From the Wizarding World to Grinchmas: Holidays at Universal Studios Hollywood

Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood. (Jami Seymore | KSNV)

From Christmas in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter to a "Who-lebration" of fun with Grinchmas, Universal Studios Hollywood is getting visitors in the holiday spirit.

As a News 3 digital exclusive, we hit the Southern California theme park just in time for the holidays to check out what's new!


The yuletide season has completely transformed the iconic Hogwarts castle and Hogsmeade Village at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. From the acapella Frog Choir to snow-covered storefronts in the village, the magic of the season is alive at Universal.

All-new collectibles fit for the season include Christmas ornaments representing each of the houses and Hogwarts, stockings, Hogwarts castle snow globes, sweaters, and more. So whether you're a Ravenclaw (like me), Gryffindor, Slytherin, or Hufflepuff, there's a little bit for everyone!

Make sure to stop by the Three Broomsticks for a Christmas feast and a cup of hot butterbeer -- a season exclusive of the Harry Potter favorite, accompanying the already-existing cold and frozen versions of the non-alcoholic drink.

With a cup of hot butterbeer in hand, we went to check out the new "The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle" light show, right in the heart of Hogsmeade village.

With incredible imagery and animations, Hogwarts comes to life, taking visitors on a "magical" journey into the holidays, accompanied by favorites from the film series' soundtrack like "Hedwig's Theme." Fireworks mark a stunning finale of the new show.

“Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” will take place daily from Nov. 24 through Jan. 7.


Grinchmas has returned to the Southern California theme park with a "Who-lebration" fit for The Grinch, Max, and the Who-ville Whos.

With a 60-foot tall Grinchmas tree in the heart of the village, visitors can catch festive performances and delectable treats (donuts included) during the special celebration.

Grinchmas will take place weekends on Dec. 2-3 and 9-10, and daily from Dec. 15-31.

Fans of Dr. Seuss should also check out Universal Studios Hollywood's Studio Tour tram ride. One of the stops on the tour is the snow-covered town of Whoville from the 2000 film, "Dr. Seuss' The Grinch Who Stole Christmas"!


Fans of Portland-area favorite Voodoo Doughnuts will be delighted to find the Universal CityWalk's newest addition. The popular doughnut shop has now opened up at CityWalk, featuring all of the Portland shop's favorites like the signature Voodoo Doll, Memphis Mafia, Portland Cream, and a variety of vegan-friendly options. Check it out during the holidays and you may even get a holiday-themed Voodoo Doll!

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