Holiday Hijinks to Begin at Universal CityWalk

A towering 40 ft. rock n’ roll Christmas tree animated with a stunning display of choreographed music, lights, visuals and snow will make Universal CityWalk a must-see holiday destination in L.A. during the season-long gala, Nov. 26 through Dec. 31.

The celebrations will also feature non-stop parade of bands, choirs and street performers along with Southern California’s most eclectic shopping opportunities, said Universal Studios Hollywood Wednesday, Nov. 24.

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. It will include a nightly “snowfall” on the hour from 6:00-9:00 p.m. throughout the week.

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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” 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.

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Friday and Saturday Nights will feature an eclectic line-up of live music acts from 7:30-10:00 p.m. 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.

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

From Dec. 26-30, CityWalk will ramp up the entertainment with daily concert performances from popular local bands beginning at 6:00 p.m.

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