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   As part of South Coast Plaza’s continuing support for the arts this year, the center recently hosted the Pavilion of Holiday Trees, a one-of-a-kind exhibit of 36 beautiful trees decorated by local, national and global arts organizations. All the trees were featured in an online auction, with proceeds benefitting the participating arts organizations.

We appreciate the institutions that took part in our inaugural event and thank everyone who visited the exhibit and donated to these vital non-profits.

We invite you to visit the websites of institutions below if you’d like to donate to these arts organizations.

American Dance Movement


Their tree is inspired by The Joy of Dance, ornamented with dance figurines and photo memorabilia from ADM’s founders, producers Nigel Lythgoe and Adam Shankman. Included are a meet and greet with MDC3, the Season 4 winners of NBC’s hit series World of Dance, and a dance lesson coached by renowned choreographer Shannon Mather (in-person or virtual).




American Friends of the Louvre


Their holiday tree is inspired by the glory and treasures of the Louvre Museum in Paris. One special ornament features a two-year Patron membership AFL, valued at $2,000.





American Orange County Chinese Federation
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Their tree is composed primarily of cultural heritage items such as Shu embroidery and Li brocade decorations. The tree ornaments include children’s handmade works on the theme of COVID-19 to present a particular and fascinating Christmas tree.




Ballet Pacifica

Their holiday tree is entitled “Nutcracker in the Kingdom of Sweets.”




Beverly Sills Chapter, The Guilds of Segerstrom Center for the Arts

For their holiday tree, Beverly Sills took inspiration from the traditional colors of gold (beauty) and red (good luck, joy and happiness) and the central Chinese concept of the harmonious balance of forces represented within the five elements: wood, represented with the bamboo; fire, the lanterns; earth, the yellow ornaments; metal, the coins; and water, the umbrellas. Their hope is that this tree brings you beauty, harmony and good fortune this season. The winning bidder will receive a $100 gift certificate for Segerstrom Center for the Arts.




Boston Court Pasadena

Proceeds from the Pavilion of Holiday Trees auction will support virtual and (hopefully) in-person programming in 2021. Decorated with blue and silver, the theme of their holiday tree is “The arts make life shine.”

Patrons submitted quotes about the importance of the arts in their lives, which are included within clear ornaments. Other decorations include “icicle” paintbrushes, musical doves, velvet ribbon, sparkling guitar picks and several Full Court Passes, which provide unlimited, free access to all of their 2021 programming.




Bowers Museum


Their holiday tree, “Bringing The World To You,” is crowned by a replica of the festival headdress now on view in Miao: Masters of Silver, and the tree features ornaments representing past exhibitions such as Terra Cotta Warriors: Guardians of China’s First Emperor, African Twilight: Vanishing Rituals and Ceremonies and Faberge: Imperial Jeweler to the Tsars, among others. Additional ornaments include a Family-Level Membership to the Bowers Museum, a $50 gift card to the Museum Gallery Store and a $50 gift card to their award-winning Patina restaurant, Tangata.




The Center Docents, Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Since the arts can open the doors to creativity and wonderment, they chose the theme, “Believe in the Magic,” for their holiday tree, which features whimsical snowmen as a primary motif. The tree is dressed in the white of snow, the red of his scarf and the black of his magical top hat.




Center Stars, Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Their elegant tree, “Star Light, Star Bright” showcases an abundance of Stars, Stars, Stars and more Stars! Featuring a variety of golds of every hue, deep greens to bright greens, the tree is filled with beautiful and spectacular stars of all kinds.




Chance Theater

Their tree theme, “Creatures of the World,” furthers Chance Theater’s mission by celebrating different cultures and communities in an effort to bring us together to share a season of generosity, love and unity. The tree includes classic, contemporary and indigenous ornaments, and features a ‘flight’ of doves and a custom angel tree topper.




Chinese American Museum

For their holiday tree, they chose Chinese food as a theme for the ways in which food connects and unifies our families and communities. Tree ornaments include items that have become “Americanized” and recognizable to the general public.




