If you’re already thinking ahead to the holidays, gathering the best festive dessert recipes and planning when to watch your favorite seasonal movies, you’ll probably be filled with holly-jolly joy when we tell you that you can now spend Christmas at Hogwarts — just like Harry Potter! — thanks to a magical new experience from Universal.
“Christmas in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter” at Universal Studios Hollywood begins today, November 24, and runs until January 8, during which time the fictional castle where the beloved Potter attended school will be a winter wonderland… without the freezing cold temperatures.
Visitors will experience the magic as soon as they spot Hogwarts, as light-projections superimpose images onto the castle that transform every inch of the whimsical structure before your eyes. Caroling ghosts, students on broomsticks, and dancing figures come to life as music from the movies enhances every aspect of the scene.
But the magic certainly doesn’t end there!
Stroll through Hogsmeade and enjoy the shops all decked out with holiday decor and sparkling (faux) snow. Nab some holiday merch (like the new interactive wands, replica robes, and Quidditch outfits that have been introduced for the season), enjoy a performance by Hogwarts’ a capella Frog Choir, and throw back a pint of Butterbeer (served as a hot or frozen delight).
And if your Christmas wouldn’t be complete without a hearty dinner, Universal is ready to fill your belly. When your tummy starts growling, sit down and order up a plate that includes roast turkey with gravy and cranberry sauce, pigs in blankets, braised red cabbage, and roasted potatoes, followed by Christmas pudding for dessert. How very British!
If you’ve ever dreamed of spending the holidays at Hogwarts, now is the time to book your tickets to “Christmas in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter” at Universal Studios Hollywood.
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