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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Because then I could help my boys eat this giant “Lard Lad” Snowman donut from the Simpson’s Springfield land.
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!
Once it got dark, the holiday fun was turned up a notch.
The Grinch himself appeared for a tree lighting show in Who-ville.
And it snowed in Hogsmeade after a dazzling light show.
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.