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How Stephen Moyer Will Kick Off Christmas

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With his HBO show True Blood on hiatus – and his August wedding to costar Anna Paquin still a fresh memory – Stephen Moyer plans to read the classic children’s tale Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas! at Universal Studios Hollywood for a special Dec. 11 live performance, a rep for Universal tells PEOPLE.

The event will kick off the theme park’s 18-day Grinchmas celebration. Besides Moyer, who plays True Blood‘s vampire Bill Compton, the reading will also feature the Grinch’s faithful dog Max, a heap of (through Hollywood magic) fresh snow and a “Whoville Whobilation” on the original sets where the 2000 live-action Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, starring Jim Carrey, was filmed.

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The Dr. Seuss story, first published in 1957, tells of the bitter Grinch who burgles Whoville and takes the Christmas presents. (Spoiler alert: It ends happily.)

Other names set to follow in Moyer’s frosty footsteps will be actor Jeffrey Tambor, who played the Mayor of Whoville in the movie (he’ll read Dec. 12); Brandy (Dec. 18); and Joey Lawrence and Alfred Hitchcock star Tippi Hedren (Dec. 20). Universal will announce additional celebrity readers in the weeks to come.

Meanwhile, a statement from the theme park says that, besides the reading, Grinchmas will also contain “a whimsical, curving Grinchmas tree 60 feet above the center of a snow-covered Grinchmas winter wonderland [and] a nightly tree-lighting ceremony that will feature a colorfully costumed Whoville choir caroling and spreading holiday cheer.” Or frights.