Universal Studios Hollywood Christmas Comes Alive in 2021

It’s the most wonderful time of year again, and we can’t wait this year, as Christmas comes alive again at Universal Studios Hollywood! With the return of “Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” and “Grinchmas,” beginning Friday, November 26 and running daily through Sunday, January 2, 2022.

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Included in the price of admission, you and your family will get to experience all the holiday fun for one low price per person! Check out prices at UniversalStudios.com. You can also read about the current COVID safety protocols to allow you to be prepared for your trip. (At the time of writing, proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID test, taken within 72-hours of approval, is required.)

Start with the arrival of “Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter,” where the wizarding village of Hogsmeade™ is transformed to reflect the holiday spirit featuring merry décor and jolly ambiance. Guests can take delight in special holiday a cappella performances from the Hogwarts Frog Choir, stroll through the village shops while sipping a delicious Hot Butterbeer™ and enjoy savory festive fare at the Three Broomsticks™. A hot Butterbeer while watching the Christmas show? Even better!

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Beginning at dusk each night, “The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts™ Castle” dazzles with stunning imagery and animation as the impressive light projection show illuminates Hogwarts™ School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, bringing the iconic Hogwarts™ castle to life and infusing the land with the sounds of an arrangement of music from the Harry Potter film series. 

Jolly “Grinchmas” returns, where you can gather around the topsy-turvy 65 foot-tall “Grinchmas” tree in Universal Plaza, adorned with hundreds of ornaments and thousands of LED lights. Watch the tree lighting ceremony accompanied by a snowfall, which takes place every evening, bringing good tidings and season’s greetings as guests celebrate with The Grinch, his faithful dog Max and the Who-ville Whos, who will be performing on select nights.

Outside of the theme park itself, enjoy a decorated Universal CityWalk. Be enchanted by the spectacular 40-foot tall Christmas tree, featuring more than 200,000 LED lights. The ever popular Voodoo Doughnut will entice guests with a variety of festive designs and flavors to celebrate the season. If you haven’t tried a Voodoo Doughnut, you are in for a treat! There may be a line due to its extreme popularity, but it’s worth it! Unique flavors and fun designs make for a fun snack while strolling along the CityWalk. 

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Universal Studios Hollywood has always been a favorite place to visit year-round, but during the holidays is the BEST. Season passes are affordable and the food is ever-changing, befitting the season and themes. Hearing the Christmas music, wearing my Uggs and touring the backlots – we go every winter. I hope you get a chance to experience it this year, too, where Christmas comes alive in 2021!

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