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What to Expect at Universal Studios During the Holidays

Universal Studios Hollywood is one of the most notable attractions in the Studio City area – and for good reason. The park features several movie-inspired rides and walk-through attractions, like the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Who-ville. Visitors also have the chance to meet and greet some of their favorite characters and eat at specially themed restaurants throughout the park. During the holidays, Universal becomes even more magical with plenty of décor and festivities.

Holidays at Universal Studios  

Now through Dec 29, you’ll find Universal Studios Hollywood swathed, top to bottom, in holiday décor. Think: lights, Christmas trees and other festive decorations. Holidays at Universal Studios also means holiday-themed food served at several of its dining locations, meet and greets with characters like the Grinch, photo opportunities with Santa, exclusive holiday merchandise and much more. Not only is the park itself decked out in holiday cheer, but its walk-through attractions also pull out all the stops.

Christmas in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

As if it wasn’t already magical enough, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter transforms into a whimsical holiday attraction during December. Experience The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle, a holiday spectacle of amazing lights and music. Or, grab a butterbeer from the warm and cozy Three Broomsticks. Several of the shops in Hogsmeade will also have special holiday offerings, for you or as a gift to Harry Potter fans back home.


Now through Dec 29, guests can also experience Grinchmas in Universal Studios Hollywood. The attraction is marked by a massive 60-foot crooked Christmas tree, surrounded by Whos and the Grinch himself. Each night, there’s a tree lighting ceremony, followed by a storytelling of Dr. Seuss’s “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” While you’ll have photo opportunities with the Grinch, his dog Max and Cindy-Lou Who during the tree lighting, there will also be other Whos available all day for photos around the tree.

Tickets to Universal Studios Hollywood

One-day General Admission tickets to the park start at $109 and include access to the park’s rides, attractions and restaurants. If you’ll be visiting for more than one day (there’s a lot to see, we don’t blame you), opt for the two-day General Admission ticket, starting at $149. VIP passes are also available and include unlimited express access to rides, guided tours, snacks and valet parking. Visit Universal’s ticket webpage for all ticket information.

Stay at the Historic Sportsmen’s Lodge

Known for its many iconic guests and luxurious Hollywood glamour, the historic Sportsmen’s Lodge is the perfect place to stay after a day or two at Universal Studios Hollywood. The best part? The hotel is located right near notable Studio City attractions, including Universal Studios!

This holiday season, don’t miss all the spectacular festivities happening at Universal Studios Hollywood! And as you plan your trip, make sure to book your stay at the nearby Sportsmen’s Lodge.


Sportsmens Lodge

With the soul of iconic Hollywood and aesthetic of modern Los Angeles, this historic hotel is just minutes from the best attractions of San Fernando Valley. 

12825 Ventura Boulevard, Studio City, CA 91604. 818.769.4700

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