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Los Angeles Chinatown Readies for Christmas Tree Lighting, Chinese New Year

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Los Angeles Chinatown will hold its second annual Christmas Tree lighting celebration Dec. 1, 2011, with a tree found nowhere else in the West.

With a tree designed by renowned decorator/designer Brad Schmidt, this year's Christmas Tree lighting will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. in Chinatown's Central Plaza, located at 943-951 N. Broadway.
chinatown_treeUsing influences from Chinatown's unique architecture, its vibrant colors and traditional Chinese motifs, Schmidt has designed a tree that will delight and awe visitors of all ages, according to the Chinatown Business Improvement District.

Local Los Angeles musical groups will perform against Central Plaza's neon backdrop to create a truly magical holiday experience.

The holiday season in Chinatown runs now through Dec. 31, 2011. During this period, visitors to Chinatown can enjoy exciting shopping, giveaways, discounted parking and a spectacular tree lighting

Los Angeles Chinatown is known for its one-of-a-kind boutiques and shops. Shoppers can find unique Chinese antiques at several antique shops, pick up an original works of art at a Chinatown art gallery, or buy stocking stuffers at the many eclectic shops throughout the district.

Following the Christmas holiday Los Angeles Chinatown will mark Chinese New Year with one of the largest celebrations in the West.

The weekend of Jan. 28 - 29, 2012 will be full of fun activities for all ages beginning with the 113th Annual Golden Dragon Parade on Saturday, Jan. 28.

The parade will kick off the Year of the Dragon with hundreds of spectacular floats, decked out cars, dancers and bands.

The Lunar New Year Festival commences after the parade with cultural performances by some of the nation's best Chinese acts. Enjoy one or several cultural workshops and sample the many gourmet food trucks at the event.

Wildly popular Cupcake Wars will be on hand with 1000 Chinese New Year themed cupcakes for attendees to enjoy. The Chinese New Year Festival is free and open to all ages.

For more information visit on the Christmas Tree lighting or Chinese New Year celebrations, visit
www.chinatownla.com or call (213) 680-0243.

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