Colburn School

Students, faculty, staff, board members, donors, parents and other Colburn community members provided decorations for the tree that celebrate the creative spirit and artistic visions of young artists who are in pursuit of their dreams at the Colburn School. Decorations include several QR code ornaments linking to special private and public Colburn performances online.




Deaf West Theatre

This tree celebrates 30 years of community, craft, and innovation. Framed photographic ornaments highlight 30 years of Deaf West productions, and can be replaced with family photos when this tree is taken home if desired! Pearls and dragonflies are symbolic of hope, change, and love. Under the tree are decorated gift boxes, a Deaf West T-shirt, stuffed figures of Santa, snowmen, birds, and elves.




East West Players

Based in downtown Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo, their holiday tree features design elements, such as origami, inspired by the historic district. Tree ornaments include season tickets and unique artist memorabilia.




Festival of Arts/Pageant of the Masters

Their tree features 24 mini masterpiece replicas hand painted by Pageant of the Masters Director Diane Challis Davy. Ornaments include six tickets to the VIP night performance of next summer’s Pageant of the Masters, “Made in America,” on July 6th, and a private behind-the-scenes tour for six during a Pageant rehearsal, prior to the show (date TBD).




Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles

Their holiday tree, “Christmas Carol(e)s,” is a celebration of fabulous musical women named Carol or Carole (Burnett, King, Channing, Lombard, Lawrence and others). Tree ornaments include a gift certificate for four tickets to our 2021 Holiday Spectacular performance.





Irvine Barclay Theatre

Their holiday tree combines bright, jewel-toned ornaments with trimmings that showcase all of the many art forms — music, dance, theatre and more —that have graced the Barclay stage for three decades. The tree features more than $1,000 worth of special holiday treats, including a VIP ticket package, a digital music player, dinner, brunch and two seats in their theater named after you.




La Jolla Playhouse

The theme for their tree is based on their world-premiere, Tony-winning musical, Come From Away, which shares the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded airline passengers and the small Newfoundland town that welcomed them on the days following 9/11. The tree celebrates the show’s spirit of generosity and of taking care of one another during challenging times. Ornaments include a subscription to an upcoming season, a complimentary night at The Lodge at Torrey Pines for each subscription production, as well as a selection of merchandise and artist memorabilia.





Lang Lang International Music Foundation


Their holiday tree mirrors the mission of the foundation that all children should have access to a music education, regardless of their background. Ornaments include priceless Steinway grand piano keys signed personally by Lang Lang.





Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

Outstanding Design Award

LACMA’s tree is inspired by Chris Burden’s Urban Light—a sculpture composed of 202 lamp posts and an icon of Los Angeles—where everyone is welcome. The winning bidder will receive a LACMA Membership for two—the perfect gift for any lover of art.




Luminario Ballet of Los Angeles

Their holiday tree is a tribute to Stravinsky’s The Firebird, highlights of which are part of Luminario’s ballet/aerialist repertoire. Decorations include handmade artisan wire sculptures of their dancers and aerialists.




Mariinsky Theatre


The Mariinsky tree is inspired by the magnificence of the architectural and cultural life of St. Petersburg, with several ornamental keepsakes.




Musco Center for the Arts

Their tree, entitled “Christmas from the Wings,” celebrates theater technology and a view that the public doesn’t usually get to see at Musco Center. Tree ornaments include backstage tools, audio equipment, a Musco Center Bravo Membership (valued at $250), a Musco Center VIP backstage tour and autographed show posters from Mandy Patinkin, Alan Cumming, LeAnn Rimes and others.




Newport Beach Film Festival


“The Endless Summer Holiday Tree,” pays tribute to their 2020 opening film, A Life of Endless Summers: The Bruce Brown Story, which highlighted the active lifestyle of Southern California that is celebrated worldwide. The Endless Summer is a classic surf film that embodies the laid-back Orange County spirit. This is the only officially licensed holiday tree from Bruce Brown Films in history. Tree decorations include a  limited-edition autographed movie poster ($3,000 value), plus two All-Access Passes to the 2021 Festival ($1,500 value).




