FREE! The 50th Annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration at The Music Center

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Join hosts Pat Boone, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Fred Willard, Tia Carrere, James Kyson Lee and Suzanna Guzman for the 50th  Annual L.A. County  Holiday Celebration at the Music Center downtown on December 24 from 3-9 pm. The six-hour holiday music and dance extravaganza at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion is a gift to the community from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and is produced by the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. The program honors the spirit of many cultures and holiday traditions through music, song and dance — and it’s free!

Doors open at 2 pm, but arrive at noon for caroling, swing dancing and interactive fun on the Music Center Plaza until 2 pm.  Patrons may come and go throughout the six-hour performance. Reservations for tickets to the show or parking are not necessary — just show up. Once inside the Dorothy Chandler, you’re welcome to sing along, tweet from your seat, and interact online.  The show can also be seen live on a JumboTron screen outside on the Plaza.

Fishtank Ensemble.

Fishtank Ensemble. Photos: Ed Kreiger

Those who can’t make it to the Music Center can watch the live broadcast on television on KCET or online at, or can listen on the radio on KPFK at 90.7 FM.


ARC Handbell Choir.

More than 40 groups have been chosen to perform in this milestone celebration.  Enjoy TAIKOPROJECT’s mix of Japanese drumming and hip hop; English and Korean holiday songs from Opera California Youth Choir; street dance with a holiday spin from Antics Performance; African-American music from the Albert McNeil Jubilee Singers; and a range of seasonal stylings from traditional to contemporary by the 818’s very own Valleyaires Barbershop Chorus (also celebrating 50 years), ARC Handbell Choir, Fishtank Ensemble, Element Band, and Salvation Army Tabernacle Children’s Chorus, to name just a few.

Valleyraires Barbershop Chorus.

Valleyraires Barbershop Chorus is celebrating their 50th year.

Even the parking under the Music Center is free.   For a complete list of performers and a schedule, go to Information hotline: (213) 972-3099. FREE in the Music Center parking garage

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