Universal Studios Hollywood and The CityWalk are ready for the holidays! Inside the theme park and along the entire CityWalk are gorgeous decorations guaranteed to get any Grinch in a holiday mood. The spirit of ‘Grinchmas’ comes to life aboard the world-famous behind-the-scenes Studio Tour with performances by unforgettable Who-ville Whos re-enacting popular scenes and songs from the family favorite at the original film sets from the blockbuster film, “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas”. Celebrate the Who-lidays at Universal Studios Hollywood with The Grinch, his faithful dog Max and a roster of Whos from the town of Who-ville. ‘Grinchmas’ ran a couple of weekends and now is daily from December 18, 2015 through January 3, 2016.
The Universal Plaza, now turned into Who-ville, serves as the backdrop for the lighting of the towering ‘Grinchmas’ tree, a whimsical centerpiece twisting and spiraling 60 feet above visitors and providing the ideal setting for holiday-making memories, while The Grinch, his adorable dog Max and the Who-ville Whos entertain guests nearby with fun-filled photo opportunities. As part of the fab-Who-lous event, Martha May Who-vier and the Who Dolls took the center stage by the ‘Grinchmas’ tree performing fun musical sets to usher in the Christmas season in style. The Wholiday Singers, a hip boy-band ensemble, perform nightly a cappella concerts featuring a mix of Christmas favorites and pop rock.
Who-ville is filled with fun family activities like: The Who-ville Post Office where visitors will have a chance to partake in the “Grow Your Heart 3 Sizes” campaign when they share their good deeds on a postcard and mail them to The Grinch. In return, Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P. and Random House Children’s Books, the publishers of “Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas”, will pay it forward by donating a book to a child in need through First Book on behalf of the sender.
The Trim up the Tree Lot provides paper ornaments and crayons for kids to design and personalize their own ‘Grinchmas’ ornaments to help decorate the venue’s other holiday trees or take them home as a keepsake. If cookies are more your style, then you can decorate a gingerbread or Christmas tree cookie.
My favorite was Story Time with Cindy-Lou Who. Cindy-Lou Who and her Who friends gathered guests of all ages for a storytelling show of “Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas”, featuring special effects and audience participation. Did you know that the character Cindy-Lou Who was inspired by the artist Chuck Jones’ daughter? Linda Jones herself shared that with me a few years ago! Now you know!
All the regular rides and attractions are open at Universal too. There is lots to do! The CityWalk was a wonderful winter transformation and the 40-foot tall tree was amazing to see lit up! Santa Claus is there nightly, along with free concert performances and talented street performers. Both the CityWalk and Universal theme park had snow falling hourly. The snow falling looked really cool and the night we visited it was almost cold enough to be real!
So grab your kids and your Grinches and have a fun day at Universal Studios Hollywood.
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