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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.
Sunday was the Day of Reckoning for pie bakers in Beverly Hills, who brought their precious pastries to participate in Piesta at the Farmers’ Market. It was a solemn event, with judges carefully considering the delectable delights.
Griffith Observatory officials Monday cautioned those planning to attend a free public viewing of next Monday’s solar eclipse to prepare for “very large crowds,” and to take all necessary precautions to protect their eyes from direct exposure to the sun.
Singer-songwriter Annette Conlon brings her socially conscious Americana music to the Sound Majesty Summer Blood Bash and Mini Music Fest Tuesday at the Vampire Lounge & Tasting Room. The Cedars-Sinai bloodmobile will also be on hand.
The Los Angeles landscape has undergone many shifts from its early beginnings, from oil wells to luxury hotels, railroads to automobiles. In the early Twentieth Century, hunting cabins dotted the canyons, and the orange groves spread through the valley.