About 2020 Lunar New Year Celebration
In year 2020, the first day of the Lunar New Year will fall on January 25th. To highlight the fifteen-day celebrations and in welcoming the year of the Rat, Toronto Chinatown BIA will spearhead the celebrations with an opening ceremony in Dragon City Mall followed by a magnificent lantern exhibition, and a lineup of interactive games and performances to showcase the rich heritage of Asian traditions during the 2020 Lunar New Year Celebrations.
As per traditions, the Lantern Festival will come to mark the last day of the fifteen-day Lunar New Year celebrations where families come together and light up different colours and shapes of lanterns. Lanterns are iconic and have transcended time through generations in Asian culture. During the fifteen-day celebrations, temporary installations of lanterns will come to life in different shapes and colours will illuminate the Dragon City Mall at the heart of Chinatown.

Jan 25th – February 9th, 2020


Jan 25th, 2020 – Opening Ceremony
(1st Day of Lunar New Year):

12pm – 5pm

Jan 26th, 2020 – Last Day of Event
(2nd Day of Lunar New Year):

12pm – 4pm

Jan 27th to Feb 9th, 2020:
Lantern Exhibition Only
DCM opening hours (8am – 7pm)


Dragon City Mall
280 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5T 3A5

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Event Highlights
Opening Ceremony

We will open the 2020 Lunar New Year Celebration with our iconic Lion Dance, unveiling of the Lantern Exhibition led by STEPS Initiative, Lead Artist PUFF Paddy, and OCAD University, followed by speeches from our beloved VIPs and board of directors.

Interactive Booths

Booths from CBIA and our local vendors will come together and host fun and interactive mini games and activities such as lantern riddle, red couplet writing, fortune-telling, Hoo He How (Fish-Prawn-Crab) and more! Make sure to bring your kids!

Exciting Performances

Various exciting cultural performances such as singing, dancing, Traditional Chinese Crosstalk to kick off our 2020 Lunar New Year Celebrations.

Lantern Exhibition

Lanterns exhibition led by STEPS Initiative, Lead Artist PUFF Paddy, with students from OCAD University and our community residents. The Lantern Exhibition will be displayed throughout Dragon City Mall from Jan 25 – Feb 9, 2020.

Full Event Schedule

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Sign Up For Our Free LNY Lantern Workshops!


Want to be a part of the #ChinatownTO Lantern Festival? Join us at one or more of our free lantern workshops hosted by Toronto Chinatown BIA, STEPS Initiative , Lead Artist PUFF Paddy, and OCAD University to meet with neighbours, learn new skills and contribute to the Community Lantern Installation at Dragon City Mall, part of Toronto Chinatown’s 2020 Lunar New Year celebration.

Please see below the list of time and location for each workshop:

Workshop #1: Sat, January 11, 2020 from 9:30am – 12:30pm
Chinese Gospel Church – 444 Dundas St W.

Workshop #2: Mon, January 13, 2020 from 4pm – 7pm
Cecil Community Centre – 58 Cecil St.

Workshop #3: Sat, January 18, 2020 from 1:30pm- 4:30pm
Cecil Community Centre – 58 Cecil St.

Workshop #4: Tue, January 21, 2020 from 5:00pm-8:00pm
Tea Base (Inside Chinatown Centre)


There are limited spaces for each workshop, so sign up today! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/free-lantern-making-workshops-tickets-88135655117

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