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Barry Manilow helps ring in the holidays at LA Live tree lighting

By Hayley Fox
Published: Tuesday, November 27, 2012, at 09:09AM
Courtesy of AEG

A sneak peak of this year's L.A. Live tree and rink.

Thanksgiving is over and AEG is quickly moving on to Christmas -- with a holiday celebration, tree lighting and grand opening of the L.A. Live ice skating rink this week.

On Wednesday at 7 p.m., Angelenos can gather in Downtown to deck the halls with performances by Barry Manilow, Ozomatli and the USC Orchestra and Choir, while holiday lights illuminate the surrounding area.

According to AEG, the "centerpiece of the event" is a 66-foot artificial Sequoia tree decked out in LED mini lights and set up in the middle of the ice skating rink. This seemingly real tree will replace the metal/LED tree that has stood front-and-center at this holiday event for the past four years.

Ten-foot Angels installed on the streets surrounding L.A. Live are draped in holiday lights and will be lit up tomorrow evening, as will 150 trees in the area which are covered in "snowfall" LED lights.

The ice skating rink dubbed L.A. Kings on Ice officially opened last weekend and is open everyday until 11:30 p.m. The rink has massively grown in size; expanding from dimensions smaller than the Pershing Square rink to, according to AEG, being the largest outdoor rink in Los Angeles measuring 120' by 80.' Skate rentals cost $13 and the rink opens weekdays at 5:00 p.m.; weekends at 3:00 p.m.

The rink will be closed during tomorrow's one-hour event but will re-open at 8 p.m. once it's over.

Wednesday night's program also marks the beginning of AEG’s "Season of Giving" -- their holiday program that honors a different non-profit or charity organization each night at the skating rink. The Giving program is designed to "raise funds and generate awareness in support of non-profit organizations working on issues related to hunger, homelessness and healthcare."

This is the fifth year AEG has hosted this holiday celebration at L.A. Live; past MC's and performers include Britney Spears, USC's ex-football coach Pete Carroll, Stevie Wonder, LeAnn Rimes and Sheila E.

The free holiday event begins on Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 7 p.m. at L.A. Live.

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