For 58 years, Los Angeles has given Angelenos of all ages an opportunity to come together on December 24 to experience and honor the dynamic, rich cultures of the County. Presented by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, the Annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration is the largest multicultural holiday celebration in the county.
The late Kenneth Hahn, who was supervisor of the Second District of Los Angeles County, founded the L.A. County Holiday Celebration in 1959. Han was an advocate for access to the arts and wanted to highlight all of Los Angeles’s talent in a new and inclusive way!
The free three-hour live production features instrumental music, choral music and dance performances. The show is also broadcast live in Southern California on PBS SoCal (KOCE), and live streamed on pbssocal.org.
This year, the show includes both new and returning performances. The Harmonic Bronze Handbell Ensemble will perform a classical handbell piece that celebrates Christmas and Hanukkah. The Palmdale High School Choral Union and Sunday Night Singers will sing a collection of holiday songs. And the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Band will play a medley of holiday favorites.
The City Ballet of Los Angeles will be joining the Celebration for the very first time this year, and will be presenting an excerpt from The Nutcracker! JC Culture Foundation will also perform for the first time with a Chinese dragon and lion dance. There will also be a premier performance by the West African drum and dance company, Le Ballet Dembaya, with a West-African mask dance.
The celebration takes place on December 24, 2017 at the Music Center's Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Doors open at 2:30pm and the performance begins at 3:00pm. Tickets are free and seating is first come first serve, people begin to line up early so show up with time to spare if you want your pick of seats!
Complimentary parking will be available at The Music Center's main parking garage.