Fun Ways to Celebrate Chinese New Year 2020

It's time to celebrate the year of the rat for Lunar New Year! Here are fun things to do to celebrate and a list of special events taking place in and around the city.


Make Paper Lanterns
These classic paper lanterns are so easy to make and can be decorated as festive decorations for any occasion or event. This tutorial explains how to make red and yellow paper lanterns for the Chinese New Year. Get instructions from First Palette.

Order Chinese New Year Cookies from Oishiii Sweets
These beautiful Chinese New Year cookies even include Mickey and Minnie Mouse cookies! You can pre-order a box of 7 cookies, all decorated by hand⁠.  Perfect to gift to family or clients!⁠ Email to order. $25/box⁠. More

Make a Fire Breathing Paper Roll Dragon
These fire breathing dragons are so easy to make and are so much fun for kids. Get instructions from One Little Project.

Make Paper Rats
These fun paper rats stand upright which is so cute! They can be made in any colour you like and have adorable whiskers and long tails that can be curled. Get a free download from Kids Craft Room.

Make these Glitter Dipped Fortune Cookies
These fancy fortune cookie treats are dressed up with candy and/or chocolate, colourful sprinkles and edible sparkly bling. Sure to be a hit at a Chinese New Year celebration. Get recipe from Hapiness is Homemade.


Markville Mall's Lunar New Year Celebration
January 25, 2020
Join our Lunar New Year celebration on Saturday, January 25th from 2-3pm as we ring in the Year of the Rat! Check out a Traditional Lion Dance and Lion eye-dotting ceremony, modern “Street Dance” performance, greetings and photo opportunities. More

Fairview Mall's Lunar New Year Celebration
January 26, 2020
Join our Lunar New Year Celebration on Sunday, January 26th from 2-3pm as we ring in the year of the rat! Check out a Traditional Lion Dance and Lion eye-dotting ceremony, modern “Street Dance” performance, greetings and photo opportunities from the God of Fortune! More

2020 LunarFest presented by Vendome - Mississauga
February 1, 2020
Food is an important element in Lunar New Year festivities. On February 1st, experience “A Musical Banquet” at the Living Arts Centre in an upbeat performance by the Chai Found Music Workshop! Spend this special time with friends and family as you enjoy the harmony between traditional Chinese music and the lively rhythms created using household objects! Free. More

City of Vaughan Lunar New Year Celebration
February 2, 2020
Of all the traditional Asian festivals that are celebrated around the world, the Lunar New Year is one of the most elaborate, colourful and important in the Asian community. It is a time to congratulate each other on having completed another year, and a time to part with the old and welcome in the new. The 2020 City of Vaughan Lunar New Year celebration to welcome in the Year of the Rat will take place on Sunday, February 2, 2020 at Vaughan City Hall. More

2020 LunarFest at Varley Art Gallery
February 2, 2020
The rat symbolizes intelligence and flexibility - celebrate the Year of the Rat in Unionville like no other! Play as a cute rat as it races through the different foods of the world in “Kitchen Runners”! Try your hand at arts and crafts to make your very own lantern to take home, or bring good luck by decorating a personalized lucky charm! Free. More

Annual Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration Newmarket
February 8, 2020
Join us for a festive afternoon and evening to celebrate the Year of the Rat! There is something for everyone - dance and music performances from the Asian community, children's activities, food demonstrations and sampling - all FREE of charge. More

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