The Lunar New Year is a time for celebration, family and food. So, we have rounded up a few of the most interesting and luxurious looking events happening around Vancouver this Chinese New Year.
This year is the Year of the Dog, and Oakridge Centre is celebrating our four-legged friends with multiple events and activities throughout the mall from February 8 – 25. Over 800 lanterns adorn the archways in the West Galleria and each lantern can be reserved and personalized with your very own blessing for the New Year.
There is also the “Perfect Year of the Dog” exhibit where 10 golden dogs – designed by Taiwanese-Canadian artist Jessica Sung, sit atop the Oakridge fountains located in the East Galleria. You will not be able to miss the adorable black and white “Year of the Dog” inspired figurines that are located in retailer storefronts throughout Oakridge Centre, these figurines are available for adoption with proceeds benefiting the BC SPCA. For the younger family members, Oakridge Centre will also be hosting a Family Craft Day on February 12, 12 PM – 4 PM in the West Galleria.
After you are finished with shopping, head downtown to Parq where you will be greeted by a beautiful Wishing Tree positioned in the centre of their main lobby. Make sure you do not miss the Lion Dance which will begin at 7 PM sharp on February 16 starting in the lobby and then making its way up to the second and third floors of the resort. While you are at Parq grab dinner at one of their many delicious restaurants. 1886 Chinese Fine Dining restaurant has a special New Year’s Buffet, and will also be hosting New York-based Tea Sommelier Kathy Chan, who will be wowing guests with an exclusive New Year’s Tea Program.
After dinner head over to The Westin Bayshore’s H Tasting Lounge, where they have partnered with McLaren to park a sleek and luxurious 570 Spider just outside of their golden gates as a nod to new beginnings. After a show-stopping welcome, sip from their limited-time Gung Hay Fat Choy cocktails list that features exotic flavours and this year’s lucky colours. Top of our list to try is the appropriately named Year of the Dog cocktail, which contains Wuliangye Baijiu, jasmine pearl syrup, clarified lemon juice, teapot bitters, fruit caviars and rose.
With this fabulous array of things to do we are sure you will have a fabulous and festive Lunar New Year. Gung Hay Fat Choy, Gong Xi Fa Cai, Happy New Year!