Experience Lunar New Year for free at Atlantic Station this month

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COVID-19 safe festivities will take place through February

Lunar New Year doesn’t begin until Feb. 12, but the celebration will start weeks earlier at Atlantic Station.

Beginning Monday, West Midtown’s premier mixed-use destination will host complimentary festivities. The property will be transformed into a celebration of Lunar New Year with themed decor and traditions including a red dragon and lantern shows.

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Lunar New Year, or Spring Festival, celebrates the beginning of the new year on the traditional lunar calendar. It’s the most important holiday in several East Asian countries. The 15-day festival starts on the new moon that arrives in the night sky between Jan. 21 and Feb. 20. This year, Lunar New Year falls on Friday, Feb. 12 and it’s the Year of the Ox.

Atlantic Station’s celebration of the event, which is also referred to as Chinese New Year, will occur from Jan. 18 to Feb. 28. Guests can visit the property and experience festivities free of charge. Among the events, which were led by former New York street artist and installation sculptor John Carter, is a 90-foot-long dragon twinkling in more than 25,000 lights. The red dragon, a sign of good fortune, will pop out of a cloud of fog in the plaza near Atlantic Green once a minute.

From 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., programmed red lantern shows in Atlantic Green will occur at the top of the hour. These shows feature almost 500 lanterns and mark a spiritual tradition that celebrating reunions of loved ones to honor the Lunar New Year.

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The Health and safety of guests and staff are being considered as Atlantic Station has deployed several safety measures around the mixed-use space. Hand sanitizing stations are available and masks are strongly encouraged.

“We ask that you continue to stay home if you are not well, as our staff members are doing,” Atlantic Station noted on the website. “Our retailers, restaurants, and service and entertainment tenants are working to continue serving you through a variety of offerings, such as patio seating, curbside pickup and delivery. Atlantic Station tenants are taking the necessary precautions within their stores.”

Visit the website for a complete list of safety precautions taken on the property.