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Enjoy a “Harry Potter” Holiday at Hogwarts in the Snow

by Eugenia Lazaris

Nov 2, 2023

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Destinations / Europe

For fans of the Harry Potter franchise, no trip to England is complete without a visit to the Warner Bros. Studios. But if you happen to be in London this Christmas, you are in for a real treat with Hogwarts in the Snow.


For a short time this holiday season, Nov. 11, 2023–Jan. 14, 2024, to be exact, the Harry Potter sets on display at the Warner Bros. Studio Tour are transformed into a winter wonderland complete with snow, holiday decorations and hidden surprises like miniature snowmen tucked into the Hogwarts Castle model on display at the end of the tour.


You get to tour iconic sets like Diagon Alley, the Forbidden Forest, The Gryffindor and Slytherin Common Rooms and the Great Hall. You’ll see for yourself how Harry Potter’s Cloak of Invisibility was created using movie magic, and can visit the Christmas Shop, a temporary gift shop offering exclusive holiday Harry Potter-themed gift items.


In addition to a slew of holiday decorations sprucing up each set, which includes decorations and holiday cards made by the crew, the tour also provides great filmmaking secrets specific to the holiday scenes in the iconic movies, such as how the holiday scenes were created and how the crew was able to make snow that didn’t melt.


Tickets for the tour must be booked in advance and tend to sell out. Tours start at about $65, and children under 4 get in for free. This holiday experience is a yearly event and tours can be upgraded to include a variety of options like afternoon tea, a souvenir ticket, or a deluxe V.I.P. guided tour experience complete with butterbeer and a souvenir guidebook.


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