With Thanksgiving behind us, it’s time to start planning for the holidays ahead. Universal Orlando is wasting no time getting you into the holiday spirit during their annual Holidays event. Each year, the Orlando theme park spreads the holiday cheer with parades, The Grinch, holiday music and more. Here are 5 reasons to visit Universal Orlando for the holidays:

Watch Hogwarts Light Up in a Christmas Display
Both Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade are transformed this holiday season with festive decor, brilliant lighting and holiday fun. At The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal Studios, guests can enjoy special holiday treats and drinks, classic holiday tunes and Celestine Warlock and the Banshees performing special holiday shows. At The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Hogsmeade, the holiday spirit comes alive with The Frog Choir as they sing seasonal melodies. Special treats and drinks are also available and the dazzling projection The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts really rounds out the holiday magic.

Take a Break to Enjoy the Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s
Merry and Mayhem come together in Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s. The minions join Santa Claus in a recreation of Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s that also includes characters from Madagascar and Shrek. The remaining parade times are as follows:
Nov 27, Nov 29 - Dec 5,
Dec 7 - 13,
Dec 6, and Dec 14: 5:15pm
Dec 15 - 23: 5:30pm
Dec 24 - 30: 8:00pm
Dec 31 - Jan 6: 5:30pm

Rock out to Mannheim Steamroller
The best-selling holiday artist of all time, Mannheim Steamroller returns to the Music Plaza Stage at Universal Studios to perform classic holiday tunes with a modern twist. Show times are Dec 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16: 7:00pm

Listen to The Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular
Seuss Landing is transformed into Who-ville from Dr. Seuss’ popular holiday classic The Grinch. Guests can enjoy The Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular, a live retelling of the holiday tale starring The Grinch himself.

Enjoy the Christmas Spirit at Universal Orlando Resorts
Staying at a Universal Orlando Resort is fun any time of year, but during the holidays, many Universal Orlando resorts pull out all the holiday stops including visits with Santa, ornament decorating, tree and menorah lighting ceremonies, and more.