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2016 Rodeo Drive Holiday Lighting Ceremony
By Victoria Talbot
The Beverly Hills community ushered in the holiday season last Sunday at the annual Holiday Lighting Celebration on Rodeo Drive.
Despite the rain, over a thousand guests celebrated a truly unique #OnlyOnRodeo experience which began with longtime Entertainment Tonight host Mary Hart, the event’s emcee, making a $10,000 holiday donation to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, and capped off with a spectacular fireworks display.
Before the show, attendees enjoyed complimentary treats from local eateries like Bouchon and Sprinkles with the inaugural “Taste of the Holidays."
Once the program began, spectators enjoyed tunes by singer Megan Hilty, along with Louis Price, formerly of The Temptations, for a rousing seasonal songfest.
The event also included a special visit from Santa Claus himself, who joined the festivities amidst a barrage of beautiful fireworks that lit up the sky above Rodeo Drive.
Of course, the season is just beginning!
Stretching from South Santa Monica Boulevard to Wilshire Boulevard, Rodeo Drive will remain “wrapped” in couture through Jan. 3, with over 10,000 lights illuminating 58 palm trees.
The event also kicked off the opening of several kiosks on Rodeo where people can give the gift of warmth - by leaving gently-used coats - or make donations to the Salvation Army and the Maple Center through the holiday season.
Holiday carolers helped ring in the season with festive music.
Rodeo Drive Committee President Mark Tronstein
Jon Borland of Ferragamo
Singer Megan Hilty (pictured with her backing band)
Bruce Meyer & Tom Blumenthal
Jim & Vice Mayor Nancy Krasne
Jon & Councilmember Lili Bosse
Robbie & Jeanne Anderson
Finn McClafferty & BHPD Chief Sandra Spagnoli
An acrobatics troupe performed earlier in the afternoon.
“Monday is my favorite day,” says Mayor Lili Bosse every week, as she joins hundreds of her friends in the Beverly Hills Community for Walk with the Mayor. This week, walk into the heart of Italy at Via Alloro, the Drago Brothers’ authentically romantic café offering the finest Southern Italian cuisine and visit one of the City’s newest additions, Only Roses – a fragrant addition bringing the world’s most luxurious floral splendor to their location on Brighton Way – truly a treat!
With the spectacular BOLD holiday kick-off performance of Robin Thicke on Rodeo Drive Thursday, Beverly Hills Mayor Lili Bosse has barely started spreading the joy: Sunday evening at 5 p.m. in Beverly Canon Garden she joins Dr. Deepak Chopra for the Gift of Meditation in the park, and Monday, at 8:30 a.m., Walk with the Mayor she will host special guest gubernatorial candidate and former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa as she walks to the Good Shepherd Church and the Dina Collection, home of Yossi Dina and Reelz’ Beverly Hills Pawn, the pawnbroker to the rich and famous.
Womens’ International Zionist Organization’s (WIZO) annual luncheon at the Four Seasons on Doheny Drive celebrated Hanukkah as well as this week’s historic recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel by the U.S.
Actress, producer, TV star and entrepreneur Oprah Winfrey will received the 2018 Cecil B. de Mille Award at The Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s (HFPA) 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards, Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018 hosted by Seth Meyers.
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