February 1, 2016

Leading shopping centers, retailers, shopping districts and outlets throughout the USA are welcoming China Lunar New Year with special events and gifts with purchase. The Year of the Monkey begins on February 8, 2016 and promises good fortune and playful fun!

“The year of the Monkey is ideal for a quantum leap in your life! Now is the time to shake things up, create change, and innovate a new path. Join Monkey’s enthusiast energy when risks are rewarded and anything can happen. Even the most ambitious plans can succeed. There will be more than enough action and opportunity to keep you busy. In Monkey year, it’s fine to just make it up as you go along. Just don’t be gullible and trust the wrong people, or wily Monkey will take all the peanuts and leave you only shells,” per astrologer Susan Levitt.

SOUTH COAST PLAZA, COSTA MESA, CALIFORNIA

South Coast Plaza will raise the curtain on February 3 of its annual celebration of Lunar New Year, a tradition that captures the excitement of a new year with traditional music, live performances, entertainment, and cultural exhibits.

Opening night ribbon cutting ceremonies in Jewel Court herald the Year of the Monkey that will continue thru February 21, 2016. The beautiful exhibit distinguishes three life-like sculpted monkeys under an 18-ft. golden money tree setting meant to mirror the Chinese saying that “three playful monkeys bring good fortune, health and happiness.”

Werner Escher, Executive Director of Domestic & International Markets, South Coast Plaza said, “We at South Coast Plaza are privileged and honored to have established a close relationship with the Chinese Consulate Office in Los Angeles and enjoy their support of our annual celebration of Lunar New Year.” He said, “South Coast Plaza will honor Lunar New Year with the Shenzhen Happy New Year Cultural event on February 14 as well as weekend entertainment, children’s crafts, promotions and opportunities.”

Entertainment:
Lunar New Year Weekend Entertainment (February 6 - February 21, 2016)
Enjoy a variety of weekend entertainment during Lunar New Year with traditional music and photo opportunities with Stilt performers in Jewel Court, Level 1.

Entertainment and Children’s crafts will take place February 6-7 and February 13-14 from 1pm – 3pm in Carousel Court, Level 1. Featured performances include Bing Bing’s Magic House, an interactive variety show for children with cultural dance, music, singing, games and prizes on Saturday, February 6 from 1;00pm – 3:00pm, and a special Chinese Traditional performance for the entire family on Sunday, February 7 from 2:00pm – 4:00pm.

Happy New Year Shenzhen Cultural Event (Sunday, February 14, 2016)
South Coast Plaza welcomes more than 60 Chinese performers and cultural officials from the Shenzhen Province in celebration of the Happy Chinese New Year. Cultural performances at 2:00pm and 4:00pm in South Coast Plaza’s Jewel Court, Level 1 include a variety of singing, dancing, acrobatics and instrumental performances. Open to the public.

Promotions:
Gift with Purchase (February 3 – February 10, 2016)
In honor of Lunar New Year, receive a commemorative Tiffany bowl with a minimum of $2500 in same-day purchases of any combination of South Coast Plaza boutiques and restaurants (excluding department stores). Gift is redeemable in the VIP Access Suite, Saks Fifth Avenue Wing, Level 2.

Enter-to-Win (February 3 – February 21, 2016)
South Coast Plaza’s annual Enter-to-Win contest features an opportunity to win luxury prizes from a variety of South Coast Plaza boutiques, and a South Coast Plaza $1000 shopping spree.

Enter-to-win forms will be offered at all four concierge locations with an opportunity to win luxury prizes from South Coast Plaza boutiques thru February 21. A drawing will be held on February 29 and winners will be notified.

UnionPay Card Promotion (February 3 – February 21, 2016)
Enjoy shopping at South Coast Plaza with your UnionPay card. Receive a $50 South Coast Plaza gift certificate when you present a minimum USD $1,000 in same-day receipts from South Coast Plaza boutiques on your UnionPay card (starting with 62) at any of four South Coast Plaza Concierge locations. Gift certificate limited to one per card, per day. For details and redemption guidelines, visit any South Coast Plaza concierge location.

Lucky Eight Weibo & WeChat Promotion (February 8 – February 15, 2016)
Join us on Weibo and WeChat during February 8 thru February 15. The “Lucky Eight” social media contest gives fans an opportunity for eight days to win prizes from popular South Coast Plaza boutiques.

