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Year of the Rabbit: How to Celebrate Lunar New Year at This Melbourne Lifestyle Landmark

Make the Year of the Rabbit your luckiest yet — enjoy an immersive installation, themed dining experiences and a special gift with purchase at Chadstone.
By Andrew Zuccala
January 11, 2023
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By Andrew Zuccala
January 11, 2023
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Lunar New Year is fast approaching, meaning it's time to plan family gatherings and get those luxury gifts sorted. We are entering the Year of the Rabbit — the zodiac animal that is said to bring good fortune — so why not go all out with celebrations?

From Monday, January 9 until Sunday, January 29, Chadstone – The Fashion Capital will be transformed into a vibrant hub for all things Lunar New Year with an opening-day lion dance, serene floral installation, auspicious dishes at some of its top restaurants and a special gift with purchase — anyone who spends $2,888 at participating luxury brands in Chadstone from Thursdays to Sundays will receive a $50 Chadstone gift card (T&Cs apply). So, if you've had your eye on something high-end, now's the time to go for it.

It's going to be big and celebratory, so read on for all the festive details before planning your visit.

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THE GARDEN OF TRANQUILITY

Chadstone has created a spectacular seasonal installation centred around a large willow tree, located on the ground floor outside Tiffany & Co. Visitors to The Garden of Tranquility can rest on cushioned benches beneath a tree that has been coated in a glossy deep-red film, with orb lights emulating a full moon hovering overhead.

The Garden of Tranquility will also host live piano performances each day of the week throughout the three-week event. Bathed in relaxing music and soft lighting, Chadstone's making Lunar New Year even more magical.

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YEAR OF THE RABBIT DINING

Many retailers are creating their own bespoke experiences this year — and the dining destinations are no exception. When you visit, expect to try curated menus and dishes that celebrate the Year of the Rabbit, while catching the odd lion and dragon dance too. And with its stable of top-shelf venues — like contemporary Japanese diner Calia, the buzzy New Shanghai (pictured above) and cult-favourite dessert spot Black Star Pastry — there are any number of ways to get your fix.

The Chadstone team has even even developed a Lunar New Year recipe in collaboration with Jessica Nguyen for those looking for ways to amp up the celebrations at home.

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DIGITAL GIFT GUIDE

Chadstone is referred to as The Fashion Capital, so it's no surprise that crowds flock to purchase spectacular gifts for their loved ones. But, with more than 500 stores — including over 35 luxury boutiques — deciding which pick is best can be daunting. Helpfully, Chadstone has created its own digital gift guide, highlighting some of the stand-out items on shelves from brands including acmé de la vie, Piaget, Bang & Olufsen, Ralph Lauren and more. If you're stuck for ideas (or you just want to make sure you're assessing all the best high-end options), flip through the experts' edit to ensure you find the very best present this year.

Looking to score something to treat yourself? Chadstone will be hosting a social media competition during the week of January 16, which will see one lucky follower score a huge Lunar New Year prize. The prize includes items such as a stay at Hotel Chadstone, a bag from Furla, dinner for two at New Shanghai and much more. You can find all the details on Chadstone's Instagram account from January 16.

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Chadstone's Lunar New Year celebrations take over the fashion destination from Monday, January 9 until Sunday, January 29, 2023. For all the information, head to the website.

Published on January 11, 2023 by Andrew Zuccala
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