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2020 Orange County Lunar New Year Events

It’s the first Lunar New Year of the decade, and the year of the rat! There are multiple fun family Lunar New Year events happening around Orange County to celebrate the holiday with your family.

Lunar New Year Events in Orange County

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Lunar New Year at Irvine Spectrum Center
670 Spectrum Center Dr.
Irvine, CA 92618

Date: February 1, 2020
Time: 12pm – 2pm

Celebrate Lunar New Year and the Year of the Rat at Irvine Spectrum Center on Saturday, February 1 from 12pm – 2pm.

Activities to take place in the Giant Wheel courtyard include:

Chinese dragon dance
Lion Dance
Greeters distributing fortune cookies*
Lucky envelopes*
Arts & Crafts*

*while supplies last / weather permitting

Cost: Free

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Outlets at San Clemente
Oak Tree Court
101 West Avenida Vista Hermosa
San Clemente, CA 92672

Saturday, January 25, 2020 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
The 30-foot Dragon Dance will take place at approximately 1:00 p.m.
The Lion Dance will take place at approximately 1:45 p.m.

Families are invited to celebrate the Lunar New Year at Outlets at San Clemente, featuring performances by the Irvine Chinese School, Mandarin Immersion Program and the Three Treasures Cultural Arts Society based out of San Diego. The free, family-friendly event will include a 30-foot Dragon Dance, interactive Lion Dances for kids, martial arts demonstrations, arts and crafts activities, face painting, Red Envelopes and more.

In addition to the celebration, Outlets at San Clemente will host a Red Envelope Giveaway from Saturday, January 25 through Sunday, February 2, with special offers, deals from retailers and a special $108 Outlets at San Clemente gift certificate, redeemable at all of the centers’ stores and restaurants. Red envelopes are gifts presented at social and family gatherings, during holidays such as Chinese New Year. The red color of the envelope symbolizes good luck and is believed to ward off evil spirits. Shoppers can visit Customer Service to receive their free red envelope gifts. Limit one per household, while supplies last.

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MainPlace Mall
Event Takes Place in Macy’s Court and Center Court
2800 N. Main Street
Santa Ana, CA 92705

On Saturday, January 18th, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., MainPlace Mall will welcome the Year of the Rat with a fun-filled Lunar New Year celebration. The event, held in Macy’s Court and Center Court on the Lower Level, will feature an array of cultural activities and performances that will both educate and entertain guests. The celebration will be held in cooperation with the Union of Vietnamese Student Associations (UVSA), a non-profit community organization that provides a united voice for Vietnamese-American youth and professional leaders from across Southern California.

Throughout the afternoon, there will be an array of family-friendly activities and live performances, including a traditional lion dance, face painting, balloon twisting, crafts, a demonstration by an Asian calligraphy artist, a wishing tree with red envelopes to hold visitors’ wishes, and a number of giveaways. During the event, the mall will also be adorned in festive traditional red décor symbolizing energy, happiness and good luck, and there will be a photo opportunity in Center Court.

Lunar New Year Celebration Performances

Solo Performance by Singer Nguyen D. Nguyen
Dance Performance by the Vietnamese Student Association UCI Traditional Dance Group (TRANCE)
Fashion Show
Miss Vietnam of Southern California (MVSC) Staff Singers
Performance by VocaLotus, an a capella choir
A Spoken Word Performance by Catt Phan
Vocal Performance by Chris Alanis
Song by Jennifer Que
Music by DJ Mojave Airport
Song by Anna Pham
Gio Nam Mua Lan, the Southern Wind Lion Dance
The entire Lunar New Year celebration is FREE and open to the public. To learn more, visit the MainPlace Mall events page here:

WHEN: January 18th: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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Lunar New Year celebrates the Year of the Mouse at Disney California Adventure Park

Disneyland Resort will welcome a year of good fortune with 24 days of Lunar New Year celebrations at Disney California Adventure from Jan. 17 – Feb. 9, 2020. Celebrating the Year of the Mouse, the limited-time festival allows guests of all ages to enjoy many exciting offerings, including the bright and bold Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession, the return of the heartwarming “Hurry Home – Lunar New Year Celebration” prior to “World of Color,” a Lucky Wishing Wall, delectable foods inspired by Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese cultures, and more.

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Universal Studios Hollywood
100 Universal City Plaza
Universal City, CA 91608

Universal Studios Hollywood ushers in the “Year of the Rat,” the first of the Chinese zodiac animals, as the theme park celebrates with the Lunar New Year event from Thursday, January 23 through Sunday, February 9. Lunar New Year is included in the price of admission to the theme park.

This spectacular themed Lunar New Year event will take place within Universal Plaza, located at the heart of the theme park. Under a curtain of traditional red Chinese lanterns and stunning plum blossom Wishing Trees, the festivities will come to life as guests discover the 12 zodiac animal signs accompanied by their symbolic attributes. Guests with birthday years that correspond with the “Year of the Rat” are said to be intelligent, witty and charming.
The immersive event will feature Po and Tigress from the thrilling “Kung Fu Panda Adventure” attraction who will greet guests and pose for engaging photos; Mr. Ping’s Noodle Shop returns by popular demand to serve up delicious culture-themed food, and Mr. Ping himself will be on hand to interact with guests and take memorable souvenir photos. Guests can learn how to draw Po and take home the drawing as a keepsake memento and, on select days, community cultural performances featuring traditional lion dances will round out the program.

Beloved global pop icon Hello Kitty, created by the lifestyle brand Sanrio, further complements this year’s Lunar New Year celebration when she steps out in style wearing her signature red bow and specially designed Lunar New Year attire. Hello Kitty will be available to meet guests at the Hello Kitty Shop located within the Animation Studio Store.

Keeping with Universal Studios Hollywood’s Lunar New Year tradition, MEGATRON from the TRANSFORMERS franchise will be speaking Mandarin while interacting with guests at the entry of the festivities. The imposing robot leader of the DECEPTICONS will engage attendees in real-time conversation reflective of his persona and will be sure to entertain TRANSFORMERS fans visiting the park. MEGATRON is one of the stars of Universal Studios Hollywood’s thrill ride, “Transformers™: The Ride-3D.”

Illumination Entertainment’s Minions from the theme park’s popular Despicable Me Minion Mayhem ride will add to the festivities, entertaining guests in their brightly colored traditional Lunar New Year attire.

The world-famous Studio Tour is available in Mandarin at select times throughout the day. Featuring expertly-trained Mandarin-speaking tour guides, the experience provides insight into the world of movie-making magic as guests enjoy behind-the-scenes access to one of the largest production studios in the world. In-language park maps are also available for guests.

Guests can continue their Lunar New Year celebration at Universal CityWalk’s Dongpo Kitchen restaurant which features upscale and modern Sichuan cuisine. Inspired by China’s premier restaurant Meizhou Dongpo, Dongpo Kitchen offers the comforts of a casual dining environment with both indoor and al fresco seating and caters to an eclectic palate with a variety of signature dishes.

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