Updated: Nov 16, 2017
“Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” Will come to Universal Studios Hollywood Bringing a Eye-popping Illuminated Projection Spectacular to Hogwarts Castle along with holiday park decor that will surely get you and your family in a Christmas caroling mood.
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This season Harry Potter fans have more reasons to celebrate the holidays at Universal Studios Hollywood. That's because for the first time, Christmas comes to “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter,” with a new eye-dazzling light projection show splashed across Hogwarts Castle, as wells as specially themed holiday decor and lighting throughout Hogsmead village.
As night descends upon Hogsmeade, Potter fans will want to transport themselves to Hogwarts castle for what is certain to be a after-dark luminous spectacular. Multiple times a night, guests will be treated to a first-ever multi-colored light projection show of holiday animations that dance, spin and whirl across Hogwarts™ School of Witchcraft and Wizardry to the sounds of specially arranged music from the Harry Potter series. This new Universal Studios Hollywood production of light and sound transforms Hogwarts™ castle into a nighttime display of holiday light, music and magic sure to bring Christmas joy to the whole family.
Guests will stroll along quaint, cobblestone streets past snowcapped rooftops while enjoying a festive holiday atmosphere that permeates the village.
But that’s not all! The shopkeepers of Hogsmead village join in the spirit of Christmas. Each storefront has need painstakingly decorated with individually themed holiday trimmings, ornaments and Christmas lighting adding to the spirit of the season.
In addition to celebrating a Wizarding World Christmas, guests are invited to experience Harry’s thrilling ride, “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey.” Recently upgraded to a exhilarating 4K-HD, the new ride film is now projected at a head-spinning 120 frames per second offering guests a dazzling, real-life peak into Harry’s world only be out done by joining in a Quidditch match yourself.
“The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” has been artfully recreated, with a unwavering commitment to remain faithfully true to the British inspired landscape of the Harry Potter films, including its awe-inspiring centerpiece, Hogwarts castle.
In Harry’s Wizarding World, Hogwarts castle is old, really old, about 1000 years old. To gain inspiration for the design of Hogwarts, the design team looked no further than the medieval castles and cathedrals of the United Kingdom. Designed with a mixture of Romanesque and Medieval gothic revival, designers drew inspiration from Durham Cathedral located in Durham, England. Built in 1093, Durham Cathedral served as a blueprint for most of Hogwarts design elements for everything to the right of the viaduct. In comparing the design of Hogwarts twin Bell Towers to the boxy shape of the twin towers at Durham Cathedral, they appear virtually identical, with the exception of the pointed spires added to the top of the Hogwarts Bell Towers for added visual impact.
Illustration Credit: Jennifer Filipowski/Hendricks Architecture
Potter fans can immerse themselves in J.K. Rowling’s world of wizards and warlocks with the opportunity to enjoy authentic food and beverages at multiple locations, including Three Broomsticks™ and Hog's Head pub, as and the Magic Neep, as well as Butterbeer™ carts located throughout Hogsmead village.
Shoppers will enjoy searching for that perfect wizardly gift in any one of eight retail themed shops, including Honeydukes™, Ollivanders™, Owl Post™, Zonko’s™ Joke Shop, Wiseacre's Wizarding Equipment, Dervish and Banges™, Gladrags Wizardwear and Filch’s Emporium™ of Confiscated Goods.
“Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” represents the first holiday themed program since the 2016 opening at Universal Studios Hollywood.
For more information about “Christmas at Wizarding World of Harry Potter” festivities at Universal Studios Hollywood call 800-864-8377 or visit UniversalStudiosHollywood.com