Each year just before Christmas, Universal Studios Hollywood puts up its giant crooked Christmas tree and is overrun with the Whos of Who-ville and the ever popular Grinch for its annual Grinchmas celebration. Prior to 2013, Grinchmas included a delightful musical performance of Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas every evening, which you can see a taste of here.
With the park remodel, the tree now takes pride of place in Universal Plaza. There is a spectacular tree-lighting of the 60-foot tree each night of Grinchmas, along with a photo opportunity with the Grinch himself and Max.
Cindy-Lou Who and her friends from Who-ville gather guests of all ages around the curvy tree for a storytelling show of Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas, with special effects and audience participation. Various Whos are available all day long for photo opportunities around the tree.
Martha May Who-vier and the Who Dolls will be center stage by the “Grinchmas” tree performing energetic musical sets to usher in the Christmas season in style, and you'll still find a group of Whos performing musical numbers and scenes from the movie on the original set on the Universal Tram Tour. Don't miss the hip beat-box sounds of the Wholiday Singers.
Grinchmas activities in the past have included cookie and ornament decorating and the Who-ville Post Office, where you could share your good deeds on a postcard and mail it to the Grinch. For each postcard, Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P. and Random House Children’s Books, the publishers of Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, donated a book to a child in need on your behalf through First Book.
The holiday cheer spreads to Despicable Me Minion Mayhem and Super Silly Funland, where the Merry Minions will be spreading cheer. Over in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, they're bringing out hot Butterbeer for the season at Three Broomsticks and Hog's Head pub and Hogsmeade is fully decorated.
If you're planning ahead, be aware that Universal changes the dates for this event every year, and they don't announce this year's dates until a week or two before the event begins. Some years it has started Thanksgiving weekend, other years, not until the middle of December.
In 2017, Grinchmas runs on weekends on December 2-3 and 9-10, and daily from December 15 through December 31. Grinchmas is included in the price of park admission. Tickets begin at $105-116 online, and are higher at the gate. Various multi-day and season pass options are available. Universal Studios Hollywood is also included on the Go Los Angeles Card.
Christmas at Universal CityWalk
Outside of the park, you can visit Rock n' Roll Santa on 5 Towers Plaza on Universal CityWalk. A 40-foot tall Christmas tree and LED icicles programmed to music are a backdrop to an eclectic variety of holiday performances on the outdoor stage as well as diverse street performers. Festivities on Universal CityWalk begin the Friday after Thanksgiving.