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Photos: Linda Eder at Symphony Park kicks off Smith Center holidays

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A free holiday concert with Linda Eder in Symphony Park at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012.

Symphony Park Holiday Concert With Linda Eder

A free holiday concert with Linda Eder in Symphony Park at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012. Launch slideshow »

The holiday season was kick-started with a free concert by Broadway star Linda Eder in Symphony Park at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts on Sunday. Linda, a “Star Search” finalist in 1988, won Great White Way acclaim in her award-winning role in the musical “Jekyll and Hyde.” She went onstage in front of the Tim Bavington sculpture for Symphony Park’s first concert.

For the festive show, Linda wore cranberry red Smith Center mittens while singing Broadway favorites and holiday classics including “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” Let It Snow” and “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.” The Minnesota native talked with the crowd about the good times she has had here, and guests enjoyed hot apple cider, hot chocolate and other holiday treats.

“The Smith Center has changed the face of the arts in Las Vegas, and Symphony Park can change the holidays,” said Myron Martin, president and CEO of Smith Center. “It gives us a new way to celebrate great traditions, and I hope this is the first of many concerts in the park. We are starting a new tradition tonight.”

Throughout December, Smith Center will celebrate the holidays with decor throughout the complex, including a 23-foot Christmas tree adorned with 11,500 white lights. Smith Center has a festive roster of entertainment this month, including “The Deana Martin Christmas Show” on Dec. 14, 15 and 16 featuring the soundtrack of the holiday season -- “Silver Bells,” “Winter Wonderland,” “The Christmas Song” and a newly recorded duet of “White Christmas.”

Also this month: “The Nutcracker,” a brand-new, original production featuring new sets, costumes and surprises by Nevada Ballet Theater from Dec. 15-23, and Dave Koz and Friends Christmas Tour 2 on Dec. 18 featuring pianist and composer David Benoit, “The Voice” Season 1 winner Javier Colon, drummer and vocalist Sheila E. and singer-songwriter Margo Rey.

Merry Christmas, everybody!

Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

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