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  • Writer's pictureJeremie Laviolette

Celebrate the Season: Holidays at Universal Orlando - A Magical Guide

The most magical time of the year is fast approaching, and if you're planning a visit to Universal Orlando from November 17th to December 31st, 2023, you're in for a holiday treat like no other. Universal Orlando Resort has transformed into a winter wonderland, brimming with festive cheer and unforgettable experiences. Let's explore the fantastic lineup of activities that await you during the Holidays at Universal Orlando.

The Grinch, Max and a Who waiting to meet you

Activities (2) Requiring Advance Reservations:

Grinch & Friends Character Breakfast:

Start your day with a whimsical Grinch & Friends Character Breakfast at Confisco Grille. Savor a delectable menu that includes green eggs and ham, biscuits and gravy, chicken waffles, belgian waffles, and breakfast sandwiches. Enjoy character meet & greets with The Grinch and the Whos on select dates from Nov 17-26, 30 & Dec 1-3, 7-10, 13-27, between 7-10:30 am. Prices start at $58.99 USD + tax per person ages 10 and $32.99 USD + tax per person ages 3-9.

Universal's Holiday Tour:

Immerse yourself in the holiday magic with Universal's Holiday Tour. This 4-hour and 15-minute experience includes an exclusive meet & greet with The Grinch and Max, delectable small plates and desserts, a non-alcoholic beverage, and an after-hours showing of the Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle. You'll also have reserved seating for The Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular, a private meet and greet with Santa, and priority access to one pre-selected attraction. Available on select dates from Nov 19-29 & Dec 3, 4, 10, 11, 13 16-30, starting at $79.99 USD + tax per person. The tour starts at 5:30 pm. Please note that park admission is required.

The Grinch will be your favorite Meet & Greet

Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter:

Step into the enchanting world of Harry Potter as Diagon Alley is adorned with magical holiday decorations. You'll be captivated by the sparkling lights and seasonal charm of this iconic location.

Enter the enchanting world of Harry Potter at Diagon Alley, where even the wizarding world gets a festive makeover. The streets are adorned with twinkling lights and magical decorations, making it a must-visit destination for all Potterheads.

The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle:

Prepare to be spellbound as you witness the Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle. The castle comes to life with dazzling projections, bringing the spirit of the season to the wizarding world.

Prepare to be spellbound as Hogwarts Castle illuminates with stunning projections and special effects during the "Magic of Christmas." This breathtaking show will make you feel like you're part of Harry Potter's world, celebrating the holidays at the iconic school of witchcraft and wizardry. The show happens roughly every 10 minutes after dark.

Meet the Grinch at Honk Honkers store:

Have a delightful encounter with the Grinch himself at Honk Honkers store. Share a laugh and maybe even steal a holiday grin from the green mischief-maker. Have a holly-jolly encounter with the green and grumpy character himself, The Grinch. Visit him at the Honk Honkers store for a memorable meet-and-greet and perhaps even a chance to make his heart grow three sizes.

The Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular:

Head to Universal's Islands of Adventure and join the fun at The Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular. Starring the Grinch, this heartwarming show is filled with music and laughter that's perfect for the whole family.

Don't miss "The Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular" at Universal Islands of Adventure. Join the Grinch in a heartwarming show filled with music, humor, and the true spirit of the season. It's a family-friendly experience that captures the essence of Dr. Seuss's classic tale.

Mannheim Steamroller:

For a musical holiday extravaganza, don't miss the sensational scores of the best-selling holiday artist of all time, Mannheim Steamroller. Catch their live performances at Universal Studios Florida on December 2, 3, 9, and 10, and let the festive melodies sweep you away.

Now, if you're looking for something extra special, consider these activities that require advance reservations:

Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s:

Kick off your festive journey with the Universal Holiday Parade featuring Macy's. The streets come alive with larger-than-life balloons, brilliant floats, and the beloved characters from Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. It's a spectacle that will fill your heart with holiday joy.

This holiday season, Universal Orlando Resort has created an enchanting and unforgettable experience for all. From dazzling parades to magical castle projections and delightful character encounters, there's something for everyone to enjoy. So, why wait? Book your Universal Orlando holiday adventure today and make cherished memories that will last a lifetime.

For additional information visit the Universal Orlando Holiday Hub

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