Celebrate the Holidays at Universal Orlando Resort

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Celebrate the Holidays at Universal Orlando Resort
It’s time for holiday fun at Universal Orlando Resort.
Celebrate the festive season in Florida this year, and immerse yourself in all the Christmas and New Year’s Eve happenings at Universal Orlando Resort.

The holiday season has officially kicked off at Universal Orlando Resort, running from November 12th all the way through to January 1st. And this year there’s so much for guests to enjoy across the parks and hotels too.

 

Universal Studios Florida

Diagon Alley and the streets of London have been transformed over in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Festive decor and holiday lighting give the area a wonderfully Christmassy atmosphere, while special treats and drinks complete the occasion, including delicious hot Butterbeer. And there’s more, with Celestine Warbeck and the Banshees putting on a special seasonal show just for you. 

Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s is also back making its way across the Universal Studios park. See favourite characters like The Minions from Illumination’s Despicable Me and familiar faces from Dreamworks’ Madagascar and Shrek as larger-than-life balloons, flying high above the parade floats. And there’ll be classic Christmas nutcrackers, elves, and an appearance from Santa in his sleigh!

On December 3rd, 4th, 10th and 11th, Mannheim Steamroller, one of the best-selling holiday artists of all time, will be returning to Universal Studios Florida for a series of live performances, included with your park admission. Make sure you’re at the Music Plaza Stage for 7pm to hear his incredible scores.

 

A large balloon shaped like a nutcracker being carried on string, passing next to a large Christmas tree

 

Universal’s Islands of Adventure

See live entertainment and festive decor at Hogsmeade, in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, including a special holiday projection show over Hogwarts Castle. The Magic of Christmas comes to life as the stars begin to shine, with multiple shows between dusk and park close, showing a dazzling display of holiday spirit. 

Over at Seuss Landing, it’s time for The Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular, which celebrates the cheer and charm of Dr Seuss’ Who-ville. See a live retelling of the classic tale starring the Grinch, who you’ll even have a chance to meet and get an autograph from, too. 

There’s also The Grinch and Friends Character Breakfast, where the Grinch himself will be making the rounds, in this separately ticketed experience. Fill up your plate at the buffet, then settle in and get your camera ready. But watch out - The Green One has been known to steal his fair share of bacon here and there…

 

Performers dressed up as Whos from The Grinch singing and dancing on a stage

 

Universal Hotels

There are also plenty of ways to celebrate the season’s holidays across all eight of the Universal Orlando Resort’s hotels, whether you are staying at the hotel or just paying a visit.

Loews Portofino Bay Hotel 

  • Thanksgiving Day Buffet at Trattoria del Porto
  • Thanksgiving Menu at Mama Della’s Ristorante
  • Holiday Harbor Nights on the Harbor Piazza (separately ticketed event for guests 21+)
  • Hanukkah Menorah Lighting Ceremony 
  • Strolling Holiday Carolers 
  • Christmas Day Buffet at Trattoria del Porto
  • Christmas Day Menu at Mama Della’s Ristorante 
  • New Year’s Eve Party on the Piazza (separately ticketed event)
  • New Year’s Eve Prix Fix Menu at Mama Della’s Ristorante

 

Hard Rock Hotel

  • Thanksgiving Day Breakfast Buffet in the Avalon Ballroom 
  • Thanksgiving Day Buffet in The Kitchen 
  • Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony 
  • Hanukkah menorah Lighting Ceremony 
  • Christmas Day Brunch in The Kitchen 
  • ROCK-in 2023! New Year’s Eve Lobby Party (separately ticketed event) 
  • New Year’s Day Acoustic Brunch

 

Loews Royal Pacific Resort

  • Thanksgiving Day Breakfast Buffet in Jake’s American Bar 
  • Thanksgiving Day Buffet in Islands Dining Room
  • Hanukkah Menorah Lighting Ceremony 
  • Christmas Day Breakfast Buffet in Jake’s American Bar 
  • Christmas Day Buffet in Islands Dining Room 
  • New Year’s Eve Buffet in Islands Dining Room 
  • New Year’s Eve Dessert Celebration in Tahitian Room 
  • Wantilan New Year’s Eve Luau (separately ticketed event)
  • New Year’s Day Breakfast Buffet in Islands Dining Room 

 

Loews Sapphire Falls Resort 

  • Thanksgiving Day Breakfast Buffet in Amatisa Cookhouse 
  • Thanksgiving Day Buffet in Amatista Cookhouse
  • Hannukah Menora Lighting Ceremony 
  • Christmas Day Breakfast Buffet in Amatista Cookhouse
  • Christmas Day Buffet in Amatista Cookhouse
  • New Year’s Eve Buffet in Amatista Cookhouse 
  • New Year’s Eve Celebration in Strong Water Tavern (separately ticketed event)
  • New Year’s Day Breakfast Buffet in Amatista Cookhouse

 

Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort 

  • Thanksgiving Day Meal Special in Bayliner Diner 
  • Watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in Bayliner Diner 
  • Thanksgiving Day Turkey Bowling in Galaxy Bowl (additional charges apply)
  • Winter Wonderland and Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony 
  • Hanukkah Menorah Lighting Ceremony 
  • Christmas Day Meal Special in Bayliner Diner
  • New Year’s Eve Party Spectacular in Bayliner Diner 

 

Universal’s Aventura Hotel 

  • Thanksgiving Day Meal Special in Urban Pantry
  • Hanukkah Menorah Lighting Ceremony
  • Christmas Day meal Special in Urban Pantry
  • Aventura’s New Year’s Eve Celebration (separately ticketed event) 

 

Universal’s Endless Summer Resort - Surfside Inn and Suites 

  • Thanksgiving Day Meal Special at Beach Break Cafe
  • Hanukkah Menorah Lighting Ceremony 
  • Christmas Day Meal Special at Beach Break Cafe 
  • New Year’s Eve Meal Special at Beach Break Cafe 

 

Universal’s Endless Summer Resort - Dockside Inn and Suites 

  • Thanksgiving Day Meal Special at Dockside’s Pier 8 Market 
  • Hanukkah Menorah Lighting Ceremony 
  • Christmas Day Meal Special at Dockside’s Pier 8 Market 
  • New Year’s Eve Meal Special at Dockside’s Pier 8 Market

 

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