The city of Beverly Hills is kicking off the holiday season with its annual Rodeo Drive Holiday Lighting Celebration at 5 p.m. on Nov. 17, a night of music, food and fireworks that will usher in a packed calendar of holiday activities.
Residents and visitors can sample food and wine, gaze at the holiday lights and glittering decorations suspended above the street, and dance to music from Grammy-winning musician David Foster and Broadway star Katharine McPhee, who will perform songs from their latest Christmas album.
Mayor Lili Bosse and the City Council will countdown the illumination of the center median, followed by a spectacular fireworks display.
“The holidays are truly a special time of year, and Beverly Hills is the place where the magic happens,” Bosse said. “This year is going to be the best celebration yet, with incredible performances on Rodeo Drive and beautiful lights and décor through the entire city. The vibrant energy on our streets, in our restaurants and shops that bring us together is exactly what we’ve all been looking forward to.”
Guests are also encouraged to attend the debut of “Unwrap the Magic,” an interactive light show projected against Beverly Hills City Hall running until Jan. 1.
“City Hall will be turned into this wonderland, where you will see a show nightly. It will be lit up with all kinds of animation and magic,” Bosse said.
Also debuting on Nov. 17 is the “Lights on the Lily Pond,” playing daily until Jan. 1 at Beverly Gardens Park. “Glowing Gardens,” a display of sparkling light sculptures at Beverly Canon Gardens, also runs through Jan. 1.
Holidays at Greystone returns to Greystone Mansion Dec. 3-4 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. with caroling, dancing, craft-making and a performance by Greystone Theatre.
The Farmers’ Market Holiday Craft Fair and Cookie Baking Contest will be held on Dec. 11 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m., where vendors will offer jewelry, clothes, pottery and candles, and bakers will decide whose cookie recipe reigns supreme.
Art lovers will delight at the free ArtWalk Guided Tour at 11 a.m. on Dec. 11 at Beverly Gardens Park, which will explore world-renowned public art, the historic equestrian bridle path and a Frank Lloyd Wright commercial design.
“It’s really going to be a very magical experience. And it will just be great to see our community back out,” Bosse said.
For information, visit beverlyhills.org/holidaysbh.
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