Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti joined ‘The Grinch’ to light the towering “Grinchmas” tree at Universal Studios Hollywood
Hollywood’s Who’s Who, Yvette Nicole Brown, Alexa and Carlos PenaVega, Also Joined to Help The Grinch and Whovillians Ring in the Cele-Who-bration Festivities
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., Dec. 5, 2014 / Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti—reading in Seussian rhyme—presented Universal Studios HollywoodSM and The Grinch with the first-ever “Grinchmas” Mayoral Proclamation as The Entertainment Capital of L.A.SM kicked off the merry “GrinchmasTM“ Wholiday season with a spectacular tree lighting ceremony, glistening snowfall and dazzling fireworks display.
Speaking on behalf of L.A. tourism growth, Mayor Garcetti also reinforced the city’s goal of attaining 50 million visitors by the year 2020, crediting Universal Studios Hollywood as one the most popular tourist destinations in Los Angeles and a singular factor in delivering half of that increase.
“I’m working hard to protect and promote L.A.’s creative and tourism sectors because they’re essential to our economy and our city’s character. As one of the most popular tourist destinations in Los Angeles, Universal Studios Hollywood attracts visitors from across the globe with their unparalleled attractions, including such seasonal celebrations as ‘Grinchmas,’ and is pivotal to our city’s economic vitality,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.
The nighttime tree lighting extravaganza featured a star-studded line-up of Hollywood’s Who‘s Who, including Yvette Nicole Brown (“Community,” “Family Guy” and the upcoming TV series “The Odd Couple”), Alexa PeñaVega (“Nashville,” “Spy Kids”), and Carlos PeñaVega (“Big Time Rush,” “The Penguins of Madagascar“), who were on hand to help the Whoville Whos illuminate the towering “Grinchmas” tree.
“Grinchmas” runs weekends on December 6-7 and 13-14, then continues daily from Friday, December 19, 2014 through Saturday, January 3, 2015.
The Universal Plaza, an elaborate grand piazza at the heart of the theme park, will serve 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 merry holiday- making memories, while The Grinch, his adorable dog Max and the Whoville Whos entertain guests nearby with fun-filled photo opportunities.
As part of the fab-Who-lous event, Martha May Whovier and the Who Dolls will take center stage by the “Grinchmas” tree performing energetic musical sets to usher in the Christmas season in style. The Wholiday Singers—a hip boy-band ensemble—will perform nightly a cappella concerts featuring a mix of Christmas favorites and pop rock.
The spirited “Grinchmas” event will also capture guests’ imagination with a variety of inspiring activities designed to create long lasting memories. These include:
- Who-ville Post Office – Visitors will have a chance to partake in the “Grow Your Hearts 3 Sizes” campaign when they share their good deeds on a postcard and mail them to The Grinch. In return, 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.
- Trim up the Tree Lot – Guests can design and personalize their own “Grinchmas” ornaments to help decorate the venue’s other “Grinchmas” trees or take them home as a keepsake.
- Who-bilicious Cookie Dec-Who-rating – Freshly baked, ginger bread cookies will be available for purchase, and guests can create their very own amazing treats with an assortment of delectable frostings and tasty toppers.
- Story Time with Cindy Lou Who – Cindy Lou Who and her Who friends will gather guests of all ages – tall and small—for an engaging storytelling show of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, featuring special effects and audience participation.
Aboard the world-famous behind-the-scenes Studio Tour, fans of the blockbuster film, “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” will have the chance to enjoy a close-up view of the original Whoville film sets and a one-of-a-kind performance by unforgettable Whoville Whos re-enacting popular scenes and songs from the family favorite.
“Grinchmas” is included in the price of theme park admission. More information is available at www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com. As families prepare for gift giving, Universal Studios Hollywood’s popular “Buy A Day, Get 2015 Free” annual pass offers tremendous value and visits throughout 2015 for the price of a single day’s admission.