The Ultimate Guide to Celebrating the Holidays at Our On-site Hotels

The Ultimate Guide to Celebrating the Holidays at Our On-site Hotels

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‘Tis the season to celebrate the Holidays at Universal Orlando Resort! From the parks to the hotels, there are so many ways to enjoy the holiday season! Below is your ultimate guide to all of our holiday happenings at our on-site hotels this year.

Loews Portofino Bay Hotel

GIF Holidays at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel
  • Thanksgiving Day Buffet – Nov. 23, 11am-6pm
    Indulge in a Portofino-style Thanksgiving Day feast with us at Trattoria del Porto. You’ll get to enjoy family-friendly entertainment with some of your favorite characters, kids’ holiday crafts and activities table, face painter, balloonist and live music.
  • Holiday Harbor Nights – Nov. 24, 6:30pm-9pm
    Kick off the holiday season at our Holiday Harbor Nights. Enjoy select wines, sparkling wines, gourmet foods, live music, the grand illumination of Portofino’s Christmas tree and more on the picturesque Harbor Piazza.
  • Christmas Day Buffet – Dec. 25, 11am-6pm
    Invite your loved ones to a Christmas Day feast with us at Trattoria del Porto. We’ll have delicious food, family-friendly entertainment with some of your favorite characters kids’ holiday crafts and activities table, face painter, balloonist and live music.
  • Santa & Mrs. Claus – Dec. 20-24, 6pm-9pm
    Come visit the North Pole’s finest before they start their journey across the globe for Christmas. You’ll also get to enjoy holiday songs around our lobby and throughout the hotel.
  • New Year’s Eve Party on the Piazza —Dec. 31, 8:30pm-Midnight
    Countdown to 2018 at our family-friendly party featuring delightful food and wines, amazing live DJ, a midnight toast and more.

Hard Rock Hotel

GIF Holidays at Hard Rock Hotel Orlando
  • Thanksgiving Day Breakfast Buffet – Nov. 23, 7am-11am
    Kick off your Thanksgiving Day with a hearty holiday breakfast buffet fit for a rock star in our Avalon Ballroom.
  • Thanksgiving Day Buffet – Nov. 23, 11am-4pm and 5pm-10pm
    Enjoy a rockin’ Thanksgiving Day feast in The Kitchen restaurant. You’ll get to enjoy family-friendly entertainment and delicious Thanksgiving cuisine.
  • Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony –Nov. 24, 6:30pm-7pm
    Join us in the lobby for our Christmas tree lighting ceremony!
  • Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony –Nov. 24, 6:30pm-7pm
    Enjoy Christmas Day lunch with us in The Kitchen restaurant. You’ll enjoy a special holiday prix fixe dinner option on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
    • Christmas Eve Dinner – Dec. 24, 6pm-10pm
    • Christmas Day Lunch – Dec. 25, 10:30am-4pm
    • Christmas Day Dinner – Dec. 25, 5pm-11pm
  • Visits from Santa in The Kitchen – Dec. 1, 8 & 15, 6pm-7pm
    Come visit the North Pole’s finest before they start their journey across the globe for Christmas.
  • Wine Riffs – Dec. 8 – 7pm
    Experience a unique pairing of wine and music as you enjoy a multi-course meal and a DJ spinning a custom soundtrack to set the mood.
  • New Year’s Eve Buffet – Dec. 31, 5pm-11pm
    Enjoy a rockin’ feast in The Kitchen restaurant that includes our ROCK-in 2018 New Year’s Eve Lobby Party.
  • ROCK-In 2018 New Year’s Eve Lobby Party — Dec. 31, 8pm-1am
    Ring in the New Year like a rock star! Our family-friendly party will feature specialty desserts, Universal characters, a DJ, a balloon drop, champagne toast and more.

