Not quite ready yet to quit celebrating the new year? You’re in luck because the celebrations continue into this weekend in nearby Downtown Los Angeles. Downtown is a great place to spend an entire day because of the eclectic variety of activities, restaurants, sights, and other entertainment. Not to mention it is easily accessible by the Metro.
Commemorate the Year of the Snake
The Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo will celebrate the new year and the Year of the Snake with its fun-filled, family-friendly Oshogatsu Family Festival. Hotels near Little Tokyo will be an easy walking distance from the museum and the festivities. On Sunday, January 6, attend this free festival and take part in arts and crafts, games, performances, and more. One of the highlights of the day is an onigiri contest. If you’re unfamiliar with this tradition, it entails decorating and forming balls of rice into a stylish display sometimes adorned with other elements as well. It can be quite competitive, but very rewarding as there will be six total winners for different categories. The day continues with ample opportunities for shopping, a reptile petting zoo, face-painting, musical performances, and more! Afterwards, stroll around Little Tokyo and try one of the tasty shabu shabu or ramen eateries.
There are always many events, stores, and shopping Downtown LA, so if the celebration at the museum isn’t up your alley, there is still sure to be something for everyone! The thriving community has many other areas – including LA Live, the fashion district, Chinatown, and more. Catch a Clippers game at Staples Center, see a flick at Regal Cinemas, shop at the many vintage clothing stores, or have a drink at an iconic bar all downtown! The Hollywood Hotel provides a great central base for you as one of many hotels near downtown LA and from the property it is just a hop, skip, and a jump away from the many other areas of Los Angeles as well.
Date: Sunday, January 6, 2013
Location: 100 N. Central Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90012
For more information, please visit the Japanese American National Museum website.