Snowfall to Enchant Christmas in The Wizarding World

Seasonal sparkle, Hot Butterbeer will return to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, at Universal Studios Hollywood.

What to Know

  • Nov. 17, 2018 through Jan. 6, 2019
  • Universal Studios Hollywood
  • Hot Butterbeer'll be back

True story: Some people are putting pumpkins out on the porch, while you're thinking about holly and lights.

Others are stocking up on caramels as you're making sure you've got plenty of peppermint in the cupboard.

And as Halloween kicks into ghoulish gear, early word of one of the holiday season's most whimsical ways to celebrate is shimmering before our eyes: Christmas in The Wizarding World, the annual fa, la, la lark at Universal Studios Hollywood, has its 2018/early 2019 dates.

Not only dates, of course, but some sparkly details have been revealed.

So gaze into your frosted crystal ball, the one sitting in the middle of your already-on-display table wreath, and learn more about the most happy Harry, merry Potter party in all of the (SoCal) land.

Opening date for Christmas in The Wizarding World is Saturday, Nov. 17. It'll twinkle on, with treats aplenty for the tum, eyes, and ears, right through to Jan. 6, 2019.

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Some of the festive features you can expect, dear wizards of the kingdom of LA-adonia?

Snowfall, each night, is one look-up wonder, as are the "dazzling light projection spectacular" on Hogwarts Castle.

Yuletide decorations will adorn the ye olde shoppes of Hogsmeade, and if you're strolling the village at the right moment, you may encounter the Frog Choir, which, yes, involves a troupe of enchanted amphibians joining together in cheerful song.

As far as the tree-ready, tabletop, wear-your-school-colors merch? There are several ornaments to choose from, and snowglobes, and more items that speak to the sweetness of the season.

Also sweet?

The Hot Butterbeer, which remains a popular sip come the close of the calendar.

There are other vittles that speak to the traditions of wintertyde, so count on seeing a number of Christmassy eats at Three Broomsticks, as well as the year-round favorites found on the menu.

Is saying "fa, la, la" like saying a very special spell?

Best utter it a few times, close your eyes, then wave your want on the 17th day of November, when one of the most illuminated expressions of the holidays alights, with the grace of an owl, at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood.

Also returning to the theme park for the holidays? Grinchmas (cue the laughs). Also happening now, and ahead of Halloween, and just after, too? Halloween Horror Nights (cue the eeks).

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