Loews Royal Pacific Resort

GIF Holidays at Loews Royal Pacific Resort
  • Thanksgiving Day Buffet at Islands Dining Room – Nov. 23, 11am-9pm
    Join us for an islands-style Thanksgiving Day feast in Islands Dining Room. We’ll have family-friendly entertainment, some of your favorite Universal Orlando characters, a face painter and balloonist.
  • Character Breakfast Buffet at Jake’s – Dec. 25, 7am-Noon
    Kick off your Christmas Day with a hearty holiday breakfast buffet in Jake’s American Bar.
  • Christmas Day Buffet at Islands – Dec. 25, 11am–9pm
    Join us for an islands-style Christmas Day feast in Islands Dining Room. Featured family-friendly entertainment includes face painter, balloonist, musician and hula dancer.
  • Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony – Nov. 25, 6pm
    Join us poolside for the tree lighting ceremony with complimentary hot chocolate, hot cider and cookies.
  • New Year’s Eve BuffetDec. 31, 5pm-11pm
    Join us for an “Around the World Celebration” feast and family-friendly entertainment in Islands Dining Room. Our Orchid Court New Year’s Eve Dessert Buffet is included.
  • New Year’s Eve Wantilan Luau – Dec. 31, 6pm
    Celebrate at our enchanting Hawaiian dinner show, featuring a Polynesian buffet, children’s buffet, live music, hula dancers, fire knife dancer and more.
  • Orchid Court New Year’s Eve Dessert Buffet – Dec. 31, 7pm-Midnight
    Ring in the New Year with us in Orchid Court Lounge, where you’ll enjoy a special dessert buffet and more before welcoming in 2018 with a champagne toast.
  • Jake’s “Best of 2017” Beer Dinner – Dec 31, 7pm – 1am
    Toast to the New Year with a five course dinner and beer pairings. After dinner, head to Orchid Court for a dessert buffet, music, dancing and a midnight balloon drop.

Loews Sapphire Falls Resort

GIF Holidays at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort
  • Thanksgiving Day Breakfast Buffet – Nov. 23, 7am-11am
    Kick off your Thanksgiving Day with a hearty breakfast buffet in Amatista Cookhouse.
  • Thanksgiving Day Buffet – Nov. 23, 11am-9pm
    Join us for a Thanksgiving Day feast in Amatista Cookhouse. Featured family-friendly entertainment includes appearances by Universal characters, face painter and balloonist.
  • Christmas Day Breakfast Buffet – Dec. 25, 7am-11am
    Kick off your Christmas Day with a hearty breakfast buffet in Amatista Cookhouse.
  • Christmas Day Buffet – Dec. 25. 11am-9pm
    Join us for a Christmas Day feast in Amatista Cookhouse. Featured family-friendly entertainment includes a face painter, balloonist and Universal Orlando characters.
  • New Year’s Eve Buffet – Dec. 31, 5pm-Midnight
    Join us in Amatista Cookhouse for an “Around the World Celebration” feast. Featured family-friendly entertainment includes appearances by Universal characters, face painter and balloonist.
  • New Year’s Eve Celebration – Dec. 31, 10pm-2am
    Join us in Strong Water Tavern for a celebration of the Caribbean and ring in the New Year with live music, dancing, champagne toast and balloon drop. Adults ages 21+ only.

Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort

GIF Holidays at Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort
  • Thanksgiving and Christmas Day Dining – Nov. 23 and Dec. 25, Noon-11pm
    Join us in Bayliner Diner for traditional holiday specials, plus our regular menu on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
  • Winter Wonderland — Nov. 24, 4pm-8pm
    Get in the holiday spirit by celebrating in Cabana Bay’s lobby with a cheerful tree lighting ceremony, featuring a special guest appearance, hot chocolate and cookies, live music, face painters and more.
  • New Year’s Eve at Bayliner Diner — Dec. 31, 8pm-12:30am
    This New Year’s Eve, take a trip back to the 1950s and ‘60s with a scrumptious meal, live DJ, face painters and a midnight balloon drop!

AVAILABLE AT ALL ON-SITE HOTELS

  • Feeding Children Everywhere — Nov. 25, 9am-1pm
    Take an hour or two to volunteer for Feeding Children Everywhere. The goal of this amazing project is to assemble 375,000 meals across all five hotels for those in need. Click here to sign up with Feeding Children Everywhere (select your hotel at the bottom of the page).
  • Hanukkah Candle Lightings — Dec. 12 – Dec. 20 at Sundown
    Each hotel will light a candle on the Menorah on each night of Hanukkah. Check with the front desk for nightly times.

You can find all the pricing, reservations, tickets and a full list of the holiday festivities at our on-site hotels right here. Happy Holidays!

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  1. Todd Micare

    I know the lady in the commercial. Hopefully life is treating you well JG!