Holidays at Universal Studios Hollywood

Celebrate the holidays at Universal Studios Hollywood. This year, guests can enjoy visiting The Grinch in Who-Ville and partake in Grinchmas with the Whos. Also enjoy the festive atmosphere during “Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, followed by The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle, beginning Friday, November 26 and running daily through Sunday, January 2, 2022. Families will love the holiday festivities, which are included in the price of admission.

Universal Studios Hollywood 2021

We love to spend the holidays at Universal Studios Hollywood. The festive experiences are just what we needed to kick off the season. During the holidays, Universal Studios and Universal City Walk is all decked out with holiday decor.

Grinchmas 2021

Universal Studios Hollywood is currently under the LA County Health Guidelines regarding Covid 19. Their protocols include:

Anyone 12+ must be prepared to show proof of full FDA or WHO approved COVID-19 vaccination (a full 14 days after final dose was administered), or a negative test taken within 72 hours of visit, prior to entry to the theme park. Persons ages 18+ must also show photo ID. Face coverings are required at all times – both indoors and outdoors, regardless of vaccination status. To get more information, including what kind of negative test will be accepted (note: no home tests), you can visit; UNISTUDIOS Operations & Safety Updates.

Grinchmas at Universal Studios

Enter the festive amusement park, and you’re quickly detoured. Who-lebration returns in festive fashion as holiday park-goers will be rockin’ around the topsy-turvy 65 foot-tall “Grinchmas” tree in Universal Plaza, adorned with hundreds of ornaments and thousands of LED lights. A dazzling tree lighting ceremony accompanied by a snowfall flurry will take place every evening.

Guests can celebrate with The Grinch, his faithful dog Max and the Who-ville Whos, who will be performing on select nights. A selection of themed Who-tacular sweet treats, including hot cocoa will be available for purchase.

Photos with Max at Universal Studios

While you’re in Who-Vile, you must visit the post office to write and send a postcard to The Grinch. For every postcard mailed, Universal Studios Hollywood’s Discover a Star Foundation will make a donation to School on Wheels which benefits homeless youth in Southern California.

A few years ago, we had the opportunity to experience Grinchmas at Universal Studios and had such a great time. As we wandered through Who-Ville, we noticed all of the fun photo opportunities scattered throughout the town. Send letters to The Grinch, Take photos in front of the tree, and we had the opportunity to meet the Mayor of Who-Ville, as he was walking around greeting the town guests.

Photos with the Grinch during Grinchmas at Universal Studios Hollywood

Our favorite part was meeting The Grinch, who took time to grumble and lovingly mock each guest as they stepped in for a hug and to snap a quick photo.

TIP: Do this early! There is quite a long line to meet the Grinch, so I’d have someone stand in line while everyone else checks out the rest of Who-Ville. You can even take photos with Max too!

Tree Lighting in WhoVille during Grinchmas Universal Studios Hollywood

In the evenings the Who-bilation begins with the Town Mayor greeting the guests. See Cindy Lou Who and The Grinch along with a gorgeous tree lighting, snow, and fireworks.

In Hogsmeade, enjoy Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter where you’ll see festive holiday decorations, and see the A Cappella Frog Choir where Hogwarts students entertain guests with their harmonized holiday-themed songs.

Christmas time in Hogsmeade

At The Three Broomsticks, enjoy holiday-themed dishes and delicious hot butterbeer. As a matter of fact, we picked up a cup of hot butterbeer while waiting for the light show at Hogwarts Castle.

Beginning at dusk each night, “The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts™ Castle” dazzles with stunning imagery and animation as the impressive light projection show illuminates Hogwarts™ School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, bringing the iconic Hogwarts™ castle to life and infusing the land with the sounds of an arrangement of music from the Harry Potter film series. It is absolutely mesmerizing as you watch images of Christmas carolers, candles light up the castle and party goers dance about.

Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

And as always, enjoy all that Universal Studios has to offer with rides, shows, and entertainment. Right now you can purchase a day and get a 2nd day free! That means two days to take in the park! Additionally, annual passes offers year-round fun for all.

Happy Holidays! Get your tickets now!

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