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5 Things to Enjoy During the Holidays at Universal Orlando

The holidays are almost here at Universal Orlando Resort! From November 18 to January 6, guests can enjoy returning favorites as well as all-new additions to the Christmas season. See what there is to enjoy for the holidays at Universal Orlando.


Celebrate the spirit of the season with one of the most classic Christmas tales! Seuss Landing gets all decked out for this special event, and the residents of Whoville roam the area greeting guests. Don’t miss the Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular to hear the tale of the Grinch and meet him for yourself. For even more Grinchmas fun, book a Grinch & Friends character breakfast.

Universal’s Holiday Parade

Each evening at Universal Studios Florida, guests can enjoy an all-new version of Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring floats from the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade as well as appearances from the Minions and characters from Madagascar and Shrek – and of course, Santa himself.

Manheim Steamroller

The best-selling holiday artist of all time visits Universal Studios as Mannheim Steamroller returns for live performances on Nov. 18 – 19, 25 – 26, Dec. 2 – 3,9 – 10, and 16 – 17. Performances are included with regular theme park admission.

Holidays at the Hotels

For those staying at one of Universal Orlando’s on-site hotels over the holidays, there are a variety of fun activities to enjoy. The Friday after Thanksgiving, many hotels have Christmas tree lighting ceremonies. During the week of Christmas, guests can enjoy special visits from Santa and Mrs. Claus, holiday crafts, special Christmas buffets, and more (activities vary by resort – available only on select dates). Throughout the season, guests can also marvel at their resort’s holiday decorations.

Holidays at the Wizarding World

New for this year, Christmas is coming to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter! Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade will be decked out in their holiday best. Special food and drinks will be available to purchase, and guests can enjoy seasonal performances from Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees and the Frog Choir. After dark, a new projection-mapping show will bring Christmas-inspired scenes to life on Hogwarts Castle.

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