PHOTOS, VIDEO: ‘The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle’ Returns to Hogsmeade in Universal Islands of Adventure

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The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle

PHOTOS, VIDEO: ‘The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle’ Returns to Hogsmeade in Universal Islands of Adventure

Celebrate the holidays in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade with “The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle.” This projection show with pyrotechnics takes place several times a night from dusk until Universal Islands of Adventure closes.

The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle Photos

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The show can be viewed from in front of Hogwarts Castle, which houses the ride Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey.

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Guests crowd in the land to view the show.

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The projections feature some of Hogwarts’ ghosts, snowmen, and dancers at the Yule Ball.

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A glowing Christmas tree appears on the castle’s largest tower.

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The show ends with a quick display of pyrotechnics.

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Some projections remain on the castle after the show ends.

The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle Video

Check out the Christmas at Hogwarts merchandise collection and owl shoulder plush.

Universal Orlando Resort Holidays

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Universal’s Holiday Parade Featuring Macy’s includes appearances by Minions, “Shrek” characters, “Madagascar” characters, and, of course, Santa Claus. It is performed daily at 5:30 p.m. in Universal Studios Florida, running through the Hollywood and New York sections of the park. Universal Studios Florida also has the Holiday Tribute Store.

Holiday food items are available at booths throughout the parks. There is Passholder-exclusive holiday merchandise. Guests can purchase a Holiday Tree Hunt map to participate in a self-guided scavenger hunt.

In Seuss Landing at Universal Islands of Adventure, guests can meet The Grinch and see his story unfold in “Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular.” Read our review of The Grinch and Friends Character Breakfast and our review of the Universal Holiday Tour.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

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The two Wizarding Worlds at Universal Orlando Resort are Hogsmeade in Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Diagon Alley in Universal Studios Florida. A third Wizarding World inspired by Place Cachée, as seen in “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald,” is rumored for Epic Universe. Check out an Epic Universe construction update featuring a look at Place Cachée.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade also exists with slight variations at Universal Studios Hollywood, Universal Studios Japan, and Universal Studios Beijing. All versions of Hogsmeade include Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey and family coaster Flight of the Hippogriff, which was originally a re-skin of The Lost Continent’s Flying Unicorn. The Ollivanders Experience is also available in all versions of Hogsmeade.

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In Hogsmeade at Universal’s Islands of Adventure, guests can ride Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, a large roller-coaster that replaced Dragon Challenge, which was in turn a re-skin of Dueling Dragons.

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The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley, unique to Universal Studios Florida, is headlined by Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts. It also features live performances of The Tales of Beedle the Bard, and Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees.

Guests can dine at the Three Broomsticks in Hogsmeade or The Leaky Cauldron in Diagon Alley. Both serve traditional British dishes like fish and chips.

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