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Christmas Festivities at Universal Studios Hollywood

Christmas Festivities at Universal Studios Hollywood

Christmas Festivities at Universal Studios Hollywood

Grinchmas at Universal Studios Hollywood (c) Cleverly Catheryn

The holiday fun at Universal Studios Hollywood will offer more days to be merry this year starting November 17th through January 6th. New this year! Experience Nightly Snowfall along with a charming Christmas makeover of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™, the return of The Grinch™, Max, and all of Who-ville for Grinchmas™ plus the Merry and Mischievous Minions, it really is a season you won't want to miss!

Celebrate Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Hogsmeade™ will be transformed in wondrous spirit with the return of the holiday spectacle of dazzling lights and music cast against the majestic backdrop of Hogwarts™ castle. Enjoy the Holiday Frog Choir as they sing seasonal cheer all with the addition of the smooth bass rumbles of their giant throaty frogs. Holiday Décor will be abound as you Stroll through the streets of Hogsmeade™ with festive décor, lights, garlands, and wreaths. No visit would be complete without a visit to Three Broomsticks™, offering up seasonal food and beverage like hot Butterbeer. The shops will have all of your holiday wares too with ornaments, stockings, tree toppers and figurines.

 Wolf and greet with Max!

Wolf and greet with Max!

The Grinch™ and Max Return this Holiday Season!

Spend your holiday with The Grinch™, Max and all of Who-ville, during the most Who-tacular Grinchmas™ celebration ever at Universal Studios Hollywood™. Listen to cheery Christmas carols from the Who-ville singers, share laughs with a Who neighbor, and even snap a Seuss-y selfie with The Grinch™ and Max for festive holiday memories that last a lifetime. This Who-lebration of fun fit for The Grinch, his faithful dog Max and a roster of Who-ville Whos comes to life with a towering 60-foot tall whimsical “Grinchmas” tree where Martha May Who-vier and the WhoDolls will take center stage performing energetic musical sets to usher in the Christmas season in style. The Who-liday Singers—a hip boy-band ensemble—will perform a cappella concerts featuring a mix of Christmas favorites and pop rock. Select dates: Dec 1, 2, 8, 9, & December 14 thru 30. Check out what else is in store for you with the Grinch flair!

  • Photo Opportunities: Snap a photo with The Grinch™ and Max for all to see, then enjoy the spectacular lighting of the one-of-a-kind 60 foot Seussian tree.

  • Martha May Who-vier and the Who-dolls: See Martha May Who-vier and the Who-Dolls’ big holiday revue before settling in for story time with Cindy Lou Who.

  • Send The Grinch a Postcard promising 3 good deeds.

Grinchmas at Universal Studios Hollywood (c) Cleverly Catheryn

And if that wasn't enough, catch your favorite little yellow guys the Merry and Mischievous Minions Snap a festive holiday pic with the Minions before taking a ride on Despicable Me Minion Mayhem. 

That's a lot of fun and entertainment to squeeze into one visit! CALIFORNIA RESIDENT UNIVERSAL EXPRESS passes are a great way to experience all the park has to offer without missing a thing! Ever wonder how they work, what they cost and if it's really worth it?

What it costs:

Grinchmas at Universal Studios Hollywood (c) Cleverly Catheryn
  • Starting at $169- $229 (price varies depending on date of visit) CALIFORNIA RESIDENT UNIVERSAL EXPRESS INCLUDES admission to the park and one-time express access to each ride, attraction and seated show.

  • If you have an annual pass see ticket book to upgrade at a fraction of the cost (it's the cost of the Express pass less what your annual pass cost) Again price will vary depending on day you visit.

How the EXPRESS Passes work/benefits:

  • Only a limited amount of Front Line passes are sold each day ensuring fast entry to all the attractions and shows! Be sure to secure yours first thing upon arrival or better yet online!

  • Look for the EXPRESS entrance at the attraction of choice.

  • Your pass will be scanned and you will be sent to the Express queue or an alternate entrance avoiding the normal attraction queue.

  • You can only use the pass once per attraction

  • The pass will get you priority seating for all shows/ access to get your seat sooner.

  • This pass saves you precious time you can use to enjoy character meet and greets, dining and shopping. This perk is great for the days the park closes early, visits during busy seasons or if you are like me and just hate waiting in long lines.

Christmas at Universal Studios Hollywood (c) Cleverly Catheryn

Citywalk is even getting into the holiday spirit with a spectacular 40-foot tall Christmas tree glistening with 200,000 LED icicles choreographed to the lights and sounds of the season in the 5 Towers plaza. Santa Claus will make daily appearances and offer special photo opportunities at 5 Towers.

The iconic dancing water fountain situated at the heart of CityWalk will also make a splash this holiday season displaying over 230 individual power jets projecting streams of choreographed water into the air complemented by red and green LED lights and an array of holiday-themed music. Enjoy free concert performances at “5 Towers” and an eclectic ensemble of talented street performers will make CityWalk the ultimate L.A. holiday destination all starting the day after Thanksgiving on Friday, November 23 through Tuesday, December 25, 2018.

Get ready for your visit with the Grinch and the citizens of Whoville by seeing The Grinch, based on Dr. Seuss’ beloved holiday classic. The Grinch tells the story of a cynical grump who goes on a mission to steal Christmas, only to have his heart changed by a young girl’s generous holiday spirit. Funny, heartwarming and visually stunning, it’s a universal story about the spirit of Christmas and the indomitable power of optimism. In theaters November 9th.

More info, dates, times and to buy your tickets online visit Universal Studios Hollywood.

More fun year round and tips for your next visit!

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