VIDEO The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts at Universal Orlando Resort

The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts is here, and Harry Potter fans rejoyce at spending the most magical season in the Wizarding World.  For the first time at Universal Orlando Resort, families can celebrate Christmas in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter capped off by the spectacular “The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle” projection show on top of Hogwarts Castle in Universal’s Islands of Adventure theme park.  We were able to get a sneak peek of the Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts, continue reading for photos, videos, and details of what Universal Orlando has in store.

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“The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle” projection show, photo by Matt Dobrovolsky

For Christmas at Hogwarts, all areas of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at both Universal Orlando theme parks are decorated for the holidays.  The London facade of Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida is strung with lights and Christmas trees can be spotted in the windows.

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London entrance to Diagon Alley at Universal Orlando Resort, photo by John Saccheri

Inside Universal Studios Florida’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley, Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees take the stage for brand-new holiday performances that includes new songs like, “Nothing like a Holiday Spell” and “Accio Christmas.”  The performances are a great holiday overlay for the popular Wizarding diva Celestina and her Warbecks.  This is a live musical show with live NOT recorded singing in Carkitt Market of Diagon Alley, performed several times per day and not to be missed.

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Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees perform in Diagon Alley at Universal Orlando Resort, photo by Matt Dobrovolsky

Over at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade in Universal’s Islands of Adventure, the Frog Choir joins in on the festivities with three brand-new holiday songs, including, “The Most Magical Yule Ball Of All.” And as night falls, Hogwarts castle illuminates with “The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle” – a breathtaking projection-mapping experience where families enjoy incredible holiday moments inspired by the Harry Potter series on the iconic castle. Matt Dobrovolsky described it as one of the best projection mapping shows ever, The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts completely transforms the castle.

In addition to the Christmas at Hogwarts experiences, Universal Orlando has updated their holiday parade.  Universal’s Holiday Parade Featuring Macy’s takes place on the streets of Universal Studios Florida and features new floats and balloons designed by Macy’s and popular characters from Despicable Me, Shrek, and Madagascar.  Of course no holiday parade is complete without an appearance by Santa.

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Shrek “Dronkey” balloon at Universal’s Holiday Parade, photo by Matt Dobrovolsky

Universal Orlando’s resort-wide Holidays celebration – including Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s runs daily from November 18, 2017 to January 6, 2018.  Access to all the festivities is included in regular admission to Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure.

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Universal Studios Florida entrance during Universal’s Holidays, photo by Matt Dobrovolsky

What do you think about the new additions to Universal Orlando’s Holidays event?  Will you be coming to spend Christmas at Hogwarts?  Please leave your comments below.  For more family travel news, reviews, and trip reports, be sure to follow Adventures by Daddy on instagramtwitter and “like” our facebook page too.

About John Saccheri

John Saccheri has been rooted in the Disney culture from childhood. John only had the opportunity to visit Walt Disney World once, at the age of 5. After returning home, he never stopped talking about it, yearning to return. His parents were worried about this “obsession,” but John began working at the age of 12 with a focus on saving up for the next Disney trip. He was able to visit Disney World at least once a year from 14 years old onward. Today, a successful entrepreneur, John was able to move from his hometown of Long Island, New York, to Central Florida to be close to the Mouse. Going to the parks still seems like a fantasy to him!