2016 Chinese New Year Information


When: Sunday, January 31 ~ 1 – 4pm

Where: Smith Vocational & Agricultural High School, 80 Locust St., Northampton


Please join us in welcoming the Year of the Monkey! We once again are holding our popular Chinese New Year event at Smith Vocational & Agricultural High School in Northampton.  The event has fun activities for all ages including crafts, games, instructional workshops, food, music, and–back by popular demand–entertainment by the Chinese Folk Art Workshop!

Since the event has sold out early in past years, buying tickets well in advance is recommended. It guarantees that you will get into the event and helps us plan for a better event! Tickets are $6/person in advance, or $8/person at the door (if available). Children 3 and under are free. Refunds are not available. If your family participates in the free/reduced lunch program at school, please stop by or call the front office to pick up your event tickets at no cost.

New to the event this year are our instructional workshops! There are several FREE instructional workshops for all age groups. There will also be two paid workshops taught by Show Circus Studio for Chinese Yo Yo (Diablo). Below is a summary of the workshops offered, the space limitations, and age limits for each session. Note that priority will be given to students. Capacity is limited for paid workshops, so please purchase your slot in advance. Sign up for the free workshops at the event workshop location on the day of the event.

  • Lion DancingCANCELLED due to low sign-up volume
  • Chinese Yo Yo (Diablo): 1 hour instructional session offered to 15, 5th grade-high school students and adults.  ($11)
  • Making Chinese Lanterns: 30 minute instructional session open to (2) groups of 10 students grades 2 and up and adults. (Free)
  • Chinese Checkers: 1 hour instructional session open to students 2nd grade and up. (Free)
  • Mahjong: 1 hour instructional session open to middle school/high school students and adults. (Free)

The PVCICS community can purchase tickets for the event and the paid workshops now for their immediate family members. Please purchase tickets for the event and workshops online. Payments are made via PayPal (a small transaction fee applies). Online purchasing is available through Saturday, January 30th or until the event sells out.  A formal announcement will be posted on the this website announcing if tickets are still available for purchase at the door.


If necessary, you can purchase tickets in person on Friday, January 29 at drop-off time in the front campus lobby. Please make checks payable to PVCICS FA.

If you have any trouble purchasing tickets online, cannot purchase at the school on Friday, January 29, or are not planning to attend the event because it is cost prohibitive for your family,  please email Neva Tolopko: CNYTickets@tolopko.com.

Volunteers are essential to making this PVCICS celebration successful.  Be part of ushering in the Year of the Monkey at Smith Vocational on Sunday, January 31!  Please note that all volunteers still must purchase tickets for the event.  High school students are welcome and encouraged to volunteer as well. Thank you for volunteering!