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Our ~Grinchy~ Guide to Christmas at Universal Studios Hollywood

by Mommy Frog on December 3, 2023 60 Los Angeles

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It’s never too early to start thinking about how you want to spend the holidays! Our frog squad looks forward to our tradition — celebrating Christmas at Universal Studios Hollywood at the beginning of the holiday season! Each year, we time our visit to occur on the opening weekend of Grinchmas so we can enjoy the Holiday Who-bilation, and then hop over to The Wizarding World to experience the magic of the holiday season in Hogsmeade. This year's holiday festivities began Nov. 24, 2023, and continue daily through Jan. 1, 2024!

Our ~Grinchy~ Guide to Christmas at Universal Studios Hollywood - The Grinch makes a face

Overview of the Holidays at Universal Studios

Our ~Grinchy~ Guide to Christmas at Universal Studios Hollywood - Tree Lighting

In 2023, both Grinchmas and the magic of the holiday season in Hogsmeade run daily from Nov. 24, 2023, to Jan 1, 2024. With shows, decorations and delicious food, there are so many fun holiday experiences for the Universal Studios Hollywood Christmas celebration! Here's a look at what to expect when the old Grinch sleighs into Whoville. Check the calendar before you visit to confirm park hours! Nights on which the park stays open until at least 7 p.m. or 8 p.m. usually include more showtimes.

You’ll find all of Universal decorated for the holiday season, with colorful lights, bows, ornaments and even a dusting of snow. Look for themed Christmas trees throughout the park, from dinosaurs to wizards and minions to Seuss-ian! Your favorite characters don their Santa hats or ugly Christmas sweaters and scarves to greet guests. And behold the merry (and mischievous!) minions, who also help you get into the holiday spirit.

Our hearts always grow three sizes when we visit Grinchmas and Christmas in Hogsmeade. Hold onto your wizard hats and join us for the complete guide to Universal Studios Christmas 2023.

Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Our ~Grinchy~ Guide to Christmas at Universal Studios Hollywood - magic of christmas castle show

In the "Harry Potter" books and movies, Harry wakes up on Christmas morning to gifts that magically appear at the foot of his bed. Hogsmeade is covered with snow and decorated with greenery and enchanted candles. Harry experiences his first-ever Christmas feast of roast turkey and mounds of side dishes and other goodies ... and now, so can you! Here’s your chance to magically transport yourself to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter this season! You’d better add Universal Studios Hollywood tickets to your wish list this year so you can experience all of the Universal Studios Hollywood holiday events and magic too.

Our ~Grinchy~ Guide to Christmas at Universal Studios Hollywood-Frog Choir

You do not want to miss one bit of this celebration, which runs daily. Here’s what you can experience in 2023:

Our ~Grinchy~ Guide to Christmas at Universal Studios Hollywood - english holiday meal

  • Festive holiday décor — Throughout the streets of Hogsmeade, find glimmering lights, wreaths, garland and the largest bunch of mistletoe you’ve ever seen. (If you look closely, you'll see that each shop is decorated with its own holiday-themed garland!)
  • The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle — This nighttime show with projections, music and dazzling lights is back again.
  • Holiday Frog Choir — Ring in the holiday season with holiday songs sung by a choir of Hogwarts students and their croaking frogs.
  • Holiday food — Try hot Butterbeer, the way Harry Potter and his friends enjoy it. Seasonal foods include the English Holiday Meal with juicy turkey, gravy, sourdough stuffing, carrots, Brussels sprouts, bacon-wrapped sausage and cranberry sauce at the Three Broomsticks. It's quite tasty!
  • Holiday shopping — Pick up your wizarding ornaments, stockings, figurines and tree toppers so you can take the holiday magic home with you.

Our ~Grinchy~ Guide to Christmas at Universal Studios Hollywood - wizarding world

Universal no longer prints out showtimes, so you’ll need to ask team members in The Wizarding World for them. The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle showtimes may appear on the Universal Studios Hollywood app after 9:30 a.m. that day. Tap "Alerts" then the viewing information under "Park Updates" to see the show times. When we last visited, the castle show started t at 6 p.m. and ran every half an hour until the park closed. Sometimes there's an early show! During the week, there are usually only one or two show times just before the park closes. You can also check the Studio Directory boards (located in both the Upper and Lower Lots) for upcoming showtimes.

