Universal Studios Hollywood celebrates the festive holidays with eagerly awaited seasonal favorites, “Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™” and “Grinchmas,™” running daily through Monday, January 1, 2024. All holiday activities are included in the price of theme park admission.
My favorite was definitely the “Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” which brings the spirit of the holiday season to the village of Hogsmeade™ as the land is transformed with merry décor of shimmering lights, decorative garlands and festive wreaths. Guests can take delight in special holiday a cappella performances from the Frog Choir, stroll through the village shops while sipping delicious hot Butterbeer™ or savor festive fare at Three Broomsticks™.
Beginning at dusk each night, “The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts™ Castle” will dazzle with stunning imagery as the impressive light projection show illuminates Hogwarts™ School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, bringing the iconic Hogwarts™ castle to life and infusing the land with the sounds of an arrangement of music from the Harry Potter film series. I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect with this light projection show and it did not disappoint. The lights and music were stunning and we couldn’t take our eyes of the performance. There really is no bad seat in the house for this one, just be sure to get there on time to see the entire show. And don’t leave early as you will miss the fireworks at the end of the performance.
Next on your agenda should be the spirited “Grinchmas” Who-bilation also returns with an all-new daytime performance featuring the Who-Bee Doo-Wops group, Who-ville’s latest musical sensation rocking out to hip-swinging, bell-ringing holiday classics for the Whos and guests to enjoy. Your favorite festive topsy-turvy 65 foot-tall “Grinchmas” tree, adorned with hundreds of ornaments and thousands of LED lights will stand tall within Universal Plaza, entertaining guests with a nightly tree lighting ceremony and snowfall flurry, bringing good tidings and season’s greetings to all. This was my daughter’s favorite event of the night. She loved seeing the Grinch dance, sing and eventually light up the beautiful Grinchmas Christmas tree. You do need to get in line for this event early if you want to sit during the performance. There are limited seats for the show, but plenty of standing room only seats in the back. The show does last a good 30 mins, so if you have little kids, I suggest getting there early to grab a seat for the show.
“Grinchmas” activities will include photo opportunities with the GrinchTM and his faithful dog Max, a chance to spend time with Cindy-Lou Who as she leads daily story time for young guests looking to learn “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and visit to the Who-ville post office to mail a merry postcard sharing three good deeds. There are three different locations to see the Grinch and all of the lines to see him while we were there were long. I highly suggest doing this event first during your visit before the lines get to long, if seeing the Grinich is something you really want to do during your visit. If you visit the Grinich in the Plaza section of the park you can also enjoy a themed craft area where guests have the opportunity to decorate paper ornaments to adorn the Grinchmas tree or to take home as a holiday souvenir. Plus, a selection of themed Who-tacular sweet treats, including the Grinch Donut and hot cocoa, will be available for purchase.
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