12/12/2019 04:30 PM

Holiday cheer at LAX-kicking off with 'Sounds of the Season' performances!
Dec. 12, 2019

LAX Public Relations
(424) 646-5260
(Los Angeles, CA) During the holiday season, Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) is spreading joyful cheer with a variety of festive events to entertain airport guests.

"December is a very special time when families and friends come together to celebrate the winter holidays," said Barbara Yamamoto, Director of Guest Experience and Innovation, LAWA. "There's already an atmosphere of excitement for the holidays in the air, as airlines decorate the terminals and airport staff gear up for the holiday rush. With so many guests coming our way over the next few weeks, we are creating festive experiences that will energize and entertain our guests as they wait for flights or arrive in the city of Los Angeles."

LAX's Sounds of the Season performance series will kick off the winter holiday travel period, with nine musical acts and groups performing at various terminals and the LAX-it pick-up lot throughout December. The schedule includes 90-year-old Navy and World War II veteran Nick King, the Long Beach City College Caroling Group, the Guitars Antiqua Children's Music Program, the Loyola S.T.A.R. African Drum and Dance Ensemble and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Choir.

Sounds of the Season will begin performances on Monday, Dec. 16, with Genesis the Balm, which will be performing at Tom Bradley International Terminal from 7-8 p.m. A complete list of activities, including all upcoming Sounds of the Seasons performances, is below.

Extra Help at the Terminals
Helpful LAX staff will be out in the terminals as part of LAX's Team of LAXceptional Courtesy (T.L.C.) Program on Dec. 20 and Dec. 23 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. T.L.C volunteers wear white and blue LAX scarves and help guests navigate through the airport. Additionally, more than 30 iCARE Crew members, which are managed by LAWA's Guest Services Division through a partnership with the South Bay Workforce Investment Board, will be deployed in areas with the most construction impacts to assist travelers on their journey.

Joyful Activities and Selfie Stations, Too

For those traveling with children, on Friday, Dec. 20, LAX employees will host "Holiday Hangar" arts and crafts time at the Tom Bradley International Terminal Children's Playground from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. People of all ages will also be able to spend time with "Santa PAWS" featuring the famous LAX Pets Unstressing Passengers (PUP) Program therapy dogs, which will be onsite for the event. In addition, the PUPs volunteers will lead a holiday book reading for children during storytelling time on Dec. 19 in Terminal 7 from 10 a.m. to noon.

Los Angeles Airport Police officers, spouses and family members will hand out teddy bears, candy canes and tree ornaments to children traveling through LAX on Dec. 25 at various locations.


Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield's airport group will also bring holiday selfie stations to Barney's Beanery (Terminal 2) and LA Original (Terminal 1) (post-security) so that guests can have an instant keepsake of their time at LAX from now until Jan. 10.

Spark of Love Donation Box at LAX
Once again this year, the Los Angeles Fire Department is partnering with KABC-7 to collect new and unwrapped toys and sports equipment during the annual "Spark of Love" Drive. A collection box is available at the first-aid station at Tom Bradley International Terminal (upper level, south side) through Dec. 24. The first-aid station is located pre-security and is open daily from noon to 10 p.m., with additional hours on Wednesdays from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Festive Decor & Lights at LAX
In addition to the festive decorations on LAX-iconic signs at and near various entrances of the airport and poinsettias at all information desks at the terminals, the LAX iconic LAX pylons will also be uniquely lit during the month of December. The pylons will be lighted blue and white in celebration of Hanukah from Dec. 22-23. The color of the pylons will change to green and red on Dec. 24-25, in celebration of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, and then again on Dec. 28 in celebration of Kwanzaa. Finally, as we await to start a new decade on New Year's Eve, the pylons will be illuminated gold and white from sunset on Dec. 31 to sunrise on Jan. 1, 2020.

Holiday Shopping Savings at LAX
Tis the season to shop for the holidays and LAX has some deals for its guests. For guests who may have forgotten to purchase gifts for family or friends before their trip, Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield's airport group has a holiday gift with purchase offer at LA Original (located at Terminal 1 and Tom Bradley International Terminal). Starting Dec. 15, purchases of $75 or more (pre-tax) at either LA Original location will receive a free travel tote (pictured above). This offer begins Dec. 15 and will run while supplies last.

