You're going to find a bit more merry at the Universal Orlando Resort from November 16th through January 5th. That's because the Holidays have arrived and are ready to unwrap fun all throughout the resort. From making unforgettable memories at Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter to making mischief with the one and only Grinch, here are all the ways to elevate your season at Universal Orlando this year. You've never had a holiday like this!
Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Explore the completely transformed Wizarding World with festive holiday decor and brilliant lighting around every corner. There are special limited-time holiday treats and drinks, including Hot Butterbeer, and the sounds of the season are in the air wherever you go. At Diagon Alley you can catch the special holiday edition of Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees performing several times daily. In Hogsmeade you can take in the spectacular nighttime show, The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle, where the iconic castle is brought to life utilizing state-of-the-art projection mapping and lighting effects.
Universal's Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s
The holidays have never been brighter, when the Minions join Santa Clause in this must-see holiday parade happening at Universal Studios Florida each evening during the season. See your favorite characters from Madagascar, Shrek and Despicable Me brought to life with incredibly themed floats and larger than life balloons. Of course, it wouldn't be a true holiday parade without featuring the man of the hour himself, Santa. Watch as he arrives to light the big tree in front of Macy's on the New York street, setting off a flurry of snow and confetti!
Parade Show Times 2019:
Nov. 19 and Dec. 4: 5:15 AM
Nov. 16 – 18, Nov. 20 – Dec. 3, Dec. 5 – Dec. 24; Dec 31 - Jan 5: 5:30 PM
Dec. 25 – Dec. 30: 8:00 PM
The best-selling Christmas artist of all time returns to Universal Studios Florida for another set of amazing concert performances. You can catch Mannheim Steamroller perform on select Saturday and Sunday evenings throughout the season. The best part is, these concerts at the Music Plaza Stage are free and included in your general park admission.
Concert Schedule 2019:
Nov. 16, 17, 23, 24 and 30
Dec. 1, 7, 8, 14 and 15
The Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular
This is the best time of year at Islands of Adventure, because Seuss Landing is completely decked out by all those Whos down in Who-ville. One of the most popular holiday offerings in all of Orlando has become the beloved Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular. This superb live-action stage show tells the story of the Grinch and how his heart grew three sizes that infamous day. With hilarious hijinks, creative sets and costumes and music recorded by Mannheim Steamroller, this is a can't-miss for your holiday plans.
Grinchmas Show Times 2019:
Nov. 16, Nov 23 - Nov. 30; Dec. 14-Dec 29: 10:45 AM, 11:45 AM, 12:45 PM, 1:45 PM, 3:30 PM, 4:30 PM, 5:30 PM, 6:30 PM
Nov. 17 - Nov. 22; Dec. 1 - Dec. 13; Dec. 30 - Jan. 5: 11:30 AM, 12:30 PM, 1:30 PM, 3:45 PM, 4:45 PM, 5:45 PM
Resort-Wide Festive Celebrations
The festive fun doesn't have to end when you leave the theme parks! The hotels around Universal Orlando are joining in the fun too, with traditional feasts and special buffets, live music, Christmas tree lighting ceremonies, holiday crafts & activities and more. You may even get your chance to meet Santa, Mrs. Claus and Santa's Elves on select days.
New Year’s Eve in Universal Studios Florida
To cap off the holiday season, your family can ring in the New Year right at Universal Studios Florida. Celebrate with upbeat live music, rocking party zones with some of your favorite characters, Universal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration nighttime show, amazing pyrotechnic displays at midnight with showers of confetti and, of course, party favors. It's all included in your general park admission ticket—so you can ride and play all day and party till midnight with just one ticket!
EVE at Universal CityWalk
At this special ticketed event at Universal CityWalk you can rock out to the new year on Orlando's biggest outdoor dance floor. Party into the new year at five different nightclubs featuring live bands and DJs, enjoy signature drinks, and feast on unlimited gourmet cuisine. The whole year’s been leading up to this. This event is for guests 21 or older only.