Saturday, December 26, 2015

Scenes from Christmas 2015 in Los Angeles

Christmas Eve 2015

Christmas Eve brings quite a few traditions to the Franklin Avenue Four: It's also the Blogger Kid's birthday, so the morning is devoted to celebrating his special day via breakfast (at Square One boathouse) and paddle boats at Echo Park. Then it's off to do last minute prep (which means braving the Trader Joe's madhouse), followed by children's mass at downtown's Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels; then the last hour of the Los Angeles County Holiday Celebration at the Music Center's Dorothy Chandler Pavilion (that's the Music Center Christmas tree above) and then celebrating with family in the Valley.

Some pics from a 2015 Christmas in L.A.:

Christmas Eve 2015
Echo Park

Christmas Eve 2015
Christmas Eve at Trader Joe's is not recommended. The parking lot is a war zone, and nerves are on edge. (The guy screaming to managers about someone sneaking more items into the 10 Items or Less line was a special treat.)

Christmas Eve 2015
Peace on Earth

Christmas Eve 2015
At the Cathedral

Christmas Eve 2015
The free L.A. County Holiday Celebration has been a local Christmas Eve tradition for 56 years.

Christmas Eve 2015
Citrus Singers (40-member voice ensemble with handbells)

Christmas Eve 2015
Aloe Blacc performs two holiday standards

Christmas Eve 2015
Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles

Christmas Eve 2015
Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles (all-female mariachi band)

Christmas Eve 2015
As tradition, the show ends with the performers and audience members singing "Silent Night."

Christmas Eve 2015
Straight from City Hall, Merry Christmas to you and yours!

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