The Holidays Arrive at Universal Studios Hollywood This November


The spirit of the holidays is upon us and they are transforming Universal Studios Hollywood into a winter wonderland this year with merriment and cheer for all as the theme park brings back seasonal favorites like “Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” and “Grinchmas.” The holiday cheer will arrive Thursday, November 28 and runs daily through Sunday, December 29.

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A family tradition, “Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” adds holiday warmth to the quaint town of Hogsmeade village with seasonal decorations themed to each individual storefront and a dazzling light projection spectacular brings the iconic Hogwarts castle to life.

As night falls in Hogsmeade village, “The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle” illuminates Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry with colorful and impressive animations that dance across Hogwarts castle to a musical arrangement from the Harry Potter movies. Musical performances from the a cappella Frog Choir, will entertain guests with holiday themed songs.

Collectibles for the holiday season available in the various stores throughout Hogsmeade village include a decorative Hogwarts castle snow globe, Hogwarts crest and mascot ornaments representing each of the four houses, wizard card ornaments, unique tree topper and house pennant garland. Holiday-themed fare and hot Butterbeer further complement the overall experience.

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An all-new state-of-the-art “Grinchmas” tree reaching over 55-feet high will be featured this year. The tree will feature hundreds of ornaments and thousands of white and multi-colored LED lights choreographed to music. The dazzling “Grinchmas” tree lighting ceremonies that take place every evening, accompanied by a snowfall flurry, bring this yearly favorite to life.

Holiday decorations will also be spread throughout the park, bringing a crew of very merry and mischievous Minions to “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and “Super Silly Fun Land” to spread Christmas cheer to visitors of all ages. Universal CityWalk’s beautiful 40-foot tall Christmas tree will return to shine with 200,000 LED icicles choreographed to lights and music in the “5 Towers” outdoor plaza along with a free concert performances and an eclectic ensemble of talented street performers.

There will be so much to experience at Universal Studios Hollywood so be sure to grab your passes now!

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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