Celebrate the Holidays at The Music Center in Downtown Los Angeles

Experience the joy of the season with music performances, sing-alongs, LA's largest holiday celebration and more

Santa sings at the LA Master Chorale's Festival of Carols

Festival of Carols at Walt Disney Concert Hall | Photo: LA Master Chorale, Facebook

Located in Downtown Los Angeles, The Music Center is home to the Ahmanson Theater, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Mark Taper Forum and Walt Disney Concert Hall. From concerts and sing-alongs to the city’s largest holiday celebration, visitors can spend the entire season at The Music Center and never see the same event twice.

Santa sings at the LA Master Chorale's Festival of Carols

Festival of Carols at Walt Disney Concert Hall | Photo: LA Master Chorale, Facebook

Festival of Carols - WDCH (Dec. 7 & 14, 2019)

Ring in the holiday season at Walt Disney Concert Hall with the Festival of Carols, taking place on two consecutive Saturdays, December 2 and December 9. Herald the arrival of the holidays with this annual selection of treasured carols and songs performed by the Los Angeles Master Chorale, plus a special treat: the world premiere of The Gift of the Magi, a setting of O. Henry's charming tale of love and giving, by Swan Family Artist-in-Residence Eric Whitacre.

Los Angeles Children's Chorus singing on stage

Photo: Los Angeles Children's Chorus, Facebook

"This is the best children's chorus I have ever heard." ~ Esa-Pekka Salonen

Los Angeles Children's Chorus - WDCH (Dec. 8, 2019)

Benjamin Britten created a timeless masterpiece of pure wonder and joy in his settings of carefully chosen Christmas texts, composed for children and harp, and performed by the Los Angeles Children's Chorus.

LA Master Chorale 37th Annual "Messiah" Sing-Along at Walt Disney Concert Hall

"Messiah" Sing-Along at Walt Disney Concert Hall | Photo: Los Angeles Master Chorale, Facebook

39th Annual Messiah Sing-Along - WDCH (Dec. 18, 2019)

Taking place on Wednesday, December 18, the Messiah Sing-Along packs Walt Disney Concert Hall every year. Artistic Director Grant Gershon conducts the audience in this joyful sing-along with orchestra and soloists. Bring your own score or buy one in the lobby and join the chorus. A limited number of VIP onstage tickets are available to bring you closer to the musical action for an unforgettable experience. Hallelujah!

A Chanticleer Christmas at Walt Disney Concert Hall

A Chanticleer Christmas | Photo: Chanticleer, Facebook

A Chanticleer Christmas - WDCH (Dec. 17, 2019)

Chanticleer is a Grammy Award-winning ensemble known worldwide as “an orchestra of voices” and dubbed “the world’s leading male chorus” by The New Yorker. The celebrated 12-man chorus returns to Walt Disney Concert Hall on Tuesday, December 17 with the group’s annual tradition, A Chanticleer Christmas. A seasonal favorite with audiences and critics alike, A Chanticleer Christmas features a classic holiday program of a cappella choral music.

Dianne Reeves: Christmas Time Is Here at Walt Disney Concert Hall

Photo: Dianne Reeves Music, Facebook

Dianne Reeves: Christmas Time Is Here - WDCH (Dec. 20, 2019)

One of the greatest singers of our time, Dianne Reeves presents holiday favorites with her supreme vocal prowess accompanied by a first-rate ensemble – pianist Peter Martin, guitarist Romero Lubambo, bassist Reginald Veal, and drummer Terreon Gully. It will be a night of guaranteed good cheer!

Holiday Sing-Along at Walt Disney Concert Hall

Holiday Sing-Along at Walt Disney Concert Hall | Photo: LA Phil, Facebook

Holiday Sing-Along - WDCH (Dec. 21, 2019)

The entire family will enjoy lifting their voices together for the Holiday Sing-Along, a beloved LA holiday tradition hosted by Melissa Peterman and taking place on Saturday, December 21 at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Guests will sing a cheerful selection of seasonal favorites accompanied by the hall's massive pipe organ, a choir and a jazz combo. Two performances, at 11:30am and 2:30pm.

Handel's "Messiah" - WDCH (Dec. 21, 2019)

Composed in just 24 days, Messiah by George Frideric Handel is the composer's most popular work and might be the most performed classical work of all time. Jubilantly conducted by Artistic Director Grant Gershon and sung by the Los Angeles Master Chorale, the perennially popular Handel’s Messiah is a Christmas concert experience not to be missed.

“White Christmas” Sing-Along - WDCH (Dec. 22, 2019)

Gather your family and friends for a screening of White Christmas, starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Allen. At this heartwarming holiday event, the beloved 1954 film will have lyrics embedded on screen for the audience to sing along with classic Irving Berlin songs such as “The Best Things Happen When You’re Dancing,” “Snow,” “Sisters” and the iconic “White Christmas.” Two screenings, at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. No children under 6 years old will be admitted.

CeCe Winans holiday gospel concert at Walt Disney Concert Hall

CeCe Winans | Photo: LA Phil

CeCe Winans - WDCH (Dec. 23, 2019)

One of the best-selling and most-awarded female gospel artists of all time, CeCe Winans is known throughout the world as an icon in modern music history. Having sold over 5 million albums, she has been awarded a staggering 12 Grammys®, 20 Dove Awards, and seven Stellar Awards, as well as multiple NAACP Image Awards, Soul Train Awards, Essence Awards, and more. Marking her Walt Disney Concert Hall debut, this special holiday-themed gospel concert will feature CeCe with a full band and gospel choir.

Infinite Flow at the LA County Holiday Celebration

Infinite Flow at the LA County Holiday Celebration | Photo: The Music Center, Facebook

60th Annual LA County Holiday Celebration - Dorothy Chandler Pavilion (Dec. 24, 2019)

Presented by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, the 60th Annual LA County Holiday Celebration is LA’s largest holiday celebration. Taking place on Tuesday, December 24 at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, the three-hour holiday event features instrumental music, choral music and dance performances that showcase the diverse cultures and holiday traditions of LA County. The celebration was founded in 1959 by the late Kenneth Hahn (supervisor of the Second District of Los Angeles County from 1952-1992), who was an advocate for access to the arts.

The program is broadcast live in Southern California on PBS SoCal (KOCE), live-streamed on pbssocal.org and kcet.org and presented live at The Music Center. The program also repeats twice on KCET on Christmas Day.

Doors open at 2:30 p.m. and performances start at 3 p.m. Admission to the show is free, no reservations or tickets are necessary. Early arrival suggested - first come, first seated. Guests are welcome to come and go throughout the performances. 

Go Metro to the Civic Center/Grand Park Station, then exit to Temple St/Hill St. The Holiday Celebration is only two blocks from the station.