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Hollywood magic and the wonder of the holiday season mix at Universal Studios Hollywood! Imagine a gentle snowfall over Hogwarts while sipping hot butterbeer in Hogsmeade. Spend the afternoon in Who-ville learning what Christmas means to the Whos! Take in a stroll though Hollywood decked out in full holiday glitz and glamour! You can experience all this at Universal Studios Christmas fun this holiday season. Updated for 2018!
Universal Studios Christmas Guide
Holiday Shows at Hogwarts Castle
In the Wizarding World of Harry Potter the “can’t miss” event is the nightly glistening snow that begins to fall periodically starting at 5:15 pm! Families can witness this magic for the holiday season through January 6th. In addition, The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle is a dazzling light spectacular that occurs nightly roughly every 30 minutes. Check the light show times at the beginning of the night – these time vary and you will not want to miss it. The later showings tend to have smaller crowds, allowing for more space to enjoy the show.
Tip: Look for the metal gates that control traffic into the WWOHP . This will help you get into the viewing area of the castle quickly – they begin at the entrance to Kung Fu Panda!
Unique Wizarding World of Harry Potter Offerings
Unique holiday offerings are found all throughout the Wizarding World of Harry Potter! The A Capella Frog Choir delights and entertains guest with their harmonies! This scene transports you directly into the Prisoner of Azkaban where the students celebrate a Happy Christmas! Children will marvel at the realistic frogs and adults will be impressed by the extreme likeness from the original movie! To commemorate the holiday season stop in at the Wizarding World holiday boutique – pick up an ornament or specialty robe and scarf! Need more inside information? Check out our Wizarding World of Harry Potter guide!
Trick: The shop directly behind the Hogwarts Express has a great selection of holiday souvenirs with little to no line!
Grinchmas Meet and Greets
A family favorite not to disappoint will be a photo op with the lovable dog Max , located just to the side of the giant Who-ville tree. Be sure to pose for a picture with the Grinch’s faithful friend! Max truly steals the show with his sweet face an playful nature between each photo.
To meet the Grinch, line up behind the sweet treat stand to get some one-on-one interaction with the “Mean One” himself! Then, keep and eye out for characters strolling throughout the area for pictures and quick hellos! You will run into such characters as Cindy-Lou and her family, The Mayor, and even a few Who-villle stars!
Tip: Be sure to check the schedule before you buy your tickets – this holiday offering is only available on the weekends!
Holiday Activities in Who-ville
Glitz and glamour is at its height when Martha May Who-vier and the Who Dolls take the stage to perform musical treats! Their upbeat music and mix of holiday classics will make your visit merry! The Who-liday Singers are a boy band to bring in the holiday season – performing a capella music sets mixing Christmas hip-hop and pop-rock songs! Sit up close for a chance to share your dance moves on stage!
Join Cindy-Lou and her Who friends as they re-tell the classic story of Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Snuggle together and listen close to this story that reminds us its not about what’s in packages, boxes, and bags but whats in your heart! Finally, you will not want to skip the tree lighting ceremony that illuminates Who-ville – the show includes story excerpts, musical tributes, and lots of glowing lights.
Tip: Check the schedule before you head into Grinchmas and snag a seat early for the show times! Seating is very limited – but you are always welcome to stand!
This time of year you cannot get far without coming face-to-face with some tasty Holiday treats! Head to Who-Ville for a delicious variety of Grinchmas-themed goodies like the giant Grinch Doughnut, a Hot Chocolate Cupcake, or a sugar cookie! Looking for something to warm your spirit? Head directly to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and enjoy a hot Butterbeer at The Three Broomsticks. Looking for something to share on Instagram? Visit Studio Scoops located on the lower lot and snag a picture perfect sundae topped with a doughnut, whipped cream, and a lollipop!
The Christmas season is a great time to head to Universal Studios Hollywood – with so much programming and seasonal treats you will fill your day with movie magic and the holiday spirit!
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