Regardless of which showtime you choose, we recommend getting in place at least 30 minutes beforehand. For the best view, head straight to the stage where the Holiday Frog Choir performs so that you can take in the magical light show in its entirety! On peak days, Hogsmeade may reach capacity during the show, and team members may stop letting guests enter Hogsmeade.

Chances are, you'll want to see The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle show and the Grinchmas tree lighting. Let's hop over to all of the naughty (and nice!) details of the Grinchmas 2023.

Grinchmas at Universal Studios Hollywood

Our ~Grinchy~ Guide to Christmas at Universal Studios Hollywood - Whos sing on stage

Some of my hoppiest holiday memories involve reading and watching Dr. Seuss' "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" as a young froglet. That’s why I am always just as frogcited as the kids to ring in the Who-liday season during Grinchmas. Here is the Who (get it?), what, when, where, why and how of Grinchmas, all neatly packaged for you. And this year, there is a new daytime show!

Who (Exactly!)

Many costumed Whos are just "who" you will find waiting to greet and entertain you during Christmas at Universal Studios Hollywood. Not to mention, the Grinch himself and even his dog, Max, will be present. Meet Cindy Lou Who and her many Who friends, from the tall to the small, as they are walking around, posing for pictures and making guests laugh.

Our ~Grinchy~ Guide to Christmas at Universal Studios Hollywood - Grinch posesThe Grinch has become quite popular and chatty since his heart grew three sizes, so visit and take a photo with him early — lines grow throughout the day. We brought him a treat — an onion! It led to a toadally fun interaction with him. Max, being a real dog, does not have much to say, so his line is quite short, and he leaves earlier than the Grinch. We recommend visiting the Grinch in the morning shortly after he arrives for the shortest line. And if you send the Grinch a postcard listing some of your good deeds, donations will be made to help support tutoring for homeless youth!

Our ~Grinchy~ Guide to Christmas at Universal Studios Hollywood - Max poses

The Grinch steals the light from the tree — and the show — for the tree lighting. But his growing heart makes him put the light back, and you can enjoy the tree in all its wonder. Christmas at Universal Studios Hollywood is the most Grinchful time of the year at the park. You can’t miss him! We have a whole post on how to meet the Grinch this year (since he does pop up in a few locations).


Our ~Grinchy~ Guide to Christmas at Universal Studios Hollywood - tree lighting and snowfall

There is so much to celebrate during the Who-lidays. You can meet the Grinch, Max and other Who citizens. Holiday music sets the tone. During the day, you can catch Storytime with Cindy Lou.

Our ~Grinchy~ Guide to Christmas at Universal Studios Hollywood - Who-Bee-Doo-Wops on stages

Catch the all-new Who-Bee Doo-Wops Musical Performance. Whoville’s newest musical sensation will have you rocking out to hip-swinging, bell-ringing holiday classics. It takes place during the day (on weekends and peak days).

Our ~Grinchy~ Guide to Christmas at Universal Studios Hollywood - grinchmas cupcake and cocktail

Starting when it gets dark enough on select nights (5:30 p.m. on the night we visited but maybe 6 p.m. during the week), the Whos (along with the Grinch) gather on stage for the Christmas tree lighting for the Whoville Christmas tree. The lighting occurs about every 30 minutes. Each lighting is followed by a brief snowfall. The lighting has a new show and the tree has a new expanded backdrop.

Visit the craft area, where you and your little Whos can make paper ornaments to decorate the Grinchmas tree or to take home as a free souvenir. You can also visit the Whoville post office to mail a merry postcard sharing three good deeds.


In terms of holiday treats, there are some Grinchy treats, such as green cotton candy, giant Grinch doughnuts and mini doughnuts to buy. Find other holiday favorites in the Grinchmas area! Bite into one of the yummy Who-liday cookies. You'll also find cinnamon rolls, sugar cookies and a special Grinch-inspired cupcake!

Our ~Grinchy~ Guide to Christmas at Universal Studios Hollywood - Holiday treat

Sip on flavored hot chocolate drinks (great for warming up when it gets dark) and other festive beverages such as the Grinch Heart Lemonade. Adults can enjoy spiked hot cocoa and hot buttered rum.


Our ~Grinchy~ Guide to Christmas at Universal Studios Hollywood - grinchmas schedule signs

When can you experience Grinchmas at Universal Studios Hollywood? In 2023, it runs from Nov. 24, 2023, to Jan. 1, 2024! Grinchmas used to fall only on select days in December. Now Grinchmas comes every day (but note that there are fewer showtimes for each show on weekdays in early December)!

