On Thursday, December 6th, the estimable Betty White was awarded the Whomanitarian award for her lifelong dedication to animal welfare. Ms. White graciously accepted the honor and kicked off Grinchmas at Universal Studios Hollywood. The family friendly event runs this weekend, then December 15th through December 31st and features celebrity readings of the classic Dr. Seuss story, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”
The presentation began and Whos began to prance about the stage, sing and engage the audience of children before them in the snow.
The Who’s brought the Grinch in to help kick off Grnichmas.
The Mayor of Whoville presents Betty White.
And with that, Grinchmas officially began!
Betty is one cool lady. Her original passion was to become a zookeeper or ranger. But acting took hold and her career took off. She has served as a trustee for over 40 years for the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association. She has also worked tirelessly to help keep endangered species from the brink of extinction. A true friend of our furry and flippered friends, Betty White was recognized in a very grinchy way.
Here’s a video of the brief, but charming, ceremony:
What is Grinchmas? During the day, it is a winter wonderland of real snow that guests can play in. In the evenings, there are celebrity readings of the classic Dr. Seuss book, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, with a tree lighting to top things off.
The main celebrations take place in the upper lot at the center of Universal Studios Hollywood. Once inside the main gates, you really can’t miss the whimsical, curvy Christmas Tree on the horizon. Follow that and you will find the snow, and the arena for the nightly show.
Below is a full listing for the celebrity readings of How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Note that there are usually two performances each night, but show times vary. Before heading out, don’t forget to double check the full show schedule on the Universal Website here
Celebrity Readings of How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Nia Vardalos 5:30pm
Alison Sweeney 6:15pm
Jillian Michaels 5:30pm
Daniella Monet 6:15pm
Yvette Nicole Brown 7:00pm
Tahj Mowry 6:15pm
Yarel Ramos 7:00pm
Jillian Rose Reed & Nikki de Loach 6:15pm
Danny Pudi 7:00pm
Corbin Bernsen, Kirsten Nelson & Kurt Fuller 6:15pm
Sierra McCormick 7:00pm
Ryan Beatty 6:15pm
Lu Parker 7:00pm
Tia Mowry-Hardict 6:15pm
Jamar Rogers 6:15
Tim Dekay, Willie Garson & Tiffany Thiessen 7:30pm
Peyton List 6:15
Diego Boneta 7:30pm
Xolo Mariduena 6:15
Raphael Sbarge 7:30pm
Lauren Bowles 6:15pm
Sharif Atkins 7:30pm
Kate Linder 6:15pm
Chris Gorham 7:30pm
Matthew Fahey 6:15pm
Kirk Cameron 7:30pm
Camryn Manheim 6:15pm
Benjamin Stockham 7:30pm
Ryan Potter 6:15pm
Ryan Newman 7:30pm
Teri Reeves 7:30pm
China Anne McClain 6:15pm
Steve Blake 7:30pm
Dot Marie Jones 7:30pm
There is also a bit of Grinchmas fun on the backlot tour as well. As the tram pulls through the Whoville set, the whos bring the set (located next to the Psycho House) to life with song and dance.
Please join us in congratulating Betty White on her award. She’s certainly earned it. If you’re a fan of Betty White, please be sure to give this article a thumbs up on Facebook and leave a comment below.