Universal Studios Hollywood’s ‘Grinchmas’ Offers Families Snow, Stars and a ‘Whoville Whobilation’


Actress and animal rights activist Tippi Hedren was honored with the “Who-Ville Whomanitarian of the Year” award at Universal Studios Hollywood last week in recognition of her work on behalf of the Shambala Preserve for exotic animals. The actress will be among the celebrity readers participating in this year’s “Grinchmas” celebration at the theme park. Other celebrities who will be reading the Dr. Seuss classic at the theme park’s tree-lighting ceremonies include Joe Lawrence, Brandy and “Tonight Show” band leader Rickey Minor.

“Grinchmas” time is coming to Universal Studios Hollywood as “The Entertainment Capital of L.A.” prepares for a lively holiday season with the Grinch, his faithful dog Max, tons of fresh snow and a “Whoville Whobilation” at the original movie sets where the classic “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” was filmed.

Nightly tree-lighting ceremonies, celebrity readings of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas and encounters with a “Who’s Who” of Whoville characters will create a memorable family celebration. Grinchmas will be celebrated daily from December 18 through January 2 and is included in the price of theme park admission.

Celebrity readers for this year’s Grinchmas event will include Bob Newhart, Florence Henderson, Joey Lawrence, Corey Feldman, Biggest Loser host Allison Sweeney, Little Fokkers star Teri Polo, Tonight Show band leader Rickey Minor, Community star Yvette Nicole Brown, Access Hollywood’s Maria Menounos and many more. More information, including holiday promotional offers and information regarding celebrity readings of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, will be available at www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com.

Guests will find an immersive holiday atmosphere. A whimsical, curving “Grinchmas” tree will tower 60 feet above the center of a snow-covered “Grinchmas” winter wonderland and will be lit in a nightly ceremony that will feature a colorfully costumed “Whoville” choir caroling and spreading holiday cheer. The Grinch and his faithful dog Max will be on hand to meet fans and take memorable holiday photos. Families will also be able to enjoy traditional winter fun, romping together in a playground of snow and building their own snowmen.

Grinchmas will also provide fans of the blockbuster movie a close-up view of the original “Whoville” film sets, featured in the classic Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, aboard the world-famous behind-the-scenes Studio Tour. As the tram rolls to a stop amid the fanciful “Whoville” buildings, guests will experience a one-of-a-kind performance by “Whoville’s” residents re-enacting favorite scenes and songs from the film.

Guests who attend Universal Studios Hollywood’s Grinchmas celebration will be able to purchase the “Buy a Day, Get 2011 Free” annual pass, a tremendous value allowing them to visit Universal Studios Hollywood throughout the coming year.

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