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Best Places To Celebrate The Chinese New Year In LA

February 15, 2015 6:20 PM

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(Credit: Westfield Santa Anita)

(Credit: Westfield Santa Anita)


Spring Festival, also known as Chinese New Year or the Lunar New Year, is China’s most celebrated holiday. A time to honor ancestors, heavenly deities, and family, the celebration of Chinese New Year is a festive, colorful, loud, and incredibly fun holiday to enjoy, even if you aren’t Chinese. This year marks the Year of the Sheep, an auspicious year for those born under this Chinese Zodiac animal, but even if you aren’t a sheep, goat, or ram, you can still celebrate this holiday at these fabulous locations around Los Angeles.
What are your favorite Chinese New Year celebrations? Share in the comments below!
(Credit: Chinese Chamber of Commerce Los Angeles)

(Credit: Chinese Chamber of Commerce Los Angeles)


The Golden Dragon Parade and Chinese New Year Festival
Central & West Plazas
943-951 N. Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90012
www.lagoldendragonparade.com
February 21, 2015

Over 100,000 people will gather in the streets of Los Angeles’ Chinatown to celebrate Chinese New Year and enjoy the Golden Dragon Parade, a tradition for the past 116 years. The parade starts at Hill Street at Temple, flows down Bernard and then continues back onto Broadway while showcasing floats, dancers, musicians, and city dignitaries, all dressed in festive, celebratory garb. The free outdoor festival that runs throughout the day includes live dancing and music entertainment, cultural artisan classes, vendors, and local food trucks.

(Credit: Cal Lutheran Univeristy)

(Credit: Cal Lutheran Univeristy)


Chinese New Year Celebration
California Lutheran University
60 W Olsen Rd.
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
(805) 492-2411
www.callutheran.edu
February 10-25, 2015

California Lutheran University is celebrating Chinese New Year with an evening of food and entertainment, an art exhibit featuring Chinese-born artists, 10 days of lectures and demonstrations by six of the seven featured artists, and a film showing of “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” on February 25. These entirely free events, including the Celebration taking place on Feb 12 in Soiland Recreation Center, encourage the entire area to celebrate the unique heritage and culture of China. The “Chinese Figurative Realism in the 21st Century” art exhibit at the William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art runs through April 9.

(Credit: Susy B./Yelp)

(Credit: Susy B./Yelp)


Midnight Temple Ceremony
Chuan Thien Hau (Cam Au) Temple
750-756 N. Yale St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
www.chinatownla.com
February 18, 2015

Ring in the start of the lunar new year at the Chuan Thien Hau (Cam Au) Temple in LA’s Chinatown. The free community event includes lion dancers, heads of family associations, and Buddhist and Taoist monks. Community members will have the chance to make offerings to the dieties, set off firecrackers to wake the spirits, and burn incense for a prosperous new year.

(Credit: Enrique G./Yelp)

(Credit: Enrique G./Yelp)


Undiscovered Chinatown Walking Tour
various locations
Chinatown
Los Angeles, CA 90012
www.chinatownla.com
February 21, 2015

Spend the morning of the Golden Dragon Parade exploring the undiscovered Chinatown that uncovers the history and treasures of LA’s Chinatown. On your tour, which takes place is small groups, you’ll visit a temple, herbal shop, art galleries, and antique stores with plenty of extra time for shopping. Advance reservations ($15) are required to participate.

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(Credit: cityrace)


The Great Chinatown Hunt
various locations
www.racela.com
February 22, 2015

Race LA’s Great Chinatown Hunt gets participants deep in the ancient traditions, buildings, shops, and courtyards of Chinatown as they quickly work together to solve clues through the colorful neighborhoods and districts. The moderately challenging hunt for groups includes two extra “Mini-Quests” to win bonus points. 11am.

(Credit: Huntington Library)

(Credit: Huntington Library)


Chinese New Year Festival
The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
1151 Oxford Rd.
San Marino, CA 91108
(626) 405-2100
www.huntington.org
February 21-22, 2015

Visit the stunning grounds of the Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens for their annual Lunar New Year Festival. The two-day event features lion dancers, martial arts demonstrations, live music, authentic Chinese food offerings, and plenty of activities for the whole family. The event is included with general admission.

