Universal Studios Hollywood Holidays to Feature New Glittering Hogwarts Castle


It is never too early to think about the holiday season, and Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal CityWalk are already prepping for this year’s festivities.

Nightly glistening snowfall will set the scene at “Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” from November 17th through January 6th. At Hogwarts Castle, a breathtaking light projection display awaits and in the nearby village of Hogsmeade guest will find festive themed décor in each shop window. Each night Hogwarts castle will be illuminated with colorful images and animations all set to a musical arrangement from the Harry Potter movies.

“Christmas in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter” at Universal Studios Hollywood

During the day, the acappella Frog Choir comprised of Hogwarts students and giant frogs will sing some of your favorite holiday songs. “Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” will have a variety of themed, specially designed Christmas décor including Hogwarts crest and house mascot ornaments, tree toppers, house pennant garland, Hogwarts Castle snow globes and more.

Topping off the festive experience are new, delicious holiday treats including hot Butterbeer.

Universal Studios Hollywood will also welcome the return of “Grinchmas” featuring your favorite Whoville Who’s, The Grinch’s dog Max and The Grinch himself. A 60-foot tall “Grinchmas” tree will overlook the stage where The Who-liday Singers and Martha Who-vier and the Who Dolls will welcome the Christmas season with upbeat musical performances. “Grinchmas” will be open on weekends December 1-2, 8-9, and daily December 14 – 30.

Grinchmas at Universal Studios Hollywood

More Christmas magic awaits throughout the park with festive décor and whimsy including mischievous Minions spreading Christmas cheer to visitors. A 40-foot tall glittering Christmas tree on Universal City Walk will have 200,000 LED icicles perfectly choreographed to music with Santa Claus making daily appearances at 5 Towers. Free concert performances will also be available at 5 Towers.

The holiday cheer throughout CityWalk will begin November 23rd and run through Christmas Day. Don’t miss out on all the holiday magic this year at Universal Studios Hollywood.

Brianna works full time in the publishing industry, passionately building books to bring to the masses. Her first fandom was Harry Potter, which she joined at age 11. Her love for books took her abroad to earn her Masters Degree at University College London, after which she lived in New York City, and now resides in Austin. She loves all things fandom including Supernatural, Doctor Who, and more. Ever the introvert, she can usually be found reading, playing with her dog, listening to music and practicing yoga. Brianna joined the Nerds and Beyond staff in 2018 where she unites her love for all things "nerd" with her passion for writing. Find her on Twitter here: @bookbag09

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