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Thousands of pounds worth of free gifts and goodies will be hidden around intu Trafford Centre for lucky shoppers to get their hands on as part of its Chinese New Year celebrations.

Taking on the Chinese tradition of gifting red envelopes for luck, the centre will be filled with over 1,000 red envelopes packed with goodies including intu gift cards, Elemis beauty treatments, Leon coffee and much more.

If you’re planning to visit the centre from between Thursday and Saturday, keep your eyes peeled for a chance of winning, as the letters are being distributed throughout the three days.

And the mall will be filled with surprises for the whole family to enjoy and photo-friendly installations including a giant oriental floral archway and enchanting lion dances.

On Friday 16 February, tap along to the beat of the pangu drummers whilst you watch the hypnotic movements of the Lion Dance, as the talented performers perform one of China’s most famous displays.

The parade will be performed four times throughout the day starting from 2.15pm, bringing a mass of colour to The Orient.

Also on Friday, LEGO lovers of all ages can join LEGOLAND Discovery Centre’s master model builder to create a LEGO Chinese dragon.

On Saturday 17 February, local artist Joe Ford will be teaching children the traditional art form of woodblock painting on Peel Avenue between 11am and 4pm.

With a host of traditional Chinese and Eastern dishes to feast on including Yang Sing, Tampopo and East Street, it’s a must-visit destination this half-term.

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