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Universal Orlando Resort Kicks Off its Holiday Season with Grinchmas and More

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Universal Orlando Resort’s annual Holidays celebration officially kicks off this Friday – inviting guests to set their festive side free with a multitude of merry experiences across the award-winning theme park destination. Beginning November 17 and running daily through December 31, guests can celebrate the most wonderful time of year at Universal Orlando as they enjoy Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Grinchmas, Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s, a delicious assortment of festive-themed fare, an all-new incredibly themed Holiday Tribute Store and so much more.

See below for more information about the exciting offerings available at Universal Orlando this holiday season:

Festive Experiences at Universal Studios Florida and Universal Islands of Adventure Guests visiting Universal Studios Florida and Universal Islands of Adventure can unleash their holiday spirit as they experience a mix of merry and mischief across the theme parks, including:

  • Exploring the wizarding holiday wonderlands of both Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, then capping the night with the wondrous spectacle, “The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle” in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade

  • Meeting the mean, green one himself – the Grinch – and reveling in the spirit of Grinchmas with a live retelling of the Dr. Seuss holiday classic, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” during “The Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular” at Universal Islands of Adventure

  • Gazing in awe at the larger-than-life balloons, festive holiday floats and beloved characters that wind the streets of Universal Studios Florida during Universal’s Holidays Parade featuring Macy’s

  • Enjoying the sounds of the season with live performances by the top-selling holiday artist of all time, Mannheim Steamroller, at Universal Studios Florida on December 2, 3, 9 and 10

  • And more!

Delight in Holiday-Themed Treats Guests can savor a taste of the holidays with delicious specialty food and beverage offerings inspired by fan-favorite holiday characters along with returning seasonal flavors, including a Holiday Loaded Vegan Sweet Potato, a Turkey Dinner Sandwich, Earl’s Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate Acorn Bomb, and Grinch-themed treats like Grinch Cookies, a Grinch Ice Cream Sandwich and a Grinch Hot Chocolate Bomb. At Universal CityWalk, guests can also enjoy the all-new Letters to Santa Holiday Shake at The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen – complete with coquito ice cream, dulce de leche and a chocolate Christmas card.

Shop the All-New Holiday Tribute Store in Universal Studios Florida The whimsical Holidays celebration continues with this year’s newly themed Tribute Store, “Universal Tribute Store and Post,” which captures the warm spirit of gift giving during the holiday season. The post office-themed store includes three rooms inspired by the Hogsmeade Owl Post, Who-ville Post Office and Earl’s Garage Delivery Hub – full of seasonal treats and merchandise like Christmas at Hogwarts sweatshirts and an interactive snowy owl plush, a Grinch plush backpack and popcorn bucket, an Earl the Squirrel spirit jersey and plush, and so much more. Guests can also browse select items from Universal’s assortment of Holidays merchandise and make purchases online by visiting

The Holiday Adventures Continue at Universal CityWalk and Universal Orlando’s Hotels Guests can keep the festivities going at Universal CityWalk with seasonal food and beverage and special entertainment. Plus, all eight Universal Orlando Resort hotels will be decked out with festive décor and feature holiday feasts and activities the whole family can enjoy, including special menus for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s, plus menorah lightings and more. Select hotels even offer special holiday entertainment like Christmas tree lightings and strolling carolers.

Access to Universal Orlando’s Holidays celebration is included with regular admission to the theme parks. U.S. and Canada residents can now take advantage of the “Get 2 Days Free with a 2-Park, 3-Day Ticket” and spend five days celebrating the Holidays at Universal Studios Florida and Universal Islands of Adventure for the price of a three-day ticket. Guests also have the option to upgrade their ticket to include Universal Volcano Bay – click here for more information and to purchase. Plus, guests looking to add a Universal hotel to their holiday getaway can save 20% on a four-night stay in the 2-bedroom suites at Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Dockside Inn and Suites & Surfside Inn and Suites, and the family suites at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort.

Guests can also ring in the new year across the destination. Universal Studios Florida, Universal Islands of Adventure, and select venues at Universal CityWalk will be open after midnight on New Year’s Eve for the festivities.

Universal Orlando’s Holidays celebration runs daily from November 17 through December 31. For more information and to book a festive getaway, visit

About Universal Orlando Resort Universal Orlando Resort is an award-winning theme park destination that welcomes all to truly be themselves while enjoying world-class attractions that redefine theme park experiences. Here, a multitude of authentically thrilling, exciting and spontaneous adventures await – each inviting guests to embark on whatever vacation they crave while igniting their full range of emotions like never before – from the awe of walking the streets of Hogsmeade or Diagon Alley in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter to the rush of adrenaline that takes over when coming face-to-face with a Velociraptor in Jurassic Park to the wide-eyed joy of seeing an entire slice of cake atop a delectable milkshake at The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium and Savory Feast Kitchen.

The 700-acre resort is home to two exhilarating theme parks – Universal Studios Florida and Universal Islands of Adventure – that boast some of the most innovative and immersive experiences ever created, with a third next-level theme park, Universal Epic Universe, on the way. Guests can also find the perfect balance of thrills and relaxation at the Universal Volcano Bay water park, relish in exciting dining and entertainment at the Universal CityWalk entertainment complex and enjoy incredible accommodations and magnificent theming across eight hotels that offer something for every style and budget – Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel, Loews Royal Pacific Resort, Loews Sapphire Falls Resort, Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort, Universal’s Aventura Hotel and Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Surfside and Dockside Inn and Suites.

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