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Celebrate the holidays at Universal Orlando with parades, concerts and The Grinch

by Banks Lee

Macy's Holiday Parade at Universal Orlando

Universal Orlando is a great place for families to spend the holiday season during Universal’s Holidays celebration, if you don’t mind getting a bit Grinchy.

Beginning Dec. 6, 2014 and running daily through Jan. 3, 2015, the Holidays at Universal Orlando features one-of-a-kind traditions throughout the resort.

At Islands of Adventure, families can see Grinchmas come to life throughout Seuss Landing. Guests can enjoy a live retelling of Dr. Seuss’s classic holiday tale, “Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular,” featuring the Whos from Who-ville, accompanied by an original musical score by Mannheim Steamroller. Guests can also meet The Grinch and the Whos and on select dates, enjoy a special breakfast with the characters.

At Universal Studios Florida, the Macy’s Holiday Parade will fill the streets every evening with the some of the same larger-than-life balloons seen in Macy’s famous Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. This year includes the Chloe The Clown “Balloonicle,” a new addition to the parade that combines a towering balloon with a self-powered vehicle that roams the streets of Universal Studios. Guests will also enjoy holiday characters, floats and a tree-lighting ceremony by Santa Claus.

Mannheim Steamroller will return to the stage to spread Christmas cheer. With more than 40 million albums sold worldwide, the musical group will take to the Music Plaza stage in Universal Studios on select nights to perform their memorable holiday hits. Performance nights are Dec. 6, 7, 14, 15, 20 and 21.

All theme park holiday entertainment, including Mannheim Steamroller, is included with park admission to Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure.

For more information on the Holidays at Universal Orlando, vacation packages and ticket offers, visit UniversalOrlando.com/Holidays.

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