Window Display Contest (February 3-21, 2016)
Many of the South Coast Plaza’s retailers will celebrate the Year of the Monkey with special merchandise in recognition of the Lunar New Year. South Coast Plaza will recognize and award prizes to the boutiques with the best window displays. Community leaders will judge and rank their favorites in eight categories.

Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica California

SANTA MONICA PLACE CELEBRATES THE YEAR OF THE MONKEY WITH A FESTIVE LUNAR NEW YEAR CELEBRATION FEBRUARY 12 & 13

Celebration Features Traditional Chinese Dragon Dance, Live Musical Entertainment, Korean Fan Dancers, Chinese Stilt Walkers, Martial Arts Demos, And New Year’s Wish Tree

Santa Monica Place celebrates the Year of the Monkey with a Lunar New Year Celebration held on February 12 from 3pm-7pm and February 13 from 1:30pm–4pm and 5:30pm–8pm. The Lunar New Year Festival is FREE and open to the public. For more information, please visit www.santamonicaplace.com.

“Lunar New Year is special to both our international tourists and local guests,” says Shoshana Puccia, Senior Manager, Marketing, Santa Monica Place. “We are thrilled to incorporate the significance of this holiday into Santa Monica Place’s shopping experience and this celebration will bring the community together and delight both children and adults.”

Also known as the Spring Festival, the Lunar New Year celebration will feature entertainment and presentations based on authentic Chinese traditions including:

Dance performances

  • The Traditional Dragon Dance will feature 17 performers accompanied by traditional drums.
  • Live music entertainment by a Chinese classical musical duo using native instruments such as the dizi (bamboo flute), yangqin (butterfly harp) and guzheng (long zither).
  • Korean Fan Dancers performing traditional dances that represent peace and tranquility.  Similar to the Rockettes, the Korean Fan Dance features precise movements by many dancers at once, who combine to create one big connected flow of movement. 
  • Chinese Stilt Walkers dressed in genuine decorative costumes engaging with guests.
  • A New Year’s Wish Tree provides guests an opportunity to write their New Year wishes on a card to be placed in a red envelope then hung on the branches of the tree. Wishes can be purchased for $2.00 and all proceeds will benefit Families with Children from China Southern California (FCC SoCal), a non-profit organization that is an advocate for adoptive families throughout the Greater Los Angeles area and Orange, Ventura, San Bernardino and Riverside Counties.
  • Crafts where children will be able to create and decorate Lunar New Year themed crafts.
  • A Balloon Twister will make monkeys out of balloons
  • The Chinese Dough Art artist will mold human and animal figures from clay or glutinous rice flour (a very popular folk art in both urban and rural areas of China).
  • A Festive Photo Backdrop will be available for guests to capture the magic of the Lunar New Year Festival.
  • Red Envelopes filled with special offers from participating stores and restaurants.

Lunar New Year Celebration Schedule:
Friday, Feb. 12:

  • Stilt Walkers & Balloon Twister perform from 3pm – 7pm
  • Dragon Dance is at 6pm
  • Korean Fan Dancers perform at 4pm & 5pm

Saturday, Feb. 13:

  • Stilt Walkers and Balloon Twister perform 1:30pm – 4pm
  • Dough artist from 1:30pm – 4pm
  • Arts & Crafts 1:30pm – 4:30pm
  • Martial Arts 3:30pm
  • Dragon Dance at 6:30pm
  • Fan Dancers perform at 3pm & 5:30pm 
  • Live entertainment, cultural presentations and interactive crafts will take place in Center Plaza located on Level 1.

Fashion Outlets of Chicago, Illinois

Saturday, January 30 – Sunday, February 14

  • Receive a Lunar New Year red envelope featuring a free commemorative Year of the Monkey Green Savings Card and additional special offers from participating stores.

Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls USA, New York

Monday, February 1- Sunday, February 14

  • Receive a Lunar New Year red envelope featuring a free commemorative Year of the Monkey Green Savings Card and additional special offers from participating stores.

Saturday, February 13 12:00pm

  • Demonstrations by the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute, Le Creuset, Godiva, and Zwilling J.A. Henckels

Sunday,February 14 12:00pm

  • Demonstrations by Gold Summit Martial Arts Institute. Performances include a Dragon Dance, Lion Dancing, and Martial Arts demonstrations.

