The holiday season is right around the corner. Are you already dreaming about hot ButterbeerTM and mischief with the Grinch? This is your complete guide to the Holidays at Universal Orlando Resort.

This year, the holiday season kicks off on November 12, 2022, and runs through January 1, 2023.  During that time, the parks are transformed and the magic of the season awaits! In my opinion, it is one of the best times to visit Universal Orlando. Check out the details!

Universal Orlando Holiday Wizarding World

Christmas in the Wizarding World of Harry PotterTM

In the Wizarding World of Harry PotterTM, both lands are transformed with festive décor and the magic of the holiday season.

In Diagon Alley, enjoy a hot ButterbeerTM as you browse the shops looking for the perfect holiday gift. Then, make sure you stop and watch Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees as they croon some wizardly holiday tunes.

Then, take the Hogwarts Express over to Hogsmeade. Make sure you stop and see the Frog Choir perform their own renditions of holiday favorites.

Before you leave the park for the evening, make sure that you stop and enjoy “The Magic of Christmas at HogwartsTM Castle”. This show celebrates the season and runs continuously from dusk until park close.


During the holidays, Seuss LandingTM is filled with holiday charm and the Whos from Who-ville are ready to celebrate! If you are looking for some mischief, make sure you stop and meet the Grinch himself for a photo opportunity. He will be waiting for you at All the Books You Can Read Bookstore.

Then, make sure that you enjoy the music and fun of The GrinchmasTM Who-liday Spectacular. This epic re-telling of how the Grinch stole Christmas is sure to make your own heart grow three sizes!

Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s

In Universal Studios, you don’t want to miss Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s. This parade is amazing and features larger-than-life balloons and appearances from many of your favorite characters! Examples include Shrek, the Minions, and friends from Madagascar! Santa Claus also joins the fun at the end to celebrate the season, complete with snow falling!

Mannheim Steamroller

You won’t want to miss live performances from one of the best-selling holiday artists of all time. Mannheim Steamroller will perform spectacular scores and well-known holiday music on select dates at Universal Studios Florida.

This year, the concerts will be on December 3, 4, 10, and 11.

Holiday Fun, Dining, and More

As you explore the parks, make sure you grab photos with the festive décor even some of your favorite characters decked out in their holiday best! Don’t forget to share your photos with us! Use the hashtags #themeparkprofessor and #UniversalHolidays when you post!

As you enjoy everything that the theme parks have to offer, be sure to check out seasonal treats and beverages throughout the parks and at Universal CityWalk. From special doughnuts to holiday cocktails, there is something to please every palate!

If you are looking for the perfect gift, there are plenty of options including seasonal merchandise. Choose the perfect Christmas ornament or festive hats, scarves, and more. Make sure you stop at Port of Entry Christmas Shoppe in Islands of Adventure or Park Plaza Holiday Shop in Universal Studios.

If you are looking for something to do outside of the parks, don’t forget about Universal CityWalk! Head over to Mistletoe Pines Village and take a stroll through a rustic town with a charming holiday atmosphere. Enjoy seasonal food and beverages as well as holiday gifts and souvenirs.


Are you ready for the holiday season at Universal Orlando? What are you most excited about? Stay tuned as we share more details as they become available!

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