Celebrate Chinese New Year in Los Angeles

LA RINGS IN THE YEAR OF THE HORSE                               Photo Courtesy of Chinatown BID

 

LOS ANGELES., Calif. (Jan. 23, 2014) — Home to some of the largest Chinese New Year celebrations in the country, there is no better place to ring in the Chinese Lunar New Year than Los Angeles. Chinese New Year, aka Spring Festival, is one of the most significant holidays of the year for the Chinese culture. The Lunar New Year is celebrated with colorful parades, festivals, and most importantly, large family gatherings. This year, 2014 marks the year of the horse,  and Los Angeles is welcoming the new year with events ranging from a traditional temple ceremony to a lavish buffet, spectacular parade, and great deals for shopping and hotels. Gōng xǐ fā cái!

The Grove and The Americana at Brand (Westside & The Valley)

January 24 – February 16

These premier dining, retail and entertainment centers will celebrate the Year of the Horse with traditional Asian performances, special festivities, shopping incentives, promotions, and social media contests. Guests can share their experiences with Caruso Affiliated by tagging photos of the events and décor: #LunarAmericana and #LunarGrove. The photos with the most likes will be featured on social media feeds and will win a $50 gift card to The Americana at Brand or The Grove.  Find The Americana at Brand and The Grove on Instagram at @AmericanaBrand and @TheGroveLA. www.thegrovela.com ; www.americanaatbrand.com 

 

Universal Studios Hollywood Lunar New Year Celebration (Universal City)

January 25 – February 4 

The Entertainment Capital of L.A SM will  commemorate the Chinese Lunar New Year, Year of the Horse with a special Mandarin-speaking MEGATRON character from the blockbuster thrill ride, “Transformers™:  The Ride-3D.” Other celebratory activities will be situated in the all-new Universal Plaza – a grand courtyard at the heart of the theme park – which will be adorned in customary red Chinese lanterns hanging from above.  The polygon-shaped piazza will display a dozen lampposts, featuring the twelve zodiac animal signs and three specific characteristic attributes. Providing fun-filled photo opportunities, Woody Woodpecker and his girlfriend Winnie will be dressed in traditional Chinese attire while the iconic “Marilyn Monroe” will wish good fortune, happiness, wealth and longevity to guests.  Traditional Asian music will resonate throughout the plaza. www.universalstudioshollywood.com

Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City – Café Sierra Buffet (The Valley)

January 31 & February 1

Located at the Hilton Los Angeles / Universal City, Cafe Sierra offers one of the best all-you-can-eat deals in LA. In celebration of  Chinese New Year, Café Sierra, will offer special dinner buffets and a champagne brunch. Chinese specialties include Peking Duck, pepper shrimp, coconut shrimp, peel and eat shrimp, and dungeness ginger crab. The buffet is served on Friday, Jan. 31 and Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on both nights. On Sunday, Feb. 2 the Chinese New Year buffet is served from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The champagne brunch is served on Feb. 1 from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and Feb. 2 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Live Chinese instrumental music and lion dances will be performed all three nights. Jazz music and vocals are accompanying the brunch. Pricing for the dinner buffet is $56 for adults and $26 for children ages 3-10. Brunch is priced at $36 for adults and $16 for children on Feb. 1, and $45 / $20 on Feb. 2. For reservations, call Cafe Sierra at 818.509.2030. www.cafesierrahilton.com

Santa Monica Place Six-Day Celebration (Santa Monica)

January 31 – February 14 (Select days)

On Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, Santa Monica Place kicks off its six-day celebration of Chinese New Year. The celebration is free and open to the public. The featured entertainment and presentations are based on authentic Chinese traditions, including: a traditional Chinese dragon dance, live Chinese classical music, Chinese ribbon dancers, Chinese stilt walkers, a Wishing Tree, crafts, a festive Chinese photo backdrop, and much more. The Chinese New Year celebration also offers food tastings by Santa Monica Place restaurants and Mandarin-speaking greeters. The celebration is taking place on Friday, Jan. 31 to Sunday, Feb. 2; Saturday, Feb. 8 to Sunday, Feb. 9; and Friday, February 14. Scheduled event times are 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Numerous retailers and restaurants are offering discounts and specials during the Chinese New Year celebration. For detailed info, visit the Santa Monica Place event page www.santamonicaplace.com/events

