Chinese New Year 2023: Edinburgh St James Quarter unveils exciting line up of Chinese New Year celebrations

Capital venue invites locals to celebrate Chinese New Year with host of activities planned

​With Edinburgh's Chinese New Year just days away, St James Quarter has unveiled its exciting line up of celebrations taking place this weekend as the Year of the Rabbit hops into 2023.

On Saturday (January 21), the mall will play host to a range of Chinese New Year-themed activities including a traditional Lion Dance procession, on Register Square in an eye-catching and colourful display.

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Performed by the talented team at Yee's Hung Ga Kung Fu Edinburgh, the Lion Dance is commonly performed during Chinese New Year to bring good luck and guests will be able to enjoy two performances throughout the day at 12pm and 1pm.

St James Quarter will play host to a range of Chinese New Year-themed activities on Saturday, January 21.

St James Quarter will also be taking part in the traditional act of gift giving that is associated with Chinese New Year.

Shoppers will have the chance to get their hands on a limited number of red envelopes including gift cards – symbolising good wishes and luck for the year ahead. These will be handed out by the Guest Services team on Level 1 between 12pm and 4pm and can be redeemed at retailers within the Quarter.

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John Lewis will be inviting guests to learn the intricate art of Chinese calligraphy and create their own red banner for Lunar New Year on Level 1 of its store from 2pm, and brands including Charlotte Tilbury (located within H Beauty), LEGO, L’Occitane and Coach, will be showcasing Chinese New Year inspired limited-edition items.

If you’re looking to celebrate by indulging in traditional Asian cuisine, Thai Express Kitchen will be offering 20% off food from 20 to 27 January.

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Nick Peel, Managing Director at St James Quarter, said: “Edinburgh is the multicultural hub for Scotland, and Chinese New Year is a great opportunity to experience the different cultures and traditions that we have here in the city.

“We hope that as many of our guests as possible will get involved in the exciting Chinese New Year activities we have planned at St James Quarter on Saturday, and we look forward to welcoming guests to The Quarter to celebrate the Year of the Rabbit with us”.

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For more information on the Chinese New Year celebrations at St James Quarter, visit: https://stjamesquarter.com/event/chinese-new-year

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