January 25, 2019 THE USA LUXURY SHOPPING CONSORTIUM RINGS IN THE LUNAR NEW YEAR OF THE PIG WITH CULTURAL EVENTS AND GIFT IDEAS
The USA Luxury Shopping Consortium is an elite collection of shopping and dining destinations located in popular travel markets throughout the USA including Honolulu, Santa Monica, Newport Beach, Scottsdale, Las Vegas, Houston, Atlanta, Washington DC, New York City and Orlando. The centers have planned an array of special events and experiences for visitors from around the world to help celebrate the Year of the Pig for Lunar New Year. In addition to the unique entertainment and cultural activities, visitors can access special savings and luxury services by printing a Luxe Pass and presenting it upon arrival at designated locations for each center. Visit usaluxuryshopping.com
ROYAL HAWAIIAN CENTER, HONOLULU- Lunar New Year descends upon Royal Hawaiian Center with cultural activities, live entertainment, special gifts with purchase, and lots of good luck! The free festivities kick off on Friday, January 25 in The Royal Grove and continue through early February, enchanting visitors and kamaʻaina alike with this annual cultural celebration.
The celebration reaches an exciting peak on Friday, February 5, Chinese New Year Day with a lion dance performance by the Lung Kong Physical Culture Club at 5 p.m. After weaving their way through The Royal Grove, the lions will dance through the Center and make stops at every participating Royal Hawaiian Center store and restaurant. From 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., the Center will offer its popular calligraphy demonstrations in The Royal Grove. At 4:45 p.m., Miss Chinatown 2019 and her court will also make an appearance in The Royal Grove, where they’ll be available for photo ops and a special meet-and-greet.
From January 25 through February 11, shoppers can also take advantage of a limited-time gift with purchase promotion. Redeem $500 or more in Royal Hawaiian Center receipts then pick up a lucky lai see red envelope at Helumoa Hale Guest Services. Each lai see envelope contains a lucky number that corresponds to a prize, including an exclusive Aloha tote bag, merchandise from participating merchants, specialty logo items, and Royal Hawaiian Center gift cards for $28, $88 and $168. Throughout the Lunar New Year period, shoppers can also take advantage of special dining offerings at P.F. Chang’s, Tim Ho Wan and Panda Express. For more information, visit RoyalHawaiianCenter.com or call Helumoa Hale Guest Services at 808-922-2299.
SANTA MONICA PLACE, SANTA MONICA-Visitors to Santa Monica Place are invited to enjoy traditional cultural performances, arts & crafts and special offers from participating stores and restaurants on February 2, from 2-6pm. Entertainment includes Korean fan dancers, a Lion Dance and K-Pop dancers as well as a DJ, a music duo, dough artist, balloon artist and crafts. For further information visit santamonicaplace.com
FASHION ISLAND, NEWPORT BEACH- Fashion Island celebrates Lunar New Year by the Pacific Ocean from February 2 through 18 with a unique one-of-a-kind Year of the Pig interactive art installation along with special promotions from their retailers and restaurants. Check out the photo moment on the Atrium Lawn located by Hyde Park Jewelers and Vince. Complimentary personal shopping assistance is available with advance notice for selecting the perfect Lunar New Year gift for friends and loved ones. Please call 949-701-3166. For further Lunar New Year event information visit shopfashionisland.com
THE FORUM SHOPS AT CAESARS PALACE, LAS VEGAS- In celebration of the Chinese New Year, The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace has a variety of special touches in store to herald the Year of the Pig. The premier luxury retail destination will welcome visitors during the celebratory season with dazzling décor, a festive parade, special retail offerings and more.
Illuminated Chinese Dragon Display-A legendary creature in Chinese mythology and folklore, the dragon is a traditional symbol of power, strength, and good luck. The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace is once again sharing this fabled creature in a big way by welcoming a 22-ft. long, 6-ft. wide and 12-ft. high dragon to the world-renowned retail destination. Perfectly situated on the Fortuna Terrace near the interior entrance to The Forum Shops from Caesars Palace casino, the massive 950-lb steel-framed dragon is covered in 30,000 red and amber LED lights, many of which flicker, giving the mythical beast a vibrant look and dynamic feel. The dazzling dragon sits upon a lush red carpet surrounded by hand-painted wood pillars, gold fencing and red velvet ropes. The impressive display was custom created exclusively for The Forum Shops and will be on display throughout February 2019.
For the 23rd consecutive year, The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace will welcome students from the Meadows School, who will perform the traditional dragon parade throughout The Forum Shops at Caesars on the first day of Chinese New Year, Tuesday, Feb. 5 beginning at 9 a.m. The cast of singers and dancers includes 120 Meadows students – 60 from kindergarten and 60 from fifth grade.
