yorkdale
When: Until January 29th, 2023

CF Lunar New Year 2023 Live Performance 

Shopping centres around Toronto will come alive for Lunar New Year this month. Prepare for a dazzling display of spectacular decor, live performances, and exclusive promotions to commemorate the Year of the Rabbit.

Visitors will be treated to lion dances, a God of Fortune appearance, traditional music and dance performances, as well as brilliant new decorations.

Where:  CF Markville, CF Fairview Mall, and CF Toronto Eaton Centre
When: Beginning January 14th, 2023

 

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Yee Hong Dragon Ball

This exciting event is a benefit gala for the Yee Hong Community Wellness Foundation, which will combine philanthropy with the celebration of Chinese New Year.

This annual event is known as one of Toronto’s most anticipated events and the largest Chinese New Year celebration of its kind in North America for the last three decades, according to its website.

Where: Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 255 Front Street West
When: January 21st, 2023

Lunar New Year Dinner Events

Some restaurants around Toronto are offering special dinner menu specials for Lunar New Year, for both dine-in and takeout.

Celebrate the Year of the Rabbit over a delicious feast and the company of family and friends.

Where: Hong Shing RestaurantAvling Kitchen and Brewery