With colourful celebrations and dazzling parades, Chinese New Year is upon us, and with a series of oriental inspired treats and surprises, Touchwood is going all out to celebrate.
To kick start the festivities, a spectacular dragon dance will be bringing an authentic touch of the East to the centre on Saturday 26th January.
Traditionally performed at Chinese festivals around the world, a talented team of dancers will be donning a colourful dragon costume as they weave their way through the centre, spreading good luck and prosperity.
Hungry for more? Delicious fortune cookies will be handed out for passers-by to crack open and see what the next Luna year has in store.
Whilst enjoying a free sweet treat, guests can take in the centres’ oriental themed transformation. Filled with colourful lanterns and traditional decorations, Touchwood’s nod to the Chinese New Year is not to be missed. But it doesn’t end there!
Two Wishing Trees will be taking root in centre to hold the dreams of the community. The installation will be based on the ancient Chinese tradition of tying red ribbons to a special tree and sending personal gratitude’s and dreams to the universe, with the hope of wishes being granted.
Touchwood’s unique trees will take root in Poplar Arcade until mid-February as guests are encouraged to write down their wishes and tie them to a branch. At the end of the celebrations, one lucky wish – whether it be a day out or the latest toy - will be granted!
But just like the genie in Aladdin’s lamp, there will be some rules to stick to and full terms and conditions will apply.
Lucy Burnett, Marketing Manager at Touchwood, comments: “With celebrations taking place all across the world to mark one of the most colourful and high-spirited events, we’re delighted to be embracing Chinese New Year with traditional dances, culinary treats and beautiful decorations! We’re also looking forward to seeing what wishes the community fills our special trees with and fulfilling a wish for one lucky guest. This event is designed to entertain and thank the local community for its support and to give something back to our loyal guests.”
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