On Friday and Saturday, Feb 8-9, The Forum Shops will offer Mandarin-speaking greeters and Roman Centurions who will distribute a distinctive brochure featuring special offers in honor of Chinese New Year from a variety of retailers at The Forum Shops. Greeters will be located near the dragon display on the Fortuna Terrace. The special offer brochure will also be distributed at The Forum Shops Guest Services Centers and Forum Shops Valet.
MADISON AVENUE, NEW YORK CITY- Madison Avenue is celebrating the Lunar New Year with a centuries-old tradition by installing a “wishing tree” on Madison Avenue between East 62 and East 63 Streets. Since ancient times, hanging wishes on “wishing trees” for the New Year is synonymous with luck and good fortune, and is believed to encourage dreams to come true. And they will come true on Madison Avenue!
From February 9-16, the public is invited to place a ribbon with their wish on a branch to receive the traditional red envelope containing a gift certificate from a participating Madison Avenue retailer in the Madison Avenue Business District between 57th and 86th Streets. Participating retailers include Atelier Cologne, Molton Brown, Montblanc, NARS Cosmetics, Paul Morelli, Tory Burch, Vilebrequin, Wolford and many others.
The Wishing Tree on Madison will be created on an existing tree selected for the honor. It will be the central theme for the 4th Annual Madison Street on Madison Avenue Lunar New Year event on Saturday, February 9 to kick off the celebration. This event is a collaborative effort with the Chinatown Partnership (home of Madison Street) and the East Midtown and Grand Central Partnerships. madisonavenuebid.org
RIVER OAKS DISTRICT HOUSTON- River Oaks District will ring in the Lunar New Year celebration on Saturday, February 2nd beginning at 12 pm with traditional lion dancing, tea, and gifts for guests. A special performance by Soaring Phoenix Con Rông ChÁu Tiên Dragon & Lion Dance Association will serve as the start to the celebration, beginning at Le Colonial and making a stop at Tom Ford before concluding with a confetti-filled finale in the courtyard of Toulouse. The dancing lions will climb five-foot platforms to end their dance performance and will remain for a few minutes after the finale to take photos with the crowd.
Beginning at 10 am, the first 250 people to visit concierge (between Cartier and Hermès) will receive traditional lucky money red envelopes containing $2 bills – a traditional way to share good blessings for the New Year.
Complimentary tea will also be served at concierge while supplies last.
Additionally, River Oaks District retailers such as Theory and Baccarat will also hand out red envelopes, so visitors are encouraged to discover the celebrations happening at individual retailers as well. The event is from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 2 at River Oaks District, 4444 Westheimer Road. For more information, visit riveroaksdistrict.com
SCOTTSDALE FASHION SQUARE-Scottsdale visitors will be treated to a stunning showcase of festive decorations, including bright red colors, symbolic of good luck and the Lunar New Year. Special cultural presentations will be presented on Saturday, February 16 from Noon-3 PM including a face changing performer, Dragon and Lion Dance performances, a martial arts performance and a fashion show. In addition, there will be a festive photo opportunity for guests wanting a keepsake from the celebration. All visitors are entitled to receive a VIP Savings Pass filled with special offers and amenities from participating retailers and restaurants. For further information visit fashionsquare.com
TYSONS CORNER CENTER, WASHINGTON DC-On February 2, Tysons Corner Center will entertain visitors with cultural demonstrations, performances and arts and crafts that celebrate the Year of The Pig from 11am-1pm. For further information, visit tysonscornercenter.com
ABOUT THE USA LUXURY SHOPPING CONSORTIUM
The USA Luxury Shopping Consortium is comprised of a distinctive collection of luxury shopping centers and retail districts located in 10 popular travel markets throughout the USA. The partners offer a distinctive collection of traditional and contemporary designer brands in addition to a menu of signature and chef-inspired restaurants. The retail destinations are distinguished by their offering of customized shopping, dining and hotel packages which focus on providing an array of unique services and amenities for luxury travelers. The USA Luxury Shopping Consortium properties are recognized as “Preferred Shopping Destinations” of the Virtuoso Travel Network and was presented with their “Most Innovative Alliances Partner” award in 2018
2019 USA LUXURY SHOPPING CONSORTIUM PORTFOLIO
Royal Hawaiian Center, Honolulu Hawaii royalhawaiiancenter.com
Fashion Island, Newport Beach, California shopfashionisland.com
The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada simon.com/forumshops
Madison Avenue, New York, New York, madisonavenuebid.org
Mall at Millenia, Orlando, Florida mallatmillenia.com
River Oaks District Houston, Texas riveroaksdistrict.com
Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica, California santamonicaplace.com
Scottsdale Fashion Square, Scottsdale, Arizona scottsdalefashionsquare.com
The Shops Buckhead Atlanta, Georgia theshopsbuckheadatlanta.com
Tysons Corner Center, Washington, DC tysonscornercenter.com