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Today marks the start of the Chinese New Year – the Year of the Horse. Santa Monica Place will host six days of celebrations.
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Today marks the start of the Chinese New Year – the Year of the Horse. Santa Monica Place will host six days of celebrations.

Santa Monica Place, Seven Days, Santa Monica

Celebrate Chinese New Year At Santa Monica Place

Posted Jan. 31, 2014, 9:41 am

Mitch James / Mirror Contributor

The 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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