To do their part in kicking off the 2002 holiday season, Destiny's Child and LeAnn Rimes will celebrate with celebrities in Hollywood, while country artist Steve Wariner and Lee Ann Womack will rub el
To do their part in kicking off the 2002 holiday season, Destiny's Child and LeAnn Rimes will celebrate with celebrities in Hollywood, while country artist Steve Wariner and Lee Ann Womack will rub elbows with politicians in Washington, D.C.
On Dec. 1, Destiny's Child and Rimes will perform during "The Blockbuster Hollywood Spectacular, A Holiday Tradition," a parade extravaganza along a two-mile route through Hollywood. Formerly known as the Hollywood Christmas Parade, the event will be hosted by Joe Rogan ("Fear Factor"), Brooke Burns ("Shallow Hal"), and Nancy O'Dell ("Access Hollywood"), and will air as an hour-long Dec. 8 NBC special.
Among the holiday-themed floats, marching bands, and dozens of celebrities, magician David Copperfield will search for his "mysteriously missing star from the world famous Hollywood Walk of Fame," and demonstrate his "Elf Factory" for the crowd. Onookers will also be treated to a preview of Disney's "Aladdin - A Musical Spectacular," which will premiere at Disney's California Adventure later in the month.
More than a million people are expected to attend the annual event, a tradition since 1929; premium seating can be ordered at HollywoodSpectacular.com or 323-469-2337.
A few days later on Dec. 5, Wariner and Womack will join Mannheim Steamroller, Three Mo' Tenors, Hei-Kyung Hong, and the World Children's Choir at the Washington, D.C.'s Christmas Pageant of Peace opening concert on the Ellipse, just south of the White House. Wariner will perform his latest single, "The Christmas Prayer," with the accompaniment of the U.S. Air Force Concert Band.
Actress Barbara Eden will host the event, which will air live on the C-SPAN cable network. Veteran country artist Roy Clark will also take part, appearing as Santa Claus, while President Bush will light the national Christmas tree.