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Christmas at Hogwarts returns: What to know about Universal’s 2023 holiday celebrations

The holiday season is fast-approaching, and beginning next month Universal’s theme parks will have plenty of ways to get in the spirit.

Universal Orlando Resort’s festivities will begin in mid-November, where visitors “can experience a mix of merry and mischief brought to life from holiday classics to experiences inspired by pop culture icons,” according to a news release. Universal Studios Hollywood will kick off its celebrations later that month.

With fan favorites returning and some new features, here’s what guests can expect.

When are the holiday celebrations at Universal’s theme parks?

Holiday festivities run from Nov. 17-Dec. 31 at Universal Orlando Resort, and Nov. 24-Jan. 1 at Universal Studios Hollywood.

Holiday celebrations at Universal Orlando Resort will begin next month. Courtesy Of Universal Orlando Resort

What are Universal Orlando Resort’s holiday plans?

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade “transform into a wonderland overflowing with festively themed decor, lights, garland and more,” the news release said. 

The popular “The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle” nighttime show will return, and the guests can catch performances from the Frog Choir – featuring Hogwarts students and their frogs – and Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees.

The festivities include a parade. Eve Chen

Visitors can watch the Grinch in a live retelling of the “Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular” at Universal Islands of Adventure, with appearances from Who-ville residents a chance to take a photo with the green grump. Meanwhile, Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s will fill Universal Studios Florida with festive floats and performances, culminating in a cameo from Santa Claus and the lighting of a Christmas tree measuring 80 feet high.

Mannheim Steamroller will also perform on Dec. 2, 3, 9 and 10, and there will be seasonal food and drinks at Universal CityWalk.


What are Universal Studios Hollywood’s holiday plans?

The California park’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter will be decked out in its festive finery, too, with a capella performances by the Frog Choir, special menu items at the Three Broomsticks tavern and, of course, hot Butterbeer. Guests can see “The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle” there, too, lighting up the school with a projection show starting every night at dusk.

The “Grinchmas” Who-bilation will also debut a daytime performance with the Who-Bee Doo-Wops group. The act is “Who-ville’s latest musical sensation rocking out to hip-swinging, bell-ringing holiday classics for the Whos and guests to enjoy,” according to a news release.

The Grinch will make appearances during the celebrations. Courtesy Of Universal Studios Hollywood

Guests can also catch a nightly lighting ceremony for the 65-foot “Grinchmas” tree in Universal Plaza – complete with a snow flurry – story time with Cindy-Lou Who, make ornaments in a themed craft area and more.

Festive treats – such as seasonal flavors at Voodoo Doughnut and Apple Cider Margaritas at Antojitos Cocina Mexicana – will be on offer, too.


Do Universal’s theme park holiday activities cost extra?

All holiday activities at Universal Studios Hollywood are included with park admission. Universal Orlando Resort’s holiday offerings are included with admission as well, but some, like Universal’s Holiday Tour, cost extra.

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