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Fred Willard Hosts 50th Annual Los Angeles County Holiday Celebration

Fred Willard.
Fred Willard.
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For the past 50 years, the L.A. County Arts Commission has hosted an annual holiday celebration. It's a gift from the L.A. County Board of Supervisors to the Southland.

This year's event will take place on Christmas Eve at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles. The show is free to the public and begins at 3 pm.

There will be more than 40 perofrmers including: TAIKOPROJECT's mix of Japanese drumming and hip hop, English and Korean holiday songs from Opera California Youth Choir, street dance with a holiday spin from Antics Performance, African-American music from the Albert McNeil Jubilee Singers and the Salvation Army Tabernacle Children's Chorus.

Watch a preview of the 50th Annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration:

For the past several years, actor Fred Willard has hosted part of the holiday program. Willard, known for his performances in films like "Best in Show" and "For Your Consideration," loves being a part of this annual tradition.

Willard takes his holidays very seriously. He begins decorating his San Fernando Valley home shortly after Thanksgiving and keeps his tree out in the backyard until well after the holiday has passed.

He spoke with KPCC's Alex Cohen about his family's holiday traditions and what he loves best about L.A. County's annual show.