2017 Chinese New Year: Where To Celebrate in Atlanta

Chinese New Year; Chinese Spring Festival; Lunar New Year….whatever you call it, celebrating is FUN in Atlanta. Here’s everything you need to know about this year’s Chinese New Year and where you can celebrate in the city.

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Chinese New Year 2017 Fun Facts

What: Chinese New Year is a Chinese global celebration which is celebrated for approximately two weeks. It is also known as the Spring Festival and i begins on the second new moon after the winter solstice. It ends on the full moon fifteen days later.

Dates for 2017: Saturday, January 28th through Thursday, February 2nd. Chinese New Year has no set date however it is celebrated between 21st of January and the 20th of February..

Animal: The Rooster. The Rooster is as known as the Cock or Chicken within the twelve year cycle of Chineses zodiac signs.

Birth Years: The Rooster covers the years of 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993 and 2005. This is based on the Chinese Zodiac Cycle.

Greetings: “Xin Nian Le” which means Happy New Year and is Mandarin and pronounced sing nee-ann koo-why ler and “San Nin Faai Lok” in Cantonese it is pronounced san knee fy lock.

Wardrobe Suggestions: Anything red. All shades of red are a go. This practice is for luck.

Food Selection: Chicken for happiness and fish for good fortune.

Destination for the evening: Chinese tradition and even superstition suggest that you go to an somewhere high like a high rise of towering building  so that you have good luck in business and education.


Where to Eat

Sweet Auburn BBQ. Sweet Auburn BBQ is hosting their annual Chinese New Year Celebration on Feb. 2nd – featuring Lion Dancers, Pop-Up Menus, and Specialty Drinks! The one-night only pop-up menu is filled with dishes crafted by Chef Charles Fricke and Owner Howard Hsu. They will be inspired by Chinese traditions, but filled with Sweet Auburn’s slow smoked meats that Atlanta loves.  You can’t have a Chinese New Year without Lion Dancers! See performances throughout the restaurant at 7pm and 8.30pm.

Northern China Eatery. This is one of our favorite places to eat Chinese food. It was made famous by Anthony Bourdain’s The Layover. I was lucky enough to visit for my first-time visit to be with the owner of Atlanta Food Walks. She introduced us to the soup dumplings, and I was immediately hooked! Now it’s a staple lunchtime experience for me and the kids when we meet Dad for lunch!

Honey Bubble Tea. Did you know bubble tea originated in China? Take the kids for some great bubble tea at Honey Bubble (and don’t forget the macarons!)

Sweet Hut Bakery. Howey Ewe is the founder and executive chef, using his Chinese/Asian influence to make hundreds of sweet and savory pastries, cakes, and cafe drinks (including bubble tea.) I love the maple bacon donut, the red bean with salted pastry, and the pork sung bun!

Doc Chey’s Noodle House and Dragon Bowl. Ring in the new year with Doc Chey’s and Dragon Bowl featuring food and beverage specials to benefit The Giving Kitchen and exciting prizes found in select fortune cookies at Doc Chey’s Morningside and Grant Park locations, as well as Dragon Bowl in Emory Village. Guests will enjoy festive menu specials packed with ingredients that are believed to bring good luck in the New Year, as well as Eventide beer specials that will also benefit The Giving Kitchen.

For a chance to take home a special prize, visit Doc Chey’s or Dragon Bowl for lunch or dinner on the select dates below and crack open a fortune cookie to reveal a prize, such as a t-shirt or wish lantern! Six lucky winners per location will have the chance to take home the grand prize – virtual reality goggles (valued at $120 each)!

  • Dragon Bowl: Saturday, January 28
  • Doc Chey’s Morningside: Wednesday, February 1
  • Doc Chey’s Grant Park: Saturday, February 11

*Please note, the fortune cookie prizes are only during the select dates above at the accompanying restaurant. However, each location will be featuring food and drink specials benefitting The Giving Kitchen during the full 15 days of Chinese New Year (January 28 – February 11).

