Things are about to get a whole lot cheerier at Universal Orlando Resort with the announcement of the park’s holiday schedule. Beginning November 12 and running daily through January 1, 2023 the Orlando theme park invites guests to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with experiences that range from traditional merriments to irreverent twists on holiday classics.
The lineup includes a spectacular transformation of Hogwarts castle during “The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle” in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade, as well as opportunities to meet the Grinch in Grinchmas, marvel at larger-than-life balloons and floats during Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s, holiday music and so much more.
Let’s take a closer look at each holiday event:
Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Both Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley will be transformed with festive cheer for the holidays. Guests will be able to enjoy festive décor, special holiday-themed performances from the Frog Choir in Hogsmeade and the wizarding world’s most popular singing sensation, Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees, in Diagon Alley.
As the sun goes down in Hogsmeade, the Hogwarts Castle lights up with a spectacular projection of holiday spirit and Christmas moments inspired by the many Harry Potter stories in “The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle” at Universal’s Islands of Adventure.
Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s at Universal Studios Florida
Experience the magic of the Macy’s Day Thanksgiving Parade with the thrills and fun of Universal Orlando during the Universal's Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s. Watch as the par transforms characters from Illumination’s Despicable Me and DreamWorks Animation’s Shrek and Madagascar into larger-than-life balloons. As they float on past, make sure to check out the rest of the colorful holiday floats and hundreds of festive performers. Santa Claus also makes an appearance followed by the lighting of the park’s dazzling 80-foot Christmas Tree.
Grinchmas at Universal’s Islands of Adventure
The holiday favorite Grinchmas comes to life at Universal’s Islands of Adventure with the “Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular” – a live retelling of Dr. Seuss’s classic.
Over in Seuss Landing, take in the festive decor including oversized candy canes, twisting Christmas trees, wreaths and tinsel ornaments. The land will also include special appearances by the Whos from Who-ville and of course the green guy with a heart too small, the Grinch himself will be available for a special photo opportunity.
Mannheim Steamroller at Universal Studios Florida
No sounds take you more into the holiday season than those of Mannheim Steamroller. The musicians will return to Universal Studios Florida with live performances on December 3, 4, 10 and 11.
Additional Holiday Festivities Across the Resort
And of course, guests will be able to enjoy holiday-themed merchandise, food and beverages, character encounters, seasonal décor and celebratory activities throughout Universal’s hotels, and parks.