Lunar New Year, also called Chinese New Year, falls on Sunday, January 22. Colorful celebrations are underway around NJ, so there are plenty of opportunities for you and the kids to ring in the Year of the Rabbit.

January 6 – February 6

Lunar New Year Celebration
American Dream, East Rutherford
Usher in the good fortune the new year brings during this month-long series of festive performances, art exhibits and larger-than-life holiday décor planned throughout the mall. Some special events include a Chinese YoYo Performance, Starlight Youth Talent Competition and traditional lion dance.

PHILLIP ANDREW IGLESIAS / Lunar New Year celebration in East Brunswick.

January 7

Lunar New Year Celebration
Brunswick Square Mall, East Brunswick
After shopping at the mall, stop by for a lion dance, live performances, music, food and craft vendors.

THE SHOPS AT RIVERSIDE / Lunar New Year celebration

January 12 – February 6

Lunar New Year Celebration
The Shops at Riverside, Hackensack
Perfect for a photo opportunity, shoppers can snap a picture with friends and family at the illuminated cherry blossom tree adorned with gold coins – located on Level 1 near sweetgreen – to celebrate the holiday. They can also discover rabbit-themed, limited-edition items and take advantage of special events and offers at participating shops and restaurants.

January 15

Summit Chinese New Year Celebration
Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School, Summit
The Summit Chinese American Association is once again hosting the event, which includes a family portrait, neighborhood greeting, Luna New Year Snack tasting and children’s activities, followed by their traditional memorable New Year Gala with a performance.

January 20

Chinese New Year Culinary Class
Barry’s Appliance, Bridgewater
Learn how to make Chinese spring rolls, garlic ginger soy tiger prawns, orange chicken and Hong Kong egg tarts.

January 21

Lunar New Year Celebration
New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark
The New Jersey Symphony presents the talents of Music Director Xian Zhang in a festive family-friendly evening of cultural exchange to celebrate the Year of the Rabbit. This performance will feature the world premiere of James Ra’s Fantasia on Sae Taryeong performed by Min Kwon, a Korean-American pianist and professor of piano at Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts. The evening will include performances from the Peking University Alumni Chorus, Starry Arts Group Children’s Chorus, and the Edison Chinese School Lion Dance Team. Prior to the performance, the symphony is hosting a gala fundraiser.

Lunar New Year Event
Lake Papaianni Park, Edison
A parade will end at the park followed by musical and dance performances.

CAROL ROSEGG / Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, Year of the Black Water Rabbit

January 21 – 22

Year of the Black Water Rabbit
New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark
Saturday – Sunday
Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company will combine traditional Chinese celebration with modern flair. The Red Lions dance to a hip hop beat. The Golden Dragon brings good luck and fortune for the coming year. The company will also showcase a contemporary dance work, Ashes of A Dead Frog. Guest artists from the Chinese Music Ensemble of New York will provide traditional and contemporary music on classical and folk Chinese instruments. The Company Dancers, acrobats and musicians perform with plenty of prosperity and good fortune for everyone to enjoy and share.

January 22

Chinese New Year Spectacular
West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North, Plainsboro
Take part in crafts and activities, plus a gala show.

Lunar New Year Celebration
Summit Free Public Library, Summit
Led by the library’s Chinese Club, families will experience Asian cuisine, traditional Chinese painting, cultural dances and music performed by local artists.


January 24

Lunar New Year Celebration
Reeves-Reed Arboretum, Summit
Kids ages 5-10 will create crafts and enjoy stories to commemorate the Year of the Rabbit!

January 28

Lunar New Year Celebration
Metuchen Town Plaza, Metuchen
Expect music, dancing, performances and other cultural festivities to bring in the Year of the Rabbit.

Lunar New Year 
Westfield Garden State Plaza, Paramus
Celebrate the Year of the Rabbit with a lion dance; traditional Korean, Chinese and Filipino performances; exclusive offers and more. There will be a DJ and photo booth. The first 500 shoppers will receive a red envelope including special offers.

QUAKER BRIDGE MALL / Lunar New Year celebration

Lunar New Year Celebration
Quaker Bridge Mall, Lawrenceville
In partnership with Huaxia Chinese School, this festival for the Year of the Rabbit will feature an array of festive entertainment throughout the afternoon, including performances, games, red envelopes and more. Performances will include the dragon dance, Guzheng, Chinese dance and Chinese folk songs.

Chinese New Year Performance
Bell Works, Holmdel
The Jersey Shore Chinese School will offer a beautiful dance performance to usher in the new Year of the Rabbit.

January 31

Lunar New Year Storytime
Plainsboro Public Library, Plainsboro
Librarian Liz will read stories about Asian culture and traditions. Open to kids of all ages.


February 4

Lunar New Year Celebration
Staten Island Children’s Museum, Staten Island, NY
The New York Chinese Cultural Center will treat you to a 30-minute program that includes a Kung fu demonstration and interactive segment, as well as some beloved Chinese folk dance pieces.

Next month, head to NYC for the annual Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade on February 12.