Chinese New Year 2013 in Metro Vancouver


We understand the hours of planning and research needed when looking for things to do in Vancouver BC, whether you are a tourist or even just a resident of the city.  Look no further, we have the job done for you! We have compiled a list of Chinese New Year events happening in Metro Vancouver. Please leave a comment if you would like us to list your events.

Thur Jan 31, 2013 to Sun Feb 3, 2013
“Year of the Snake Expo 2013” at the BC Place (Vancouver). “This is an extensive four-day event that promotes the Asian arts, tradition, culture, food and merchandise to every segment of the mainstream and ethnic communities”

Sat February 2, 2013 (7pm to Midnight)
Chinese New Year Dinner and Dance at Crystal Ballroom (Vancouver)

  • Chinese buffet dinner
  • Chinese folk dance performance
  • Best Chinese Costume Competition for Lady and Gentleman: 1st prize $100, 2nd prize $50 and 3rd prize $25
  • Plus 3 Fabulous $50 Cash Door Prizes & More

Members: $26 or Guest: $28 – For tickets and more information contact 604-323-1238

Wed February 6, 2013 – Monday February 11, 2013
Chinese New Year Flower & Gift Fair at Aberdeen Centre (Richmond)



Fri February 8 to Sun February 10, 2013
Year of the Snake – Celebration at International Village (Vancouver)

  • Two levels of exhibition booths
  • Opening ceremony and Lion Dance
  • Stage performances by the hour
  • Hourly Lucky Draw with a grand prize
  • Kids Corner with bouncy castle, face painting, balloon twisting and more
  • FREE ADMISSION!

Sat February 9, 2013 (8:30pm – 12:30am (midnight))
Countdown Night to Chinese New Year of the Snake at Aberdeen Centre (Richmond)


Sat February 9, 2013 (10pm)
Pop Saturdays: Chinese NYE – Year of the Snake at Pop Opera (Vancouver)

  • Dragon Dance at Midnight to start the new year
  • First 50 people get red envelopes with cash!

Sunday February 10, 2013Chinese New Year in Vancouver  BC
Golden Dragon and Lion Dance at Aberdeen Centre (Richmond)

  • 11am start at the Outdoor Courtyard
  • Store-to-Store Lion Visits starts at 12noon

Sun February 10, 2013
Lunar New Year Celebration at Richmond Centre (Richmond)
Celebrate the Year of the Snake with a Lion Dance throughout the mall. More details to follow.

Sun February 10, 2013 (12pm to 4pm)
Chinese New Year Celebration at Crystal Mall (Burnaby)

  • Lion dance performance
  • Free Chinese calligraphy greetings
  • God of Fortune greetings
  • Lucky Draw & Carnival Games
  • AM 1320 Chinese New Year Celebration at Crystal Mall

Sun February 10, 2013 (630pm to 1130pm)
Chinese New Year Dinner and Dance Celebration at Royal Dinner and Dance Club
#200 – 8040 Garden City Road (Richmond)
Ticket is $45 (includes 11 course dinner and fun programs and prizes.

Sun February 10, 2013 to Monday February 11, 2013
Chinese New Year Cultural Spectacle at Aberdeen Centre (Richmond)

Sun February 10, 2013 (8pm)
Kung Chi Fat Choy Gala 2013 at River Rock (Richmond)

  • Gest performer: Cecilia Fong, Li Lai Ha and Gill Mohindepaul Singh (Q Bobo)
  • Tickets starts at $58.

Sun February 17, 2013 (Update: New start time at 11am – duration of 2.5 hrs)
Chinese New Year Parade at Chinatown (Vancouver) – Year of the Snake!
2013 parade route is extended by an extra 2 city blocks – starts at The Millennium Gate Pender.
Click here for the parade map!



Sun February 17, 2013 (10am to 4pm)
Year of the Snake Temple Fair at Dr Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden (Vancouver)

  • Entrance by donation – Suggested $5

Photo Credit
Wikimedia Commons

Revised: Jan 21, 2013