The Lunar New Year begins on February 8, 2016, and being Asian, it’s kind of a big deal to celebrate in my family. Fortunately, there are lots of ways to celebrate Chinese New Year in Edmonton, so you can pick and choose what you like!

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1 – January 30-31, 2016: Lunar New Year Extravaganza at West Edmonton Mall

I’ve taken my daughter to the West Edmonton Mall extravaganza twice, and we always have a great time. The Ice Palace in the middle of the mall is taken over with a market, as well as a stage with performances from local organizations (including lion dances and sometimes a dragon dance that actually goes around the mall). I believe there is a small admission fee for entry.

2 – January 30-31, 2016: Chinese New Year Carnival at Chinese Catholic Parish

We went to this last year and it was full of shopping, food, games, and performances (and dignitaries, including the mayor and various other VIPs). The address is: 10140 – 119 Ave NW, and the hours are 11am-8pm on Saturday, and 11am-6pm on Sunday. Free admission!

3 – February 5-6, 2016: Chinese New Year Celebration at Northlands

The event on February 5th at 5pm is a mixer for adults only, with a buffet and entertainment at the Playbook Lounge, Northlands Park Racetrack & Casino. Tickets are $30 each. There is also a FREE New Year’s Marketplace at the Edmonton EXPO Centre on February 6th from 1-6pm, and an evening gala that night.

4 – February 13, 2016: Chinatown Celebration

The fun starts at noon with a parade in Edmonton’s Chinatown (97 Street & 107 Avenue), and lots of festivities outdoors. Lion dances and dragon dances will definitely be part of the fun!

5 – January 9-February 28, 2016: Lunar New Year at the Muttart Conservatory

To celebrate the year of the Monkey, the feature pyramid at the Muttart is The Monkey Legend, and the exhibit goes until the end of February, so you have lots of time to check it out! Regular admission applies.

BONUS – February 6, 2016: Spectacular Chinese New Year at Bonnie Doon Centre

The festivities run from 11am – 4pm, and include Lion Dances, performances, and lots of activities – with FREE admission!

How do you celebrate Chinese New Year?