Chinese New Year Lantern Viewing

Traditional lantern viewings close out Chinese New Year festivities, when the garden glows with hanging red lanterns illuminating sweeping roof lines and the lake reflects the light of large illuminated lantern sculptures including a 20 ft dragon! A dragon procession and performances by local community partners are all a part of these special evenings.  


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Lantern Viewing - Family Evenings

February 7 & 8 — 5:30 - 8 p.m. 

Member - $25, General - $35, Children (3-11) - $15

Family evening include entry to the garden, hot cider for all guests, open seating in the Teahouse with purchase of tea, and lit dragon procession. 

Lantern Viewing - VIP Evenings

February 9, 10, 11, & 12 — 5:30 - 8 p.m.

Member - $45, General - $55, Children (3-11) - $20

Tickets for VIP evenings include entry to the garden, hot cider for all guests, Chinese dance performance, lit dragon procession, and a vegetarian to-go style food box filled with traditional Chinese egg noodles tossed with garlic oil and soy sauce, garnished with mixed vegetables and a fried spring roll provided by Straits Kitchen, a Malaysian food cart located in SE Portland. 

Lantern Viewing - VIP Evenings (Reserved Teahouse Seating)

February 9, 10, 11, & 12 — 5:30 - 8 p.m.

Member - $50, General - $60, Children (3-11) - $20 SOLD OUT!

Tickets for VIP evenings with Reserved Teahouse Seating include entry to the garden, a $15 tea and food credit ($10 for children) in the Teahouse that evening, a Chinese dance performance and a lit dragon procession. Teahouse gratuity not included. 

Members receive a discount on Lantern Viewing tickets and other special events throughout the year; become a member now.

Donors at the $500 level and above are invited to a special Donor Lantern Viewing Evening. Learn more »

Upcoming Chinese New Year Lantern Viewing

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 5:30pm - 8:00pm
Wednesday, February 8, 2017 5:30pm - 8:00pm
Thursday, February 9, 2017 5:30pm - 8:00pm
Friday, February 10, 2017 5:30pm - 8:00pm
Saturday, February 11, 2017 5:30pm - 8:00pm
Sunday, February 12, 2017 5:30pm - 8:00pm

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year Lion Dance - Lan Su Chinese Garden

Chinese New Year at Lan Su Chinese Garden is one of the most popular things to do in Portland. Experience the most joyous two-week celebration for families and individuals with lion dances, glowing lanterns, cultural activities, and more. Each guest visiting on January 28 will also receive a hong bao—a traditional lucky red envelope. Plan for the most auspicious visit by ​purchasing admission tickets ahead of time online and arriving early for your favorite activities. The celebration ends with several nights of Lantern Viewing Evenings when the garden is illuminated with colorful lanterns and lively dragon processions.

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2017 Chinese New Year Event Schedule

Chinese New Year lasts for 16 days, and each day is packed with things to see and do. Download the full calendar of events here to start planning your visit. 

Download the Chinese New Year Event Schedule (PDF, 485 KB) »

Become a Member

As a member, you and a guest may visit as frequently as you like. Enjoy discounts on Lantern Viewing tickets and other special events, discounts in the Teahouse and Garden Shop plus so much more.

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