Ring in the Lunar New Year in Toronto with these amazing events

It’s time for Lunar New Year, the festival that celebrates the beginning of a new year on the traditional lunisolar and solar Chinese calendar. Toronto has a ton of ways to ring in the Year of the Rabbit – a symbol of longevity and peace.

From food to events and more, there are so many ways you can ring in the beginning of the 15-day spring festival in Toronto.

Fête Chinoise 2023 Signature Gala

When: Jan. 28

The annual signature gala, showcase and cocktail party with Fête Chinoise is back at the Shangri-La Toronto this year! This showcase experience celebrates Lunar New Year along with the 8th edition of the Fête Chinoise magazine, and will be celebrating Chinese culture and heritage through the arts. Meet celebrities from Canada and around the world, enjoy food from some of the most celebrated chefs and take in the incredible entertainment!

Dragon Ball 2023

When: Jan. 21

The benefit gala for the Yee Hong Community Wellness Foundation is finally back in person after three years! The Dragon Ball is the largest Chinese New Year celebration of its kind. Prepare for entertainment, food, stunning performances, an auction and more!

Lunar New Year afternoon tea at St. Regis

When: Jan. 13-29

This year at the St. Regis Toronto,  they’ll be honouring the Year of the Rabbit with its Lunar New Year Afternoon Tea taking place every weekend in the Astor Lounge from Jan. 13-29 for $95 per person. Enjoy a menu infused with Chinese dishes and flavours, including pork belly bao with pickled ginger, Peking duck mini parcels, champagne and kumquat tarts and more.

LunarFest GTA

When: Jan. 14-29

Welcome the Year of the Rabbit with arts and culture at LunarFest! The Lunar Lanterns of Indigenous Lights will light up stories of hope and family from local Indigenous cultures in front of the Varley Art Gallery starting Jan. 14 until Jan. 28. Then, from Jan. 28-29, visit the Varley Art Gallery of Markham for free crafts for all ages.

Hong Shing’s exclusive Lunar New Year menu

When: Jan. 19-22

Available for takeout only, Dundas West’s Hong Shing is launching an exclusive Lunar New Year set menu available from Jan. 19-22. The menu will feature elevated Chinese dishes including wealthy fried rice, lobster dumplings and balsamic sweet and sour pork. The six-course menu is priced at $208 for two people.

Lunar New Year at Scarborough Town Centre

When: Jan. 21-22, until Feb. 5

A Lunar New Year installation featuring 9-foot-tall rabbits and themed decor is taking over the centre court at Scarborough Town Centre this weekend. On Saturday and Sunday, the court will be hosting Lunar New Year events, including an eye dotting ceremony, lion dance performance, baby lion dance, folk dance, martial arts performance and more!

Lunar New Year at Rebel

When: Jan. 21

On Lunar New Year’s Eve, ring in the new year at Rebel with Bling Empire‘s Keven Kreider! The star will be hosting the night and holding a meet and greet, and the event will feature a Top 40 main room, “Latin vibes” savage room and hip hop purple room for partiers of all music tastes!

Lunar New Year with the Chinatown BIA

The Chinatown BIA is known for their incredible Lunar New Year celebrations, and this year is no exception. Hosting two different events, one at the Chinatown Centre and one at Dragon City Mall, the festivities include a highly anticipated lion dance, Chinese folk dance, Chinese orchestra, cultural booths and more!

A Lunar New Year wishing tree at Vaughan Mills

When: Jan. 22-Feb. 5

Vaughan Mills is transforming its event court into a scenic landscape imitating traditional Chinese gardens, complete with a cherry blossom tree, lanterns and a wishing tree experience. On the first day of the Lunar New Year, Jan. 22, visitors can place a wish on the garden’s wishing tree and Vaughan Mills will donate $1 per wish to the Mackenzie Health Foundation. Enjoy live cultural dances and music performances and interactive Lunar New Year activities, and guests will also receive a lucky red envelope with a chance to win a variety of prizes.

Lunar New Year Holt’s Café Afternoon Tea

When: Jan. 7-29

In celebration of the Lunar New Year, Hot’s Café is offering themed afternoon tea. The Café’s esteemed chefs have built a sweet and savoury menu, matching Asian flavours with local produce, for an exceptional tea experience. The afternoon tea is available daily by reservation only at Holt’s Bloor Street and Yorkdale locations.