LA Live Tree Lighting: Hello, Manilow

The "Mandy" crooner will make merry, along with a host of other stars.

Andreas Rentz

When you're home to the Grammy Museum, and a major theater known for attracting marquee acts, you tend to go big in all things. (It's just a solid policy, really.)

And LA Live does, especially at the holidays. If you've swung by the downtown entertainment mega-center in recent days, you've seen the giant faux fir and Kings-ready skating rink going up in anticipation of the Wednesday, Nov. 28 switch-on-the-lights affair. An affair you can guess will be LA Live-sized.

Indeed it is: Barry Manilow was just announced as a performer at the Nokia Plaza shindig. (We're pretty sure Mr. Manilow and the Grammys are on a first-name basis, right? For sure.) Also set to take the stage? Cody Simpson, Sarah Brightman, and LA's own Ozomatli, plus a cavalcade of others. NBC4 is a host of the evening, along with AEG, the company behind LA Live.

Time's 7 p.m. on the 28th.

Let's note two more stars of the night, and more nights to come: the artificial sequoia and the ice rink. The sequoia's 66 feet tall and boasts over 120,000 mini LEDs and the LA Kings Holiday rink? Almost twice as big as in years past, making it the largest outdoor rink in LA. Even better than that, though, is the fact that a different charity or non-profit will receive the spotlight each night the rink is open.

The rink is open through Jan. 2, meaning if you can't see the tree, you've got time. The stars, however, sing just on Nov. 28th, so make for downtown if you love the Manilow. (He's got a new Christmas album out, too, so bet you'll hear a cut.)

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