While the tree lighting is now the main event at night, you and the tadpoles can enjoy the Who-Bee-Do-Whops and Storytime with Cindy Lou during the day. Look for carpet circles on the ground for the tadpoles to sit and listen to storytime! Keep in mind that the Who-Bee-Do-Whops are only available during peak days of this Who-liday celebration.

The Frog Family likes to hop in and out of the Grinchmas Who-bilation in the Upper Lot throughout the day. We love meeting the various Who characters — they are so funny! Look for signs with all of the Who-liday event times posted at Grinchmas entrances so you can plan accordingly. There are lighter crowds during the day than at night. You'll also encounter lighter crowds during the week in early December than closer to the holidays. But you'll still want to visit Grinchmas at Universal Studios Hollywood during the night, starting at 5:30 p.m. The lights after dark make the whole scene even more festive and beautiful. Be sure to visit on a night with evening hours in the park after it gets dark.


Our ~Grinchy~ Guide to Christmas at Universal Studios Hollywood - Story Time with Cindy Lou

You’ll find Grinchmas in the Upper Lot in Universal Plaza. (When you enter the park, walk straight ahead and you’ll see it on your left — followed by Hogsmeade on the right). Grinchmas is just a hop, skip and a jump away from The Wizarding World, Despicable Me Minion Mayhem (where you can also meet minions and other "Despicable Me" characters) and Super Silly Fun Land. It's also around the corner from the The Secret Life of Pets ride. This makes Grinchmas one of the most fun times of the year at Universal Studios for young tadpoles!


Our ~Grinchy~ Guide to Christmas at Universal Studios Hollywood - Cindy Lou Who poses for a pic

Why go to Universal Studios Hollywood at Christmas time? It’s toadally fun, of course. Where else will you see a Seuss-ian wonky Christmas tree and real-live Whos? The Grinch is hilarious now that he's not trying to ruin your holiday (and he’s green, right? Can I get a ribbit, ribbit for my favorite color?!). It's something new to try at Universal and provides holiday fun for the whole family. Snowfall in Southern California is already pretty magical, but snowfall in Whoville is even more amazing. After visiting Grinchmas, hop on over to the Wizarding World for a cup of hot Butterbeer or a holiday dinner. Yum! Check out more details about the best food and drinks in the Wizarding World.


Our ~Grinchy~ Guide to Christmas at Universal Studios Hollywood - Grinch and Whos on stage

How should you approach Grinchmas at Universal Studios Hollywood? Hit the Grinch line as early as you can, and then hit the Studio Tour and your must-see rides in the Lower Lot early in the day. Then, return to see the tree lighting and snowfall. Note that the Grinch leaves his post to do the tree lighting show every half an hour in the evening (on days with longer park hours).

Festive Food and Seasonal Flavors at Universal Studios Hollywood and CityWalk

Our ~Grinchy~ Guide to Christmas at Universal Studios Hollywood - grinch donut

We love trying seasonal foods, treats and beverages during the holidays at Universal Studios Hollywood.

Besides the yummy-themed holiday foods available in The Wizarding World and Grinchmas areas, you can also enjoy other fall food items throughout Universal Studios Hollywood in 2023:

Our ~Grinchy~ Guide to Christmas at Universal Studios Hollywood - Grinch popcorn bucket

  • Crispy BBQ Chicken Sandwich
  • Slow Roasted Turkey Sandwich with Fries
  • Chili in Bread Bowl
  • Max Hot Dog
  • Smoked Beef Brisket Sandwich
  • Butternut Squash Soup
  • Clam Chowder in Bread Bowl
  • Turkey Quesadilla
  • Poinsettia Churro Sandwich
  • Rudolph’s Red Rita
  • Winter Mojito
  • Holly Jolly Juice
  • Family Feast
  • Max Hot Dog
  • Smoked Brisket Sandwich
  • Clam Chowder in Bread Bowl
  • Chili in Bread Bowl
  • Butternut Squash in Bread Bowl
  • Chocolate Chip Cookie
  • Chocolate Spiral Croissant
  • Pumpkin Spice Spiral Croissant
  • Sleigh Bells Irish Sour
  • English Holiday Meal
  • Prancer's Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chow
  • Hot Apple Toddy
  • Hot Espresso Martini
  • Make it Snappy Santa
  • Mrs. Claus’ Cinnamon Delight
  • Holiday Popcorn Chicken & Waffle
  • Black Forest Cake in a Jar
  • Butterscotch Pudding in a Jar
  • Pumpkin Spice Churro and Mini Donuts
  • Cupcakes and cookies
  • Santa Minion and Grinch Popcorn Buckets (with free refills!)
  • Spiked Hot Cocoa (available at multiple locations)
  • Regular Hot Cocoa (available at multiple locations)
  • Smores Hot Cocoa (available at multiple locations)
  • Peppermint Hot Cocoa (available at multiple locations)

