From the heart-warming to the heart-stopping, events at Universal Studios Hollywood jazz up the holidays throughout the year. Here’s what to expect at this Los Angeles theme park.
Halloween at Universal Studios Hollywood
The theme park does some serious celebrating in September and October with its Halloween Horror Nights, a scare fest that’s not for the squeamish (nor the little ones—the experience is not recommended for kids under 13!). Of the numerous haunted houses—formerly known as the Halloween Horror Nights’ mazes—there is sure to be several that attract every stripe of scareseeker. In The Weeknd: After Hours Nightmare, you are the quarry as musical artist The Weeknd tracks you—with his chills-inducing After Hours release as a soundtrack—through a haunted house inhabited by one twisted scene after another. Terror Tram follows a creepy maze of horror, culminating in an intense on-foot tour of an experience informed by the Jordan Peele films Us and Nope. Other haunted houses bring classic horror movies and TV series to life, taking you through gloomy spaces and set recreations—you never know when werewolves, vampires, and mummies might jump out at you. In Killer Klowns From Outer Space, even the clowns are out for you, set to awesome music by guitarist Slash. Get terrorized by La Llorona the Weeping Woman, wracked by Depression-era terror at Scarecrow: The Reaping, and survive the most frightening night of your life at the Universal Horror Hotel.
Christmas at Universal Studios Hollywood
Winter holidays are another big draw, with Cindy Lou and her Who friends reading the Dr. Seuss classic “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” during Grinchmas. The Grinch himself and his faithful dog Max will be there, and the Who-ville post office will be accepting postcards with holiday messages. There’s also a nightly tree-lighting ceremony, with an appropriately whimsical, topsy-turvy tree laden with ornaments, and even a picturesque evening snowfall. Meanwhile, at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Christmas celebration, Hogsmeade will offer holiday-themed foods as well as a yuletide version of the summer light show. Drink Butterbeer and be held in the thrall of the Hogwarts Frog Choir until nightfall, when the Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle spectacle, a dazzling, multi-sensory lightshow, commences. Mark your calendars—both the Harry Potter and Grinchmas events begin on November 25 and end on January 1. To round things out, Universal CityWalk marks the holiday season with concerts, nightly snowfalls of its own, and a giant tree during CityWalk Holiday Season.
Planning on being at another theme park this holiday season? Check out Holidays at the Disneyland Resort, Seasonal Events at Knott’s Berry Farm, Seasonal Events at SeaWorld San Diego, and Holiday Events at LEGOLAND California.