Friday, December 15, 2017

Christmas at Wizarding World of Harry Potter Diagon Alley

Harry Potter Christmas Celebration at Universal Studios Orlando
For the holiday season this year, Universal Orlando Resort's theme parks decked the hall of Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley. To the delight of Harry Potter fans, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter has been magically transformed for Christmas. (Here's my visit at Hogsmeade and the Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts). I was lucky and excited to dash over to the Harry Potter theme parks in Orlando and see the transformation at Diagon Alley. Take a look below for all the special spots you don't want to miss this holiday season! Hope you enjoy!

Harry Potter Christmas Celebration at Universal Studios Orlando
Stuck between a bookstore Screed and Sons and a record shop, The Leaky Cauldron remains undercover from Muggles in plain sight as the rest of London dazzles with lights and wreaths.

Quality Quidditch Supplies Harry Potter Christmas Celebration
Christmas Celebration Decorations at Universal Studios
Take a special look at the wreaths lining the store shops at Diagon Alley. Each one has their own specially themed decoration. I absolutely loved the wooden letters for The Daily Prophet and wreath of yarn balls for the Wool Shop.

Wiseacres Christmas Celebration at Universal Studios
Universal Studios Christmas Celebration at Harry Potter
There is so much to look at Diagon Alley already. Not one inch of the landscape is glossed over. Wiseacres and The House Elf Placement Agency (above) is lined with ribbons and lights. Dobby looks on over Carkitt Market high above a mysterious closed door, while the Owl Post has its own special wreath.

Ollivanders and Knockturn Alley Christmas Celebration
Olivanders Shop and Knockturn Alley
While Ollivanders always look marvelous, it was wonderful to see it spiffed up for the holidays. Meanwhile, not a lot of merriment can be found in Knockturn Alley. Its wreath is as ominous as the cursed objects one might discover there.

Universal Studios Christmas Celebration at Harry Potter
Just around the corner from Ollivanders, you can always count on the Wizarding World of Harry Potter to add all of these small details like little broomsticks.

Weasleys Wizard Wheezes Christmas
Weasleys Wizard Wheezes always manages to put a smile on my face. The attention to detail with the wreaths was absolutely delightful - one can find little fireworks in the trimmings.

The Leaky Cauldron Christmas
Decorations for Diagon Alley isn't just for the storefronts. I enjoyed a hearty feast at The Leaky Cauldron, which was also lined with furs danging across the ceiling beams. Wizards and witches can now enjoy warm butterbeer and new specialty items added to the restaurant menu.

Weasleys Wizard Wheezes decorations
Another look inside Weasleys Wizard Wheezes and The Leaky Cauldron.

Weasleys Wizard Wheezes Christmas
If Diagon Alley wasn't already bewitching during the day, it becomes even more magical once nighttime falls. A look at Weasleys Wizard Wheezes all dressed up.

Universal Studios Christmas Celebration at Harry Potter
A beautiful look at Diagon Alley lit up for the evening.

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