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Universal CityWalk, Premier LA Free Music Venue, Rings in CityRockin' Holiday


UNIVERSAL CITY, California - A towering 40-foot rock n' roll Christmas tree - animated with a stunning display of choreographed music, lights, visuals, and snow - plus a non-stop parade of bands, choirs, and street performers along with Southern California's most eclectic shopping opportunities, will make Universal CityWalk® a must-see holiday destination in LA during the season-long gala, November 26 through December 31.

A giant rocked-out Christmas tree, sprinkled with 100,000 LED lights and covered in hundreds of musical instrument ornaments, will treat spectators to a wildly over-the-top high-tech holiday show including a nightly “snowfall" on the hour from 6:00-9:00 pm throughout the week. The “CityRockin Holiday" tree show will also introduce the arrival of a new animated Santa Claus' rock star story projected on CityWalk's recently-installed giant “CityVision(SM)" screen in conjunction with a rock-infused soundtrack of popular holiday classics.

From Thanksgiving to New Year's Day, guests will be immersed in a holiday atmosphere featuring new, music-themed decor enhanced with countless lights, oversized ornaments, musical instruments, and abundant garland. Holiday sounds from a diverse array of street performers will echo throughout CityWalk while an enormous spray of mistletoe will dangle overhead from CityWalk's “Santa" Gorilla, adding an “Always Unexpected" merry “kiss-mas" spirit to the holiday festivities.

Friday and Saturday nights will feature an eclectic line-up of live music acts from 7:30-10:00 pm on CityWalk's new outdoor concert stage. On Fridays, entertainment will include dynamic a cappella choirs and acoustic sets of Christmas classics by top local artists. On Saturdays, the CityWalk stage will feature such artists as the Grammy®-winning Mariachi Divas, the soulful grooves of Big Time Jazz and Sajama, performing the international sounds of Latin America.

CityWalk's rock n' roll Santa Claus will be available in CityWalk's Cinema Plaza for unique photo opportunities every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday starting at 12:00 pm and continuing throughout the evening's entertainment. Guests will be able to choose from an assortment of guitar props to create the ultimate “CityRockin Holiday" photo with Santa in his state-of-the-art “rock star" sleigh, elaborately decorated with moving lights and filled to the brim with an assortment of musical instruments.

On December 1, the 15-foot, 1,000-lb. Menorah will light up Universal CityWalk for the 10th annual Chanukah Festival from 5:00-9:00 pm as hundreds gather at the free Festival of Lights celebration.

From December 26-30, CityWalk will amp up the entertainment with daily concert performances from popular local bands beginning at 6:00 pm.

More information, including a complete schedule of CityWalk's holiday entertainment is available at . Regular updates are also made on CityWalk's Twitter @CItyWalkLA and Facebook .

Within the Universal Studios Hollywood(SM) theme park, a traditional white Christmas and an encounter with the not-so-traditional green Grinch will await guests as The Entertainment Capital of LA celebrates “Grinchmas" with tons of powder-fresh snow, meetings with the Grinch, Cindy Lou-Who, Max the Dog, and a “Whoville" jubilation at the original movie sets where the classic “Dr Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!" was filmed. The “Grinchmas" celebration, which expands this year to 18 days, begins on December 11 and 12 and continues daily from December 18 through January 2, 2011. “Grinchmas" is included in the price of theme park admission. More information is available at .

Cheryl Valdez Universal Studios Hollywood Phone: +1-818-622-9504 Email:

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