Vaughan Mills invites the community to join in celebrating the Lunar New Year at their immersive wishing tree experience, in support of Mackenzie Health. To welcome in the Year of the Rabbit, the Vaughan Mills Event Court will be transformed into a scenic landscape reminiscent of traditional Chinese gardens, complete with a cherry blossom tree, lanterns and a wishing tree experience.
From January 22nd to February 5th, mall visitors can enter the garden, write down their well-wishes for the New Year and have them added to the garden’s welcoming arches or wishing tree. For every wish made, Vaughan Mills will donate $1 to the Mackenzie Health Foundation. As part of the experience guests also receive a lucky red envelope containing wishes for the Lunar New Year with a chance to win a variety of prizes.
“We are thrilled to provide shoppers with a new one-of-a-kind experience that will bring the community together and help raise funds in support of Mackenzie Health,” says Michelle D’Angelo, Marketing Manager for Vaughan Mills. “Our Lunar New Year celebration is the first of many community events planned for 2023 showcasing different cultural traditions, while providing entertainment for the whole family.”
On Sunday, January 22nd from 1-3pm, Vaughan Mills will be hosting a kick-off event, to celebrate the first day of the Lunar New Year. Along with placing a wish on the garden’s welcoming arches or wishing tree, guests can enjoy live cultural dances performed by York Region Arts Council members Little Pear Garden Dance Company and music performances, featuring Arcadia, as well as fun and interactive Lunar New Year activities.
“Teaming up with community partners, like Vaughan Mills, provides an enjoyable and entertaining way to come together and raise well-needed funds to bring the ultimate in health care,” says Alyssa Mainella of Mackenzie Health.
With Instagram-worthy visuals, the immersive experience is a time for families and friends to gather, creating memories and sharing their hope for good things to come.
The Lunar New Year is one of the most important celebrations of the year in many Asian cultures, including among Chinese, Vietnamese and Korean communities. The celebration, which lasts 15 days, is a time when families gather together to welcome new beginnings, good fortune and overall well-being. This year is the Year of the Rabbit, a symbol of longevity, peace, and prosperity in Chinese culture.