Among best-known Christmas characters, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and the Grinch must rank in the top five. And both of them can be found in Los Angeles this month.
Rudolph will visit just before Christmas as the star of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical,” which has a four-show run at the Dolby Theater (6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood;www.rudolphthemusical.com) at 1, 4 and 7 p.m. Dec. 23 and 10:30 a.m. Dec. 24. This stage show, which concludes its national tour in L.A., is inspired by the beloved Rankin/Bass TV program that has entertained generations of kids since 1964. It includes all of the popular characters from the TV show – Hermey the Elf, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and, of course, Santa and Mrs. Claus – as well as the familiar songs. This theatrical adaptation makes for a merry way to experience this classic story. Tickets are $17-$100.
Meanwhile, you can find the Grinch prowling around Universal Studios (100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City; www.universalstudioshollywood.com) at various times Dec. 3-4, 10-11 and Dec. 16-Jan. 1 as the star of “Grinchmas.” A whimsical 60-foot “Grinchmas” tree will stand tall in Universal Plaza, where the main Grinchmas activities take place. Several Whoville musical acts will entertain guests and Cindy-Lou Who and her friends will perform a storytelling show of “Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” Guests can create a Grinchmas-inspired ornament as a take-home keepsake. If you mail a postcard sharing one of your good deeds to the Grinch, another good deed will be done. Dr. Seuss Enterprises and Random House Children’s Books will donate a book to a child in need on your behalf through First Book, so even Grinchmas celebrates the “season of giving” in a nice way. Admission is $105-$110 adults, $99-$104 children.