Prepare for the festive season as Universal Orlando has revealed that its holiday celebration will run daily from Friday, November 17 until Sunday, December 31. Witness the annual transformation of the resort into a magical wonderland, where the enchanting world of Harry Potter intertwines seamlessly with the ambiance of Christmas, the streets come alive with a special holiday parade, and more.
Christmas in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Step into the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure and experience as the streets of Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade come alive with festive decorations, lights, and seasonal entertainment. At Islands of Adventure’s Wizarding World, Hogwarts Castle is transformed with an evening projection show—“The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle”—highlighting Christmas moments inspired by the characters and stories of the Harry Potter films.
At Islands of Adventure, Grinchmas comes alive with the heartwarming tale of Dr. Seuss’s beloved character the Grinch. Join in the joyful spirit as you watch the retelling of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” in a live stage show the “Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular.”
In addition, Seuss Landing will be decked out with oversized candy canes, twisty Christmas trees, tinsel ornaments, and other delightful decorations. You’ll also have the chance to meet the Whos from Who-ville and the mean, green one himself, the Grinch.
Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s
At Universal Studios Florida, cherished characters from Illumination’s Despicable Me and DreamWorks Animation’s Shrek and Madagascar, as well as towering balloons, holiday floats, and performers fill the streets in Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s. The grand culmination includes a special visit from Santa Claus and the illumination of the park’s 80-foot Christmas tree.
Experience the enchantment of the holiday season with live performances by Mannheim Steamroller at Universal Studios Florida on December 2, 3, 9, and 10.
Universal’s Holiday Tour
Experience a guided tour offering exclusive access to all the holiday entertainment experiences throughout Universal Orlando. Here’s what you can look forward to:
- Meet the mischievous Grinch and his faithful dog, Max, while enjoying small bites, desserts, and non-alcoholic beverages.
- Enjoy reserved seating at the live stage show the “Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular” at Islands of Adventure.
- Capture memories with a meet-and-greet photo opportunity with Santa Claus at Universal Studios Florida.
- As the night unfolds, experience “The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle” in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade at Islands of Adventure. Witness the castle come alive with a mesmerizing after-hours projection show that celebrates the holiday spirit in true wizarding style.
Universal’s Holiday Tour is available on select dates from November 19 to December 30, 2023. Tickets can be purchased at UniversalOrlando.com/Holidays, starting at $79.99 per person (plus tax). Please note that separate theme park admission with a 1-Day 2-Park Park-to-Park ticket is required. Annual and Seasonal Passholders qualify for a $10 off discount per ticket per passholder. Passholder tickets can be purchased by calling 1-866-346-9350 or by visiting the UOAP Lounge in Islands of Adventure.
The Grinch Character Breakfast
Start your day with a breakfast featuring appearances by the Grinch and other beloved characters from Dr. Seuss at “The Grinch & Friends Character Breakfast.”
Located at Confisco Grille in Islands of Adventure, this breakfast event is available on select dates from November 17 to December 27 for $58.99 (plus tax) per adult and $32.99 (plus tax) per child (ages 3-9). Visit UniversalOrlando.com/Holidays to purchase.
If you’re a Premier or Preferred Annual Passholder, you can receive a 20% discount for select dates. Call 407-224-7554.
Universal CityWalk and On-Site Hotels
You can continue the festivities at Universal CityWalk with seasonal food and beverages and special entertainment. Additionally, Universal Orlando’s on-site hotels offer a continuation of the festive spirit with holiday decorations that complement the unique theme of each hotel. Plus, holiday feasts and activities will be available at all hotels. Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s special menus will be available, along with menorah lighting ceremonies and other holiday celebrations. Some hotels even offer additional holiday entertainment, such as Christmas tree lightings and carolers.