Universal Orlando Christmas- Everything You Need To Know For A Magical Time

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Inside: The holidays come alive this winter at Universal Studios Orlando. Universal Orlando Christmas and holiday events are a festive-filled blast for the entire family!

If you have been around my blog, you might have read that Christmas is my favorite holiday.  I mean, what is not to love about the season of giving?

One of the many things I love about the holiday is the decorations and festivities. What better place to witness the beautiful lights and festivities then at a theme park?!

We were lucky enough to score discounted tickets to Universal Studios, Florida, at a homeschooling group rate from Traveling Homeschoolers.

The kids have been reading the Harry Potter series and binge-watching the movies, hoping we would be able to visit the parks soon.

Universal Orlando Christmas and Holiday events certainly didn’t disappoint.

Let me just say, if you are looking to experience the holiday season in a truly magical way, Universal Studios Orlando is the place to visit!

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Universal Orlando Christmas and Holiday Events For The Entire Family

Universal Studios Orlando is full of fun and excitement during the holidays. It’s a magical time when the park offers special holiday-themed events, shows, and even special treats for guests to enjoy.

The CityWalk at Universal Studios is probably considered to be the heart of the park. Guests can enjoy the breathtaking Christmas tree and other activities available during the holidays.

In addition to the CityWalk, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is another must-see location while you’re visiting during the holidays.

If you’re planning a trip to Universal during the holidays, here’s a recap of the things you can participate in and experience during this time of the year.

Universal Orlando Christmas in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Ahh, this was our favorite place while visiting the parks! The kids reveled in all of the holiday-themed decors while practicing their spells and drinking Butterbeer.

hand holding Butterbeer at Universal Studios Florida

During the holidays, Diagon Alley and London are transformed into something even more magical for guests to enjoy. The area is lined with festive décor, colorful holiday lights, garlands, and holiday wreaths.

Special holiday treats and drinks are available throughout the season and can be enjoyed with a special show from Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees. While dad and the girls rode Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts, Little Man and I danced and sang along!

In Universal’s Islands of Adventure, Hogsmeade also participates in the holiday cheer. The Frog Choir sings seasonal melodies around the park, and guests can enjoy even more special drinks and treats as they wander around enjoying experiencing the magic.

Holiday lights transform the Hogwarts Castle into a beautiful and magical Christmas light show that is a must-see. This year was our first time seeing the show, and if you have the opportunity to view it, I can’t recommend it enough!

Enjoy this sneak peek below!

Seuss Landing

The Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular can be seen at Seuss Landing. The area is decorated with nothing but holiday charm and cheer.

Enjoy a live retelling of the classic tale starring the Grinch. Visitors can meet the hilarious, naughty man himself, the Grinch, as you pose for a photo and get an autograph.

Families can also enjoy character breakfast activities by dining with the Grinch and his friends. The experience offers fun entrees and the opportunity to talk with the Grinch as he makes his rounds, poses for photos, and participates in some snarky small talk.

Universal’s Holiday Parade

This year the Minions join Santa Claus for the annual Universal’s Holiday Parade. The Macy’s parade is always a holiday favorite. Featuring fun themed floats, walking entertainers, music, and different characters from Shrek and Madagascar.

minion float at Universal Studios Orlando

Mannheim Steamroller Show

The Mannheim Steamroller show is back again this year to help celebrate the holidays. On selected nights, visitors can enjoy a live performance by the Mannheim Steamroller.

If you’re unfamiliar with the group, the Mannheim Steamroller is a music group that’s primarily known for its Fresh Aire series of albums. Their style of music blends classical music with fun elements of new age and rock for their exclusive holiday shows.

Celebrate the Holidays with Festive Treats Throughout the Park

Seasonal food and beverages are offered throughout the park during the holiday season. There is a special holiday menu that can enjoy during the holidays at the Three Broomsticks, including a large Holiday Dinner and hot Butterbeer.

When your done enjoying your delicious holiday dinner, you can browse the shop for unique holiday items like ornaments, stockings, special figurines, and various tree toppers.

HoneyDukes Universal Studios Christmas

Universal Orlando Christmas at Universal CityWalk

If you’re headed to Universal Studios for the holidays, one thing you don’t want to miss out on is visiting the Universal CityWalk. The CityWalk is an exceptional experience for everyone and is really the heart of Universal Studios. The area offers so much to visitors.

The CityWalk is where you go to see Universal’s spectacular Christmas tree that is nothing short of magical. The tree is located and can be viewed at the 5 Towers Stage.

The lights on the tree are all choreographed with the music for an exciting and spectacular show to experience.

The CityWalk is also the perfect place to get some holiday shopping while you’re visiting the park. There are many unique shops on the CityWalk that offer the latest apparel, desserts, stocking stuffers, and much more.

At the heart of Universal CityWalk, visitors can dine in the more than 30 places to eat. Restaurants like Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville and Antojitos Cocino Mexicana are just a few of the places you can go to grab a bite.

Related: Family Christmas Traditions You Can Start for Lasting Memories

Your Turn

Have you visited Universal Studios Orlando during the holidays? What is your favorite thing about Universal Orlando Christmas festivities? 

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