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Due to the pandemic, in-person Lunar New Year events in SoCal have been replaced with virtual celebrations. UCLA professor Dr. Min Zhou explained the significance of the holiday.

Here's a list of COVID-safe Lunar New Year events in Southern California. Share your Year of the Ox celebrations with #abc7eyewitness!

Events are subject to change based on public health restrictions and recommendations. Check event websites for details.

Monterey Park's Lunar New Year 2021 - Virtual

Through February 26

Monterey Park's traditional Lunar New Year street festival has been canceled. However, the city wants to help families get the New Year started off right with some fun and rewarding activities.

2021 Lunar New Year Celebration

The Beverly Center

8500 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles

January 27-February 12

Celebrate the Year of the Ox with an art installation in the Grand Court. Also follow their Instagram for Chinese Zodiac readings, cultural storytelling and more!

Citadel Outlets Lunar New Year Red Envelope Giveaway

100 Citadel Drive, Los Angeles

February 5-21

The outlets will be honoring the ancient "Red Envelope" gifting tradition by giving away red envelopes filled with center promotions.

Lunar New Year Light Program at Santa Monica Pier

380 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica

February 12

See the Pacific Wheel in Santa Monica lit red and gold in recognition of Year of the Ox! You can also watch the ceremony virtually at

Lunar New Year Celebration at Santa Monica Place

395 Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica

February 12

See ornate red and gold lanterns illuminate Center Plaza, takeaway keepsake Lunar New Year craft kits for the kids, and get red envelopes with special deals from participating shops and restaurants at Santa Monica Place this Lunar New Year. Cherry blossom Wishing Trees will also be available for well-wishers to hang their wish for prosperity and renewal for the new year.

"Mulan" showing at the SFC Drive-in

Santa Monica Airport

3233 Donald Douglas Loop S, Santa Monica

February 12

Join Street Food Cinema as they pay homage to the Lunar New Year with a viewing of the Disney classic "Mulan." Tickets are on sale now on their site.

2021 Lunar New Year Celebration

Virtually from USC Pacific Asia Museum

February 13, 11am-5pm

Celebrate the Year of the Ox with USC PAM's virtual Lunar New Year festival, which will include streamed video performances and demonstrations of Lunar New Year-inspired crafts.

The 122nd LA Golden Dragon Parade

Virtually Facebook Live

February 13, 1pm-4pm

Watch this amazing tradition take place virtually for the first time! Check out the event page to RSVP:

Virtual Chinese New Year Festival

Virtually from Bowers Museum

February 28, 11am

Celebrate the Year of the Ox with music, art, and dance, live streamed at

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