Prepare to celebrate the magic of Christmas at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London with the return of the much loved HOGWARTS IN THE SNOW event, which runs from Saturday 11th November 2023 to Sunday 14th January 2024.
Entering the Great Hall, bedecked in the glittering gold decorations from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, fans will find a mouth-watering banquet of roast potatoes, peas, turkeys, and puddings set aflame just as it was to celebrate the end-of-term feast at Hogwarts. The set is complete with Christmas trees topped by flying witches and inviting fireplaces adorned with festive holly, mistletoe and wreaths.
From the Gryffindor boys’ dormitory to the house common rooms, fans of magic are invited to discover how their favourite sets were dressed for Christmas scenes in the film series. From handmade Christmas cards made by the crew during filming decorating the sets to Christmas trees decorated with glittering skulls.
Learn the dance steps Neville Longbottom studies ahead of the wizarding Yule Ball as seen in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire or discover more about the invisibility cloak Harry Potter receives during his first Christmas at Hogwarts. Returning this year is the Studio Tour’s Christmas shop, where visitors can shop exclusive festive souvenirs, gifts and stocking fillers for their loved ones.
Snow will blanket the trees and woodlands in the Forbidden Forest, as well as Hagrid’s Hut, and on the outdoor sets in the Studio Tour’s Backlot. Diagon Alley’s shop fronts and cobbled stones will also feature a snowy makeover complete with frosted shop windows.
At the Studio Tour’s snowmaking station, visitors are invited to get hands on and learn the filmmaking magic behind fire that doesn’t burn and snow that doesn’t melt, discovering the magical materials used on-set to create snow that crunches underfoot and glistens like ice on-screen.
The Studio Tour will end with a walk around the snowy Hogwarts Castle model transformed by filmmakers who dust it with a layer of snow from above, like icing a cake. Fans are encouraged to look closely for the tiny snowman figures hidden somewhere in the grounds of Hogwarts.
Dinner in the Great Hall will also return this year, offering guests exclusive after-hours access to the Studio Tour. The evening will begin with drinks and canapes in the lobby, followed by a festive two-course seated meal in the Great Hall.
Once the meal is complete, guests will commence their visit around the Studio Tour. Along the way, guests will be treated to a misting drink by the Potions Classroom followed by another drinks and dessert served on Platform 9 ¾, and a refreshing Butterbeer in the Backlot Café. Each guest will pick out a souvenir gift from the Christmas shop and the magical evening will end with a disco in the lobby under the belly of the Studio Tour’s Ukrainian Ironbelly dragon.
New for 2023, the Studio Tour will host a Dinner in the Great Hall event for families with young children. Family Dinner in the Great Hall will take place at the Studio Tour for one night only and each child ticket will include a souvenir gift bag filled with Harry Potter goods.
Dinner in the Great Hall tickets will include:
• A selection of canapes in the Studio Tour Lobby (three choices)
• Exclusive after-hours access to the Studio Tour
• A set two-course festive menu served in the Great Hall
• Half a bottle of wine or three bottled beers per person
• One misting cocktail/mocktail served from Potions Classroom
• Selection of festive dessert canapes served on Platform 9 ¾
• A glass of wine, beer or soft drink per person served on Platform 9 ¾
• Souvenir Christmas gift to be chosen from the Christmas shop
• Butterbeer served in the Backlot Café
• A festive disco on a dance floor set under the Studio Tour lobby dragon
• Access to full bars during the disco for any additional drink purchases
• A souvenir gift bag filled Harry Potter goods (one bag per child for Family Dinner in the Great Hall event only)