It’s the stuff of dreams, really: Universal announced today that The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando would receive an extensive Christmas holiday overlay at both Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley.
Since Universal began rolling out their Wizarding Worlds, fans have been begging for a Harry Potter Christmas celebration, which would transform both Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley into holiday spectacles, even more enchanting than they are already.
Between November 18, 2017 and January 6, 2018, visitors to Universal Orlando Resort are in for a huge holiday treat as both theme parks – Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure – are transformed into a winter wonderland with all the sights, sounds, and sweet treats that come with an epic Harry Potter Christmas celebration for the whole family!
While the announcement of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Christmas celebration has already excited fans around the world, few details have been made public yet. What we do know at this point, is that both Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley will be decked out in festive holiday cheer, with ornate garlands lining the streets of each area. Each storefront will feature its own holiday display as well – which is one of our favorite touches at both Hogsmeade and Diagon.
Live entertainment will reflect the holiday season, which absolutely means the Hogwarts Frog Choir is busy learning new Christmas tunes! The Frog Choir is one of our favorite entertainment aspects of The Wizarding World, so we’re definitely excited about singing carols along with them!
One of the biggest components to the Wizarding World is its themed food and beverage program. One can only begin to imagine the mouth-watering treats and sweets Universal will roll out for Christmas! Perhaps specialty hot chocolate, amazing seasonal candies, or maybe even Christmas-spiced Butterbeer! Whatever is coming, we’re ready to indulge this holiday season!
Even more magical fun is in store once nightfall comes to the Wizarding World. Universal promises a stunning projection show on the exterior of Hogwarts castle that will feature special effects and Christmas moments from the Harry Potter series like we’ve never seen before! Likely, this will culminate in the lighting of the massive Christmas tree nightly for park visitors to enjoy for the rest of the evening.
In addition to its Potter Christmas announcement, Universal Orlando has also confirmed an all-new Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s. The new Universal Studios Florida parade will include balloons, floats and characters from beloved animated films including Despicable Me, Madagascar, and Shrek. Of course, the big man himself – Santa Claus – will be featured in the parade as well!
Universal promises new updates and information in the months ahead – until then, keep those wands at the ready; and start planning your holiday travels to include Christmas with Harry and the gang in Orlando!
- Rick West