Santa Monica Place rings in "The Year of the Dog"

Santa Monica Place commemorates the Year of the Dog with its annual Lunar New Year celebration on Saturday, February 17 from 2 – 6 p.m. 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.

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 p.m. Chinese Music Duo

Stilt Walkers

Traditional Dough Artist

Balloon Twister

Arts & Crafts

Wishing Trees

2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Korean Fan Dance

3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Chinese Dragon Dance

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.

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