The International Village Mall is a Vancouver shopping centre in Chinatown on Pender Street that becomes especially alive during Chinese New Year.
International Village Mall
Located at 88 West Pender Street in the heart of Vancouver’s Chinatown, the International Village Mall is a medium-sized shopping centre with about 60 retail stores. Shops of special interest include a large dollar store-style Japanese department store, a couple of fancy high-end furniture and antique stores, and a large Cineplex Theatre on the 3rd floor.
Also at the mall upstairs is a great food court with about a dozen different ethnic food outlets.
TIP #1: There is free parking underground while you’re shopping. This is also good to know when seeing a movie at the theatre.
Chinese New Year at International Village
Chinese New Year is a fabulous time to check out the International Village Mall, assuming you don’t mind crowds. For most of the year the mall is a fairly quiet place, but not during the week of Chinese New Year.
In 2020 Chinese New Year celebrations take place at the International Village Mall from Friday, January 24th, until Sunday, January 26th. It runs on the Friday and Saturday from 11 am until 8 pm and on the Sunday from 10 am until 5 pm.
Around Chinese New Year the International Village Mall is packed with hundreds if not thousands of people. There are special Chinese gift stalls throughout the mall selling everything from Chinese food to souvenirs to electronic gadgets to fashion accessories. There are also live performances throughout the day on the Chinese New Year weekend.
Chinese New Year at the International Village Mall is a sight to be seen and highly recommended. Especially on the day of the Chinese New Year parade, you’ll feel like you’re in China!
TIP: Don’t expect to park anywhere near the International Village Mall on the day of the Chinese New Year parade as the area will be packed with people. Also, the absolute busiest time to go is right after the parade which takes place from 11 am until about 1 pm on the Sunday of the week of Chinese New Year. Especially if there’s a chance of rain, the place will be festive but also absolutely packed!
For more information on the shopping centre itself, see the International Village Mall website.
For a list of what’s happening over the week of Chinese New Year, check out the International Village Events Page a few days or weeks before the holiday season.
For a list of other Chinese New Year Celebration events, see Chinese New Year in Metro Vancouver.
For a list of other shopping centres, click Vancouver’s Best Shopping Districts, Malls and Markets.
And for a list of other festivals and events taking place throughout the year, check out Vancouver’s Festivals & Events Calendar.