Chinese New Year at Mandarin Oriental Hotel Atlanta. From Friday, January 27th through Thursday, February 2nd tea is will be served from 3pm to 5pm to celebrate Chinese New Year. The hotel recently unveiled a new lobby fireplace carved from a solid piece of Calacatta Gold Extra Polished Marble, which creates a cozy and inviting atmosphere to sip on a selection of fragrant Chinese teas accompanied by delicious delicacies. Menu highlights include Barbeque Pork Buns (Chai Siu Boa), Dumplings (Guotie), sweet Sesame Balls and Fried Mantou, a sweet cloud-like steamed bun. The cost is $35 per person or $45 per person including a glass of champagne (plus tax and gratuity.)

The Café & Bar will also also offer a signature “Year of the Rooster” cocktail blending Zaya Rum, Chinese Five-Spice infused syrup and blood orange priced at $14.

Finally, on Sunday, January 29, the hotel will debut a weekly Dim Sum Brunch that will be served buffet-style every Sunday from 11am to 3pm in the Taipan Lounge. The brunch will feature a selection of steamed and fried Dim Sum, weekly specials such as Shanghai Fried Rice and Stir-Fried Bok Choy and loose-leaf teas including Jasmine White Blossom, Shanghai Rose and Imperial Green.


Where to Celebrate

Atlanta Chinatown. Take the kids to Atlanta Chinatown, where you can taste Chinese food, window shop and pose for a selfie on the red bridge!

The Spa at Mandarin Oriental. Their Bloom Oil combines aromatic Ylang Ylang, Bulgarian Roses, nurturing and soothing Chamomile and balancing Geranium and relates to the Chinese fire element in celebration of the Year of the Fire Rooster. The fire element provides warmth and energy and helps guests blossom. When booking the 1 hour and 20 minute New Bloom treatment, guests will receive a complimentary Bloom Bath & Body Oil to extend the treatment benefits at home. Valid from January 27 to February 2, 2017.

Children’s Museum of Atlanta, Meet The Holidays: Chinese New Year. Saturday, January 21st from 11am to 4:30pm the kids can learn more about Chinese New Year, and watch a unique dance performance by Atlanta Chinese Dance Company and a special story time.

Chinese Lunar New Year Festival. January 28th and 29th from 10am to 4pm Culture Center of Taipei Economic & Cultural Office in Atlanta will hold the festival. Everyone’s favorite, the Lion dance and dragon dance, will be performed at noon. There will also be arts & craft exhibits and authentic food.

Chinese Family New Year Family Program. Head to Lithonia Public Library on Saturday, January 28th from 2pm to 3pm to learn more about Chinese New Year and make some fun crafts.

Chinese New Year Celebration at Chattanooga Children’s Museum. OK, so it’s not exactly Atlanta…but it’s close. On February 4th from 12pm to 4pm the Chattanooga, TN Children’s Museum will be having a fun celebration that includes mask and puppet activities, using chopsticks, a sword and lion dance, and much more.

Chinese New Year Party. Make reservations at Olivia’s Dollhouse on Saturday, January 28th for a special celebration. The Kids’ Chinese New Year party will include a dress up session, tea party, Chinese New Year Gifts and a Chinese New Year Story for $25 per child.

Celebrate with North Georgia Premium Outlets. Join the celebration with entertainment, giveaways and more fun from January 27-29! Shoppers can enjoy special Chinese New Year packaging with a minimum purchase of a $100 Simon giftcard (while supplies last,) themed treats at Guest Services and surprise and delight giveaways throughout the day on Saturday from the mall management team. Kids and their families can craft a Chinese New Year Rooster Mobil in the Food Pavilion on Saturday from 12-2 p.m. On Sunday, guests can also catch performances from the Taiwanese Drum Team at 1 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. near Flag Court and the Children’s Play Area.

Crafts with the kids

We love these two Chinese New Year crafts and will be doing them with the kids, so I thought I’d share:

Cupcake Liner Dragon Craft from iheartcraftythings

Dragon Puppet with Free Printable from redtedart


Kimberly Wright is a natural leader, pioneering Renaissance woman, prolific speaker, ardent philanthropist, multi-passionate entrepreneur, community advocate, keen wordsmith and publicist extraordinaire. Kimberly writes at KeystrokesByKimberly.com, EastAtlanta.MacaroniKid.com, Decatur.MacaroniKid.com and SouthFultonLifestyle.com.

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