Lunar New Year at the L.A. Zoo

Weekends, January 14 through 22

Join us in celebrating the Year of the Rabbit!

The Los Angeles Zoo is thrilled to welcome members of our AAPI community and all Angelenos to enjoy a new and unique experience honoring the Lunar New Year (January 22) and the Year of the Rabbit.

Lunar New Year is a festival rich in tradition that occurs on the first day of a new year in the lunisolar calendar, a calendar that is based on the cycles of the moon’s phases and the sun’s position. Depending on the position of the moon, Lunar New Year falls on a different day in January or February. This year, it’s on January 22.

Lunar New Year is celebrated in many east Asian countries, including China, Singapore, South Korea, Tibet, and Vietnam. Typical festivities last for multiple days, sometimes as long as 15 days depending on the culture. It is traditionally a time for food, festivities, and family gatherings.

Special Programming at the L.A. Zoo

Available with paid Zoo admission or GLAZA membership

  • Wall of Well Wishes (Saturdays and Sundays through January 22, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. in Treetops Terrace)—Share your hopes and dreams for the New Year by adding them to the Wall of Well Wishes. Volunteers will be on hand during designated hours to provide cards and pens.
  • Zoo-diac Mask Making (Saturdays and Sundays through January 22, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. in Treetops Terrace)—The Chinese zodiac is made up of 12 animal signs. At this craft station, make an animal mask of your zodiac animal, which is based on your birth year.
  • Red Lantern Photo Op (daily through January 22 in Treetops Terrace)—In Chinese culture, the color red symbolizes prosperity, luck, joy, and happiness. In honor of Lunar New Year, take the perfect photo here, among dozens of beautiful, red-hued Chinese lanterns.
  • Zoo-diac Tour (daily through January 31, Zoo-wide)—Many animals of the 12-year Chinese zodiac can be found at the Zoo! View and take a photo of the Zoo-diac Tour map in the Zoo’s Entry Plaza to find them all during your visit. 

Available outside the Zoo’s gates for all to enjoy (Zoo admission not required)

  • Lunar New Year Day presented by the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and City Council District 4 (Saturday, January 14, 9–11 a.m.)—Enjoy free family activities in the Zoo’s parking lot. Learn about the origins of Lunar New Year, how it is celebrated, its many traditions, and what your zodiac animal says about you.

For more on Lunar New Year and celebrations in the City of Los Angeles, visit the AAPI LA website. Click here to learn about special programming and activities available at L.A. Zoo Lights on select nights through January 22 .