Tying in with the movie release of "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas," Universal Studios Hollywood is hosting "Grinchmas," a Christmas-themed celebration with a Whovillian twist.
"We're doing Christmas in a big way," said Pat Moloney, the theme park's vice president of entertainment. "It's a totally immersive behind-the-scenes experience."
For "Grinchmas," which runs Friday through Jan. 1, Universal Studios has installed "Mount Crumpit Snow Plummet," a 100-foot-long sledding hill packed with several tons of real snow. This being Southern California, sledders won't need mitts or galoshes to zoom down the mountain; specially designed inner tubes will keep riders' extremities from hitting the snow. "You can go down in shorts and T-shirts if it's warm enough," Moloney said.
"Grinchmas" revelers can also wander through "The Grinch's Cave Maze," a re-creation of the Grinch's cavernous home decorated with props from the movie, including the furry green grouch's bed and X-ray machine. "It's taken pretty much directly from the designs in the film," Moloney said.