Grinchmas & holiday celebrations at Universal Studios Hollywood and CityWalk

Florence Henderson at Universal's Grinchmas (photo by Margie Barron

Florence Henderson at Universal’s Grinchmas (photo by Margie Barron)

 A heart-warming Grinchmas celebration took place at Universal Studios Hollywood with Florence Henderson in the spotlight. The classic TV star received the “Who-Manitarian Award” from the Grinch himself and Max the dog.

  The special ceremony for Henderson was held in the new Who-ville holiday plaza at the Universal tour center. Henderson was delighted to be greeted by the Mayor of Who-Ville and a crowd from L.A. Family Housing, the beneficiary organization of Universal Studios Hollywood’s charitable Discover a Star Foundation. It was a fun event that captured the spirit of the holiday season.

  The “Who-Manitarian Award” honored Henderson for her commitment to the City of Hope research and treatment hospital for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. In addition to being the beloved matriarch of The Brady Bunch, the vibrant 79-year-old is also the host of The Florence Henderson Show on RLTV a network dedicated to seniors needs and lifestyle.

  The presentation launched the “Who-bilations” at Universal’s Who-Ville from now until the end of the year.

  Another event tied into to Universal’s holiday festivities was the debut of the Holiday Tree Lighting Spectacular at Universal CityWalk’s ‘5 Towers’ plaza. The event was launched with singer Tamar Braxton giving a concert performing songs from her #1 debuting album “Love and War” and new holiday album “Winter Loversland.”

  Santa Claus and children from L.A. Family Housing joined Tamar in the tree lighting ceremony. The star of Braxton Family Values and Tamar & Vince also held a meet and greet with her fans and signed CDs. Throughout CityWalk’s holiday festivities, “5 Towers” will radiate with free concerts, and glimmer with hourly snowfall at Santa’s Snow Zone, where guests can take photos with Santa aboard his giant sleigh. Event dates are from Nov. 29 until Dec. 31, 2013. For more information go to #

Frank Barron is the former editor of The Hollywood Reporter, having served twice in that capacity. In between, he was West Coast news director for Billboard Publications, supervising their five magazines. Barron also created the western TV series “The Man From Blackhawk” for the ABC network. For more than three decades he and writer-wife Margie Barron have covered Hollywood for Production Update magazine, and they currently contribute to numerous publications. Frank started in showbiz as publicity director for the KHJ radio and television station. Before moving to California, he was a sports editor in New Jersey.