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Universal Studios Hollywood opens its Grinchmas

December 9, 2010, 8:49 PM · Universal Studios Hollywood kicked off its "Grinchmas" holiday celebration today with a photo-op featuring actress and animal activist Tippi Hedren and Max the Dog from "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas."

Grinchmas opening at USH

Grinchmas continues this Saturday and Sunday, then runs daily starting Dec. 18 through Jan. 2, 2011. The event, located in the Upper Lot next to the Shrek theater, features a snow play area (hey, that's a big deal in Los Angeles), character meet-and-greets and nightly tree-lighting ceremonies plus celebrity readings of "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas."

In addition this weekend, Universal will host an animal-adoption fair from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, outside the park's front gate. The fair will be "hosted" by the Grinch and Max the dog and will feature shelter animals looking for a home. While the rest of Grinchmas is included with park admission, there's no admission necessary to take part in the adoption fair.

Update, Dec. 13: From Universal:

Scheduled celebrity readings will take place twice nightly beginning at 4:40 p.m. and 7:25 p.m., just prior to the "Grinchmas" tree lighting and Who-ville "Who-bilation" ceremony as follows:
  • Brandy and Yvette Nicole Brown of “Community” on Dec. 18
  • Actor Fred Willard and “Tonight Show with Jay Leno” band musical director, Rickey Minor on Dec. 19
  • Joey Lawrence and Tippi Hedren on Dec. 20
  • Bob Newhart and Latin recording artist, Luz Rios on Dec. 21
  • "Little Fockers" star Teri Polo and Corey Feldman on Dec. 22
  • "Biggest Loser" host Allison Sweeney and "Access Hollywood" reporter Maria Menounos on Dec. 23
  • Florence Henderson on Dec. 24
  • "The Nanny" star Benjamin Salisbury and "Dante's Peak" star Kirk Trutner on Dec. 25
  • "The Wonder Years" Fred Savage and "Modern Family" star Nolan Gould on Dec. 26
  • Jon Lovitz and Wayne Brady on Dec. 27
  • "Knott's Landing" star Donna Mills on Dec. 28
  • "Covert Affairs" star Christopher Gorham on Dec. 29
  • Alexandra Daddario of "White Collar" and "Glee" star Dot-Marie Jones on Dec. 30
  • KNBC’s "Today in L.A." traffic and weather anchor Sean Murphy on Dec. 31
  • "White Collar" star, Tiffani Thiessen on Jan. 2.
  • Replies (1)

    December 10, 2010 at 3:56 PM · Yet another example of Universal successfully using an older franchise. Good on them.

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