South Coast Plaza hosted a celebration Thursday evening to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year.

The event, held in the center’s Jewel Court, included performances and a ribbon-cutting ceremony with Chinese Ambassador and Consul General Liu Jian, who was also at South Coast in November for a welcome dinner.

The shopping center, which had about $1.5 billion in 2012 sales, was voted the top U.S. shopping destination among high net-worth Chinese tourists for luxury travel magazine Shanghai Travelers' Club's 2013 Luxury Travel Awards.