Universal CityWalk: Southern California’s Liveliest Holiday Destination for Entertainment, Shopping, Dining and Movies
A towering 40 ft. Christmas tree—animated with a stunning display of choreographed music, lights, visuals and snow—plus a non-stop parade of bands, choirs and street performers, and Southern California’s most unique shopping opportunities will make Universal CityWalk the liveliest place to get into the holiday spirit during the month-long seasonal gala, November 27 through December 31.
The giant traditional Christmas tree sprinkled with 100,000 LED lights will treat spectators to a wildly over-the-top high-tech holiday show including a breathtaking Southern California “snowfall” at regular evening intervals throughout the week. From Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day, guests will be immersed in a holiday atmosphere that will be enhanced by countless twinkling lights, oversized ornaments and abundant garlands. The holiday sounds of a diverse range of street performers scattered around the street will add to the festive mood, and the world’s largest mistletoe will dangle overhead from CityWalk’s “Santa” Gorilla to add to the ultimate merry “kiss-mas” spirit.
Friday’s rock bands will bring the popular CityWalk stage to life with eclectic beats and holiday remixes from 7:30–10pm, Saturday’s dynamic choirs will entertain with holiday classics while decked out in colorful festive garb from 7:30–10pm and Sunday Night’s Rising Stars will inspire dance moves from 5:30–8pm.
Santa Claus will be available in CityWalk’s Cinema Plaza for photo opportunities every Friday, Saturday and Sunday starting at 2pm and continuing throughout the evenings’ entertainment during the holiday season.
On December 12, the 15-foot, 1,000-lb. menorah will light up Universal CityWalk for the 8th Annual Chanukah Festival from 8pm–12am as hundreds gather at the free Festival of Lights celebration. From December 26–30, CityWalk will amp up the entertainment with daily concert performances from popular bands beginning at 7:30pm.
Southern California’s largest, free New Year’s Eve party will kick-off at CityWalk as the 2009 countdown begins at 9pm on December 31. The high-energy party will celebrate the New Year with double the fun holding twin countdowns. The Walk will rock two live bands with performances on both ends and global countdowns culminating with blasts of confetti cannons and colorful firework displays to bring in the New Year.
Within the Universal Studios Hollywood theme park, a traditional white Christmas, and an encounter with the not-so-traditional green Grinch, will await guests as The Entertainment Capital of L.A. celebrates The 13 Days of “Grinchmas” with tons of powder-fresh snow, meetings with The Grinch, Cindy Lou Who and Max the Dog, and a “Whoville” jubilation at the original movie set where the classic “Dr Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” was filmed. The 13 Days of “Grinchmas” will take place from December 19-31 and is included in the price of theme park admission.
Universal Studios Hollywood is open 365 days of the year, including Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Southern California residents can attend the “Grinchmas” event with the purchase of a 2010 “Buy a Day, Get a Year Free” pass and return to enjoy a full year of admission for the price of a single day’s ticket.
More information, including a complete schedule of CityWalk’s holiday entertainment, is available at www.CityWalkHollywood.com. Also, for more information on Universal Studios Hollywood, visit www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com.