** THE SHOWBIZ LIVE! – UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., Dec. 5, 2014 — Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti—reading in Seussian rhyme—presentedUniversal 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 PenaVega (“Nashville,” “Spy Kids”), and Carlos PenaVega (“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:
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 unforgettableWhoville 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.
Universal Studios Hollywood, The Entertainment Capital of L.A. includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour; the CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex, the Universal CityWalk Cinemas and the “5 Towers” state-of-the-art outdoor concert venue. World-class rides and attractions include the popular “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” family adventure ride, the intense, award-winning ride, “King Kong 360 3-D” on the famed behind-the-scenes Studio Tour, the critically-acclaimed mega-attraction, Transformers™: The Ride-3D,” “The Simpsons Ride™,” “Revenge of the Mummy SM —The Ride” and “Jurassic Park® —The Ride.”