Portland’s most popular Chinese New Year Celebration is back at Lan Su Chinese Garden. The two-week festival features hanging red lanterns, a contact-free scavenger hunt, festival audio tour and cultural displays.
The Chinese New Year festival is celebrating the Year of the Tiger from February 1-15, 2022. Here are the two ways you can participate in the Chinese New Year celebration at Lan Su Chinese Garden.
2022 Chinese New Year at Lan Su Chinese Garden
Chinese New Year Opening
To kick off Chinese New Year, Lan Su is hosting an event right outside the garden on February 1. Invite energy and prosperity into the Year of the Tiger at this community event.
Starting at 9:45 a.m. Portland Lee’s Association Dragon and Lion Dance Team will entertain visitors with a lion dance performance.
This event is free to attend. It does not include admission to the garden.
If you can’t visit in person, Lan Su Chinese Garden will livestream the performance on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Daytime Chinese New Year Festival
In celebration of the official beginning of the Year of the Tiger on February 1, the garden is celebrating 15 days of Chinese New Year with special activities. If you visit on opening day you’ll receive a hong bao, a traditional lucky red envelope at entry.
Here are the activities you can partake in during the daytime festival:
- Festive Chinese New Year displays
- Contact-free audio tours
- Contact-free Year of the Tiger mobile scavenger hunt
- Special cultural programs happening daily
The Chinese New Year daytime festival will be held during special daytime hours of 10 a.m.-5 p.m. from February 1-15, 2022.
Tickets are $12.95 for adults, $11.95 for seniors (age 62 and over), and $9.95 for students (age 6-18 and college students with I.D.). Kids 5 and under get in for free. You can buy your tickets in advance online.
Chinese New Year Lantern Viewing Evenings
Experience Lan Su’s Chinese New Year Celebration with eight evenings of traditional lantern viewings. The garden will be aglow with hanging red lanterns along the roof lines and illuminated sculptures and lotus lanterns floating in Lake Zither.
One of the main features of this event is the dragon dance procession. Portland Lee’s Association Dragon and Lion Dance Team will parade a 50-foot illuminated dragon throughout the garden.
Last year, Lan Su Chinese Garden unveiled a lighted phoenix from China. This 18-foot phoenix lantern sculpture joins the 20-foot dragon lantern sculpture in the garden’s Lake Zither during the festival.
Your family can test your chopstick skills with the 8 Treasure Tray Chopstick Challenge. The Garden Teahouse will be serving tea and snacks for purchase during the lantern viewing.
The Lantern Viewing Evenings will take place on select evenings in February from 6-8 p.m.
- Thursday, February 3 (Preview Night)
- Friday, February 4
- Saturday, February 5
- Sunday, February 6
- Thursday, February 10
- Friday, February 11
- Saturday, February 12
- Sunday, February 13
Tickets are $45 for adults and $15 for kids age 3-11. Tickets are on sale now. at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, December 14. On Preview Night, February 3, you’ll pay $25 for adults and $15 for kids age 3-11. You will save with this option, but you’ll miss out on the dragon dance procession and teahouse service.
On Preview Night, Lan Su is offering a limited number of reduced rate tickets to current Oregon and Washington EBT cardholders. Pay $10 per adult and $5 per child (age 3-11), up to 4 tickets per family. You can purchase these tickets online. Bring your EBT card and ID to show at check-in.
For more information and to purchase your tickets, visit the Lan Su Chinese Garden website.