The Shops at North Bridge, Chicago Illinois

Saturday, February 13

  • Traditional cultural performances
  • Culinary demonstrations
  • Special offers from retailers and restaurants

Tysons Corner Center, Washington DC Area

Saturday, February 13 from 11am-2pm at The Concourse (Located on Level 2 across from Microsoft)

  • Traditional cultural performances from The Jow Ga Shaolin Institute
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Special offers from retailers and restaurants

Washington Square, Portland Oregon

Friday, February 12th 11am
Saturday, February 13th 2pm
Sunday, February 14th 2pm

  • Traditional cultural performances
  • Children's entertainment
  • Arts and crafts
  • Special offers from retailers and restaurants

Scottsdale Fashion Square, Scottsdale Arizona

Saturday, February 20 from 1pm-3pm at the Food Court

  • Traditional cultural performances
  • Tea ceremony
  • Special offers from retailers and restaurants

Queens Center, New York

Saturday, February 20

  • Music
  • Dance
  • Demonstrations
  • Tea Tasting
  • Special offers from retailers and restaurants

MALL OF AMERICA, BLOOMINGTON MINNESOTA

New Hotels, new restaurants, new attractions – New Year in Bloomington, Minnesota, Home of Mall of America and tax-free shopping on clothing and shoes!

MACY’S

Special Gift with Purchase Offer available only at the following Visitor Centers: NYC Herald Square, San Francisco Union Square, Chicago State Street, Downtown Los Angeles and South Coast Plaza. 

Receive an exclusive Year of the Monkey wristlet when you spend $100 or more between February 5- 20th at any of the participating stores.  In order to redeem, present the original paper receipts from same day purchases at the Visitor Center or Connect@Macy’s hubs inside our participating stores.  Offer while supplies last.  One per person.

MACY’S Westfield Valley FairMall, Center Court, Santa Clara, California
Saturday February 20, 1pm
Join Macy’s to celebrate the Year of the Monkey!
Enjoy a day of Lunar New Year festivities!
Discover your best shade of red and choose the outfit to go with it! Check out our fashion presentation in the mall, then stop by Shiseido in the Cosmetic Department for a pop of color.
Plus, make any purchase of $75 or more and receive a commemorative Year of the Monkey tote bag!*

MACY’S Westfield Southcenter, Cosmetic Department
Saturday, February 6, 2pm
Join Macy’s to celebrate the Year of the Monkey!
Enjoy a day of Lunar New Year festivities!
Discover your best shade of red in the Cosmetic Department and choose the outfit to go with it!
Plus, make any purchase of $75 or more and receive a commemorative Year of the Monkey tote bag!*

MACY’S Union Square, San Francisco California, throughout the store
Saturday, FEBRUARY 20, 1PM
Join Macy’s to celebrate the Year of the Monkey!
Enjoy a day of Lunar New Year festivities! Dance along with a live performance by the Lion Dancers, hear traditional music of the holiday, stop by the Shiseido counter and discover your best shade of red, and more!
Plus, make any purchase of $75 or more and receive a commemorative Year of the Monkey tote bag!*
*Qualifying purchase must be made during the event.
Event subject to change or cancellation.

NEW YORK CITY

THREE NYC NEIGHBORHOODS PARTNER TO BRING WORLD‐FAMOUS CHINESE LUNAR NEW YEAR CELEBRATION TO THE UPPER EAST SIDE AND EAST MIDTOWN ON FEBRUARY 6

“Madison Street to Madison Ave” will feature lion dancers, family‐friendly entertainment, special performances and retail promotions in the week preceding the historic Chinatown event in New York City

Chinatown Partnership, East Midtown Partnership, Madison Avenue  Business Improvement District and SUNY’s Confucius Institute for Business (CIB) announced that they  will be coming together for the first time ever to present "Madison Street to Madison Avenue,” a Chinese Lunar New Year  celebration taking place the week preceding the traditional Chinatown parade in New York City. The celebrations will take place on Saturday, February 6, beginning on Madison Street in Chinatown, travelling to the Upper East Side and East Midtown. The multi-faceted -event is expected to attract local families and visitors for live entertainment and cultural activities.

Notable attendees include YUE‐SAI KAN, Emmy‐winning television host and producer; MICHELLE LEE, leader, the Bund Association for Promotion of Commerce and Trade (Shanghai); DUNCAN EDWARDS, President and CEO of Hearst Magazines International; JEANNETTE CHANG, Sr. VP & Publishing Director for Hearst Magazines International; and CHINESE AND NYC GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS. 