Our ~Grinchy~ Guide to Christmas at Universal Studios Hollywood - Minion cookie in front of the Minion tree

In addition to food in the park, CityWalk restaurants offer special holiday sips and bites:

  • Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen has a new seasonal milkshake, available both at the Foundry milkshake bar and in the dining room.
  • Voodoo Doughnut has seasonal flavors.
  • Antojitos Cocina Mexicana serves up a variety of festive-themed drinks, including Mistletoe Mule, Chestnut Horchata and Apple Cider Margarita.
  • NBC Sports Grill & Brew offers a tasty Peppermint Martini.
  • Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville whips up a creamy and joyful drink with its Co-co-Colada.
  • VIVO Italian Kitchen offers an assortment of flavorful drinks, including the Winter Martini, Apple Cheer Martini and Hot Apple Cider, which is available as a nonalcoholic or alcoholic beverage.

New Year's Eve at Universal Studios Hollywood

If you hoppen to be visiting on Dec. 31, 2023, you can ring in 2024 at EVE, the New Year's Eve party. Enjoy multiple party areas with music, dancing, treats, drinks and souvenirs. DJs will spin an eclectic medley of music from pop, rock and hip-hop to EDM and Latin music. Guests can enjoy unique photo opportunities available throughout the theme park, and capture memorable moments from the night in front of a sparkling backdrop. The countdown to the new year will end in a dazzling fireworks display across the nighttime sky. Winter snowfall and confetti bursts add excitement to designated areas.

These festivities are included in your theme park ticket and allow you to access select rides and attractions during the park's extended hours (until 2 a.m.). The New Year's party festivities will begin at 9 p.m. Tickets are now available for purchase through Universal's website!

Tips for the Holidays at Universal Studios Hollywood

Our ~Grinchy~ Guide to Christmas at Universal Studios Hollywood - Shrek and Fiona

With so much hoppening during the Universal Studios Hollywood holiday events this season, you need to plan ahead to see it all. We've even created a checklist of our holiday must-dos!

Universal Studios Hollywood Christmas - Checklist

Don't froget to catch a new act — the Who-Bee-Do-Whops — performing on some weekends and peak days! Exact showtimes can be found on signs in the Grinchmas area.

Here are our tips for maximizing your time during the Universal Studios Hollywood holiday events — consider them an early Christmas present from us:

Our ~Grinchy~ Guide to Christmas at Universal Studios Hollywood - festive donkey

  • Know the park hours before you arrive. You'll want a weekend or holiday week to see all the entertainment.
  • Arrive early!
  • Plan to stay until the park closes.
  • Catch snowfall inside the Universal Studios Store and during the tree lighting!
  • Visit during weekends in the first half of December for the lightest crowds but full entertainment.
  • Use the Mobile Food & Drink Ordering (via the Universal app) to order some holiday foods in advance at locations such as Jurassic Cafe, Three Broomsticks and Mel's Diner. It's a time saver!
  • Consult the Alerts section of the app as of 9:30 a.m. the day of your visit (or ask employees in the Wizarding World) for the Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle showtimes.
  • Be sure to check the Grinchmas signs for the tree lighting, musical entertainment and story times.
  • Bring a sweatshirt or Hogwarts robe and scarf — even if it's warm and sunny during the day, it can cool off significantly at night.
  • If there are multiple Hogwarts Castle shows, see a later one for lighter crowds, or hop in place an hour before the first show to hopfully catch a bonus early show.
  • Stay at a nearby hotel.
  • Enjoy the CityWalk musical entertainment and Christmas tree, with 200,000 choreographed LEDs that move to the music (usually through Dec. 26)! Voodoo Doughnut offers holiday creations.
  • Check out the Hanukkah décor in the window of Saul & Sons New York Deli and Market façade in the Upper Lot.
  • Try holiday treats, but save room for the English Holiday Meal and hot Butterbeer in The Wizarding World.
  • Purchase a Universal Express Ticket so you can fit everything in.
  • Take advantage of Single Rider lines and Child Switch service (the app shows which attractions these are available for).
  • Enjoy the Jurassic World Christmas tree in the Lower Lot (as well as the minion tree in Super Silly Fun Land and many other colorful trees near Despicable Me Minion Mayhem).

