Spanning two theme parks, Universal Orlando Resort enters its second weekend of its 2011 Holidays event, celebrating Christmas with a twist. From the world’s most popular Christmas musical act to the high-flying and colorful entertainment of world-renowned Macy’s parade balloons, Universal Studios offers its visitors unique entertainment that’s found nowhere else. And nearby at Islands of Adventure, holidays become “Wholidays” filled with hijinks as the Grinch puts his stamp on the season.
Universal keeps Christmas at bay until after Thanksgiving ends, but after their holiday festivities debuted last weekend, all the fun resumes today, continuing Saturdays and Sundays for the rest of the month – including today. So below I bring you all of the shows, parades, food, and concerts from opening day, Dec. 3. But don’t rely on this article to satisfy your Christmas cravings, as all of the entertainment showcased below is far more enjoyable and entertaining when witnessed in person at Universal Orlando Resort. Second only to Halloween Horror Nights, it’s my personal favorite time of year to visit these parks.
Video: Full Grinchmas musical at Islands of Adventure during 2011 Universal Orlando Holidays
(Click here to just watch the Grinch perform “You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch”)
Here are two videos to take in all the parade fun, either in 2 minutes of quick highlights or the entire 20+ minute parade. Take your pick:
Video: Macy’s Holiday Parade highlights
Video: Full Macy’s Holiday Parade at 2011 Universal Studios Orlando Holidays event
Video: A capella singers perform Christmas tunes at Universal Orlando Holidays 2011
Video: Full hour-long Mannheim Steamroller concert from 2011 Universal Studios Orlando Holidays
If you don’t have time to watch the whole concert now, or you’d rather see it all in person at Universal Studios, you can just enjoy a few songs and highlights in the individual videos linked below. (They’ll open in a new window when clicked.)
Video: Mannheim Steamroller and Grinchmas cast perform “Christmas, Why Can’t I Find You?”
Video: The Grinch performs without make-up with Mannheim Steamroller at Universal Studios Orlando
Everything above and more is incredibly included with park admission on Saturdays and Sundays throughout December. But Mannheim Steamroller only has four concert dates remaining, including today: Dec. 10, 11, 17 and 18. And then it all wraps up with one final day of holiday festivities on Jan. 1, 2012, after Universal Orlando rings in the new year with concerts by Smash Mouth and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy at Universal CityWalk.