Jan. 1, 2010
-- Hollywood, CA; Hollywood Boulevard witnessed a one-of-a-kind New Year’s Celebration at L. Ron Hubbard’s Winter Wonderland in the heart of Hollywood with performances paying tribute to some of the best known entertainers ever to entertain Hollywood in the 20th Century. The celebration featured free entertainment for locals and tourists, including Holly Beavon performing as Marylyn Monroe, George Thomas as Elvis Presley, Michael Sherman as Ed Sullivan and Madison Michaels as Lucy entertained and posed for photographs for hundreds in anticipation of 2010. Local residence as well as tourists from around the world were attracted by and danced to the rhythms of the local “Latin Razz” band playing well known tunes such as Merengue and Salsa.
The wintry setting has been a popular Hollywood tradition during the holiday season for 26 years, with its eighty-foot backdrop of the Hollywood Hills, a forest of some 50 evergreens, Santa’s candy cane house and a towering 60 foot Christmas tree – a yearly tradition started by author, humanitarian and Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard in 1983.
Sponsored by the Friends of L. Ron Hubbard Foundation, the event promoted the message of peace and goodwill as stated by Hubbard, “On the day when we can fully trust each other, there will be peace on Earth,” which is the message displayed at the wintry set.
Free food and refreshments were provided to those visiting and copies of the new The Way To Happiness film on DVD, a presentation that features the common sense moral guide written by Hubbard in 1981 to arrest declining moral values. The book, which has been translated into 96 languages, serves today as a guide that people from all walks of life have found to assist them in living happier lives.
As the year came to a close Winter Wonderland celebrated its 26th Anniversary with a full month of Christmas displays, holiday music, live entertainment, children’s activities and photos with Santa. The set has provided holiday cheer and a family atmosphere to hundreds of thousands over the past 26 years and has become a family tradition in Hollywood and for many in the greater Los Angeles area. Several Los Angeles locals commented independently, “I have come here every year since I was a child and now I am visiting with my own children and enjoying this Christmas set which is an invaluable asset to Hollywood.”