82nd Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade Adds Stevie Wonder, LeAnn Rimes, More
You know it’s the Holiday season once the networks begin planning their big Christmas festivals.
Erik Estrada, Laura McKenzie, Dean Cain and Montel Williams will host the 82nd Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade, which, for over 80 years, has been the largest Christmas celebration in America. The parade will be presented by Associated Television International at 5 p.m. on December 1st, and will feature Grand Marshal of the parade Buzz Aldrin, the second man to ever walk on the moon. The event will not only benefit Toys for Tots but will also salute Disabled American Veterans.
The live event will kick off with an all-star red carpet ceremony featuring performances from Stevie Wonder, Bill Ray Cyrus, the Goo Goo Dolls, Daughtry, Kenny Loggins, LeAnn Rimes, William Shatner, The McClain Sisters, Ace Young and Diana DeGarmo, Richie Sambora, and Olate Dogs with special television shout-outs from Debby Ryan, Susan Lucci, Wayne Brady, Marie Osmond, Taylor Hicks, Larry King and Joe Mantegna with the Criminal Minds cast. The stars of The Young and the Restless will also be in attendance to celebrate the show’s 40th anniversary. This is all in addition to the parade itself, which will include marching bands, giant balloons, classic cars, equestrian groups and more.
The 82nd Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade will premiere as a two-hour special December 11th on Hallmark Channel with two runs on the Hallmark Movie Channel on December 20th and 24th. The show will be broadcast throughout the holiday season on over 350 stations including KTLA in Los Angeles on December 20th from 8-10 p.m. It will also air to over 1 million American servicemen and women worldwide on American Forces Television Network.
Of course, if you’re in Hollywood for the holidays, you can attend the event yourself. The parade route will start on Hollywood Boulevard at Orange Drive, travel east to Vine Street, south on Vine to Sunset Boulevard and west on Sunset, back to Orange. For moreadditional information, please visit The Hollywood Christmas Parade website. Tickets for reserved grandstand seats are $85, $65 and $45, with discounted tickets available for groups of 25 or more.