Santa Monica Place Rings in the Year of the Dog

If you’re looking to ring in the Year of the Dog, you don’t have to go further than Santa Monica Place.  Its annual Lunar New Year celebration is on Saturday, Feb 17 from 2-6pm.

Hosted by Katherine Ho from The Voice on NBC, celebrations will include authentic cultural performances and activities such as the traditional Chinese dragon dance, Korean fan dance, stilt walkers, classical folk music from a Chinese musical duo, New Year’s Wishing Trees and family-friendly arts and crafts for all to enjoy.

“We are excited to integrate the cultural traditions of the Lunar New Year holiday into Santa Monica Place’s shopping and dining experience,” commented Stephanie Eglin, Senior Manager, Marketing, Santa Monica Place.  “The holiday is important to locals as well as to our international visitors and this event will offer an opportunity for the community to come together and celebrate.”

Santa Monica Place’s Lunar New Year celebration features a variety of free cultural activities for the whole family to experience.  Patrons are invited to hang a wish on the branches of the two New Year’s Wishing Trees for a two-dollar donation.  The proceeds will benefit Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA) at UCLA.  CSSA-UCLA is an officially registered on-campus organization devoted to organizing activities for Chinese student groups and promoting traditional Chinese culture on the UCLA campus.

Lunar New Year Schedule of Events

2 – 6 pm:
Chinese Music Duo
Stilt Walkers
Traditional Dough Artist
Balloon Twister
Arts & Crafts
Wishing Trees

2:30 pm and 4:30 pm:  Korean Fan Dance

3:30 pm and 5:30 pm: Chinese Dragon Dance

Location for all events: Level 1 in Center Plaza



Santa Monica Place
395 Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica
(at Broadway and Third Street Promenade)

More information about Santa Monica Place and the annual Lunar New Year event is available here.   For more information, visit  You may also access the Concierge services anytime via text: (310) 499-2928.  Hope to see you guys there!


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