The Festive Season at Universal Orlando Resort is Back With a Magical Celebration Throughout the Entire Destination

Celebrate the holidays at Universal Orlando Resort with a whimsical destination-wide event inspired by beloved stories from pop culture. Experience Christmas in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Grinchmas, Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s, and more! This festive celebration takes place from November 17 through December 31.

Embark on a merry escapade with our special ticket offer, exclusively for U.S. and Canadian residents. Enjoy 2 days free with the purchase of a 2-Park 3-Day Ticket.

Feel the holiday spirit come alive with Universal’s Holiday Tour, indulge in The Grinch & Friends Character Breakfast at Universal Islands of Adventure, and partake in special experiences offered across all Universal Hotels.

In Orlando, Florida, Universal Orlando Resort invites guests to embrace the holiday spirit at its destination-wide celebration starting next month. From November 17 to December 31, visitors can enjoy a mix of festive traditions and pop culture-inspired experiences, including “The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle” and encounters with the Grinch. Don’t miss Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s, where enchanting floats and giant balloons come to life, creating a unique holiday atmosphere.

Experience the enchantment of Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Florida and Universal Islands of Adventure. Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade transform into magical holiday wonderlands with themed décor, lights, and garlands. Don’t miss the mesmerizing nighttime show, “The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle,” at Universal Islands of Adventure, featuring projections inspired by the beloved characters and stories of the “Harry Potter” films. Enjoy the festive tunes of the Frog Choir and the wizarding world’s favorite singing sensation, Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees, for an unforgettable holiday experience.

Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s at Universal Studios Florida transports guests into a world of wonder. Experience the magic as characters from Illumination’s Despicable Me and DreamWorks Animation’s Shrek and Madagascar come to life with colossal balloons, vibrant floats, and cheerful performers. The parade leads to a spectacular finale, featuring Santa Claus and the lighting of an impressive 80-foot Christmas tree, creating a truly enchanting holiday atmosphere.

Experience the joy of Grinchmas at Universal Islands of Adventure! Immerse yourself in the live retelling of the Dr. Seuss holiday classic, the “Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular,” starring the Grinch. Seuss Landing transforms into a whimsical wonderland adorned with giant candy canes, festive Christmas trees, and dazzling tinsel ornaments. Encounter the Whos from Who-ville and capture a special moment with the Grinch himself in a unique photo opportunity.

Mannheim Steamroller, the best-selling holiday artist of all time, is back at Universal Studios Florida for live performances on December 2, 3, 9, and 10, filling the park with festive tunes. And that’s not all – Universal Orlando Resort offers an array of unique add-on experiences, spreading holiday cheer at every turn.

Universal’s Holiday Tour
Guests can enjoy a guided tour that gives them special access to all the beloved holiday entertainment experiences taking place across the destination, including:

  • A chance to meet the maven of mischief himself, the Grinch, and his dog, Max, while enjoying small bites, desserts and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Reserved seating at the “Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular” in Universal Islands of Adventure
  • A meet-and-greet photo opportunity with Santa Claus in Universal Studios Florida
  • An exclusive, after-hours showing of “The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle”in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade at Universal Islands of Adventure to complete the night’s festivities

Universal’s Holiday Tour is available on select dates beginning November 19 through December 30, 2023 and can be booked by visiting Pricing begins at $79.99 per person (plus tax) and separate theme park admission with a 1-Day 2-Park Park-to-Park ticket is required.

Annual and Seasonal Passholders can get a $10 off discount per ticket per passholder with a valid Annual or Seasonal Pass. Tickets for passholders can be purchased by calling 1-866-346-9350 or by visiting the UOAP Lounge in Universal Islands of Adventure. Regular Seasonal and Power Pass blockout dates apply.

The Grinch & Friends Character Breakfast at Universal Islands of Adventure
The popular dining experience, “The Grinch & Friends Character Breakfast,” allows guests to start their day with a deliciousbreakfast and fun appearances by the Grinch and other favorite Dr. Seuss characters.

The Grinch & Friends Character Breakfast takes place in Confisco Grille in Universal Islands of Adventure on select dates November 17 through December 27 for $58.99 + tax per adult and $32.99 + tax per child (ages 3-9) and can be booked by visiting

Premier and Preferred Annual Passholders can receive a 20% discount on purchases of The Grinch & Friends Character Breakfast for select dates by calling 407-224-7554.

The Holiday Celebration Continues at Universal CityWalk and Universal Orlando’s Hotels
Guests can keep the celebration going at Universal CityWalk with seasonal food and beverage and special entertainment. Plus, all eight Universal Orlando Resort hotels will be decked out with festive décor that enhances each hotel’s theme – and the whole family can indulge in holiday feasts and activities. Special menus will be available at Universal hotels for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s, and there will also be menorah lighting ceremonies and more. Select hotels even offer special holiday entertainment like Christmas tree lightings and strolling carolers. Guests can now save 20% on a four-night stay in the 2-bedroom suites at Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Dockside Inn and Suites & Surfside Inn and Suites and the family suites at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort.

Get 2 Days of Park Admission Free with a Can’t-Miss Ticket Offer
Access to Universal Orlando’s Holidays celebration is included with regular admission to the theme parks. U.S. and Canada residents can now take advantage of an incredible deal giving them five days of access to Universal Orlando Resort’s thrilling theme parks for the price of a three-day ticket to enjoy the ultimate holiday getaway. Guests also have the option to upgrade their ticket to include Universal Volcano Bay. Click here for more information and to purchase.

Special Experiences for Annual Passholders
In addition to discounts on select holiday experiences, Annual Passholders will get special access to enjoy Universal’s Holidays Parade featuring Macy’s from a viewing area just for Passholders, as well as exclusive merchandise and early access to the Holidays Tribute Store.

The Holidays celebration runs daily from November 17 through December 31 at Universal Orlando Resort and from November 24 through January 1, 2024 at Universal Studios Hollywood. For more information about Holidays at Universal Orlando Resort, visit

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