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Richmond’s Lansdowne Centre Mall

Richmond's Lansdowne Centre

The second biggest shopping mall in Richmond after Richmond Centre, Lansdowne Centre is an older mall with the largest parking lot in all of Vancouver.

In this article you’ll find information about the mall and its various events.

 


This article includes information about the following topics:

Mall Location & Hours | Events at the Mall | Lunar New Year | Spring Carnival | Drive-in Movies | Circuses | Other Information


 

Lansdowne Centre Shopping Mall

Lansdowne Centre is a pretty typical large-scale 1970s mall. It has big box anchor stores at each corner and 100-plus stores in between.

Built in the late 1970s, the mall has over 130 stores including a Winners, Toys R Us, HomeSense, Best Buy and a T&T (Asian-style) Supermarket.

What makes the mall of special interest is the fact that it hosts a number of special events each year. That includes summer drive-in movie nights which run on Wednesdays between August and September most years.

 

Mall Location and Hours

Located at 5300 No.3 Road, close to the Lansdowne SkyTrain Station, Lansdowne Centre is bordered by Alderbridge Road to the north and Lansdowne Road to the south.

The mall’s regular weekday hours are Sundays to Thursdays from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm and Fridays and Saturdays from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm.

 

Vancouver events at Lunar New Year

 

Events at the Mall

Most years, in either January or February, Lansdowne Centre offers Lunar New Year entertainment on a weekend. February 10th in 2024 marks the Year of the Dragon. Celebrations at the mall happen on the same day.

Over the school Spring Break holidays each year, the mall’s giant parking lot is sometimes taken over by a chalk art festival with a carousel and train that children can ride. In the summer, the parking lot becomes home to free weekly outdoor movies. A couple of circuses also set up for shows at different times of the year.

See below for details about each of these seasonal special events.

 

Lansdowne Mall at Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year Performances

 

Chinese New Year at Lansdowne Centre

Lansdowne Centre celebrates the Lunar New Year in January or February with a traditional Lion Dance and afternoon of activities.

In 2024, Chinese New Year’s Day (or Lunar New Year) is on Saturday, February 10th, which is also when the celebrations at Lansdowne Centre take place. The event is hosted by the Richmond Chinese Community Society. Activities this year include an artisan market, family portrait station and lion dancing. There’s also a LEGO dragon display to check out between February 3rd and 25th.

This year the opening ceremony includes a lion dance starting at 1:00 pm. From 11:00 am until 4:00 pm there is an artisan market. Between noon and 4:00 pm, anyone that can show they have spent at least $38 in a single transaction at the mall can get a free digital photo.

Click Chinese New Year for information about all the many Lunar New Year celebrations that take place in Metro Vancouver most years, including at Lansdowne Centre.

 

Spring Carnival at Lansdowne Centre
WCA Amusements at Lansdowne Centre in Spring

 

Spring Carnival at the Mall

Most years during Spring Break in March West Coast Amusements (WCA) sets up its rides and carnival midway in the parking lot of Lansdowne Centre.

In 2023 the carnival took place at Lansdowne Centre from March 30th to April 10th. 2024 dates are to be confirmed.

The Spring Carnival is a medium-sized fair with the typical assortment of rides, vendors selling candy floss and midway games. There is usually a Ferris wheel, Tilt-a-Whirl, kiddy rides and the usual selection of rides that go up and down and round and round.

 

Carnival Hours and Rates

For an idea of what to expect in 2024, hours of operation for the rides in 2023 were the following (weather permitting):

  • Thursday, March 30th – from 3:00 pm to 10:00 pm
  • Friday, March 31th – from 3:00 pm to 10:00 pm
  • Saturday, April 1st – from 12:00 pm to 10:00 pm
  • Sunday, April 2nd – from 12:00 pm to 10:00 pm
  • Monday, April 3rd – closed
  • Tuesday, April 4th – from 3:00 pm to 10:00 pm
  • Wednesday, April 5th – from 3:00 pm to 10:00 pm
  • Thursday, April 6th – from 3:00 pm to 10:00 pm
  • Friday, April 7th – from 12:00 pm to 10:00 pm
  • Saturday, April 8th – from 12:00 pm to 10:00 pm
  • Sunday, April 9th – from 12:00 pm to 10:00 pm
  • Monday, April 10th – from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Ticket prices were as follows:

  • Single tickets: $1.25 each
  • Book of 20: $25 (so $1.25 each)
  • Book of 40: $45 (so $1.125 each)

Individual rides cost between three and six tickets each (so between $3.75 and $7.50 per ride). All-day wristbands were also available for $45, as well as six-ride passes for $24. Both of these options were good deals for people who planned on being at the fair for a while.

 

Carnival Advice

TIP #1: Lineups for rides are usually smallest at the beginning of the day and, obviously, on rainy days.

TIP #2: During Spring Break most years PlayDome also features amusement rides indoors at BC Place Stadium. PlayDome didn’t take place in 2020, 2021 or 2022. It was cancelled in 2023 and likely won’t happen in 2024 either.

Click Spring Break to learn about March activities for kids elsewhere.

 

West Coast Amusements at Lansdowne Centre
Spring Break Carnival

 

Drive-in Movies

Numerous outdoor movies take place in the Lower Mainland during the summer each year. Most are free and they take place everywhere from parks to shopping malls to convention centres and municipal plazas.

Each summer Lansdowne Centre hosts a weekly evening outdoor movie in its parking lot. It’s one of the region’s free drive-in-style movie venues where people are welcome to watch from their cars or bring their lawn chairs.

Drive-in Movies at Lansdowne Centre usually take place on Wednesday evenings and feature free drive-in parking for up to 200 vehicles on a first-come, first-served basis. There is always lots of space for people to set up and watch from their lawn chairs too.

Similar to free outdoor movies at other venues, films featured at Drive-in Movie nights are usually popular films that are no longer showing in major theatres.

 

Outdoor Movie Night at Lansdowne Centre
Movie Night at Lansdowne Centre

 

Drive-in Movies in 2023

In 2023 the movies took place on Wednesday nights from August 2nd to 30th. Here’s what was showing for free at dusk on Wednesday evenings last year:

  • 2nd of August – The Super Mario Bros. Movie
  • 9th of August – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3
  • 16th of August – Fast X
  • 23rd of August – Top Gun: Maverick
  • 30th of August – Puss in Boots: The Last Wish

Some weeks the Drive-in Movie feature presentation is perfect for kids and their families, and other days it’s more for adults and people who like action films or romance flicks. Over the course of the summer there is always something for everyone!

For a list of dozens of free summer films at other locations, click Vancouver Outdoor Movies.

 

Free Outdoor Movies

 

Circuses at Lansdowne Mall

Two circuses set up their tents for shows outside Lansdowne Centre most years. The Royal Canadian Circus usually visits in the spring, while Circo Osorio is usually in town during the fall. Both circuses put on great shows that are fun for the whole family.

In 2024, Royal Canadian Circus shows happen in the Lansdowne Centre parking lot between May 16th and 20th. This year’s dates for Circo Osorio are to be confirmed.

To learn more about both touring circuses, see our articles about the Royal Canadian Circus and Circo Osorio.

 

Other Information

For more information about the mall, click Lansdowne Centre.

Other shopping malls in Richmond include Richmond Centre (which is the city’s largest) and Aberdeen Centre (which has arguably the most distinctive Chinese character).

Another shopping place of interest in the summer is the Richmond Night Market.

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