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Chinatown’s International Village Mall at Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year at International Village

International Village Mall is a Vancouver shopping centre in Chinatown on Pender Street that becomes especially alive during Chinese New Year.

Visit internationalvillagemall.ca for the mall’s official website.



The Year of the Rabbit starts on January 22nd in 2023. To celebrate, the mall hosts special events and activities on January 21st and 22nd. There are things to see and do there both days between 11:00 am and 5:00 pm. See below for details.


International Village Mall

International Village MallLocated at 88 West Pender Street in the heart of Vancouver’s Chinatown, International Village Mall is a medium-sized shopping centre with about 60 retail stores and other tenants.

Upstairs at the mall there is a Cineplex Theatre as well as a food court with close to a dozen different ethnic food outlets.

TIP: There is free parking underground while you’re shopping. This is also good to know when seeing a movie at the theatre.


Visit internationalvillagemall.ca for the shopping centre’s official website.


Lunar New Year at International Village

Chinese New Year is a fabulous time to check out International Village Mall in Vancouver’s Chinatown. In 2023 the celebrations begin on Saturday, January 21st, which is New Year’s Eve. They continue on Sunday, January 22nd, which is the same day as the Chinatown Spring Festival Parade. Activities at the mall run from 11 am until 5 pm both days.

Around the Lunar New Year thousands of people descend on the International Village Mall. There are special Chinese gift stalls throughout the mall selling everything from Chinese food to souvenirs, electronic gadgets and fashion accessories.

Lunar New Year at International Village Mall is a sight to see and highly recommended. Especially on the day of the Chinese New Year Parade, you’ll feel like you’re in China!

TIP: As always, parking is free in the mall’s underground parkade for up to two hours while shopping at the mall. During the weekend of Lunar New Year, however, take public transit if you can. International Village is located close to Rogers Arena which is right by the Stadium-Chinatown SkyTrain Station.


Celebrating Chinese New Year at International Village Mall


Chinese New Year at International Village Mall in 2023

Celebrating Chinese New Year at International Village has been for years a very popular thing to do in Vancouver. After two years of not being able to happen due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the mall’s long-awaited Celebration of Chinese New Year event is back! It takes place in 2023 on Saturday, January 21st (New Year’s Eve) and Sunday, January 22nd (which is Chinese New Year’s Day).


The Year of the Rabbit

This year the mall celebrates the Year of Rabbits. The sign of the Rabbit is a symbol of longevity, peace and prosperity in Chinese culture. People born in a year of the Rabbit are believed to be vigilant, witty, quick-minded and ingenious. 2023 is predicted to be a year of hope, which is great to hear!


What’s Happening at the Mall

In 2023 the festive event at the mall is infused with special meaning as it is in collaboration with Rabbitats which is a charity dedicated to rescuing abandoned and feral rabbits. The organization’s mission is to provide safe and loving homes for the rabbits and it has adoption, foster, education and volunteer programs.

At the Chinese New Year event at International Village Mall in 2023 there is a Bunny Hut with different species of 30 to 50 rabbits on site where mall patrons can meet and feed the rabbits, and even consider adopting the lovely fury creatures. Expect to see big smiles and laughter on the faces of people visiting the Bunny Hut!

Also at the event in 2023 are exhibit and sales booths of rabbit-themed crafts and giftware. There are also one-of-a-kind arts and crafts booths operated by talented local artisans, and free giveaways and souvenirs for visitors.

On the weekend the mall has its Festive Chinese Heritage Village and Photo Booths with the God of Fortune on the Upper Level. There you’ll find arts and crafts demonstrations and workshops for children. Visitors can also enjoy the tangible multi-ethnic cuisines offered by the mall’s various Food Court vendors.

The event blasts off with a climax on the Sunday of New Year’s Day with the renowned annual cultural extravaganza, the Chinese New Year Parade, which features over 4,000 participating performers and tens of thousands of spectators.


Visit internationalvillagemall.ca for the mall’s official website.


Chinese New Year


International Village Mall Video

To give you an idea of what the mall looks like at Lunar New Year, check out the following video. It includes scenes of the Lunar New Year festivities in February of 2018 and 2019.

As you’ll see in the video, the mall is several stories high and has a large atrium in the middle. The roof is made of glass and there are stores on multiple levels. At New Year the place is packed with people. Live entertainment takes place on the ground floor in the middle of the atrium area some years (but not in 2023). Vendor stalls line all the hallways in other parts of the mall.



Other Information

For more information about the shopping centre itself, see the International Village Mall website.

To learn about other similar events happening in other parts of the Lower Mainland around the same time, click Lunar 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.