We’ve brought you on a journey to marvel at the amazing Hari Raya decorations and gorgeous Christmas decorations at various Klang Valley shopping malls last year, so of course we couldn’t miss the chance to sneak you a peek at this year’s Chinese New Year ‘makeovers’ for these malls again. Come, let’s see what these 10 malls have in store for us among the red packets, lion dances, yee sang and endless snacks!
*Disclaimer: All photos were taken from the respective malls’ social media sites, unless stated otherwise.
Pavilion Kuala Lumpur
11 Jan – 22 Feb
Pavilion KL is up to some major monkey business this year, and we’re not even kidding. As 2016 is the year of the monkey, the highlight of Pavilion KL’s ‘Feast of Longevity‘ is a huge golden monkey wearing traditional Chinese garb at its Centre Court, holding a giant gold coin in one hand and a peach in the other. Besides the usual gold and red theme which is a traditional Chinese staple, the peach is a thoughtful addition to its campaign as it symbolises longevity and can be made into many delicious drinks and desserts. Besides the stunning indoor and outdoor decorations for visitors to snap photos, the mall has many activities and performances lined up throughout the festive season, including acrobatic lion fance, drum theatre, Chinese instrumental performance, God of Prosperity appearances, and Chap Goh Meh celebration.
15 Jan – 14 Feb
This year, Suria KLCC is taking its Chinese New Year celebrations and decorations to new heights – quite literally! The mall is host to the tallest outdoor Chinese lantern in Malaysia with a steel structure, as certified by the Malaysian Book of Records. Besides taking creative photos with the humongous red lantern (we hear there’s a contest coming up soon!) with the iconic Petronas Twin Towers in the backdrop, visitors to Suria KLCC can also catch the exciting lineup of festive activities held outdoors at the Esplanade (the KLCC fountain) and indoors at its centre court, which include LED dragon dance, lion dances, dance performances, traditional Chinese orchestra, drums performances, face changing, and wushu demonstrations!
Mid Valley Megamall
21 Jan – 16 Feb
Swim through a sea of festivities at Mid Valley Megamall with its “金玉满堂” Fortune Breeds Fortune theme this Chinese New Year. Be entranced by intricate goldfish within a giant ornate fish bowl and look out for lively festive performances throughout the Chinese New Year period. Visitors can look forward to lion dance, 12 seasons drums, and symphonic performances by the Oriental Chamber Orchestra as well as fun workshops like Chinese calligraphy, lantern-making, paper dragon, fish pouch, painting, rattle drum and clay figurine making!
Fun fact: 金玉满堂 jin yu man tang literally means ‘house full of gold and jade’; meaning abundance of fortune. 金玉 ‘gold and jade’ sounds similar to 金鱼 ‘goldfish’ in Chinese, hence the frequent use of goldfish as a symbol of prosperity and wealth.
1 Utama Shopping Centre
16 Jan – 10 Feb
This Chinese New Year, it’s A Time To Flourish at 1 Utama’s LG Oval and GF Centre Court! The mall welcomes the spring season with flowers galore (no monkey business here, heh heh) and decorations reminiscent of an open-air bazaar right in the middle of Lunar New Year festivities. Visitors can look forward to lion dances by national troupes and drum performances by various groups; the little ones are sure to enjoy activities such as clay art, ‘lou sang‘, mochi and flower craft workshops.
8 Jan – 21 Feb
Monkeys? That’s too predictable. Sunway Pyramid has opted to have A BountiFU Spring this Chinese New Year… with Po the Panda from Kungfu Panda! Visitors can snap and print photos at the concourse area, meet and greet Po the Panda, plus enjoy lion dances, drum and martial art performances throughout the festive season. Shoppers who spend a certain amount can also bring back exclusive ang pao packets, monkey plushies and even a super cute and fluffy Panda blanket!
Berjaya Times Square
9 Jan – 9 Feb
This year of the monkey, Berjaya Times Square ushers in the Lunar New Year with Windmills of Prosperity. Signifying change and the coming of good fortunes, the giant windmills are guarded by the mythical (and mischievous) Monkey King who is revered as a protector, bearer of joy and symbol of strength. Shoppers can catch hope to catch a bit of good fortune from the God of Prosperity and Fook Lok Sow walkabout, as well as beautiful Spring dance performances, drum performances, lion dances and even mask-changing acts!
8 Jan – 22 Feb
If you’re already in KLCC, why not head over to Avenue K as well? It’s just opposite Suria KLCC, or you can take a short walk via the underground KLCC LRT station link to reach. The Spring Blossoms decorations here are simple but festive (look out overhead for a giant Monkey God figure!), and there are lots of Chinese New Year events and performances lined up for shoppers here, from the God of Prosperity walkabout, Chinese calligraphy giveaway, dough doll giveaway, to a children art and craft workshop, modern fusion music instrument show, Monkey Emperor dance performance and even an 8-lion dance performance! Besides that, shoppers can also take part in Avenue K’s ‘Prosperity Spin’ and win instant gifts, and be entered into the ‘Prosperity Grand Draw’ to win more amazing prizes!
IOI City Mall
15 Jan – 14 Feb
The Spring festival a.k.a. Chinese New Year would not be complete without beautiful floral blooms, and IOI City Mall’s Blessing in Blooms is celebrating the festive season not only with pretty flowers but also a special rotating Wishing Tree. Make a wish at the wishing tree and maybe Lady Luck will smile on you this year! While shopping here, visitors will be treated to a variety of shows, including Chinese traditional dance, acrobatic shows, high pole lion dance, diabolo performance, and 8 drums performance.
15 Jan – 14 Feb
Take A Walk Down Memory Lane at Paradigm Mall and indulge in nostalgia while admiring the decorations at the Upper Atrium. The area has been transformed into a tiny town filled with the Chinese New Year atmosphere, with old-timey shophouses and red lanterns everywhere. You can even take photos at the few lion dance mural paintings on the “shops’” walls. The lineup of activities here include traditional and acrobatic lion dance, Chinese New Year songs performance, retro dance performance, drum performances, and a God of Fortune walkabout.
11 Jan – 22 Feb
Fahrenheit88 has teamed up with Media Prima (OneFM, NTV7, 8TV) this year to celebrate Chinese New Year in cute style with Man Ji the Monkey! Swinging into Happiness and good fortune for the new year, shoppers here will be able to spot the adorable Man Ji at every corner of the mall. There’s a Wheel of Happiness where each coin on it carries a lucky phrase, so pick one and take a photo with your favourite phrase to bring it with you into the new year. 😉 Of course, the celebrations wouldn’t be complete with fun performances, including Happy Lion Dance, 8 Drums of Happiness, and Swinging with Happiness Dance.