Santa Monica Place commemorates the Year of the Pig with its annual Lunar New Year celebration on Saturday, February 2 from 2 – 6 p.m. Hosted by comedian Paul "PK" Kim, celebrations will include authentic cultural performances and activities such as the traditional Chinese lion dance, Korean fan dance, stilt walkers, traditional dough artist, balloon twister, classical folk music from a Chinese musical duo, New Year's Wishing Trees and family-friendly arts and crafts for all to enjoy. New this year is the addition of popular K-pop dance group, First Bite.
"Santa Monica Place is an international destination and the Lunar New Year holiday is meaningful to our local community and visitors," commented Stephanie Eglin, senior manager, marketing, Santa Monica Place. "Bringing the cultural traditions of the holiday to life through activities and entertainment offers a great 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 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.
More information about Santa Monica Place and the annual Lunar New Year celebration is available here.
Santa Monica Place is located at 395 Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica, at Broadway and Third Street Promenade. The event will be held on level one in Center Plaza.