FREE lantern shows, Lion Dance, & a 90-foot dragon at Atlantic Station for Lunar New Year

FREE lantern shows, Lion Dance, & a 90-foot dragon at Atlantic Station for Lunar New Year

Atlantic Station honors the Year of the Tiger with these FREE Lunar New Year festivities!

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This info is from 2022, and we don’t yet know if this fun event will return for 2023. Please check back!

Chinese New Year is also known as Lunar New Year, because it celebrates the beginning of a new year, as based on the traditional lunar calendar. It’s one of the most important festivals in Chinese and East Asian cultures — and a favorite Atlanta tradition.

The first day of the annual 15-day Lunar New Year festival begins on the new moon that appears between Jan. 21st and Feb. 20th — so it’s a variable date, similar to Easter (which is also based on the moon), rather than a fixed date like January first each year.

In 2022, Chinese New Year falls on Tuesday, February 1st, 2022.
It will ring in the Year of the Tiger.
Check out our big list of festivals & events that celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year


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Lunar New Year at Atlantic Station

Atlantic Station is honoring the Lunar New Year tradition with a set of FREE community experiences on the Atlantic Green.

The property will be decked out with festive decor and tradition, from a magnificent red dragon to mesmerizing lantern shows, between January 18th and February 28th.

There will be plenty of great photo opps, so bring your camera or phone!

Here’s what you can expect to see at Atlantic Station:

♦ A beautifully designed, 90-foot red dragon (the traditional symbol of good fortune) will be surrounded by fog, near the Atlantic Green. The dragon sculpture features over 25,000 lights, according to a press release, and will be on display from Jan. 18th to Feb. 28th.

♦ Programmed lantern shows will take place at the top of each hour, from 5 to 9 p.m. each night, featuring nearly 500 lanterns in a dazzling 5-minute display. The automated light shows begin on Jan. 21st. and take place on Atlantic Green. They run thru Feb. 28th.

Here’s a preview:

Don’t miss the FREE Lion Dance performance

The Lion Dance is an important ritual in Chinese tradition. It is believed to bring good luck and drive away evil spirits.

You can watch this traditional performance for FREE, on Thursday, Jan. 27th, 2022 from 6 to 7:30 p.m., on the Atlantic Green.

Know before you go

Note that masks are strongly encouraged, and sanitizing stations are available around the property.

Atlantic Station is located at 1380 Atlantic Dr NW, in midtown Atlanta.

As always, you will receive two hours of FREE parking automatically when you visit — and an extra two hours free when you’re seeing a movie.

Atlantic Green is centrally located within the Station.
From the parking garage, the closest staircases are:
• #2 or #6 in the Red section
• #3 or #7 in the Purple section
• #11 in the Green section
• #12 in the Orange section

Bring the kids for photo opps around the 90-foot long, fog-breathing dragon.


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