Universal Studios Hollywood has announced their holiday entertainment offerings for 2023. They will celebrate the festive holidays with eagerly awaited seasonal favorites, “Grinchmas” and “Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.” Universal Hollywood’s holiday activities are included in theme park admission. The festive season begins Friday, November 24th and runs daily through Monday, January 1st. 

Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Discover the holiday season in 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. Also, you can 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. The nighttime spectacle brings the iconic Hogwarts castle to life and infuses the land with the music of the Harry Potter film series.

Guests can commemorate their Christmas visit to Hogsmeade Village with a variety of exclusive keepsake items available for purchase, including personalized ornaments, sweaters, scarves and stockings.


The spirited Who-bilation also returns with an all-new daytime performance featuring the WhoBee 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. 

The familiar and festive topsy-turvy 65 foot-tall “Grinchmas” tree, adorned with hundreds of ornaments and thousands of LED lights will stand tall within Universal Plaza. It will entertain guests with a nightly tree lighting ceremony and snowfall flurry, bringing good tidings and season’s greetings to all.

“Grinchmas” activities will include photo opportunities with the Grinch and his faithful dog Max. Plus, guests have 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.” But don’t forget to visit the Who-ville post office to mail a merry postcard as well!

A themed craft area will provide guests the opportunity for jolly holiday decorating by creating paper ornaments to adorn the Grinchmas tree. You’re welcome to take them home as a holiday souvenir, too. Plus, a selection of themed Who-tacular sweet treats, including the Grinch Donut and hot cocoa, will be available for purchase.

Universal CityWalk Hollywood will be dressed for the holiday season with spirited décor and a 40-foot-tall Christmas tree featuring more than 200,000 LED lights. 

The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen will offer a new seasonal milkshake. Also, the popular Voodoo Doughnut will entice guests with delicious seasonal flavors to celebrate the holiday spirit. Antojitos Cocina Mexicana serves up a variety of festive-themed drinks, including Mistletoe Mule, Chestnut Horchata and Apple Cider Margarita.

NBC Sports Grill & Brew and Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville, and VIVO Italian Kitchen will also spread holiday cheer.

Finally, stay tuned for additional details about the holiday season at Universal Studios Hollywood!

Image Credit: NBCUniversal

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