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Holidays at Universal Orlando will be a destination-wide celebration

by Samantha Davis-Friedman

Holidays at Universal Orlando Resort will be a destination-wide celebration from Nov. 12, 2022 – Jan. 1, 2023, featuring favorite stories and characters.

Holidays at Universal Orlando Resort - Christmas in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Photos courtesy of Universal Orlando Resort

From Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Grinchmas to Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s and performances by Mannheim Steamroller, Holidays at Universal Orlando Resort will celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with epic festivities that can’t be experienced anywhere else – and it’s all included in admission to the theme parks.

Holidays at Universal Orlando Resort will include these memorable experiences:

Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

The themed lands of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure will magically transform for the holidays with themed decorations, garlands, and lights throughout the streets of Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley.

Guests can also enjoy special holiday-themed performances from the Hogwarts Frog Choir in Hogsmeade and “the wizarding world’s most popular singing sensation,” Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees, in Diagon Alley.


My Baby Gave Me a Hippogriff for Christmas - Celestina Warbeck and her Banshees

When night falls in Hogsmeade, guests can experience “The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle,” a spectacular show projected on the façade of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry that celebrates the holiday spirit and recalls Christmas moments inspired by the “Harry Potter” stories.

Holidays at Universal Orlando Resort - The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle

Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s

Fan-favorite characters from the popular “Despicable Me,” “Shrek,” and “Madagascar” franchises – along with larger-than-life balloons, holiday floats, and hundreds of performers – take to the streets of Universal Studios Florida during Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s.

Santa Claus even appears during a snowy finale that culminates with the lighting of the park’s 80-foot Christmas Tree.

Grinchmas

The Grinchiest time of year is celebrated at Seuss Landing in Universal’s Islands of Adventure with the “Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular” – a live musical retelling of Dr. Seuss’s holiday classic starring the Grinch.

The Grinchmas celebration continues throughout Seuss Landing, which will be adorned with whimsical holiday décor, including oversized candy canes and twisting Christmas trees. Guests can also enjoy special appearances by the merry Whos from Who-ville as they prepare for their favorite holiday – and even meet the mean one himself for a special photo opportunity.


The Grinch Loves Memorial Day! - Meeting the Grinch at Universal Orlando Resort #Shorts

Mannheim Steamroller

The best-selling holiday artist of all time, Mannheim Steamroller, returns to Universal Studios Florida with live performances on Dec. 3, 4, 10, and 11, 2022.

Holidays at Universal Orlando Resort - Mannheim Steamroller

Additional Holiday Festivities Across the Resort

Holiday cheer will be spread across Universal Orlando Resort with holiday-themed merchandise, food and beverage offerings, character encounters, seasonal décor, celebratory activities at Universal’s hotels, and more. Additional details about Holiday offerings at Universal Orlando Resort will be revealed soon.

Universal Orlando’s Holidays celebration is included with regular admission to the theme parks. In addition, guests can get 30% off 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. Click here for details.

Click here for more information about Holidays at Universal Orlando Resort.

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