Why Holidays at Universal Are a Must-See This Year

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The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts

Credit: Universal

The Holiday season just kicked off at Universal and you’ve never experienced a Holiday Like This!

Starting Saturday, November 16, 2019, and running through Sunday, January 5, 2020, guests will have plenty of opportunities to enjoy the holiday fun at Universal Orlando.

So, what all is there to enjoy during the Holiday season at Universal? SO MUCH! Here’s what you can’t miss:

Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular

Our favorite Whoville-reject is back with all his usual shenanigans. Don’t miss the Grinch himself in the Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular! This retelling of the classic tale stars the Grinch™ and features music recorded by Mannheim Steamroller.

After the show, you’ll even have the opportunity to meet the mischief enthusiast himself! Be ready for photos and autographs. This interaction is a MUST-DO!

The Grinch and Emille
Credit: Michelle Contreras / ITM

The following are the current showtimes posted on the Universal Orlando website for the Grinchmas Who-Liday Spectacular:

Nov. 16, Nov 23 – Nov. 30; Dec. 14-Dec 29:
10:45 am, 11:45 am, 12:45 pm, 1:45 pm, 3:30 pm, 4:30 pm, 5:30 pm, 6:30 pm
Nov. 17 – Nov. 22; Dec. 1 – Dec. 13; Dec. 30 – Jan. 5:
11:30 am, 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm, 3:45 pm, 4:45 pm, 5:45 pm

Universal’s Holiday Parade Featuring Macy’s 2019

If you’ve always dreamed of being at the Macy’s Day Parade on Thanksgiving Day in New York City, but have never had the opportunity, you are in luck! Now you can enjoy real Macy’s Day Parade balloons along with some of your favorite characters like Shrek, the beloved Minions, and our friends from Madagascar during the Universal’s Holiday Parade Featuring Macy’s 2019.

Here are the parade dates and times:

Nov. 19 and Dec. 4: 5:15pm
Nov. 16 – 18, Nov. 20 – Dec. 3, Dec. 5 – Dec. 24; Dec 31 – Jan 5: 5:30pm
Dec. 25 – Dec. 30: 8:00 pm

Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™

If you haven’t visited Hogsmeade or Diagon Alley at Universal and Islands of Adventure, drop everything and head over right away! The attention to detail will leave any true Potterhead in awe. Furthermore, if you’re not a huge Harry Potter fan (we might need to talk!), you’ll still have a wizardly wild time during your visit.

For the holidays, Diagon Alley™ and London are transformed with festive décor and brilliant lighting. While you’re there, be on the lookout for Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees. They have a special show prepared just for the occasion. Oh, and don’t miss all the seasonal treats available, too.

The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts™ Castle
Credit: Emille Crawford / ITM

Over at Hogsmeade at Universal’s Islands of Adventure, the holiday spirit is alive! Don’t miss the live shows like The Frog Choir sings singing seasonal melodies, and the nighttime spectacular, The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts™ Castle. A dazzling projection show synchronized with your favorite Harry Potter soundtrack and a fireworks finale that will captive you time after time.

The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts™ Castle show run continuously starting at dusk and run every 20-minutes.

Holiday Treats and Merchandise

Don’t leave without trying some of these tasty treats or purchasing a memento to remember your visit! Check out all these cute Grinchmas-inspired goodies you can find at the resort.

Are you planning a visit to Universal Orlando this holiday season? If you need a little help with your travel plans, be sure to reach out to our friends at Academy Travel. They can offer a no-obligation quote free of cost so you can make some holiday dreams come true.

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