Universal's Grinchmas Welcomes Celeb Readers

The theme park's holiday confection will have faux snow, Max, and storytime.

By Alysia Gray Painter
|  Monday, Dec 3, 2012  |  Updated 9:30 AM PDT
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Universal's Grinchmas Welcomes Celeb Readers

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Universal Studio's Grinchmas, complete with trips to Who-ville, opens on Saturday, Dec. 8. (Photo by David Sprague/Universal Studios via Getty Images)

If ever one is allowed to be overly sentimental and nostalgic, it is during the month of December. We long from things from our childhoods, and memories of those things grow.

Us? We've been wishing for a good televised holiday variety special, where, at the end, the audience finds out the role of Santa or Jack Frost was actually played by some major celebrity.

That thrill of the changing-holiday-celebrity, though, still exists, and it exists in person, at Universal Studios every December. That's the time the theme park stages Grinchmas, its annual Who-stravaganza. But it is also a bit of a who's who, too; different actors and notable types show at the park each day of the Grinchmas run to read the famous Dr. Seuss tale aloud.

Past celebrity readers have included Bob Newhart, Fred Savage, and Brandy.

But hearing a beloved tale told by a notable personage isn't the only Christmassy element to the green 'n furry extravaganza. Whos will run amok, singing and acting cheery, as Whos tend to do. Max will cameo, in the form of a real pup. And there's a visit to Who-ville on the Universal Studios backlot, too, to plan for.

Plus the Grinch himself. He may be a mean one, but he's certainly not a shy one, so you'll see him around, scampering and glowering in a Grinchly fashion.

Your park admission gets you into all the Who-y doings.

Grinchmas opens at the Universal City destination on Saturday, Dec. 8. It's on on that Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 9, then it gets going in earnest from Dec. 15 through Dec. 31, when the Grinchmassy goings-on will happen daily. To follow what celebrities are set to read, click here.

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