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Top 5 Holiday Activities at the Universal Orlando Resort

During the holiday season, Universal Orlando Resort transforms into a magical winter wonderland, enchanting visitors with its festive ambiance and family-friendly entertainment.

This year, the winter festivities take place between November 17 and December 31, 2023 and are sure to bring joy to each and every guest.

Whether you’re feeling merry or full of mischief, Universal Orlando Resort is the place to let loose and set your festive side free.

Get ready to immerse yourself in the spirit of the season with the Top 5 Holiday Activities at the Universal Orlando Resort.

Join the celebration with seasonal shows and decorations in both Diagon Alley™ in Universal Studios Florida and Hogsmeade™ in Universal Islands of Adventure.

Plus, it's the perfect season to try a HOT butterbeer!

2. Dr. Seuss' The Grinch

Everyone's favorite cynical green character, The Grinch will be bringing (not so much holiday cheer) to the Universal Orlando Resort with several different experiences.

The Grinchmas™ Who-liday Spectacular is an entertaining musical production starring the Grinch™ and the resident Whos (included with your park ticket).

The Grinch™ & Friends Character Breakfast allows guests to join the mean green one himself and the Whos too for a sit-down morning feast.

The Grinch and his faithful dog, Max will also have a character meet and greet where guests will be entertained by The Grinch's wild antics.

3. Universal's Holiday Parade featuring Macy's

Catch the larger-than-life balloons of Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s.

Plus the parade will feature appearances by Illumination’s Minions and characters from DreamWorks Animation’s Shrek and Madagascar films.

4. Mannheim Steamroller performances

Guests can celebrate the season with sensational scores of the best-selling holiday artist of all time.

Live performances of Mannheim Steamroller take place on select dates in December and are included with your Universal Studios Florida park ticket.

5. Universal's Holiday Tour

For the ultimate holiday experience, guests can enjoy maximum merriment on a special tour into the excitement of Universal’s holiday celebration.

Guests on this tour can experience exclusive meet and greets with Santa and the Grinch™, tasty food, reserved show seating and even an after-hours showing of The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts™ Castle.

Every year, the Universal Orlando Resort promises an enchanting holiday experience like no other. So, whether you're a wizarding enthusiast, a Grinch-loving cynic, or simply seeking the holiday spirit, Universal Orlando Resort is the place to let your festive side shine.

Are you interested in exploring alternative vacation suggestions for celebrating the winter holidays? Be sure to check out, 3 Vacations for Families who Embrace the Holiday Season.

For more information or to schedule a consultation to discuss a Universal Orlando Resort visit or any other luxury family vacation, please contact

Lissa Ryan is a Senior Travel Advisor with Kingdom Destinations specializing in luxurious family vacations. Lissa helps busy parents who want to create travel memories with their families through luxury travel experiences, but are too busy or overwhelmed with all the effort and research that is required to plan that perfect vacation.

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