The L.A. County Holiday Celebration is L.A.’s largest holiday spectacular and it is celebrating its 60th anniversary on Christmas Eve, December 24, 2019.
This free three-hour holiday show features more than 20 music ensembles, choirs and dance companies from the many neighborhoods and cultures that make up L.A. PBS SoCal will be hosting a live broadcast of the event that has been a Los Angeles holiday tradition since 1959, while KCET will be airing the program twice on Christmas Day.
Legendary Cuban jazz trumpet player Arturo Sandoval, accompanied by his world-renowned band, will kick off this year’s celebration with a medley of holiday songs. Returning favorites include Hālau Keali’i o Nālani & the Daniel Ho Trio, the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles, gospel choir Greater LA Cathedral Choir, Jung Im Lee Korean Dance Academy and folklorico troupe Pacifico Dance Company.
Some of this year’s newcomers include Latin folk band Cuñao, the dancers and drummers of African Soul International and a cappella group Street Corner Renaissance. All female, two-time GRAMMY award-winning Mariachi Divas de Cindy Shea will team up with their “brother” band Mariachi Espectacular, and Jewish cultural revival band Mostly Kosher will share the stage with Urban Voices Project, a choir made up of men and women surviving homelessness on Skid Row. Click here for a complete list of this year’s performers — 25 groups in all.
For the first time this year, from noon to 5 p.m., you can enjoy Plaza Wonderland, a family fun zone with games, coloring and face-painting, a photo booth and numerous art-making workshops where kids and adults can create paper poinsettias and lanterns to take home,
You will also be able to watch holiday favorites on the Plaza screens, including Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964) and The Grinch (2018), and enjoy food for purchase, including four tamale stations.
The event takes place at The Music Center's Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on December 24, 2019 from 3 pm to 6 pm. Doors open at 2:30 pm. YOu can come and go throughout the three-hour performance. The address is 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012.
The admission is absolutely free, and it is first come, first seated. No reservations or tickets are needed. Parking is free in the Music Center parking garage.
If you can't make it to The Music Center on Dec. 24, you can watch the live broadcast on PBS SoCal starting at 3 p.m., with the rebroadcast on KCET on Christmas Day from 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. – 10 p.m., or online at pbssocal.org/holidaycelebration.