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Holidays at Universal Orlando Resort Returns November 12- January 1, 2023

Are you ready to celebrate the holidays at Universal Orlando Resort? The awesomest celebration of the season is back! The holiday season will return to Universal Orlando Resort beginning November 12, 2022 featuring a merry mix of festivities highlighting pop culture’s most beloved stories and characters and continue through January 1, 2023. Your unforgettable holiday getaway at Universal Orlando Resort will be complete with a unique range of memorable experiences including Christmas in the Wizarding World of Harry potter, Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s, Grinchmas and more!

Holidays at Universal

Universal Orlando Resort invites you to unwrap the awesome and let loose this holiday season during its Holidays celebration, beginning November 12 and running daily through January 1, 2023. Throughout the entire destination, you can celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with an incredible collection of epic festivities featuring some of pop culture’s most beloved stories and characters – all brought to life in experiences that range from traditional merriments to irreverent twists on holiday classics that can’t be experienced anywhere else. 

This holiday season, you’ll be able to witness a spectacular transformation of Hogwarts castle during “The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle” inside The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade; meet  “the mean, green one himself,” the Grinch, during Grinchmas; watch larger-than-life balloons and floats take the streets during Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s and so much more.

Christmas in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle

The spectacularly themed lands of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter will transform into wizarding wonderlands for the Holidays, complete with festive décor throughout the iconic streets of Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley that includes themed decorations, garlands and lights. Guests can also enjoy special holiday-themed performances from the Frog Choir, comprised of Hogwarts students and their giant croaking frogs, in Hogsmeade and the wizarding world’s most popular singing sensation, Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees, in Diagon Alley.
And once night falls in Hogsmeade, guests can revel in a spectacular projection of holiday spirit and Christmas moments inspired by the beloved “Harry Potter” stories in “The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle” at Universal’s Islands of Adventure.

Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s

Fan-favorite characters from Illumination’s Despicable Me and DreamWorks Animation’s Shrek and Madagascar – along with larger-than-life balloons, dozens of colorful holiday floats and hundreds of festive performers – will fill the streets of Universal Studios Florida during Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s. Santa Claus even makes an appearance during the awe-inspiring parade – leading a picturesque finale that culminates with the lighting of the park’s dazzling 80-foot Christmas Tree.

Holidays at Universal


The spirit of Grinchmas comes to life at Universal’s Islands of Adventure with the “Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular” – a live retelling of Dr. Seuss’s holiday classic starring the maven of mischief himself, the Grinch.


The celebration continues in Seuss Landing, which will be adorned in whimsical yuletide décor, including oversized candy canes, twisting Christmas trees, wreaths and beautiful tinsel ornaments. While strolling the land, guests can enjoy special appearances by the merry Whos from Who-ville as they prepare for their favorite holiday throughout Seuss Landing – and even meet the mean, green one himself, the Grinch, for a special photo opportunity.

Mainheim Steamroller

The best-selling holiday artist of all time, Mannheim Steamroller, will return to Universal Studios Florida to fill the air with the iconic sounds of the season with live performances on December 3, 4, 10 and 11, 2022.

Additional Holiday Festivities Across the Resort

And there’s even more fun to be had this holiday season at Universal Orlando with holiday-themed merchandise, food and beverage offerings, character encounters, seasonal décor and celebratory activities at Universal’s hotels, and more. Additional details about Holiday offerings at Universal Orlando Resort will be revealed soon.

Special Savings on Select Vacation Packages at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort or Universal’s Aventura Hotel

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You can receive 30% off on a special vacation package that includes five-night accommodations at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort or Universal’s Aventura Hotel, five days of access to Universal Orlando’s theme parks and exclusive hotel benefits like Early Park Admission.

This Special Vacation Package Includes:

  • 5-Night Hotel Accommodations at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort or Universal’s Aventura Hotel
  • 3-Park 5-Day Park-to-Park Vacation Package Promo Ticket** to Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure, and Universal’s Volcano Bay on the same day
  • Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ and Universal’s Volcano Bay up to one hour before the park opens (valid theme park admission required, select attractions)
  • Complimentary transportation and walking paths to Universal’s theme parks and Universal CityWalk
  • Complimentary delivery of merchandise purchased throughout the resort to your hotel
  • Resort-wide charging privileges with your room key card
Holidays at Universal

Access to Universal Orlando’s Holidays celebration is included with regular theme park admission.

For more information about Holidays at Universal Orlando Resort, visit UniversalOrlando.com/winter.

Spend the Holidays at Universal Orlando Resort


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If you are thinking about planning a vacation with your family this year, Universal Orlando offers a variety of events and activities to help you enjoy the holidays at Universal Orlando Resort. Along with the exciting attractions in the parks like the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, you can enjoy holiday events like Grinchmas and Macy’s Holiday Parade.The Holidays at Universal Orlando Resort will begin on December 6, 2014 and run every day through January 3, 2015.

Universal’s Islands of Adventure is home to Grinchmas, a wintery wonderland throughout Seuss Landing. You can enjoy a live retelling of the classic Seuss story in “Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular,” complete with the Whos from Who-ville and an original music score from Manheim Steamroller. You can even meet The Grinch and the Whos!

At Universal Studios Florida, the Macy’s Holiday Parade runs down the streets every evening with the same larger-than-life balloons that are used in the famous Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. This year will feature a new addition, Chloe The Clown “Balloonicle,” that combines a towering balloon with a self-powered vehicle that roams the streets of Universal Studios. You can also see colorful holiday characters, fantasy-filled floats and a tree-lighting ceremony by Santa Claus.

Mannheim Steamroller, the masters of modern Christmas music, will return to the stage at Universal Studios to spread Christmas cheer. They will perform holiday hits at the Music Plaza stage on December 6, 7, 13, 14, 20 and 21.

All of the incredible holiday entertainment inside the parks—including Mannheim Steamroller—is included with regular Park-to-Park admission to Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure.

If you’ll be around for New Year’s Eve, Universal CityWalk is the place to be! You can enjoy “a dynamic New Year’s Eve celebration which includes non-stop entertainment, unique party zones—each with their own entertainment and signature drinks—along with six different clubs with live music, unlimited gourmet cuisine, and Orlando’s largest dance floor.”

If you are planning a Universal Orlando vacation, you can save up to 30% off one of the four on-site hotels. Plus, you can take advantage of great perks like early park admission to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and complimentary transportation to the parks. You will also receive complimentary unlimited express passes if you stay at one of the deluxe on-site hotels.

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, Universal Orlando’s agency of the year in 2010, 2011, and 2012. She would love to help you plan your next vacation at no cost to you. Request your free, no obligation quote on the right side of the page or email siera@destinationsinflorida.com for more information.