Wishing Tree at the Beverly Center (Downtown/LA Metro)

January 31 – February 28

From Jan. 31 to Feb. 28, 2014, the Beverly Center celebrates Chinese New Year by transforming its Center Court into a stunning interpretation of a traditional Wishing Tree - highlighting customary Spring Festival elements, along with horse-themed decorations and symbols of good fortune. Visitors can write their wish for joy, luck and prosperity and place it on the Wishing Tree. Moments can be shared at the Wishing Tree on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Weibo, and participants can tag #beverlycenterstyle for a chance to win over $1,000 in gift cards. The Beverly Center shares the Chinese tradition of giving red envelopes, or hongbao, to its guests when they shop. Now through Feb. 18, 2014, visitors can go to Guest Services, show a same-day receipt of $500 or more, and receive a red envelope filled with a gift card from any Beverly Center retailer (while supplies last). www.beverlycenter.com/events

Chinese New Year Festival (Chinatown)

February 1 & 2

The annual Chinese New Year Festival is taking place in Chinatown on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 1-2, 2014. The weekend festival takes place at several venues in Chinatown. The Central Plaza Stage features live performances, vendors, gourmet food trucks, and a craft beer garden. The West Plaza features numerous cultural artisans, including brush painting, calligraphy, sculpture and magic. The Spring Festival on Spring features live bands on Saturday only, from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Weekend festival hours are noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission to all festival events is free. www.chinatownla.com

Golden Dragon Parade (Chinatown)

February 1 & 2

The annual Chinese New Year Festival is taking place in Chinatown on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 1-2, 2014. The weekend festival takes place at several venues in Chinatown. The Central Plaza Stage features live performances, vendors, gourmet food trucks, and a craft beer garden. The West Plaza features numerous cultural artisans, including brush painting, calligraphy, sculpture and magic. The Spring Festival on Spring features live bands on Saturday only, from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Weekend festival hours are noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission to all festival events is free. www.chinatownla.com

Shopping at the Citadel Outlets (Neighboring Cities)

February 1

Located just ten minutes south of Downtown LA, the Citadel Outlets features over 115 top brand-name stores and restaurants in a historic 1929 building designed to resemble an Assyrian castle. On Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, Citadel Outlets presents a Chinese New Year celebration with holiday décor, music, and live entertainment. A live performance by the Los Angeles Chinese Cultural Center (LACCC) is taking place from noon to 3 p.m. in the Center Court. www.citadeloutlets.com/events

Year of the Horse Celebration- Beverley Hills (Beverly Hills)

February 8

Beverly Hills is ringing in the Chinese New Year throughout the month of February, beginning with a special Year of the Horse Celebration on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014 from 4:30to 5:30 p.m. The festivities include a traditional lion dance, music, special appearances and other entertainment. Traditional "Good Fortune" red envelopes with special holiday offers will also be available to the public. The kickoff event is taking place on North Rodeo Drive between Wilshire Boulevard and Dayton Way. Several Beverly Hills hotels are offering Chinese New Yearpackages, including the Montage Beverly Hills, Luxe Rodeo Drive Hotel, and AKA Beverly Hills. Book your reservation now and receive special rates, China-ready amenities like Chinese breakfast, tea, slippers and more. Hotel packages will be available through the end of February 2014. For more info, visit www.lovebeverlyhills.com/specials-packages.aspx.

Chinese American Museum (CAM) 13th Annual Lantern Festival (Downtown)

March 1

The annual Lantern Festival is one of the Chinese American Museum’s signature events and a beloved community tradition. A hugely popular holiday in the Chinese culture, the Lantern Festival occurs on the fifteenth day of the first lunar month and marks the end of Chinese New Year festivities. The CAM Lantern Festival re-creates a traditional village street fair with brilliant lantern displays, exciting musical, acrobatic and lion dance performances, arts and crafts booths, and a dazzling glow-in-the-dark silver dragon stage performance to close out the evening. Other activities include Chinese opera-style face painting, kite building, Chinese paper-cutting, calligraphy, and much more. The festival will take place noon to 10 p.m.  and admission is free. www.camla.org

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