You Can Eat a Christmas Feast and Attend the Yule Ball at the Real-life Hogwarts
Harry Potter fans: Prepare your hearts (and your stomachs) for the ultimate Christmas gift.
This year, Potterheads will officially have the chance to stuff their faces at the Christmas feast in the Great Hall and dance the night away at the Yule Ball, surrounded by a snowy, festive scene at Hogwarts.
The magical experience is courtesy of the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter, an exhibit that opened in 2012 to give fans of the J.K. Rowling series a chance to step into the very sets and interact with the props that were used in all of the films. This year, the attraction will experience a festive makeover like never before.
Hogwarts in the Snow, the attraction’s new holiday overlay, will allow guests to see their favorite sets dressed up in festive garb from November 18 to January 28.
The Gryffindor common room will be warmly decorated for Christmas using original props, fireplaces throughout the tour will be lit and crackling, the Burrow will be brimming with holiday cheer, and the iconic, massive Hogwarts castle model will receive a blanket of filming “snow” (a mixture of granulated paper and salt grains).
The true focal point of the attraction, however, is sure to be the Great Hall, which will be decorated for the Yule Ball for the first time ever. As it was seen in “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,” the hall will be lined with snow-covered Christmas trees, dripping in silver and sparkling icicles, and feature an orchestra of magical musical instruments.
As in years past, the Great Hall will also open its doors to lucky guests for the Christmas Feast, allowing fans to eat the same meal in the same location as some of their favorite story characters.
This year, the highly popular event has been extended to include three nights of magic from December 11 to 13. Although ticket prices don’t come cheap at £240 (about $316) per person, the evening’s plethora of gifts and extras may be well worth the price. The price includes a seat at a real prop table in the Great Hall, canapes, drinks, a three-course meal, Butterbeer, a wand, and a tour of the studio, as well as dancing and entertainment until midnight.
Tickets go on sale on October 24 at 10 a.m. U.K. local time, so hold on to your Remebrall and set that early alarm for a chance to experience all of the magic.