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Sunday, December 23, 2018

Christmas Eve's FREE Live Music Events, on December 24th 2018

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There's an astonishing array of things to do with your Holiday guests -- or your own time off -- and we'll bring you a round-up of the best of all that. But here, let's look at what you can do on CHRISTMAS EVE that's FREE!

Face it: if, by now, you haven't captured everything you wanted as gifts, you'd just be spending money on junk they don't want anyway. So don't do it! Instead, hop on public transit, take 'em to downtown L.A., and provide 'em with splendidly superb memories of tuneful times that are FREE!

Start with the 59th annual LOS ANGELES COUNTY HOLIDAY CELEBRATION, a THREE-HOUR EXTRAVAGANZA in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion of the L.A. Music Center.  It begins at 3 pm -- Only catch is, you need to get there plenty early to get in line, because it forms at the door -- will soon stretch a very long ways -- and those too far back will be lucky to get in for the final acts. (Believe it or not, it's one of the few lines you'll ever experience that's fun, with singing and entertainment to be expected. So go at noon, 1 pm at the latest. Seriously.)

It's over at 6 pm, but you don't need to stay the full three hours. In fact, the only way people get in who are still in line is when some folks leave between acts. They do, and you can, too.

Then, for your PART TWO, hop on the Red/Purple Line subway or any of the buses headed to Union Station, go out the main entrance, walk across Alameda, and catch the final night of "LAS POSADAS" with the "Blessing of the Animals," and a free hot cup of champurado, at the birthplace of El Pueblo de Los Angeles, on OLVERA STREET!

Here are all the details...

   It's Los Angeles' largest multicultural holiday celebration, and the FREE 59th annual 
L.A. County Holiday Celebration, a decades-old tradition, provides Angelenos of all ages 
an opportunity to come together on December 24 to experience and honor the dynamic, 
rich cultures of the County. 

   During the event, many diverse L.A.-based artists and community groups showcase their 
talent and artistry on The Music Center's iconic Dorothy Chandler Pavilion stage. 

   Full information and the performance schedule for the full three-hour program is at:


Then watch the broadcast live -- or catch one of the repeats -- on KOCE, aka PBS SoCal, 
on the schedule below! 

OR, from anywhere in the world, WATCH THE LIVESTREAM on December 24 at 3 pm, at:

Aired: 12/24/2018 | 0:00:30 | Promotion


   It's the final night of the Dec. 16-24 traditional Mexican recreation of Mary and Joseph's search for a "room at the inn." Presented by the Olvera Street merchants, their family and friends, it's fun, It's colorful, It's tuneful, joyous, and moving. 

   Visitors are encouraged to join the nightly candle light processions (they'll give you a candle) and you're very much invited to indulge in the Christmas carol singing in Spanish and English. That begins at 7:15 pm.

   If you have kids along, get there earlier. A piñata is filled with candies every night for the children to break and enjoy. That happens at 6:30 pm.

The nine-night procession depicting the journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem is portrayed with Christmas carols in English and Spanish, and this final night is the most special of all. 

   Live music is provided by Rondalla del Sol.

   The Children's piñata breaking and live entertainment each evening are memorable, and  be sure to grab your complimentary cup of steaming hot champurado before making your way to buy some delicious and authentic Mexican food. You'll be plenty hungry after your three hours in the Music Center, and they have the technology to fix that!

MERRY CHRISTMAS from all of us at the Acoustic Americana Music Guide!

That's all for this edition. Stay tuneful!


We'll be back again soon with music news and more "News of the Non-Trumpcentric Universe." (c)



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