Holiday Fun at Universal Studios Hollywood kicks of November 17

The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle

With the holidays kicking into high gear in theme parks around the country, Universal Studios Hollywood is gearing up for their annual holiday celebration featuring Grinchmas and holiday festivities throughout The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Universal Studios Hollywood will be bringing back some crowd favorites, such as the popular “Grinchmas” event as well as some new additions this year, such as snow for the first time ever inside Hogsmeade in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter!

Here are more details about Christmas inside The Wizarding World of Harry Potter:

  • Hogwarts castle transforms into a dazzling light projection spectacular and the quaint town of Hogsmeade village shines brightly with décor uniquely themed to each of the individual storefronts.
  • Newly introduced holiday-themed fare and hot Butterbeer will further complement the overall experience. (YUM)
  • The annual holiday reunites the a cappella Frog Choir, comprised of Hogwarts students and their giant throaty frogs, who return to entertain guests with their harmonized holiday themed songs.
  • Collectible merchandise including a variety of decorative Hogwarts castle snow globes, Hogwarts crest and mascot ornaments representing each of the houses, as well as a collection of unique tree toppers and house pennant garland.
  • “The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle” will illuminate Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry with colorful imagery and impressive dimensional animations that dance across Hogwarts castle in tandem to a musical arrangement from the Harry Potter movies.

Grinchmas returns to Universal Studios Hollywood

And as we mentioned above, Grinchmas will once again be returning to Universal Studios Hollywood this year featuring the green mean one himself, The Grinch!

  • Universal Plaza, the elaborate grand piazza at the heart of the theme park, will once again serve as the backdrop for the “Grinchmas” event where thetowering 60 foot tall whimsical “Grinchmas” tree will beautifully twist and spiral as the ideal photo opp for guests.
  • Guest can join the Who-lebration and meet The Grinch, his faithful dog Max and a roster of Who-ville Whos.
  • Martha May Who-vier and the Who Dolls will take center stage performing energetic musical sets to usher in the Christmas season in style.
  • The Who-liday Singers—a hip boy-band ensemble—will perform a cappella concerts featuring a mix of Christmas favorites and pop rock.
  • Cindy-Lou Who and her Who friends will gather guests of all ages – tall and small – for an engaging storytelling show of Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

Grinchmas runs December 1-2 & 8-9, and daily from December 14 – December 30 at Universal Studios Hollywood.

CityWalk at Universal Studios Hollywood will also be getting in on the holiday festivities, full deatils can be found here.

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Clint Gamache started Thrillgeek back in 2013 to share his love of theme parks, pop culture and other geeky stuff with the world. He can be found on Twitter @iamcgeed