"This is the first time in Chinese American history that this widely celebrated event will travel to the Upper East Side and East Midtown in New York City,” said Wellington Chen, Executive Director of Chinatown Partnership. “It is a momentous occasion for our community and we’re excited to bring children, parents, visitors and local leaders together to include them in our festive celebration” 

Traditional Chinese lion dancers and dragons will make their way from Chinatown to the Upper East Side in a decorated double decker bus, arriving at Madison Avenue and East 76th street where special guests will make welcoming remarks and participate in a celebratory ribbon cutting. A signing ceremony will take place announcing a Sister-Street partnership between the Madison Avenue BID and Shanghai’s Bund Association for Promotion of Commerce & Trade. The Lion Dancers will then make their way south on Madison Avenue to East Midtown, stopping at select retailers that are offering Lunar New Year promotions to commemorate the turn of the Chinese calendar. Retailers include Baccarat, Bally, CH Carolina Herrera, Chopard, Coach, Dennis Basso, Emilio Pucci, Fendi, Michael Kors, Mulberry, NARS and more. 

“We are honored to work with our fellow BIDs and SUNY’s Confucius Institute for Business to create this important cultural and economic development initiative,” said Matthew Bauer, President of the Madison Avenue BID. “ Madison Avenue is a prime destination for the Chinese visitor market, and the partnership that we are entering with Shanghai’s Bund Association for Promotion of Commerce & Trade will further spread the word about the shopping & hospitality services offered by our members.”

Entering into East Midtown, the celebrations continue with families, neighbors and visitors congregating at the Harman Store and 527 Madison (54th & Madison Ave) to enjoy family‐friendly entertainment and engaging activities including Chinese face painting, calligraphy and a themed photo booth. There will also be special performances by the New York Eastern Chamber Orchestra conducted by Dr. Fei Fang and traditional Chinese face changing by Peng Li. 

This year marks the first time in New York history that three business improvement districts have come  together in a significant partnership to celebrate this traditional event that is now listed on the public  school calendar, allowing the city’s Asian families to celebrate the holiday. 

FASHION SHOW AND GRAND CANAL SHOPPES AT THE VENETIAN & THE PALAZZO IN LAS VEGAS

Events take place February 8 and February 12, 2016

Fashion Show and Grand Canal Shoppes are pleased to provide distinct festivities to support Lunar New Year. Combined, the two retail meccas encompass over 3 million square feet, 350 boutiques, nine department stores and over two dozen restaurants on one central corner of Las Vegas Boulevard.

Lunar New Year festivities kick off at Grand Canal Shoppes on February 8 at 4 p.m. with the signature fan dance above the waterfall. During and after the fan dance, more than 500 red envelopes will be distributed to guests. The envelopes will be filled with a prize -- anything from a gift card to a chocolate gold coin. Each red envelope will also be bundled with signature retail incentives available at participating Grand Canal Shoppes brands. Red envelopes are traditionally handed out during Lunar New Year and symbolize happiness and wealth.        

On Friday, Feb. 12, guests can enjoy an afternoon of festivities live on the runway at Fashion Show. Key events include the debut of the dragon, a signature lion dance, Chinese culture costumes courtesy of the Culture Ministry of the Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in San Francisco launching the first-time partnership that these traditional pieces will be showcased in Las Vegas and entertainment from the Hunan Troupe that will include a variety show complete with acrobatics, folklore and musical acts. The festivities begin at 1:30 p.m.

On Saturday, Feb. 13 – Feb. 14, Saks Fifth Avenue will hit the runway with must-see runway shows every hour on the hour from noon until 5pm. The lion dance kick off each show.

In addition to these events, Fashion Show will also boast an array of brands that are specifically providing unique products and incentives for Lunar New Year. A sampling of participants includes Lorna Jane, Michael Kors, Neiman Marcus and St. John. To pick up a printed rack card with a complete list of participants for Fashion Show, visit Guest Services.*

*Lunar New Year retail incentives are only valid at each individual shopping center. Offers are valid Feb. 1 – Feb. 20.

February 8
Grand Canal Shoppes

Fan dance at 4 p.m., second level of The Shoppes above the waterfall

February 12
Fashion Show
1:30pm - signature lion dance
2:00pm - dragon debut
2:30pm - runway show featuring Chinese culture costumes courtesy of the Culture Ministry of the Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in San Francisco
3:30pm - entertainment from the Hunan Troupe

February 13 & 14
Fashion Show
Saks Fifth Avenue runway show
Every hour on the hour from 12 noon – 5pm
The lion dance will take place before the 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm & 5pm shows

HERE’S TO A LUCKY, PROSPEROUS AND VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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