The L.A. County Holiday Celebration, L.A.’s largest holiday spectacular, celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2019. On Christmas Eve, join this year’s co-hosts, internationally acclaimed mezzo-soprano Suzanna Guzmán and actress Marissa Ramirez (Blue Bloods), for this free, holiday show from 3 to 6 p.m. featuring 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.
From noon to 5 p.m., visitors 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, Guests will also be able to watch holiday favorites on the Plaza screens, including Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964) and The Grinch (2018). Food will be available for purchase, including tamales and other treats.
From 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. on New Year’s Eve, Grand Park and the Music Center’s N.Y.E.L.A. will gather Angelenos and visitors from around the globe for a music and dance party to usher in 2020. The party will feature 3D video projection and a light show designed by L.A.-based digital innovation studio yU+co on the west side of City Hall. Attendees will be able to choose from an array of food trucks. The event is free and open to all ages.
For information, visit musiccenter.org, or grandparkla.org.
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