Today, the 4th of December 2014, Universal Studios Hollywood kicked off Grinchmas with their annual Whobilation! The park hosted a media/ annual pass-holder tree lighting, and a preview event! The Whobilation honored a couple of celebrities as well this year!
Before we get to the actual ceremony, let’s take a quick look at some holiday decorations around City Walk.
The front plaza outside the park is very nicely decorated!
Of course at night as well!
Inside the park it’s great looking. It’s not overdone, but it’s there. Perfect. Oh LOOK! It’s the old House of Horrors being destroyed. How ‘horrifying’… 😀
Let’s move on to the actual Whobilation. Always liked this tree, one way or the other I’m fascinated by it, don’t ask me why. The celebration started off with 2 songs and dances by the whoville citizens, and then the Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti came on stage to talk about Grinchmas and the tourism in Los Angeles. He spoke in both English and Spanish for the different audiences of the press and celebration. Stating that Universal Studios Hollywood is a great tourist attraction for LA, and that thanks to USH, LA can count on passing the 50 million visitors a year by 2020. He also presented a poem, related to Grinchmas. And then the character whom the event is based of showed up… the Grinch! Then celebrities Alexa PenaVega, Carlos PenaVega, and Yvette Nicole Brown joined the mayor and whoville characters to eventually light the tree! (Here’s some pictures of them doing the interviews, as my picture of them on stage is blurred). And then there was the tree lighting… BOOM! Brighter than bright. Best of all, they had some awesome fireworks for this lighting!
The tree lighting is held at the Universal Plaza each night of Grinchmas. I’m loving the decorations! Here’s the Trim up the Tree Lot, where guests design their own ornaments, after which they can use them to decorate the trees at the plaza, or take them home as a souvenir.
Some Whoville characters interacting with the crowds! Mainly children. The traditional Cookie Decorating station is back, next to Who-Bilicious Treats, where they sell more pastries. Something really awesome is the Whoville Post Office. Where, as part of the Grow Your Heart 3 Sizes campaign, guests (children) send in cards to the Grinch with good deeds and ideas. In return, the Random House Children’s Books publishing company will pay it forward by donating a book to a child in need, on the behalf of the sender! The funky Whoville police car in which the Grinch arrived! Here’s where guests will be taking pictures with the Grinch!
The good ol’ photo op taxi is back! And the main characters of the event, in all happiness, the Grinch and Max the dog! Some more cool patterns on the tree!
Around Universal Plaza it looks very neat as well! Look at that cool French street!
As you enter and exit Universal Studios Hollywood this Holiday season, you’ll be greeted by the statues. Grinchmas style of course!One last good-bye to that amazing looking entrance/exit…
Make sure to check out Grinchmas this year! It’s a great event, at a great place. Universal Studios Hollywood!