The 2022 Nighttime Light Shows at Hogwarts


The 2022 Nighttime Light Shows at Hogwarts

This article is your complete guide to visiting Hogwarts at night for the Nighttime Lights at Universal Orlando! We all know that Universal Studios really knows how to play to the fans’ delights. From their exhilarating rides, to delicious food, to themed events, every park goer has something to enjoy.

Universal Studios at night reaches a new level of amazement with it’s light shows. The Universal nighttime show that draws in crowds is the one displayed on the Harry Potter Hogwarts castle, in Orlando. The Universal Hogwarts light show is something that should be seen if you’re visiting the park, especially if you are a Harry Potter fan! In this article we are going to break down everything you need to know about the Universal Hogwarts light show including the schedule, show time, and so much more about visiting Hogwarts at night in 2022! 

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So if you’re ready to learn about the Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts castle read on! 

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What is the Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle Orlando 2022?


The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts illuminates the park with majestic lights and sound. It’s the perfect way to cap off your day and to see the Hogwarts castle at night in a whole different way. Below are some of the most frequently asked questions regarding the nighttime shows at Universal Orlando. Not only that but we are going to start out this guide to the Nighttime lights at Hogwarts with some of the most important things to keep in mind during your next Universal Orlando trip!

Things to consider when trying to visit the Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts:

  • The Nighttime Lights show does not have a set schedule every week
  • Guests will have to check the Universal Orlando App for nightly showings
  • Be sure to visit all Harry Potter rides during early park admission to leave more time at night
  • Nighttime Lights show times will run every 15-20 minutes on nights the show does operate

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What Time Does the Harry Potter Light Show Start?


Per the the Universal Orlando app, the Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts are held on select nights in Islands of Adventure park for guests to enjoy. The Hogwarts castle light show times begin at dusk to park close. Typically, nighttime lights shows begin around 7:15 PM, but can also be 8:15 PM.

Because of Daylight Savings Time they can start as early as 6:45 PM. This makes the Nighttime lights Hogwarts schedule always changing due to when the sun sets! We always recommend checking the times guide once you arrive at Universal Orlando, checking the official Universal Orlando app, or speaking with a team member to confirm the Nighttime Lights show start time! 

Related Page: Harry Potter Early Park Admission Tickets 

How Often is the Hogwarts at Night Castle Light Show?

The current Nighttime Lights Hogwarts schedule is every twenty minutes from when it begins at dusk. In fact the Nighttime Lights schedule is one of our favorite things about visiting Hogwarts at night for the simple fact of how often the show runs. One of our favorite ways to end the night is to grab an ice cream in Hogsmeade and to watch the Nighttime Lights show on Hogwarts castle a few times!


2022 Hogwarts Light Show Times and Dates


Universal Orlando’s website and app both state that showtimes are not available for the Harry Potter world light show times for 2022. That is most likely because the show depends on when it gets dark! As for showtimes, make sure to head over to Islands of Adventure into Hogsmeade Village around dusk, and even if you miss the first show, there will be another in 20 minutes.

As for Hogwarts Nighttime Show dates, Universal also states that it is offered on select nights. So unfortunately, we do not have a set schedule. An insider tip is to periodically check the Universal Orlando app and they may release Hogwarts showtimes closer to night. If there still are no Hogwarts Nighttime Show schedule during your visit, make sure to ask an available team member if the show is running that day!

Make sure to check back in for more news on the nighttime lights Hogwarts schedule.

Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle tips:

The later showtimes are the best to view the nighttime spectacular! Make sure to try and catch shows later in the night when it is darker. It should be less crowded and have the best viewing.

Related Page: Harry Potter Early Park Admission Tickets 

Where is the Hogwarts Nighttime Show in Universal 2022?

You’ll be able to find Hogwarts inside the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Hogsmeade, located in Universal’s Islands of Adventure. You can’t miss it once you’re in- it’s this giant castle! Even at night, the Hogwarts castle lights will illuminate the sky and surrounding areas.

Start your night by entering Hogsmeade by the Hogwarts Express starting at around dusk and head toward the Hogwarts Castle.

How Long is the Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle Show?

The current Nighttime Lights show at Universal is 5 minutes!


Other Harry Potter Light Shows When Visiting Hogwarts at Night


Including the regular Nighttime Lights Harry Potter show in Universal, there are currently three different night shows at Universal Orlando that take place on the Harry Potter castle in Hogsmeade. The other two shows that you can enjoy when visiting Hogwarts at night include:

The Hogwarts Dark Arts Light Show

The Universal Orlando Dark Arts schedule came back for 2021, and we are unsure of the schedule for 2022. As soon as we know it, we can update you here!

The Hogwarts Dark Arts Light Show at Universal Orlando appears during Halloween season, giving Hogsmeade a spooky transformation. The Universal Studios castle is taken over by Lord Voldemort’s “cruel legions,” like Death Eaters, Dementors, mountain trolls, Inferi, and Aragog the Acromantula. Outside of Halloween Horror Nights, this is one of our favorite things to experience when visiting Universal Orlando during the Halloween season!

Is the Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle the same show?

Another Harry Potter show at Universal Orlando is The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle. This nighttime lights at Hogwarts castle schedule shows exclusively at Universal Orlando during Christmas which is mid-November through early January. This universal castle show features the sights and sounds of the holiday season, including a majestically large Christmas tree, the Hogwarts ghosts singing carols, a recreation of the Yule Ball, and students riding broomsticks and creating snowmen.

Harry Potter Nighttime Lights Show FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Are There Fireworks at the Hogwarts at Night? Harry

Yes, there is a brief Harry Potter fireworks display at the finale of the Harry Potter light show Universal Studios.

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