It may be Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood now, but pretty soon, it’s going to feel a lot like Christmas. That’s because the Hollywood theme park is preparing to celebrate the Holiday event by decking the halls with a wintry calendar of festive holiday experiences and an array of delectable treats that families and friends far and wide can enjoy.
“Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” will feel more festive this year with a yuletide spirit that resonates throughout the land as Hogwart’s 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.
Also returning are the a cappella Frog Choir, comprised of Hogwarts students and their giant throaty frogs, who will entertain guests with harmonized holiday-themed songs.
Guests will also be able to purchase a wide selection of custom-made Christmas ornaments created especially for “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.”
And for those who enjoy the taste of that delicious cup of Butterbeer, there will be holiday-themed fare and hot Butterbeer will further complement the overall experience.
Grinchmas also makes a return to Universal, which is very fitting considering the new Grinch animated film is also coming out this year. Guests will be able to join in on the Who-lebration of fun fit for The Grinch, his faithful dog Max and a roster of Who-ville Whos.
The annual event comes to life with a towering 60- foot tall whimsical “Grinchmas” tree where 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.
Additionally, the festive events will extend to “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and the adjoining “Super Silly Fun Land,” where guests of all ages will be able to celebrate the holiday event with a crew of very merry and mischievous Minions who will gleefully spread Christmas cheer.
For those walking around Universal CityWalk, guests will be able to enjoy the spectacular 40-foot tall Christmas tree that glistens with 200,000 LED icicles choreographed to the lights and sounds of the season in the 5 Towers Plaza. Santa Claus will make daily appearances and offer special photo opportunities at 5 Towers.
The iconic, dancing water fountain situated at the heart of CityWalk will also make a splash this holiday season. This visually dynamic fountain, displaying over 230 individual power jets, will project streams of choreographed water into the air complemented by red and green LED lights and an array of holiday-themed music.
Admission to Universal CityWalk is free.
The Winter holiday events begin the day after Thanksgiving on Friday, November 23 through Tuesday, December 25, 2018.
“Grinchmas” will take place weekends on December 1-2 and 8-9, and daily from December 14 through December 30, 2018.
“Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” will take place daily from November 17, 2018, through January 6, 2019.