The 9 Holiday Things You HAVE To Do At Universal Orlando Resort

The 9 Holiday Things You HAVE To Do At Universal Orlando Resort

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This year’s incredible holiday festivities kick off on Saturday, November 18. With Christmas coming to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter for the first time ever, an entirely new Universal’s Holiday Parade Featuring Macy’s and the return of Grinchmas, you’ll find holiday delights everywhere you look.

So, get out your fingers and let’s count off the 9 holiday things you absolutely MUST do during your visit to Universal Orlando Resort before the festivities end on January 6.

1. The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle

GIF The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Using the latest in projection-mapping technology, Hogwarts castle will be completely transformed this holiday season. It is brand new at Universal’s Islands of Adventure (and Universal Studios Hollywood, for you left-coasters) and is absolutely enchanting. Catch it throughout the night during the holidays. Get more details here.

2. Universal’s Holiday Parade Featuring Macy’sUniversal's Holiday Parade Featuring Macy's Despicable Me BalloonThis year, we’ve created a completely new parade featuring some of your favorite characters. The Minions, Shrek, and Madagascar characters all take to the streets and into the air along with Santa and over 100 live performers. Macy’s has created an entirely new selection of incredible balloons that you’ll only find in Universal Studios Florida. Get more details here.

3. Grinchmas

GIF Grinchmas in Universal's Islands of Adventure

All of Seuss Landing is also transformed into a wintery playland during the season. And the mean, green one himself returns in his (in)famous Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular, a live retelling of his classic tale. Get more details here.

4. Mannheim Steamroller

GIF Mannheim Steamroller at Universal Studios Florida

The best-selling holiday artist of all time returns to Universal Studios Florida. On select weekends in November and December, you’ll have lots of opportunities to enjoy seeing them live, in concert, at the Music Plaza Stage. Get more details here.

5. Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees

Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees Holiday Show in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

The singing sorceress Celestina Warbeck is performing four new Christmas songs, live, on the Carkitt Market stage in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley. Backed by her Banshees, she’ll bring holiday cheer with songs from her chart-topping holiday album, Nothin’ Like A Holiday Spell. Get more details here.

6. Hogwarts Frog Choir

GIF Frog Choir in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

On stage in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade, the Hogwarts Frog Choir brings you a brand new collection of holiday carols. These students perform acapella wizarding classics and new favorites alike. Get more details here.

7. Food & Décor in Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley

GIF Holiday Decor in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Garlands, lights and more line the buildings of Hogsmeade and throughout Diagon Alley as Christmas has come to the wizarding world. Festive treats have also been added to the menu, including Hot Butterbeer and a holiday twist on the Great Feast at Three Broomsticks and Leaky Cauldron.

8. The Grinch Character Breakfast

Grinch Character Breakfast at Universal's Islands of Adventure

Start your morning off with a breakfast like none other. A scrumptious buffet is laid out for you while The Grinch himself makes the rounds for photos, autographs and snarky comments. Reservations are required, so get more details here.

9. On-Site Hotels

GIF Holidays at Universal Orlando's On-Site Hotels

Each of our 5 on-site hotels has beautiful décor, seasonal activities, and food specials throughout the holidays. Decorate cookies and ornaments. Enjoy a daily tree or Menorah lighting (during Hanukkah). Or even get your photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus in front of a giant Christmas tree at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel. Get more details here.

There’s your list! Check it twice and head over to Universal Orlando Resort for a #HolidayLikeThis.

The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle at Universal Orlando
The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle at Universal Orlando Resort
The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle
03_Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees Holiday Show
02_Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees Holiday Show
01_Universal's Holiday Parade Featuring Macy's
02_Universal's Holiday Parade Featuring Macy's
02_Universal's Holiday Parade Featuring Macy's - Despicable Me
01_Universal's Holiday Parade Featuring Macy's - Despicable Me
01_Universal's Holiday Parade Featuring Macy's - Madagascar
02_Universal's Holiday Parade Featuring Macy's - Madagascar
03_Universal's Holiday Parade Featuring Macy's - Madagascar
01_Universal's Holiday Parade Featuring Macy's - Shrek
02_Universal's Holiday Parade Featuring Macy's - Shrek
03_Universal's Holiday Parade Featuring Macy's - Shrek
03_Universal's Holiday Parade Featuring Macy's
04_Universal's Holiday Parade Featuring Macy's
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