Our ~Grinchy~ Guide to Christmas at Universal Studios Hollywood - holiday hello kitty

Our ~Grinchy~ Guide to Christmas at Universal Studios Hollywood - king julian during the holidays

Even though the earlier and weekday dates of Grinchmas are not as crowded as peak times near holidays and weekends, the park hours are much shorter on weekdays in early December. The closing times vary from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. throughout the season. A shorter night can definitely cut the fun off early. You'll want to plan to fit it all in. Having Express access on any of those days can help you experience more of the park. You want to hit all the seasonal entertainment, rides and shows no matter which day you visit.

What are you most looking forward to during Christmas at Universal Studios Hollywood 2023? Share a tip or two in the comments below. If you're looking for a hoppin’ deal on Universal Studios tickets or lodging in the Los Angeles area, Undercover Tourist offers discount hotel rooms near Universal Studios Hollywood. Beat the traffic and save time by staying nearby. Merry Grinchmas and Hoppy Who-lidays!

Related: Universal Studios Hollywood Tips to Maximize Your Time

Related: How to Meet the Grinch at Universal Studios Hollywood

Hoppy planning!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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Nov 12, 2023 at 8:06 p.m. Chris Says...

Does rain affect any Grinchmas activities? Or seeing the Grinch?

Nov 28, 2023 at 2:07 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Chris!

The majority of Grinchmas activities are outside and weather permitting. In the event of rain/bad weather, activities may be cancelled. There is also limited entertainment during the week. For example, the new Who-Bee-Doo-Wops show only happens on busier days.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Oct 29, 2023 at 4:18 p.m. Christy Jones Says...

Where is the best place to stay if you are only going to Universal Hollywood for Grinchmas?

Oct 30, 2023 at 2:26 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Christy!

Hop over to our Best Hotels Near Universal Studios Hollywood post! We've included hotels that are within walking distance, hotels with shuttle service and more - depending on what you're prioritizing (cost, distance, etc.)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Oct 25, 2023 at 6:15 p.m. Sarah Says...

I believe your dates may be incorrect. I received information via email from Universal that their holidays are starting on November 17, 2023.

Oct 25, 2023 at 3:21 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sarah!

The Holidays at Universal Studios Hollywood begin Nov. 24 — however, the Holidays at Universal Orlando Resort begin Nov. 17!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Oct 8, 2023 at 10:55 p.m. Toni Says...

Where did you get your dates for this years holiday festivities when UOR hasn't even posted them?

Oct 9, 2023 at 11:24 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Toni!

It seems like we may have caught a sneak peek of the dates on the main page carousel of Universal Studios Hollywood's website a couple weeks ago, but now, the 2024 information appears to have been removed. We will re-confirm once it's back on the website. We also know that, for the past few years, the holiday festivities have started the day after Thanksgiving.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Oct 19, 2023 at 4:21 p.m. Rachel Says...

It states on the universal email about the holidays I received that it starts November 17 th this year ! I am excited as we will be there those dates !

Oct 19, 2023 at 6:12 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Rachel, we are SO excited for you!!!! Have a great time!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Jan 2, 2023 at 4:34 a.m. Alex Says...

Just realized that grinchmas is slated to end today and our passes only allow us back in tomorrow… so you think there could still be some experiences happening or just maybe random decorations?

Jan 3, 2023 at 1:24 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alex!

Special entertainment typically ends on the last day so it wouldn't be happening today, though you may still see some lingering decorations.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Dec 7, 2022 at 5:03 a.m. MICHAEL Says...

Grinchmas looks like a lot of fun.

Dec 5, 2022 at 10:40 p.m. Blair N Hutton Says...

Give me all the treats! I really want that Harry Potter Christmas meal!

Dec 5, 2022 at 9:01 p.m. WJ Says...

I can hardly wait to enjoy the holiday fun!

Nov 14, 2022 at 12:22 a.m. Neil Says...

Hi We are not sure about our vacation yet but the studio ticket is nonrefundable. Is it ok to buy the ticket at the gate on Dec 23?

Nov 14, 2022 at 1:08 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Neil!

