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How Universal Celebrates the Holidays

he holidays are right around the corner and Universal Orlando Resort will be all decked out! With special events in two theme parks and 6 resorts, it is the perfect destination to spend some time this holiday season.

Islands of Adventure Theme Park

Islands of Adventure is the home to the Seuss Landing area and it is here where you will find 2 Grinch themed holiday events.

  • The Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular is a live show that tells the classic story of How the Grinch Stole Christmas. The star of the show, The Grinch, is available for photos and autographs after the show.
  • Can’t get enough of The Grinch? Be sure to check out the The Grinch & Friends Character Breakfast. The Grinch will stop by your table for Grinchy small talk, autographs and photos. This is a separate ticketed event.

Universal Studios Theme Park

One of the most iconic holiday traditions is the annual Thanksgiving Day Macy’s Parade in New York City. Everyday during the holiday season, guests at Universal Orlando Resort can experience a special version featuring The Minions, along with characters from Shrek and Madagascar. Check the daily schedule for parade starting times.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter spans both theme parks, with Diagon Alley in Universal Studios and Hogsmeade in Islands of Adventure. The Hogwarts Express connects them and is an attraction in itself. Both areas will feature special holiday decorations, food items and entertainment.

The signature event can be found in Hogsmeade with the spectacular The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle, which features festive projections directly on the castle.

The Resorts

The six on-site Universal Orlando resorts will all feature holiday decor, special meals and events, which will all reflect each resort’s unique vibe. Visits with Santa, holiday luaus, Christmas tree and menorah lightings are just some of the fun that can be found at the Universal resorts.

A holiday visit to Universal Orlando Resort is a wonderful way to celebrate the holidays with the whole family. Holiday events officially start on November 16th and run through January 5th.


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