Happy Lunar New Year! The annual holiday, also known as Chinese New Year and primarily celebrated among East Asian communities, begins on the second new moon after the winter solstice, and so with January 22, 2023 begins the Year of the Rabbit (or Year of the Cat, for the people of Vietnam).
To boldly usher in the new year, several local restaurants, shopping centers and cultural centers are throwing free parties for the community. Read below for where to take the kids to watch lion dances and make your own paper lanterns in a family-friendly workshop.
Lunar New Year Grand Prairie
Where: Asia Times Square, 2625 W. Pioneer Pkwy., Grand Prairie
When: Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023 at 5:30pm and Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023 at noon
What to know: Asia Times Square presents two shows of lion and dragon dances, drum performances and firecracker show, held outdoors in front of the Hong Kong Market Place and Music Alley.
Lunar New Year Grandscape
Where: Grandscape, 5752 Grandscape Blvd., The Colony
When: Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023 from 2–4pm
What to know: Meet on the Grandscape lawn for an afternoon of performances, traditional foods, kids’ crafts and giveaways.
Lunar New Year at Wok Star Chinese
Where: Wok Star Chinese, When: Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023 at 3pm
Cost: Free admission; pricing varies for meals and cocktails
What to know: Jiu Long Lion Dance Troupe performs from 3–3:30pm at The Hill Shopping Center restaurant, come see the show and stay for an early dinner. Wok Star’s menu has a variety of options for kids including dumplings, pot stickers, and sweet and sour chicken.
Lunar New Year Celebration
Where: Galleria Dallas, 13350 Dallas Parkway, Dallas
When: Saturday, Jan. 28, 2023 at 4pm
What to know: Galleria Dallas has installed nearly 250 enormous, red lanterns over its ice skating rink. Come see them on display every day Jan. 20–Feb. 19, or better yet, come on Jan. 28 when the HD Lion Dance Foundation performs a colorful dragon dance on level one in front of Sephora. You can come early to see Magic Mike Williams perform his Showtime Saturdays at the third-floor Play Place.
Chinese New Year Richardson
Where: DFW Chinatown, 400 N. Greenville Avenue, Richardson
When: Saturday, Jan. 28, 2023 from 11am–3pm
What to know: Located in the Richardson CORE District—known as the the epicenter of Asian food culture in the Dallas metro area—this family-friendly event features dragon and lion dancers, music and martial arts demonstration, and of course plenty of authentic culinary offerings from the center’s restaurants and bakeries. Don’t miss the kids area for crafts like rabbit origami and fun with Chinese yo-yos.
Photo courtesy of Cali-Saigon Mall