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Universal Studios Hollywood & Universal CityWalk celebrate winter holidays

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UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., Nov. 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Universal Studios Hollywood(SM) and Universal CityWalk® unveiled a calendar of festive holiday activities.

The spirit of the holidays will transform Universal CityWalk beginning the day after Thanksgiving on November 25 through December 31, as the new high-tech, outdoor concert arena, “5 Towers” comes alive with the sights and sounds of cheerful holiday music, choreographed in unison to hundreds of thousands of twinkling LED lights illuminating the venue.

Inspired by the vibrancy of the holiday season, the venue’s five soaring 42 ft. light tower sculptures will alternate from pulsing snow white strobe lights and giant twirling red and white colored candy canes, to ice blue glowing light pillars and a flashing white snow fall. Nightly tree-lightings at the gigantic 40 ft. tall Christmas tree, glistening with 100,000 LED lights, will also treat visitors to a multimedia holiday light show. Visits from a rock ‘n’ roll Santa, along with free concert performances, DJ appearances and an eclectic array of talented street performers will help make Universal CityWalk a holiday destination.

Beginning on December 10 and 11 and continuing daily from December 17 through January 1, 2012, a very, merry “Grinchmas”™ returns to Universal Studios Hollywood as the theme park rings in a jolly Who-liday season with the Grinch, his faithful dog Max, tons of fresh snow and nightly celebrity readings of the Dr. Seuss classic, “How The Grinch Stole Christmas.”

A whimsical, curving “Grinchmas” tree will tower 60 feet above the center of a snow-covered winter wonderland and will be lit in nightly ceremonies that will feature a colorfully costumed Who-ville choir caroling and spreading holiday cheer. The Grinch and Max will star with the Whos in these enchanting Who-bilation performances.

Prior to select “Who-bilations” and tree-lightings, celebrities from the worlds of film, television and music will take the stage to help Universal Studios Hollywood celebrate “Grinchmas” as they share their entertaining interpretations of the heart-warming tale of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”

Throughout “Grinchmas,” the Grinch, Max and the Who-ville Whos will be on hand and paw to meet fans and take memorable holiday photos, while families gather to enjoy traditional winter fun, romping together in a playground of real snow, made fresh daily, and building their own Southern Californian snowmen.

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

“Grinchmas” is included in the price of theme park admission.
 
Universal Studios Hollywood’s “Buy A Day, Get 2012 Free” annual pass offers visits throughout 2012 for the price of a single day’s admission. Guests who purchase the pass will be able to experience Universal Studios Hollywood’s new cutting-edge thrill-ride, “Transformers™: The Ride 3D,” when it opens next Spring.

Universal Studios Hollywood is a unit of the Universal Parks & Resorts division of NBCUniversal. NBCUniversal is one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment television networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks. Comcast Corporation owns a controlling 51% interest in NBCUniversal, with GE holding a 49% stake.

ABOUT DR. SEUSS ENTERPRISES, L.P. The primary focus of the Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P. is to protect the integrity of the Dr. Seuss books while expanding beyond books into ancillary areas. This effort is a strategic part of the overall mission to nurture and protect the relationship consumers have with Dr. Seuss characters. Theodor Seuss Geisel (Dr. Seuss) said he never wanted to license his characters to anyone who would “round out the edges.” That is one of the guiding philosophies of Dr. Seuss Enterprises. Audrey S. Geisel, the widow of Dr. Seuss, heads Dr. Seuss Enterprises.

Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin ([email protected]) is a leading journalist, publicist, strategist, blogger, content marketing specialist and connector in the international attractions industry. She excels at writing about all aspects of design and technical design, production and project management. Areas of special interest include AV integration and show control, lighting design and acoustics, specialty cinema, digital video and world’s fairs. Judith has ties to numerous industry organizations. From 2005-2020 she ran communications, publications and social media for the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). In 2013, she was honored with the TEA Service Award. She was development director of IMERSA, and co-chair of the 2014 IMERSA Summit. She was publicist for the Large Format Cinema Association in the 1990s, now part of the Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) and has also contributed to the publications of PLASA, IAAPA and the International Planetarium Society. Already making her mark as a magazine and book editor, Judith joined World’s Fair magazine in 1987, which introduced her to the attractions industry. Launching as a freelancer in the mid 1990s she has contributed to dozens of publications and media outlets including Funworld, Lighting&Sound America, Sound & Communications, Urban Land, The Raconteur and The Planetarian. She joined InPark in 2010. Judith earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute. She has lived in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area, and now makes her home in Saint Louis, where she is active in the local arts and theater community.

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