Everything You Need to Know about Holidays at Universal Studios Hollywood
Christmastime is one of our favorite times of year. Not only are you able to spend quality time with those you love most, but you can also experience some of your favorite theme parks in a whole new light. At Universal Studios Hollywood this year, they're celebrating the holidays in a BIG way. Here, you can enjoy Grinchmas, Christmas at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and so much more.
We had the opportunity to experience Holidays at Universal Studios Hollywood last weekend and our hearts grew three sizes those days. In fact, we loved it so much that we put together a guide talking all about it! Keep reading to find out just a little bit of what you can experience during Holidays at Universal Studios Hollywood.
Holidays at Universal Studios Hollywood: Grinchmas
From December 8-9 and 14-30, guests who visit Universal Studios Hollywood can experience Grinchmas in the Upper Lot. Based on the beloved children’s book by Dr. Seuss, this celebration has something for everyone. With multiple shows, brand-new treats and Who-ville characters around every corner, it’s a can’t miss event.
During Grinchmas, Universal Studios didn’t hold back on entertainment options for guests. They have not one, not two, but THREE shows for the entire family to enjoy. Luckily, each show has multiple showtimes throughout the day, so you don’t have to worry about missing any of them.
The first show is Martha May Who-vier and the Who-Dolls. During this production, you’ll be able to see the one and only, Martha May sing along to well-known Christmas tunes with her Who-Doll singers. Plus, you can even catch the Grinch make a special appearance in this show during “The Man With The Bag” song. If you aren’t one for shows, or have little ones who get antsy easily, this is the perfect show to watch. Martha May and the Who-Dolls only sing a couple of songs, which makes this show only about 5-10 minutes long. You can catch this show during Grinchmas at 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 12:30 pm, 2:00 pm, 3:00 pm and 4:00 pm.
The second daytime show features The Wholiday Singers. This accapella group puts a twist on classic holiday songs that gets everyone in the audience to sing and clap along. Kids may even be asked to come on stage to showcase their best dance moves. Since this show is about 15 minutes long, we recommend showing up around 20 minutes before showtime to grab a seat. You can see The Wholiday Singers on select dates at 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm, 2:30 pm, 3:30 pm and 4:30 pm.
Last, but certainly not least, is the Wholiday Tree Lighting. This story picks up right as soon as the Grinch discovers the true meaning of Christmas, which means the entire town of Who-ville is ready to celebrate. Not only will you be able to see the Grinch, Martha May, The Mayor, Cindy Lou Who and other cherished characters, but you can also watch as the 65-foot Suessian tree lights up all of Who-ville. You can catch this nighttime spectacular every half hour starting at 5:30 with weather permitting.
Grinchmas Character Meet and Greets
What would a trip to Who-ville be without meeting some of your favorite Who-vians? During Grinchmas, you’ll be able to meet various characters like The Mayor, Cindy Lou Who, Martha May and more throughout the day. However, both the Grinch and his trusty sidekick Max have lines for photo opportunities. As a tip, we recommend getting in line to meet the Grinch as soon as the park opens. Since everyone wants to meet the green man himself, this line can sometimes get lengthy.
While you won’t be able to find roast beast available, there are still many Who-bilicious treats you can enjoy during the Grinchmas celebration. Some of our favorites include Grinch and holiday themed doughnuts, cupcakes, cookies and eggnog shakes. Plus, you can even try Who-Hash, which include tater tots covered with beef, green onions and gravy – perfect for a holiday feast!
Grinchmas Who-ville Post Office
In addition to all of the fun, you can actually send the Grinch a postcard at Who-ville Post Office promising three good deeds. Not only is this a fun activity for both children and adults, but donations from each post card will be used to support tutoring for homeless youth.
Holidays at Universal Studios Hollywood: Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Wizarding World of Harry Potter Holiday Frog Choir
The beloved Holiday Frog Choir returns, but this time, their singing songs of the holiday season. Here, you can watch a choir of Hogwarts students, accompanied by their giant throaty frogs, sing along to favorite Hogwarts Christmas tunes. With multiple showtimes daily, this is a show you won’t want to miss.
Wizard World of Harry Potter Seasonal Food
During Holidays at Universal Studios Hollywood, the Three Broomsticks has brought holiday cheer to their menu. Some of the seasonal items you can enjoy include an English Holiday Dinner, Cheese Toasty with Chicken and our absolute favorite, Hot Butterbeer. Of course, you can always indulge in their regular courses as well.
The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle
After a full day of witchcraft and wizardry, you won’t want to miss the nighttime show, The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle. From now until January 6, 2019, you can see jaw-dropping projections and dazzling lights synchronized with familiar Harry Potter scores. With three showtimes at 6:00 pm, 6:30 pm, 7:00 pm, this magical spectacular is sure to get you in the holiday spirit. Plus, you’ll be able to see nightly snowfall in Hogsmeade, so be sure to stick around after the show.
As a tip, we recommend going to the 6:30 pm and 7:00 pm showtimes for The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle – especially if its during Grinchmas. With the Wholiday Tree Lighting at 5:30 across the way, this area can get pretty packed. Because of this, we recommend eating dinner after the Wholiday Tree Lighting and then watch one of the later showings of The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle. You’ll avoid the crowds and be able to still enjoy the shows!
Holidays at Universal Studios Hollywood: Other Holiday Fun
In addition to Grinchmas and Christmas at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, you can delight in holiday décor, seasonal photo spots and character meet and greets. Some of the characters we were able to meet were the Minions, Penguins from Madagascar, SpongeBob, Shrek, Fiona and more! Plus, they were all decked out in holiday garb, perfect for a festive family photo.
Tips for Holidays at Universal Studios Hollywood
Of course, we want to make sure you have the best experience when you visit during the Holidays at Universal Studios Hollywood. Because of this, we’ve placed our biggest takeaways and tips below:
- Arrive early to take advantage of short wait times to meet the Grinch and other attractions.
- Go to the 6:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. showing of The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle to avoid large crowds.
- Be sure to try the holiday menu at the Three Broomsticks – it won’t be around for very long!
- Arrive 20 minutes early to Martha May Who-vier and the Who-Dolls, The Wholiday Singers and the Wholiday Tree Lighting to snag a seat.
- Purchase our Buy a Day, Get a 2nd Day Free Universal Studios Hollywood ticket to experience all of the holiday fun!
Book Your Holiday Universal Studios Hollywood Vacation
As you can see, Holidays at Universal Studios Hollywood are bigger and better than ever before. If you’re stumped on what presents to buy this Christmas, consider giving the gift of a vacation to visit Holidays at Universal Studios Hollywood. With so much to see and do, everyone is sure to have a wonderful time. The best part? You’re able to create unforgettable memories with your family and friends.
While presents under the tree on Christmas morning are a sight to see, we think the Grinch said it best when he states “Maybe Christmas, the Grinch thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.”
To book your next vacation to visit Universal Studios Hollywood, feel free to browse our website or give one of our travel experts a call at 855-GET-AWAY. Happy holidays!