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Best Places To Celebrate The Chinese New Year In LA

February 15, 2015 6:20 PM

(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)


117th Annual Golden Dragon Parade & Chinese New Year Festival
Central & West Plazas
943-951 N. Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 617-0396
www.lagoldendragonparade.com
February 13, 2016 from 1pm to 3pm

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 115 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. Since the mid-1980’s, this parade has expanded to include almost great floats, many marching bands, government officials, various dignitaries, entertainers, local business leaders and cultural groups. The parade’s theme emphasizes ethnic diversity, Chinese Culture and exposure to Chinese-American businesses. The parade continues to be a rich and diverse experience for Angelenos of all ages and ethnicities.

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(credit: AFP/Getty Images)


Lunar New Year Festival
Pacific Asia Museum
46 N Los Robles Ave
Pasadena, CA 91101
(626) 449-2742
www.pacificasiamuseum.org
February 7, 2016

Stop by Pasadena’s Pacific Asia Museum museum as they help ring in the Lunar New Year with an afternoon of Asian activities. The event, which is free, will find you watching lion and traditional folk dances, taiko drumming and a taekwondo presentations in the central courtyard, along with flower arrangements and much more.

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(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 7, 2016

Ring in the start of the lunar new year, and the Year of the Monkey, 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.

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(Credit: Enrique G./Yelp)


Undiscovered Chinatown Walking Tour
Various Locations
Chinatown
Los Angeles, CA 90012
www.chinatownla.com

Throughout the year, you can take the “Undiscovered Chinatown Tour,” where you’ll get to discover the history, treasures and great shopping of 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. Make sure to visit the website for specific dates offered.

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(credit: Disneyland)


Lunar New Year Celebration At Disney California Adventure
Disney California Adventure
1313 Disneyland Dr
Anaheim, CA 92802
(714) 781-4565
www.disneyland.com
February 8, 2016

Who would think that Disneyland would be throwing one of the best Lunar New Year celebrations, but they certainly are! A the “happiest place on earth,” they will commemorate the Year of the Monkey with multi-cultural celebration for the entire weekend. Take pics with Minnie Mouse, Mickey and others, while adults can feast on great food and drink Tsing Tao beer and ginger milk tea.

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(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
Dates: February 20, 2016 – February 21, 2016

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.

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(Credit: City of Alhambra)


Alhambra Lunar New Year Celebration
Valley Blvd.
Alhambra, CA
www.alhambranewyearfestival.com
Date: February 13, 2016

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.

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(Credit: Universal Studios)


Lunar New Year at Universal Studios Hollywood
100 Universal City Plaza
Universal City, CA 91608
(800) 864-8377
www.universalstudioshollywood.com
Date: February 14, 2016

Universal Studios Hollywood continues its annual Lunar New Year tradition with a celebratory “Year of the Monkey” 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.

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(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
Date: February 13, 2016

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.westfield.com
Date: February 7, 2016 & February 8, 2016

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.

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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