Holiday Magic Casts Its Spell on Universal Studios Hollywood

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A winter wonderland awaits all who visit Universal Studios Hollywood this year, as the resort prepares a celebration full of holiday magic, breathtaking sights, and festive cheer. Many fan favorites are returning for this year’s holiday season, including “Christmas in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter“, and “Grinchmas”.

Hogsmeade will magically transform, bringing a plethora of festive holiday experiences and delicious treats that witches and wizards the world over can enjoy. As you enter, each storefront will charm with its own special yuletide theme, shining brightly for all to see. A flurry of snowfall will also make its way across the land nightly, accompanied by a dazzling light projection spectacular on Hogwarts Castle. To help kick off the celebration, the a capella Frog Choir will return, comprised of Professor Flitwick’s talented Hogwarts students and their giant throaty frogs. They will entertain guests with harmonized holiday themed songs throughout the entire season.

Make sure to build up an appetite, as newly introduced holiday themed fare and treats will be sprinkled throughout Hogsmeade Village. Hot Butterbeer will also be on tap, keeping you warm on those frosty winter nights. A wide array of custom made Christmas ornaments will be available, being specifically made for the Wizarding World. Plenty of other holiday decorations will be ready to take home, including decorative Hogwarts Castle snow globes, a special house garland, Hogwarts Crest and Mascot ornaments for each house, as well as a unique tree topper collection. “Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” will take place daily from November 17, 2018 through January 6, 2019.

Grinchmas at Universal Studios Hollywood

The Christmas magic doesn’t stop there, as “Grinchmas” returns with a “Who-lebration” of fun fit for even the Grinchiest Grinches out there. The annual favorite includes a towering 60 foot tall “Grinchmas” tree, stage performances, and other fun surprises. “Grinchmas” will take place weekends on December 1-2 and 8-9, and daily from December 14 through December 30, 2018.

The Minions will be up to a very merry and mischievous Christmas takeover of “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and “Super Silly Fun Land”. Though, they won’t be alone in spreading Christmas cheer, as the Universal CityWalk will be home to a towering 40 foot tall Christmas tree, topped with over 200,000 LED icicles that will dance and dazzle along to the sounds of the season in the 5 Towers plaza. Santa will make his way down from the North Pole to make daily appearances and offer special photo ops at 5 Towers. Make sure to wear your holiday best and grab some special memories with St. Nick.


Free concerts will be hosted at 5 Towers, complete with a full ensemble of street performers. Finally, the dancing water fountain in the heart of Universal CityWalk will make a holiday splash, projecting streams of choreographed water into the air alongside red and green LED lights and an array of holiday themed music. The spirit of the season awaits you this winter. More details and dates will be available on Universal Studio’s official site.