Chocolate: Need ideas on what to buy that special someone on your list before you hop on your plane? You can find an assortment of chocolate penguin or snowman-shaped lollipops at Farmers Market (Terminal 5), or at the famous See's Candies (located in Terminals 4-6 and Tom Bradley International Terminal), which was founded in L.A. in 1921.

Toys: Invented in 1929 by L.A.-based entrepreneur Ruth Handler, co-founder of L.A. County-based Mattel, Barbies can be found at the Mattel Experience (Terminal 5) alongside Mattel's Hot Wheels.

L.A. Sports Gear: Find hats, shirts and more bearing the logos of L.A.’s storied franchises – Clippers, Lakers, Dodgers, Rams and L.A. Kings – at the Magic Johnson Sports store (Terminal 5).

Unique Gift with an L.A. Twist: L.A. is the birthplace of cult favorite streetwear brand The Hundreds, which has teamed up with LA Original (located in Terminal 1 and Tom Bradley International Terminal), a collection born of diverse artists and makers from across L.A., to create an exclusive embroidered T-shirt for $48. Luke Pelletier, an artist living in L.A., has created a custom LA Originals skateboard design, celebrating L.A.'s notoriety as the birthplace of the newest Olympic sport. Visit LA Original to see more from the collection and other unique items, with proceeds supporting the Downtown Women’s Center MADE by DWC program.

Postcards: These inexpensive and easy-to-pack mementos are sold at New Stand in Terminal 1 and celebrate L.A.'s geography with eye-catching colors and designs.

Fashion: What’s a trip to L.A. without visiting the iconic Fred Segal? Tom Bradley International Terminal features an outpost chock-full of drool-worthy fashion, including the limited-edition Fred Segal Corduroy Low Profile 9FIFTY Snapback hat.

Guests can also find some of our favorite gift giving ideas by visiting the Online Gift Guide by clicking here.

About Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

LAX, the fourth-busiest airport in the world and second busiest in the United States, was named a top-10 U.S. airport by SKYTRAX. LAX served more than 87.5 million passengers in 2018 and offers an average of 700 daily nonstop flights to 109 cities in the U.S. and 1,281 weekly nonstop flights to 93 markets in 47 countries on 69 commercial airlines. LAX ranks 10th in the world in air cargo tonnage processed, with more than 2.4 million tons of air cargo. LAX handled 707,883 operations (landings and takeoffs) in 2018.  

LAX generated 620,600 jobs in Southern California, with labor income of $37.3 billion and economic output (business revenues) of more than $126.6 billion, according to an economic study based on 2014 operations. This activity added $6.2 billion to local and state revenues and $8.7 billion in federal tax revenues. The study also reported that LAX’s ongoing capital improvement program creates an additional 121,640 annual jobs with labor income of $7.6 billion and economic output of $20.3 billion; $966 million in state and local taxes; and $1.6 billion in federal tax revenues.


LAX was honored as having the “Best Overall Customer Service Program” by Airports Council International-North America; named the “Best Airport for Breastfeeding Moms” by Mamava; selected for the Top 10 “Best of the U.S.’s Big Airports” (Wall Street Journal) and “Most Pet-Friendly Airports in the U.S. (Mental Floss); named the second-most improved airport in the U.S. by JD Power; received an “Innovation Award” from the L.A. Better Business Challenge for its Central Utility Plant; and named  a “Business Leader in Air Quality” by the South Coast Air Quality Management District. 

LAX is also the second-most popular airport in the world to appear on Instagram, according to LAX is part of a system of two Southern California airports – along with Van Nuys general aviation – that are owned and operated by Los Angeles World Airports, a proprietary department of the City of Los Angeles that receives no funding from the City’s general fund.   

As a covered entity under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City of Los Angeles does not discriminate on the basis of disability and, upon request, will provide reasonable accommodation to ensure equal access to its programs, services, and activities.  Alternative formats in large print, braille, audio, and other forms (if possible) will be provided upon request. 


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