While tickets are available at the Front Gate, we'd recommend checking Universal's site before you go to be sure that the date isn't sold out. Tickets purchased in advance will also save you some money if you're able :) Hope this helps - have fun!

Hoppy planning!

Apr 8, 2020 at 6:25 p.m. Ana Says...

Hello my family and I want to go for November 10 to 23. I just hope that the Christmas activities start on that date. It would be wonderful if they have more GRINCHMAS days since mid-November and with all this of the Covid19 virus. I hope it is a magical Christmas and thus forget everything bad that the virus has caused. Apart from my work not allowing me to travel in December I am crazy to book now

Apr 8, 2020 at 5:04 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ana!

We toadally agree! Our hope is the same as yours - we are really looking forward to visiting for Grinchmas!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Dec 9, 2019 at 4:27 p.m. Laura Veys Says...

Hello, If the park closes at 6pm on weeknights, then is there still only one show each for Grinchmas tree lighting and the Hogwarts magic castle show? Do they schedule it somehow so you can see both?? We definitely want to see both! Appreciate your recommendations. We are going today! Thank you! :)

Dec 11, 2019 at 2:35 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Laura!

The park closed at 6 one night that we visited and there were two Hogwarts shows and two tree lightings each about 5:30 and 6. You should be be able to do both!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Dec 5, 2019 at 2:55 a.m. Layla H Smit Says...

Never been to Universal Studios and have been wanting to do the studio backlot tour, but wonder if it’s worth it during the holidays or if we should focus instead on Grinchmas and Hogwarts? If the backlot tour is worth it during holidays, would you suggest during the evening vs. day (if any holiday decorations can be viewed during the tour is what I’m wondering otherwise normally I would select the first am tour). If not, then perhaps the express pass is the way to go for this particular visit? Thank you.

Dec 4, 2019 at 9:42 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Layla!

You definitely must do the Studio Tour. Hop on it in the morning or during the day so you can focus on nighttime entertainment in Grinchmas and at Hogwarts. There aren't any holiday decorations on the Studio Tour, so enjoy seeing them in the rest of the park. If you are visiting at a peak time, Universal Express is the way to go. For weekdays in early December, you won't need it.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

Dec 3, 2019 at 1:08 a.m. Susie Says...

Do u know if the Harry Potter show still occurs even if it rains?

Dec 5, 2019 at 11:48 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Susie!

If it's a light rain, the show may go on, but in the event of anything substantial, the show may be canceled.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Nov 18, 2019 at 12:54 a.m. MIA VILLAREAL Says...

Do you know why the tickets for christmas day are not on sale yet?

Nov 18, 2019 at 11:20 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mia!

We can see them on Universal's site! If you are purchasing from us, you'll need either a Peak or Anytime ticket. Hope this helps!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Nov 15, 2019 at 10:57 p.m. Ericka Says...

Do you know if all of the holiday decorations will be taken down at the end of 12/29/19? Naturally- we got our tickets on the 30th... womp womp. It will still be fun, of course but I'm hoping some of the festive decor will still be up?

Nov 18, 2019 at 1:43 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ericka!

Since the festive décor was already up two weeks before the holidays starts, we expect that they will not be able to remove it all overnight. You probably cannot access the Grinchmas area, but the rest of the park will likely have decorations for a few days. Enjoy!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Dec 28, 2019 at 6:20 p.m. Jodie Says...

All Christmas events run through January 5th

Dec 21, 2019 at 1:37 a.m. Ericka Says...

Thank you, Mommy Frog! Cheers to the holidays and Happy New Year's!

Nov 13, 2019 at 4:28 p.m. Tina Says...

Does any Resturant in the park serve anything special Christmas Day ?

Nov 14, 2019 at 9:22 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tina!

It's not limited to Christmas Day, but the Three Broomsticks in the Wizarding World offers a Holiday Dinner and hot butterbeer throughout the holiday season :) Enjoy!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Nov 4, 2019 at 10:53 p.m. Olivia Says...

Visiting for 4 days during Dec 22-26: do we need express passes? If not, how long are wait times?

Nov 4, 2019 at 5:10 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Olivia!

Those days are forecast to be very busy, so we'd definitely suggest Express Passes if you can swing it.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Oct 24, 2019 at 2:33 a.m. Holly Says...

Will Universal Studios Hollywood be decorated earlier for Christmas? We will be there 11/26 hoping for some holiday cheer.

