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!
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.
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 11 am-8 pm on Saturday, and 11 am-6 pm on Sunday. Free admission!
The event on February 5th at 5 pm is a mixer for adults only, with a buffet and entertainment at the Playbook Lounge, Northlands Park Racetrack & Casino. This is a great opportunity to enjoy some delicious food and have the chance to win big, although you may want to visit www.paybyphonebillcasino.uk to practice a little first and improve your chances of winning! Tickets are $30 each. There is also a FREE New Year’s Marketplace at the Edmonton EXPO Centre on February 6th from 1-6 pm, and an evening gala that night. Or if you’re a newbie, there is another attractive offer – Free Spins. If you don’t want to risk losing any money, you could opt for free spins or low wager spins. And if you manage to hit the jackpot, that’s two birds with one ‘scone’!
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!
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.
The festivities run from 11am – 4pm, and include Lion Dances, performances, and lots of activities – with FREE admission!