Expecto Pa-Tree Lighting! Universal Studios Hollywood is once again serving a heavy dose of Hogwarts-themed holiday magic with the return of “Christmas in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter”, a fully-committed imagining of the series’ multi-layered universe, which starts next week on Thanksgiving Day.
Picture it: Hogsmeade village is decked out in holiday accoutrements while a sure-to-be-gobsmacking lightshow illuminates Hogwarts castle. The storefronts from the series get their own sweet set decoration, details sure to enchant the Potter faithful. Stick around for a nighttime display of dimensional animations set to music from the movies, gasp as the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is bathed in color and light.
Settle in for a ribbeting performance by the a cappella Frog Choir, which is literally Hogwarts students singing in harmony with frogs. Here’s hoping they take this act on the toad.
I’m no snitch, but you should know you can buy tons of collectible custom ornaments, from a decorative snow globe to mascot ornaments for each wizarding house, to tree toppers and garland.
Watch out for Minions frolicking through the park as part of ‘Despicable Me Minion Mayhem’ and ‘Super Silly Fun Land,’ major attractions that add whimsy and a double-dose of goofiness to the proceedings.
All this holiday cheer is included in the price of admission. Don’t tell the Grinch, but sounds like a steal. This all runs daily from Nov. 28 through Dec. 29. Tickets are available here.