Oct 25, 2019 at 9:12 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Holly!

This year, Universal starts the Christmas season on Nov. 28. We do not have the dates for Grinchmas yet, but the rest of the park will be decorated Nov. 28, 2019. Crossing our froggy fingers that you may catch a glimpse of some early decorations!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Dec 29, 2018 at 12:58 a.m. Brittany Says...

Does the Grinchmas happen every year? And if so, when will it start in 2019? Planning a trip and want to go to it.

Dec 29, 2018 at 6:41 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brittany,

Grinchmas is so much fun! It's an annual tradition for our frog squad! While it happens every year, keep in mind that it and all events, until confirmed, are always subject to change.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Dec 11, 2018 at 4:47 p.m. Peri Says...

Hi there! I was wondering if you had any idea about the photo times for grinchmas? Tried to get one last year but missed the window!

Dec 11, 2018 at 2:58 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Peri!

The Grinch does photos all day long, usually from about 10 until near closing time. The line is about an hour all day, up to 90 min. in early December, or longer closer to the holidays. The Whos wander about all day for photos. Hope this helps!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Oct 10, 2018 at 6:55 p.m. Abbey Says...

We are going to both universal studios and isles of adventure on Dec. 18, 19, and 20.....tues through Thurs. Is it really busy during this time? Also would you suggest getting the express pass?

Oct 12, 2018 at 3:19 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Abbey!

You can check out our Crowd Calendar for details, but this looks like a pretty great time to visit! Since you have three days to enjoy, we don't think Express Pass is a necessity.

Keep hopping!


Dec 3, 2017 at 11:37 p.m. Anthony p Says...

Are you open on Christmas for Grinchmas?

Sep 16, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. Sara Sherman Says...

How are the crowds on Christmas Day itself?

Nov 21, 2017 at 2:34 a.m. horton eva Says...

does Fast of line ticket work for the grinch show as well?

Nov 21, 2017 at 2:26 a.m. horton eva Says...

I like to know when the grinch program starts/how often and fron what time to what time?

Dec 22, 2017 at 8:55 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

It's about 25 minutes. Show times vary. You can find times on Universal's site.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Nov 19, 2017 at 4:07 p.m. Lisa Knous Says...

I am trying to figure a way to get a picture with the grinch for my Christmas card this year with my husband and myself. We have no children and I am a grinch collector. I can't afford the 200 for us to get into the park for a day. Any ideas? Help

Nov 14, 2017 at 3:26 a.m. Miguel Says...

When can we purchase tickets for grinchmas?

Nov 14, 2017 at 11:52 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Miguel,

Grinchmas is included with regular theme park admission. You can purchase a ticket now!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Sep 24, 2017 at 10:13 p.m. Nikki Says...

Do they always do it on Saturday and sunday?!?!? we are going Dec. 8th(Friday) also if we go on the Friday not the date of it , is there still Grinch and whoville things to see?

Sep 25, 2017 at 3:02 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nikki,

Grinchmas dates are usually Saturday and Sunday in early December and then every day once the holiday break gets underway. They do not usually release the dates until mid to late November.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Aug 13, 2017 at 11:54 p.m. Rana Melton Says...

We will be there Dec. 3rd. It's the first Sunday of the month. Do you think they'll be having Grinchmas then? We were planning on the 6th but from the looks of 2016's schedule they did it the first two weekends only, then daily from the 16th on. I'm hoping we get to see it!! I'll be so sad if I buy my tickets now for the 3rd and they don't do it until after our trip.

Aug 14, 2017 at 7:36 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rana,

While it's always possible they could start early, we would expect Grinchmas to follow the same schedule as last year.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

Jan 2, 2017 at 8:16 p.m. Erika Ruiz Says...

Asta cuando esta lo de navidad y el Grinch

Dec 17, 2016 at 1:31 a.m. Jewel Says...

Great you have any specifics as to the times of the shows or when the Grinch begins his meet & greets?

Dec 21, 2016 at 12:03 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jewel,

Universal Studios Hollywood does not publish showtimes online. Grab a show time schedule when you arrive at the main gate during your visit.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Dec 5, 2016 at 2:11 p.m. Jessica Says...

Thank you for the article!

Mar 9, 2016 at 10:58 p.m. Cheryl Tears Says...

Please let me know when Grinchmas 2016/2017 dates are. I would like to send my Grandson there for Christmas. Looks like the best time ever !!!!

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