Orange County Museum of Art

Outstanding Design Award

The inspiration for OCMA’s holiday tree is from their current exhibition of Alexandra Grant and her work She Said to Creon. Styled in shades of blue and metallics, and incorporating a mix of textures and patterns, custom ornaments feature quotes and images of hope.




Orange County Music & Dance


The theme of their tree is “Our Super Heroes.” Decorations include music and dance paper, figures and toys, as well as cards from students with messages to their personal super heroes.




Orange County School of the Arts

Their holiday tree theme, “Reach for the Stars!” features hand-cut and hand-painted wooden star shaped ornaments with a personal design that inspires good wishes and “Reach for the Stars.” Students used their creativity and their color and design skills to create a beautiful color-coordinated tree with various shades of lush blues, greens and golds. Handwritten “Wish on a Star” wish tags offer personal uplifting wishes for all. In addition, they built and painted a wooden tree base painted as a little stack of holiday gifts complete with detailed hand-painted wrapping paper and bows.




Pacific Chorale

Outstanding Design Award

Decorated by their Artistic Director Rob Istad and noted floral designer David Navarro, their tree inspires a sense of warm Christmas glow. Layered with hues of gold, bronze and hints of chocolate brown, and sprinkled with whimsical and musical elements, the tree embodies the spirit and community of the Pacific Chorale family.




Pacific Symphony

Their tree is inspired by their annual performance of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker and contains three digital photo frames, a digital star, three voice-activated audio devices and two large colorful, wooden nutcrackers that flank the tree.




Pas de Deux Chapter, The Guilds of Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Their tree was inspired by the famous Petipa/Tchaikovsky ballet, Swan Lake, and features white and silver ornaments to represent the serene lake and the beautiful swans. Crowns figure prominently, shadowing the story of the princess who was turned into the beautiful Swan Queen, Odette. The accent color of lavender represents their group, Pas de Deux.






Their holiday tree celebrates the vibrant work of internationally renowned artist and conservationist Wyland, host of PBS’s Wyland’s Art Studio, and his nationally recognized non-profit foundation. This majestic holiday tree brimming with sea creatures inspires to protect the precious beauty of the oceans. Ornaments include access to their online Cinema Series and a whale-watching excursion with Wyland himself, among other treats.




Philharmonic Society of Orange County

Their “Ode to Joy” tree is inspired by one of the greatest musical works of all time: Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. Bonus gifts include a brand-new iPad mini with a curated music playlist (connected to an included ornament speaker via Bluetooth), signed CDs by some of classical music’s most celebrated artists, and season tickets to the Philharmonic Society’s 2021–22 concerts.





Segerstrom Center for the Arts


As a nod to the beloved holiday tradition and Center favorite, this Nutcracker tree embodies a Holiday classic and embraces the beauty of the ballet. With the shimmer of the season and the sweetness of a Sugar Plum Fairy, the tree features a variety of pinks, glimmering golds and sparkling silvers. To see the star of the show, look no further than the point of the tree, where their glitzy and glamorous Nutcracker stands.




Soka Performing Arts Center


As their tree depicts, music is the universal language that brings people together. Soka PAC believes music can bring diverse people together to dialogue for peace. As the song says, “Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me.”




South Coast Repertory

Step back in time with this Victorian-era creation inspired by South Coast Repertory’s annual holiday production, A Christmas Carol. Designed by theatre artist Angela B. Calin in vibrant tones of red, gold and silver, the tree features toys, drawings from the story, tiny London houses, Ebenezer Scrooge’s signature top hat and red scarf—and a gift pack including a storybook and 4 premium seats to see A Christmas Carol in 2021.




Vietnamese-American Arts & Letters Association

For their tree, VAALA was inspired by the special ingredients used to create enticing foods central to all Vietnamese holidays and festivities. Children’s books at the base of the tree are included as presents, along with gift cards to popular local restaurants to experience and savor the numerous fruits of Vietnamese culture.