“Childhood Holiday Memories” is the theme of the 51st Annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration, set to take place on Friday, December 24 from 3 to 6 p.m at theDorothy Chandler Pavilion of the Music Center in downtown L.A. Seasonal entertainment on the Music Center Plaza starts at 12:30 p.m.Doors open at 2:30 p.m.Admission to Holiday Celebration, which will feature 24 groups totaling nearly 800 performers, is FREE.
L.A. County Holiday Celebration will be broadcast live on both KCET and KPFK 90.7 FM, and streamed live at www.kcet.org.
Because this year’s show is three hours long rather than six as in the past, fewer patrons can be accommodated at the live show. Wristbands, available on a first-come, first-serve basis starting at 11:30 a.m. at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, will be required for entry. Wristbands will be limited to one per person. Once a wristband is obtained, attendees will not have to wait in line. When all wristbands have been distributed, standbys will be tracked in order of arrival and admitted if seats are vacated.
For the first time, short films will be part of the show. Films no longer than two minutes in length on this year’s theme topic, “Childhood Memories,” were submitted by filmmakers all over L.A. County, and the winners, to be selected in December by online vote, will be shown during the program.
The theme is also reflected by the artists’ selections: toy soldiers from the Gabriella Axelrad Education Foundation do a Dixieland-style tap dance; Palmdale High School Choral Union sings Run Toboggan, Run and Christmastime is Here from Charlie Brown Christmas; the Philippine Chamber Singers of Los Angeles offers Filipino songs describing customs like “Glimmering,” about the beauty of Christmas lights and how enticing they look to a child; Winter Dance, performed by the Harmonic Bronze Handbell Ensemble, paints an aural picture of a fantastic night of villagers dancing around a large fire; and Salvation Army Tabernacle Children’s Chorus sings Minka, a Russian folk song about the kind of sleigh ride every child wishes they could they take.
The late Kenneth Hahn, Supervisor of the Second Los Angeles County District from 1952 to 1992, was the father of Holiday Celebration. Kenneth Hahn cared deeply about the accessibility of the arts to everyone. He personally helmed the fundraising for the first show. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors sponsors the Holiday Celebration each December 24 to this day.
For complete program information call 213-972-3099 or go to www.HolidayCelebration.org.
Those who can’t make it to the Music Center can watch the live broadcast on television on KCET or online at www.kcet.org, or can listen on the radio at 90.7 KPFK or online at www.kpfk.org.
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