As every Who down in Whoville knows, Universal Studios Hollywood is a fun place to visit on a regular day, but during the holidays, it’s even more spectacular: transformed into a Winter Wonderland called Grinchmas. And Christmas in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter brings magical decorations and performances to the already magical world of Hogsmeade. Here are 10 terrific reasons to visit.
1. The Grinch!
The number one reason to visit Universal Studios Hollywood at the holidays is to meet the Grinch, of course! Mr. Grinch comes out and greets guests several times per day and he graciously poses for photos, too. Just check out these two happy kids getting their picture taken!
2. Meet Max
Who doesn’t love Max the dog? Max has been called the Grinch’s moral compass, but let’s face it – he’s just an adorable pooch. And he poses sweetly for photos with all who ask.
3. Meet some Whos from Who-ville
There are characters from the movie all around Who-ville and they’re all happy to chat with you and pose for photos. These cheerful Whos are super helpful and they also have lots of fun stories to share about the other characters!
Who doesn’t love treats at the holidays? Well, you’ve got great choices here in Whoville, like these giant chocolate donuts, Grinch-green rice krispie treats, mini-donuts dusted with green sanding sugar for extra Grinch-y flavor, or even this giant Lard Lad snowman donut, made just for the holidays.
5. Shows in Universal Plaza
There are live performances in Universal Plaza (also known as Who-ville) throughout the day, with Cindy-Lou Who’s Story Time, Martha May and the Who-dolls, and the Wholiday Singers.
6. Christmas Trees Everywhere!
From the twisting and turning, 55-foot tall Grinchmas Tree in Universal Plaza (with a special tree-lighting ceremony and snowfall each evening), to the tree hanging upside at the entrance to Hogsmeade, Universal Studios Hollywood is covered in trees, and they’re all delightful.
7. Butterbeer, Hot or Cold
Available at the Three Broomsticks in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Enjoy.
8. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is Decorated for Christmas
And it’s even more beautiful and magical than normal.
9. Shows in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
In Hogsmeade you can catch an A Cappella Frog Choir singing holiday melodies, or stay into the evening to see the “The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle” light show.
10. Come for the Grinch, Stay for the Studio Tour
The famous Universal Studio Tour is right around the corner from Who-ville and so are Springfield, Hogsmeade, and all the rides and shows Universal Studios is known for. With 26 dining options and loads of rides and shopping, it’s easy to make a day of it at Universal Studios Hollywood for the holidays.
This article was written by both Yvonne Condes and Sarah Auerswald, the co-founders of MomsLA. Tickets were provided for the purposes of this article.