November 17, 2019 (Los Angeles, Calif.) – Tonight, The Grove celebrated the magic of Christmas with its annual tree lighting spectacular: “Christmas at The Grove.” The award-winning retail, dining and lifestyle destination transformed into a magical winter wonderland as host and performer Leslie Odom Jr. entertained more than 32,000 Angelenos with a lively show featuring an appearance from Ashley Tisdale and performances by Aloe Blacc, Tori Kelly, The Tenors and Isaac Slade of The Fray. Presented by CITI, the highly-anticipated event was enjoyed by Kate Beckinsale, Kate Mara, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Caruso Founder and CEO, Rick J. Caruso and more.
The evening’s festivities were opened by Ashley Tisdale followed by a rousing rendition of the National Anthem sung by 8-year old singer and actress Malea Emma. Following opening remarks by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Councilman David Ryu, the show kicked off with a heartfelt performance of “Cold” by Leslie Odom Jr. He dazzled the audience with other fan favorites “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” and “Go Crazy” throughout the show. The star-studded acts continued with The Tenors taking the stage for a trio of seasonal hits including “O Holy Night,” “When We Are Together,” and “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town.”
Tori Kelly followed with her gospel-pop hit “Never Alone” and a soulful rendition of “Hallelujah.” The show then continued with Aloe Blacc’s anthemic best-sellers “Wake Me Up” and “I’m the Man.” Isaac Slade of The Fray wowed attendees with his chart-toppers “How to Save a Life” and “Over My Head,” before rounding out the evening’s performances with the holiday classic “Silent Night.”
The show-stopping finale featured Santa Claus’ grand arrival at The Grove, spectacular fireworks, the season’s first snowfall and the lighting of the over 100-foot-tall Christmas Tree. Standing taller than the tree at Rockefeller Center, the majestic white fir from Mt. Shasta will glow with 15,000 sparkling lights and more than 10,000 glittering ornaments throughout the holiday season.
Mirrored Media produced this show for the second year, bringing together an impressive line up of performers to entertain the community and kick-off the holiday season.