The holiday season at Universal Orlando has arrived! There is so much to do and see, with fan-favorite events returning this year! Check out our complete guide to the Holidays at Universal Orlando!

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

A girl in a wizard robe stands alone in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ - Diagon Alley™, which is festively decorated for the holidays.

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Throughout both parks, the Wizarding World is ready for a holiday celebration! At Hogwarts Castle, enjoy The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts™ Castle each night from dusk until park close. Take in all the festive décor and enjoy a hot butterbeer while listening to the Frog Choir!

Universal Orlando Holidays - Frog Choir

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In Diagon Alley, the shops are ready for the holiday season with décor all around. Don’t forget to grab a warm Butterbeer as you explore! Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees also perform holiday music with a wizardly twist throughout the day.

Universal Orlando Holidays - Butterbeer

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Holidays Universal Orlando - Grinchmas

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Throughout the holiday season, Seuss Landing in Universal’s Islands of Adventure is transformed to take guests into the charming and festive Whoville. The Whos are waiting to start the celebration with guests, but that doesn’t mean there’s not some snark too! The Grinch is here too! Guests can meet him and pose for a photo. Then, head over to enjoy the fun at the The Grinchmas™ Who-liday Spectacular. This live show is filled with music and lots of smiles for all!

Universal Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s

Universal's Holiday Parade

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This season, the popular Universal Holiday parade will return! Each night, guests can line the streets of Universal Studios Florida to watch as Macy’s balloons, character floats, and performers once again celebrate the holiday season.

Some of the balloons will include beloved characters such as the Minions from Despicable Me and the signature Macy’s stars. Characters such as Shrek and friends from Madagascar will wave from floats and dancers will be dressed in their seasonal best as they dance through the streets!

Music, Treats, and More

At Universal Studios, guests won’t want to miss Mannheim Steamroller. Live performances are showing at Universal Studios on December 4, 5, 11 and 12.

If you are looking to shop, there are plenty of opportunities at Universal Orlando Resort! The Holiday Tribute Store features themed rooms including the Grinch’s Lair, Santa’s Workshop, and the Yule Ball, the formal winter celebration in the wizarding world.

Then, make sure you purchase your Holiday Tree Hunt brochure and go on a scavenger hunt! There are decorated trees found throughout the two theme parks and Universal CityWalk. Upon completion, guests receive a special holiday ornament.

Afterwards, make sure to check out the seasonal food and drink options available at Universal CityWalk and in select locations throughout the theme parks.

Universal’s Holiday Tour

If you are looking for a unique, guided experience, you may want to consider adding Universal’s Holiday Tour to your visit! This tour includes a guided experience through Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure.

Enjoy hot cocoa and with the Grinch, a special visit with Santa, and VIP seating for Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s. End your evening by enjoying an exclusive after-hours viewing of the The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle. This experience is available on select nights and has limited availability.


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