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Holidays at Universal Orlando returns

Sunday, 20 Oct, 2023 0

Universal Orlando Resort brings back the destination-wide Holidays celebration next month.

It kicks off November 17 and runs daily through December 31.

Perennial favorites are on show, from ‘The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle’ in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter to Grinchmas.

Not to be missed are the floats and larger-than-life balloons during Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s.

Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

At Universal Studios Florida and Universal Islands of Adventure, Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade transform into a holiday wonderland. The nighttime spectacle, ‘The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle’ returns to Hogsmeade at Universal Islands of Adventure with a vibrant projection show highlighting Christmas moments inspired by the characters and stories of the Harry Potter films.

The Frog Choir also returns to Hogsmeade with a special holiday-themed performance, plus guests can dance along to Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees, in Diagon Alley.


Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s at Universal Studios Florida
Watch pop culture-inspired stories from Despicable Me, Shrek and Madagascar during Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s.

They come to life as larger-than-life balloons, colorful holiday floats and hundreds of performers. It leads up to a stunning finale with a special appearance by Santa Claus and the lighting of the 80-feet Christmas tree.


Grinchmas at Universal Islands of Adventure
The spirit of Grinchmas is back at Universal Islands of Adventure where the Grinch stars in the live retelling of the Dr. Seuss holiday classic, the “Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular.”

The whimsical atmosphere features oversized candy canes, twisty Christmas trees, tinsel ornaments and more. Catch an appearance from the Whos from Who-ville and a special photo op with the Grinch himself.


Mannheim Steamroller at Universal Studios Florida
The top-selling holiday artist of all time, Mannheim Steamroller will return to Universal Studios Florida to put guests in the holiday mood with live performances on December 2, 3, 9 and 10.


Universal’s Holiday Tour
Guests can enjoy a guided tour with special access to all the holiday entertainment experiences taking place across the destination, including:

A chance to meet the Grinch, and his dog, Max, while enjoying light bites, desserts and drinks

Reserved seating at the “Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular” in Universal Islands of Adventure

A meet-and-greet photo opportunity with Santa Claus in Universal Studios Florida

An exclusive, after-hours showing of “The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade at Universal Islands of Adventure.

Universal’s Holiday Tour is available on select dates beginning November 19 through December 30, 2023 and can be booked om

Annual and Seasonal Passholders can get a $10 off discount per ticket per passholder with a valid Annual or Seasonal Pass.


The Grinch & Friends Character Breakfast at Universal Islands of Adventure
This popular dining experience allows guests to start their day with breakfast and fun appearances by the Grinch and other Dr. Seuss characters.

The Grinch & Friends Character Breakfast takes place in Confisco Grille in Universal Islands of Adventure on select dates November 17 through December 27

Premier and Preferred Annual Passholders  receive a 20% for select dates.


The Holiday Celebration Continues at Universal CityWalk and Universal Orlando’s Hotels
Guests can keep the celebration going at Universal CityWalk with seasonal food and special entertainment. Plus, all eight Universal Orlando Resort hotels will be decked out with festive décor and offer holiday feasts and activities. Special menus will be available at Universal hotels for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s, and there will also be menorah lighting ceremonies and more. Select hotels also offer special holiday entertainment like Christmas tree lightings and strolling carolers.

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