(Credit: City of Alhambra)

(Credit: City of Alhambra)


Alhambra Lunar New Year Celebration
Valley Blvd.
Alhambra, CA
www.alhambranewyearfestival.com
February 21, 2015

One of the largest Lunar New Year festivals in Southern California, the city of Alhambra hosts its one-day-only street festival to celebrate the new year. The festival will boast over 250 booths with everything from dragon boat rowing stations to children’s workshops, cultural demonstrations, live music, dance, martial arts, and plenty of Asian food to enjoy.

(Credit: LA Zoo)

(Credit: LA Zoo)


Zoodiac Lunar New Year Celebration
The Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens
5333 Zoo Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 644-4200
www.lazoo.org
February 21-22, 2015

The L.A. Zoo presents its ZOOdiac Lunar New Year Celebration boasting dragon dance parades, Chinese Tiaji Quan classes, Kung Fu shows (with audience participation!), a lion dance parade, history lectures, and a “Legend of the Dragon” show by Wushu Shaolin Entertainment. To celebrate the Year of the Sheetp, special keeper talks and feedings will highlight animals in the sheep and goat family including bighorn sheep, ibex, gorals, and markhors. Families will love the scavenger hunt through the zoo to find Zodiac animals. Kids can also make Chinese lanterns and crafts while snacking on food from Asian food trucks.

(Credit: Universal Studios)

(Credit: Universal Studios)


Lunar New Year at Universal Studios Hollywood
100 Universal City Plaza
Universal City, CA 91608
(800) 864-8377
www.universalstudioshollywood.com
February 13-28, 2015

Universal Studios Hollywood continues its annual Lunar New Year tradition with a celebratory “Year of the Ram” event featuring a special Mandarin-speaking MEGATRON character from its blockbuster thrill ride, “Transformers: The Ride-3D.” This MEGATRON will engage in conversation with guests at a meet-and-greet, this time in Mandarin. Universal Plaza is decorated for the event including customary red Chinese lanterns and a photo-worthy Plum Blossom arch; the twelve animals of the zodiac are displayed along the circle’s lampposts.

(Credit:Santa Monica Place)

(Credit:Santa Monica Place)


Lunar New Year Weekend Cultural Festival
Santa Monica Place
395 Santa Monica Place
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 260-8333
www.santamonicaplace.com
February 20-22, 2015

Customary dragon dancing, Chinese stilt walkers, martial arts demonstrations, arts and crafts for kids, and live musical performances. Performances, which begin Friday evening and continue throughout the entire weekend, include the New West Symphony orchestra, traditional music duo Cynthia Hsiang and Zhiming Han using Gu-Zheng and Dizi instruments, traditional dragon dancers, and more. Upload your selfies in front of the giant Chinese gong with hashtag #LNYSMP.

(Credit: Westfield Santa Anita)

(Credit: Westfield Santa Anita)


Lunar New Year Celebration
Westfield Santa Anita
400 S Baldwin Ave.
Arcadia, CA 91007
(626) 445-3116
www.facebook.com

Ring in the new year at the Westfield Santa Anita where your family can enjoy traditional Asian music and entertainment while shopping at the center. Games, food, and special prizes will be given away and families can enjoy making DIY Zodiac Masks and red envelopes to take home and share with loved ones. Kids will love the meet-and-greet with Hello Kitty and the chance to dine at the Hello Kitty Cafe Truck.

(Credit:  Citadel Outlets)

(Credit: Citadel Outlets)


Chinese New Year Celebration
100 Citadel Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90040
(323) 888-1724
www.citadeloutlets.com
February 21-22, 2015

Walk through the traditional Chinese Garden designed by Descanso Gardens adorned by Chinese banners, lanterns, and decor for the center’s Chinese New Year Celebration. Live performances include Chinese lion dances, folk dancing, and traditional songs and drummers. Lucky guests will snag a Red Envelope, a traditional Chinese new year festivity. Of the hundreds of envelopes given away, many will be filled with gift cards and promotions to use at the center.

What are your favorite Chinese New Year celebrations? Share in the comments below!
Katie Bodell is the Blog Editor for Trekaroo, the largest family travel website in the U.S. She is also a freelance writer, a happy wife to her best friend, and a mom to three sweet California girls. See more on: Trekaroo | CheapOair | Google+ | Twitter.

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