Experience the Magic of the Holiday Season at Universal Orlando Resort

Universal Orlando Resort Holidays 2024 dates to be announced
2023 dates: November 17 – Dec 31

The Grinch interacting with a laughing guest at Grinchmas character meet in Universal Orlando Islands of Adventure

Grinchmas™ – Universal’s Isle of Adventure

Seuss Landing in Universal’s Island of Adventure will be all dressed up with holiday trimmings inspired by Dr. Seuss’s Who-ville. There is no additional charge to attend as, Grinchmas is included with your theme park ticket and is perfect for all ages.

Don’t miss the fun, live show: Grinchmas™ Who-liday Spectacular, full of sarcasm, music, laughter and holiday fun!

A Grinch character meet and photo opportunity is available to lift your holiday spirits with Grinchy snark and sass!

Christmas Parade performer in holiday attire performing at the Universal Orlando Holiday parade

Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s – Universal Studios Florida

Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s is a holiday parade you will not forget. Huge parade balloons, dancers, and favorite character appearances from some of your favorite stories including Shrek, Despicable me including the Minions, Madagascar and more.

Finding a parade viewing spot is easy as the holiday parade wind throughout Universal Studios Florida with the music, merriment and wonder of the holiday season! But your MAT Advisors have a few favorites!

This holiday parade will bring smiles and wonder to all ages, and don’t forget to keep an eye out for Santa as well!

Christmas projections overlaying Hogwarts Castle in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter for Holidays at Universal at night

Christmas in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter™

Each night from dusk to park closing, you can experience the Magic of Christmas as Hogwarts™ castle lights up with a spectaular show with projections, music and favorite movie moments for the holidays.

The Wizarding World is magical year round, but when festive holiday decor brightens up the streets of Hogsmeade™ in Universal Islands of Adventure and Diagon Alley™ in Universal Studios Florida, it seems even more magical!

The whole family will enjoy seasonal spins on live entertainment from both the Frog Choir and Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees.

No words needed: Hot Butterbeer™ = pure holiday magic.

Mannheim Steamroller Universal Christmas concert

Mannheim Steamroller Holiday Concerts – Universal Studios Florida

On select nights Universal theme park guests can attend Mannheim Steamroller concerts on the Music Plaza Stage near the Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit rollercoaster.

Mannheim Steamroller Concert is available on select dates. 2024 Universal Mannheim Steamroller dates have not been released yet; however concerts were on December 2, 3, 9 and 10 in 2023.

You will want to arrive a little early to these Christmas classics concerts as they are quite popular and there is no additional charge to attend. This concert is included with your daytime theme park ticket admission and will get all ages into the Holiday spirit.

Universal Holiday Tribute store entrance

The Holiday Tribute Store – Universal Studios Florida

The Holiday Tribute Store is more fun than it sounds. The tribute store rotates seasonally and is part museum, part treat shop, and of course part gift shop.

Universal Team Members create four fabulously immersive and ridiculously themed rooms filled floor to ceiling with intellectual property props, bits of imagination, clever details, unique merchandise and more. In 2023 themes were:  The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Seuss Landing, Earl the Squirrel (Universal’s holiday mascot), and a cozy Christmas at home.

This stop has become a cult-favorite for frequent Universal Orlando guests! It’s worth stopping in to look for the details and grab a tasty treat!

Give yourself the gift of using a Mom Approved Travel Professional to make your Universal Orlando Holiday trip more magical

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Universal Portofino Bay Hotel and the other Universal Hotels are decorated for the holidays
Entrance to Universal Studios Florida decorated for Christmas and holidays
Twinkling holiday decor throughout the Universal theme parks will keep you in the holiday spirit
Shrek and Fiona on a float for Universal Orlando's Holiday Parade
Look for favorite characters and elaborate floats througout Universal's Holiday Parade

Are you ready to start planning a Universal Trip for the Holidays?

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Using a U-Preferred Travel Planner like Mom Approved Travel ensures you save an incredible amount of time, stress and your hard earned vacation dollars will be allocated to Universal holiday vacation things that matter to your family the most.

We were given this designation by Universal Parks and Resorts as a result of our agency’s ongoing focus and commitment to planning customized, magical trips to the Universal themeparks. Mom Approved Travel has helped thousands of families make their family vacation dreams come true.

  • Your Mom Approved Travel Advisor will customize your Universal trip to create the best way for your unique family to experience the holidays at Universal according to your needs, budget and people.
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