You Can Only See These SoCal Christmas Concerts By Calling In This 2-Hour Window

Some of the many pipes of the Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe Organ, part of the Nethercutt Collection. (Photo by evdropkick/Flickr Creative Commons)

The Nethercutt Collection is best known for its spectacular car collection, but it's also home to a beautiful Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe Organ. You can see organists take to the keys, including in a series of popular free Christmas concerts — but you can only get tickets over the phone by calling during one of these two-hour windows.

Yes, we know, none of us want to pick up the phone anymore. It's 2018! But it's worth the retro-ness.

The first window is today (Tuesday, Oct. 30) between 4 and 6 p.m. That's to get free reservations for concerts on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1.

If you miss today's window, never fear — you get one more chance next week on Wednesday, Nov. 7 between 4 and 6 p.m., in order to make reservations for concerts on Dec. 7 and 8.

It's an annual tradition, and you should expect busy signals. But this is the only option — as they note, they don't take reservations by voicemail, email, or fax. (We know how much you're dying to make a reservation by fax.)

Here's how to do it:

  • Call (818) 364-6464. Busy signal? Hang up and redial. Rinse, repeat. (It's been known to take an hour to even get past the busy signals.)
  • If you reach a voicemail, press 0 to talk with a human — you'll be placed in the queue to talk to someone about getting tickets.
  • If you manage to make it through this gauntlet, you'll be asked which showtime you prefer and how many tickets you want. You can reserve up to four.
Classic cars shine under the lights of the Nethercutt Collection's epic showroom. (Steve/Flickr Creative Commons)

If you show up early, you can also check out the car collection — as well as the other items that the Nethercutt staff have curated, including automated musical instruments.

Not in a Christmasy mood? That's OK, Santa haters. Check out an epic rendition of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" and "We Are The Champions" on the Wurlitzer here:


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