Holidays at Universal Orlando

The magic of the holiday season comes alive as Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure transform into a winter wonderland. This year, Universal Orlando is taking Christmas to new heights with an all-new lineup of festivities, including a Christmas experience in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter — Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley. Additionally, both parks are adorned with festive decorations like lights, garland, and wreaths. Make your holiday season memorable at Universal Orlando Resort.

Universal Holiday Parade Featuring Macy’s
Merry and Mayhem combine as the Minions join Santa Claus in an all-new incarnation of a Holiday favorite that also features characters from Madagascar and Shrek. Enjoy dancing and greetings as the parade makes its way down the streets of Universal Studios Florida.

Mannheim Steamroller
Watch live performances at Universal Studios Florida on select nights by the best-selling holiday artist, as they return to play holiday classics at the Music Plaza stage.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
For the first time ever, the Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley area, including London, will transform with festive decorations, treats, and special entertainment. As the stars begin to shine, a stunning projection will wrap Hogwarts castle in sparkling holiday spirit.

As winter arrives, Seuss Landing decorates for the Who-lidays and puts on a live retelling of Dr. Seuss’s classic holiday tale starring The Grinch.

On-Site Hotels
All five on-site hotels deck out for the holiday season with glamorous Christmas trees and festive decorations. In addition to this, the properties host activities, including a Hanukkah celebration, music, special dining, and more.

Universal Orlando Resort’s holiday celebration is the perfect way to enjoy the most wonderful time of the year. In select areas throughout Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure, you can enjoy the sights of festive decorations and the sounds of holiday music. From the Holiday Parade and stunning projection show on Hogwarts castle to live holiday performances and character appearances, the atmosphere truly transports you to a winter wonderland. A holiday vacation here will surely be one that lasts in the books.

Universal Orlando’s holiday celebration is scheduled to run from November 17, 2018 through January 6, 2019.

Frequently Asked Questions
1. Is the holiday celebration a separately ticketed event?
No, Universal’s holiday celebration is included with your regular theme park admission.

2. Is Mannheim Steamroller an additional charge?
No, Mannheim Steamroller is included with your theme park admission.

3. Does Universal CityWalk host any Christmas events?
Universal CityWalk Orlando does not have any Christmas events; however, the entertainment complex does host a New Year’s Eve celebration called EVE. To learn more about the event, click here.

4. Do all of the areas in Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure celebrate the season?
Not all areas necessarily participate in the holiday season. For example, in Islands of Adventure, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Seuss Landing are the only areas that feature holiday experiences.

5. Are there any areas with exclusive holiday food?
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter will serve holiday food taken straight from the Harry Potter series.