51st L.A. County Holiday Celebration

December 25, 2010

Once a year, L.A. County celebrates the holiday season by organizing an annual holiday music and dance celebration at the Dorothy Chandler Pavillion in downtown Los Angeles. This is where all of L.A. comes to enjoy the holiday spirit. Tickets and parking are free. Wristbands are given out during the day – starting at 11:30AM until they run out. The doors open at 2:30PM and the show runs from 3-6PM. The wristbands are color coded which indicated where you will generally be sitting inside. If you don’t have a wristband, you may wait in line to be let in first come first serve. There are also chairs and a large screen set up outside to watch among the sunset and celestial stars.

We got there at 12:30PM and there was a long line up to be given wristbands. While I waited in line, my husband and Mishy enjoyed the entertainment which was provided – students drumming, two Chinese dragons dancing, and an extremely charming and talented group of carolers called the National In Choir. They have a bird as a mascot and healing dog they bring to their shows. Every year, The National In Choir sing sings for people in hospitals to spread the holiday spirit. We stayed and enjoyed their entire set and wish they could have sang more.

This year, the L.A. County Holiday Celebration was hosted by Tia Carriere and Fred Willard. They provided as much banter as needed to host a mostly seamless show of different choirs, dancers – including and amazing hip hop group , and two marchiachi bands. This is an amazing tradition which I know we would not have gone to if we didn’t have Mishy. This year, we have been enjoying the holiday spirit and taking in as much as we can.

What did we do for the remaining two hours before the show started? We headed over to MOCA Grand to see their current exhibition, ate at their restaurant – Lemonade, and shopped at their book shop. They have a terrific selection of beautiful children’s books.

Details:

You may view this year’s celebration online through this link: http://www.lacountyarts.org/holiday.html

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