To celebrate the Year of the Rabbit, Metropolis at Metrotown is hosting their annual Lunar New Year celebration. A series of free activities and workshops held in their Grand Court atrium for all ages to attend. Events will run from Sunday, January 22nd to Sunday to February 5th 2023.
I was invited to a sneak peek reception of the following to be able to report back here, with the rest of the following information taken from their website. Our visit included drinks and small bites catered by Savoury Chef.
Their Honey Matcha cocktail with sparkling wine, sake, and lemon was popular, I may have had 6. Or guests could enjoy their sparkling wine and whites and reds as is, by the glass.
Small bites included a deep-fried wonton cups, peanut rice rolls, pan-fried radish cake, sesame glazed shrimp, and a spicy sushi round. Not traditionally Chinese, but it meets Asian fusion requirements and tastes.
There was also a lovely, picture-worthy collection of tarts and cakes to nibble on.
If and when you visit, be sure to take advantage of all of the photos ops. This includes an aerial display of blossoms overhead, red and gold lanterns with a mirror for selfies by the second floor elevator, and a giant backdrop that includes balloons and paper fans.
During our visit we spent time playing with dancing lion puppets, noise making drums, and paper fans. We also took photos with an Ancestor God giving out red packages.
We learned about traditional teas, observed rainbow painting, and got our fortunes told by a psychic through tarot cards.
And then tried our hand at friendship bracelet weaving, folding grasshoppers out of ribbon, and molding lucky rabbits out of clay.
As for what you can expect when you visit the mall next week, look to the below.
- Spend, Spin & Get
Hours of Operation Monday – Saturday: 10am – 9pm Sunday: 11am – 7pm
Present same-day receipts from any Metrotown shops and restaurants totalling $188 or more, and spin the wheel to win prizes like gift cards, fortunes, and surprise gifts, while quantities last. For every redemption presented, $5 will be donated to Angels on Earth Society, up to a maximum donation of $10,000.
- Lucky Money
Scan one of the Lucky Money QR codes posted throughout Metropolis at Metrotown and enter for a chance to win one of 3 lucky $888 Metropolis at Metrotown gift cards!
- Lunar New Year Performances
There will be live cultural performances to celebrate the Year of the Rabbit, including a lion dance on January 25 at 10am.
Performances will occur at 12pm and 2pm Friday – Sunday: January 22, 27, 28, 29 and February 3, 4, 5
- Craft Demonstrations & Workshops
Make and take home the same crafts we did above: miniature rabbits, friendship bracelets, and grasshoppers of coloured ribbons.
11am and 1pm Monday – Thursday: January 23, 24, 26, 30, 31 and February 1, 2.
Each workshop will last 45 – 60 minutes, and it is recommended that you reserve your spot on their website.
For reservation and additional details, visit the Metropolis and Metrotown website below.