Christmas Comes to
Christmas Comes to Wizarding World of Harry Potter
November 24 through January 7
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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 Hogsmeade village.
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As night descends upon Hogsmeade Village, Potter fans will want to hop on their broom and high-tail it to Hogwarts castle for what is sure to be an 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. Universal Studios Hollywood tickets will give you full access to this first of its kind production of light and sound that will transform Hogwarts™ Castle of Witchcraft and Wizardry into a nighttime display of holiday light, music and magic.
Guests will stroll along quaint, cobblestone streets past snow-capped rooftops while enjoying a festive holiday atmosphere that permeates the village.
But that’s not all! The shopkeepers of Hogsmeade village join in the spirit of Christmas. Each storefront has been 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 an exhilarating 4K-HD, the new ride film is now projected at a head-spinning 120 frames per second offering guests a dazzling, real-life peek into Harry’s world only to be outdone if you joined in a Quidditch match yourself.
“The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” has been artfully recreated, with an 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, it's been reported 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, reports state that 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.
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, and the Magic Neep, as well as Butterbeer™ carts located throughout Hogsmeade village.
Shoppers will enjoy searching for that perfect wizardly gift in anyone 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.
For more information about “Christmas at Wizarding World of Harry Potter” festivities at Universal Studios Hollywood call 800-864-8377 or visit UniversalStudiosHollywood.com/wizardingworld