Celebrate Chinese New Year in Santa Monica

chinese-new-yearThe Year of the Horse will be celebrated over six days at Santa  Monica Place with a comprehensive schedule of events for today’s start  of the Chinese New Year.

Chinese New Year, sometimes referred to as the Lunar New Year, is one of the most important traditional Chinese holidays. Houses are swept  and thoroughly cleaned before the date of the new year to rid the home  of last year’s bad luck and make way for the new year’s fortune.

To celebrate, Santa Monica Place will feature entertainment and  presentations based on authentic Chinese traditions this and next  weekend.

In addition, the Chinese New Year celebration will have food tastings by Santa Monica Place restaurants and Mandarin-speaking greeters.

Friday, Jan. 31

The Market

1:30-4 pm: Chinese Dough Artist

6-8:30 pm: Chinese Henna tattoo artist

Center Plaza

1:30-4 pm: Live music entertainment by Chinese classical music ensemble and Chinese ribbon dancing

6-6:30 pm: Live music entertainment by Chinese classical music ensemble

6:30-6:50 pm: Traditional Chinese Dragon Dance

6:50-8:30 pm: Live music entertainment by Chinese classical music ensemble

1:30-4 pm & 6-8:30 pm: Chinese stilt walkers to perform throughout Santa Monica Place

Saturday, Feb. 1

The Market

1:30-4 pm: Chinese Dough Artist

6-8:30 pm: Chinese Henna tattoo artist and Chinese stilt walker

Center Plaza

1:30-4 pm: Live music entertainment by Chinese classical music ensemble and Chinese ribbon dancing

6-6:30 pm: Live music entertainment/performances

6:30-6:50 pm: Traditional Chinese Dragon Dance

6:50-8:30 pm: Live music entertainment by Chinese classical music ensemble

1:30-4 pm & 6-8:30 pm: Chinese stilt walkers to perform throughout Santa Monica Place

Sunday, Feb. 2

The Market

1:30-4 pm: Chinese Dough Artist

6-8:30 pm: Chinese Henna tattoo artist and Chinese stilt walker

Center Plaza

1:30-4 pm: Live music entertainment by Chinese classical music ensemble and Chinese ribbon dancing

6-6:30 pm: Live music entertainment

6:30-6:50 pm: Traditional Chinese Dragon Dance

6:50-8:30 pm: Live music entertainment/performance

1:30-4 pm & 6-8:30 pm: Chinese stilt walkers to perform throughout Santa Monica Place

Saturday, Feb. 8

The Market

6-8:30 pm: Chinese Henna tattoo artist

Center Plaza

1:30-4 pm and 6-8:30 pm: Live music entertainment/performance with Chinese harp and traditional flute

Sunday, Feb. 9

The Market

6-8:30 pm: Chinese Henna tattoo artist

Center Plaza

1:30-4 pm & 6-8:30 pm: Live music entertainment/performance with Chinese harp and traditional flute

Friday, Feb. 14

The Market

6-8:30 pm: Chinese Henna tattoo artist

Center Plaza

1:30-4 pm and 6-8:30 pm: Live music entertainment/performance with  Chinese harp and traditional flute The Chinese New Year Festival is free and open to the public.

For more information, visit www.santamonicaplace.com.

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