The Christmas celebrations have now officially begun at the Universal Orlando Resort. Running until 6th January, there’s plenty of time to get involved and experience the festive cheer. You’ll be able to celebrate with familiar faces like the Minions, watch a dazzling parade and enjoy the magic of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Here’s our guide to all the amazing Christmas events...
Christmas at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter
For the first time ever, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter will be getting a festive makeover! Both Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley will be totally transformed into something even more magical than before. There will be glittering lights, garlands and a mesmerising new show called “The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle”. The show will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of the celebration, as a spectacular spell is cast over Hogwarts Castle using state of the art projection mapping technology.
The façade will be covered with lights and festive décor, as well as memorable moments from the movies. Look out for the ghosts of Hogwarts singing Christmas carols, students racing through the sky on broomsticks and many more surprises! The show will take place several times each night, but we’d recommend visiting later so that you can appreciate the stunning light show in the dark. Make sure you don’t miss it!
That’s not all though! You’ll want to make sure you see the Frog Choir perform a host of Christmas Carols in Hogsmeade village, like “Christmas at Hogwarts” and “I Cast a Spell on Father Christmas” to name a few. You can also enjoy a bit of carol singing over in Diagon Alley with Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees. They’ll be performing carols with a bit of a twist. Listen out for unusual songs like “My Baby Gave Me a Hippogriff for Christmas” and “Accio Christmas”.
Of course, a visit to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter wouldn’t be complete without trying a glass of the famous Butterbeer, and during the Christmas period it’s served hot. If you’ve got a bit of a sweet tooth, make sure you give this winter warmer a try.
Universal’s Holiday Parade Featuring Macy's
There’s lots of new Christmas entertainment to look forward to at the Universal Orlando Resort this year, including the all-new Universal’s Holiday Parade Featuring Macy’s. This spectacular show will be different to any of Universal’s previous parades, with lots of exciting new features. There will be 16 new balloons, including 13 which have been exclusively designed for the Universal celebrations. The impressive balloons are all designed by Macy’s, who are famous for their incredible Thanksgiving parade balloons.
There will also be 15 dazzling floats, gliding through the streets of the park. Each float is HUGE, and inspired by a different story. There’ll be characters from Despicable me (watch out for the mischievous Minions!), Shrek and Madagascar to name just a few.
The Minions will be causing mayhem as usual, as they sing their own version of Jingle Bells whilst trying to decorate a Christmas tree. They’ll also be joined by Gru, his daughters, and for the first time ever- Lucy. Shrek, Princess Fiona, Donkey and his babies will also be making an appearance, as the adorable babies fly above the swamp.
It wouldn’t be Christmas though without an appearance from Santa Claus. He’ll be joined by his elves and the reindeer as he glides past on a dazzling float, making it snow! There will also be more than 100 performers dancing alongside the floats and spreading festive cheer.
At Universal’s Islands of Adventure, you can step inside Who-ville and experience the famous story of the Grinch come to life before your eyes. The grumpy Grinch hates everything to do with Christmas and will try to sabotage the celebrations at any cost. If you’re feeling brave enough, you can meet him and have your photo taken.
You’ll be able to enjoy the hilarious Who-liday Spectacular show too. This is a live re-telling of the classic tale, featuring plenty of familiar faces and music recorded by Mannheim Steamroller. The village will be dressed for the occasion with vibrant Christmas decorations, so bring along your camera.
This year, Mannheim Steamroller will be returning to Universal Studios Florida. The best-selling holiday artist of all time, will be performing a host of Christmas hits live at the park on select nights. Sing along and get into the festive spirit at this unforgettable show.
Performance dates- Nov. 18 - 19, 25 - 26, Dec. 2 - 3,9 - 10, and 16 - 17.
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