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Chinese Lunar New Year Celebrated in Santa Monica

Published on February 5, 2021

The Pacific Wheel in Santa Monica will be lit red and gold on Friday, February 12 in recognition of Year of the Ox.

Lunar New Year is a celebration of the beginning of a new year on the traditional lunar calendar. In Chinese culture and East Asian countries, the festival is commonly referred to as the Spring Festival or simply, Chinese New Year.

Pacific Park is celebrating Lunar New Year on the Pacific Wheel by featuring red and gold patterns and icons from popular Lunar New Year celebrations including a fun ox, lanterns, and lucky gold coins.

Los Angeles is home to over 800,000 Asian Americans, the city’s 3rd largest cultural subgroup. Lunar New Year is celebrated across the globe every winter.

This special lighting event will take place on the evening of Friday, February 12. The Ferris wheel lights can be seen from dusk until 11:35 PM. Enjoy watching the light program online at

Special Lighting of the Pacific Wheel for Year of the Ox

Dusk to midnight (around 5:30 PM)

Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier


See the lights from home at

Pacific Park regularly programs the Ferris wheel to display seasonal programing and themed light designs for holidays and special occasions. The Pacific Wheel’s state-of-the-art lighting package was installed in 2016 and can display over 1.6 million different colors and animate patterns and icons in 24 frames per second. The energy efficient LEDs on the face of the Ferris wheel are powered by solar arrays inside Pacific Park. The light programs are curated and designed by Pacific Park staff.


Feature image courtesy of @strictlyphysical