Holiday gift guide ad 2018

Universal Studios Hollywood is all decked out for the holidays! #universal studios #Christmasuniversalstudios #christmastree #familytravel

Universal Studios Hollywood is a fun place to visit on a regular day, but during the holidays it’s even more spectacular. You can sip warm Butterbeer while watching The Wizarding World of Harry Potter’s nighttime show that lights up Hogwarts Castle or see the Grinch try to steal Christmas at the Grinchmas Tree Lighting.

Universal Studios Hollywood is all decked out for the holidays! #universal studios #Christmasuniversalstudios #christmastree #familytravel

My family and I were guests of Universal Studios to learn about all of the fun Holiday activities for families. The first thing we did was head to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

The Wizarding World is already magical, but now Diagon Alley is decorated for Christmas with snow topping the buildings and decorations all through the shops.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood is all dressed up for the holidays! #universalstudios #harrypotter #wizardingworldofharrypotter

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood is all dressed up for the holidays! #universalstudios #harrypotter #wizardingworldofharrypotter #honeydukes

It was a chilly Los Angeles morning so we had to stop at the Three Broomsticks for a warm cup of Butterbeer. We went back later for more Butterbeer and a delicious lunch of bangers and mash.

After we rode Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey a couple of times and walked around the shops, we headed to Who-ville to see the Grinch. The Who-ville decorations felt like we were right inside a Dr. Seuss cartoon from when I was a kid.

Universal Studios Hollywood is all decked out for the holidays! #universal studios #Christmasuniversalstudios #christmastree #familytravel

Families can get their picture taken with the Grinch or take your own picture in front of the giant Christmas tree. We were lucky enough to find a great photographer to take this family picture of us.

Even though we were there to experience the holidays, we had jump on the studio tour bus. We visited Universal on a Sunday and the line was not very long. Our tour guide was funny and she seemed as excited as we were to see the set of one of our favorite shows – The Good Place. 

The Good Place set is one of the fun Hollywood locations you can see on the Universal Studios Tour. #universal #universalstudios #thegoodplace

Another of my favorite things to do at Universal, and it may sound strange, is I love to walk down to the very bottom of the park and then climb back up the stairs instead of taking the escalator. I felt very accomplished after walking up 300+ steps.

The stairs at Universal Studios. #universalstudios #universalstudiosstairs

Because then I could help my boys eat this giant “Lard Lad” Snowman donut from the Simpson’s Springfield land.

Snowman donut at Lard Lads in Sprinfield at Universal Studios. #giantdonut #donut #universalstudios

The Wizarding World and Who-ville aren’t the only places in Universal dressed up for the holidays. I had a nice time taking pictures of all of the studios’ Christmas trees – and this isn’t all of them!

Universal Studios Hollywood is all decked out for the holidays! Check out the Christmas Trees of Universal #universal studios #Christmasuniversalstudios #christmastree #familytravel

Once it got dark, the holiday fun was turned up a notch.

Christmas Lights at Universal Studios Hollywood. #christmaslights

The Grinch himself appeared for a tree lighting show in Who-ville.

Tree Lighting in Who-ville at Universal Studios. #whovillechristmas #universalchristmas

And it snowed in Hogsmeade after a dazzling light show.

Hogwarts castle during the Christmas light show. #universalstudios #wizardingworldchristmas #harrypotterchristmas

We had great time at Universal. It can be hard to find things that everyone wants to together now that my kids are teenagers, but everyone had fun.

If you’re interested in visiting during the holidays, “Grinchmas” is happening weekends on December 8-9 and daily from December 14 through December 30, 2018. “Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” is happening daily through January 6, 2019. See the website for ticket prices. There are more deals if you buy them online before you go.

Disclosure: I was given tickets to Universal for review purposes. All opinions are my own. 

Share:


[social-bio]

Leave a reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Skip to toolbar