Christmas Eve in the Southland will be marked Sunday by three Masses at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels and the 58th annual Los Angeles County Holiday Celebration.
Christmas Eve Masses will be celebrated in English at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. and in Spanish at 9 p.m.
The holiday celebration will be held from 3-6 p.m. at the Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. It will feature 22 music, dance and choral ensembles totaling more than 500 performers. It is billed by organizers as the county’s largest multicultural holiday celebration.
Highlights include the Harmonic Bronze Handbell Ensemble, which will perform a classical handbell piece celebrating Christmas and Hanukkah; Mostly Kosher, which will play upbeat Jewish folk and holiday songs and the Jung Im Lee Korean Dance Company, which will perform a Korean drumming dance.
Other groups set to perform include Las Colibri, which will perform a collection of holiday songs; the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Band, which will play a medley of holiday favorites; and the MUSYCA Children’s Choir, which will sing Christmas songs written by contemporary artists.
Admission and parking are free. Doors will open at 2:30 p.m.
The celebration will be televised live by KOCE-TV Channel 50 and online at pbssocal.org. It will be rebroadcast at 9 p.m. Sunday and noon Monday.
More information about the celebration, including complete program information, is available at MusicCenter.org/holidaycelebration or by calling (213) 972-3099.
–City News Service
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