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LA Live's Tree Lighting to Take Place on December 2

By Eric Richardson
Published: Monday, November 28, 2011, at 10:13PM
L.A. Live Holiday Tree Lighting Eric Richardson [Flickr]

Two members of the Rockettes stand next to the candy cane switch used to light the LED tree during the 2010 L.A. Live Holiday Tree Lighting.

L.A. Live's non-traditional holiday tree got plenty of mixed reviews when it made its debut in 2008, but the LED-orbed structure has done well enough to return Downtown for its fourth year on Friday. The 54-foot metal structure includes 10,000 lights.

For the second time, the tree lighting will be a live television event. Pop artist JoJo, American Idol's Pia Toscano, Casey Abrhams and Haley Reinart, The Singoff's The Backbeats, singer Patti Austin with Greg Phillinganes and The Voice's Javier Colon will perform in the one-hour ceremony. Ice skating Gold Medalist Evan Lysacek will also perform.

Last year's performances included Willow Smith, Plain White T's, Seal and Stevie Wonder.

The show is free to the public and will take place at 7pm on L.A. Live's Nokia Plaza.

The entertainment complex's ice rink, the L.A. Kings Holiday Ice, also returns for 2011, again checking in at 80' by 80'. It is open from 5 to 11pm during the week and on weekends from 3 to 11pm. Admission is $12 and includes skate rentals.

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