Monday, December 8, 2008

E.R. star John Stamos narrates 'The First Christmas' story at the Candlelight Ceremony at Disneyland, California...

Last night we ventured down to Disneyland in Anaheim to see their 50th annual Candlelight Ceremony.
John Stamos Disney Candlelight Ceremony narrator
Along with a 600 strong Choir, E.R. star John Stamos, who plays Dr. Tony Gates in the medical TV drama, was on hand to narrate the story of 'The First Christmas'.
John Stamos narrates 50th Disneyland Candlelight ceremony
For those of you not familiar with the actor and TV personality he has starred on E.R. since 2005 in 53 episodes including the ninth and final season of the popular show.  His big break came on the American soap General Hospital in 1982 and has since appeared in Friends, Full House, Tales from the Crypt and many more TV series.
Disneyland California Candlelight Ceremony
Luckily the journey to get to Disneyland on the freeway only lasted around an hour, so after a glass of wine to get into the festive spirit we took our seats for the carol concert.
Disneyland California festive lights
I wasn't really sure what to expect from the concert itself, but the park was all lit up with fantastic Christmas lights and being there reminded of last time I'd stayed at Disneyland a couple of years ago.  Can you believe that it's the first time I've been there in our nine months here in L.A.?
John Stamos narrates the Disneyland Candlelight Ceremony 2008
Anyway, as we've not really sorted out the whole 'who looks after the puppy when we go out for the day?' and we don't like to leave him for too long on his own, so we didn't take advantage of a day at the park on all the rides, rather just came for the concert to get a bit more into the holiday spirit.
Disneyland Candlelight Ceremony conductor
The concert took place at the Town Square of Main Street U.S.A. and started with a procession led by lantern bearers, followed by all the choral singers holding flickering candles.  
Disneyland Candlelight Ceremony 600 strong choir
The ceremony lasted for about 45 minutes and included a few solos, some bell ringing, a sing-a-long to 'Silent Night' and John Stamos reciting 'The First Christmas' tale.
John Stamos at Disneyland Candlelight Ceremony 7 Dec 08
I didn't know about the tradition to have a celebrity narrate the story each year, so I was pleasantly surprised when John Stamos (who is not displeasing on the eye) took to the pulpit to the whoops and cheers from the crowd (plus a few excited "We love you John" from the audience). 
Disneyland Candlelight Ceremony 7 December 2008
I have to say I did miss seeing Mickey and his friends, but I'm sure I'll see them all next year when my family come to visit Disneyland in April 2009.
Disneyland California Christmas lights
At the end of the concert John Stamos said he was proud to have been asked to be involved as he'd grown up in Orange County and had been to Disneyland many times as a child and as a grown up.
Disneyland Candlelight Ceremony narrator John Stamos
What more could I ask for to get me into the Christmas mood - festive lights, a carol concert (at Disneyland no less) and a celebrity sighting all in one short evening.

It must have been an early Christmas present...

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