Get ready for a holly, jolly… GRINCHMAS! That’s right, “Grinchmas” time is coming to Universal Studios Hollywood, and will include 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 be part of the celebration, which expands this year to 18 days, beginning on December 11 and 12 and continuing daily from December 18 through January 2, 2011. “Grinchmas” is included in the price of theme park admission. 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
Larry Kurzweil, President, Universal Studios Hollywood, said: â€œâ€™Grinchmasâ€™ has become a true holiday tradition, an event where families can enjoy a slightly irreverent approach to the season while still being thoroughly immersed in holiday spirit. Because we expect very strong attendance during Christmas week, weâ€™re adding five dates to this yearâ€™s â€˜Grinchmasâ€™ schedule in response to the eventâ€™s growing popularity.â€
Guests will find an immersive holiday atmosphere. A whimsical, curving â€œGrinchmasâ€ tree will tower 60 feet above the center of a snow-covered â€œGrinchmasâ€ winter wonderland and will be lit in a nightly ceremony that will feature a colorfully costumed â€œWhovilleâ€ 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.
â€œGrinchmasâ€ will also provide fans of the blockbuster movie a close-up view of the original â€œWhovilleâ€ film sets, featured in the classic â€œDr. Seussâ€™ How the Grinch Stole Christmas,â€ aboard the world-famous behind-the-scenes Studio Tour. As the tram rolls to a stop amid the fanciful â€œWhovilleâ€ buildings, guests will experience a one-of-a-kind performance by â€œWhovilleâ€™sâ€ residents re-enacting favorite scenes and songs from the film.
Guests who attend Universal Studios Hollywoodâ€™s â€œGrinchmasâ€ celebration will be able to purchase the â€œBuy a Day, Get 2011 Freeâ€ annual pass, a tremendous value allowing them to visit Universal Studios Hollywood throughout the coming year.
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