The Year of the Tiger has officially begun, and there are plenty of ways to celebrate and help your kids learn more about the Lunar New Year. We’ve compiled some of the best spots to keep the celebration going throughout February.
The Best Spots to Welcome the Lunar New Year for 2022
While many of LA’s larger Lunar New Year festivals are on hiatus or have gone virtual for 2022, there are still several ways to celebrate with your family that are exciting and safe.
Head to the Disneyland Resort for a multicultural celebration to ring in the Lunar New Year at California Adventure. Festivities celebrating the Year of the Tiger include Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession, special dining options featuring Asian cuisine, live performances, and character meet-and-greets, including the very first park appearance by Raya from Raya and the Last Dragon. You’ll also find specially-themed merchandise across the park. The festival runs through Feb. 13.
Join the festivities and ring in the Year of the Tiger at Universal Studios’ Lunar New Year celebration during the month of February. The festival includes unique menu offerings and a pop-up Noodle House at Hollywood and Dine.
Bring the family to The Huntington Library and Botanical Garden for their annual Chinese New Year Festival on Feb. 5 and 6, from 10 am to 5 pm. In the Chinese Garden and surrounding performance spaces, you can check out lion dancers, martial arts demonstrations, arts and crafts, Chinese music, a mask-changing artist, and more. The cost of admission includes the festival, but advanced reservations are required.
Celebrate the Year of the Tiger with plenty of kid-friendly activities at the Kidspace Museum in Pasadena from Feb. 1 to Feb. 11. The festivities include traditional watercolor painting using “magic” paper, dance ribbon making, and a special Lunar New Year storytime. On Saturday, Feb. 5, guests can watch a Chinese Ribbon Dance performance at 1 pm, with dance lessons after.
A new year celebration wouldn’t be the same without some delicious eats. Check out the Lucky 8 specials offered by several Original Farmers Market vendors on food, drinks, and more from Feb. 1 – 8. You can see the full list of specials here. While you’re enjoying the food, check out the beautiful chalk art installation by artist Jennifer Ripassa. In celebration of the Lunar New Year, the work will feature a tiger with the iconic Clock Tower in the background. Guests can view the chalk art in front of the main entrance at Gate 1, weather-permitting from Feb. 4 – 13.
Between Feb. 1 and Feb. 8, head to Santa Monica Place, where you’ll find dozens of glowing red and gold lanterns on display across Center Plaza. We recommend visiting after dark to enjoy the full effect. In addition to the beautiful lantern display, you’ll also find a cherry blossom wishing tree where everyone can hang their wishes for the year ahead. Be sure to grab free take-home craft kits, fortune cookies, and red envelopes filled with special deals from shops and restaurants.
What fun activities is your family doing to celebrate the Year of the Tiger? Share your traditions with us in our Local Anchor Facebook group.