Universal Studios Orlando Christmas

Christmas is a time when everyone looks to feel the joyous spirit and connect with their close ones.

Whether it be family, friends, or anyone else, enjoy being with those special to you by experiencing The Universal Studios Orlando Christmas.

Christmas at Universal Studios Orlando involves the park completely embracing the festive atmosphere and introducing various festival-themed activities.

Book Universal Studios Orlando tickets to experience festive cheer. 

Holiday season at Universal Orlando

The holiday celebration at Universal Studios Orlando takes place from 17 November to 31 December.

During this time, many festival-themed events take place which can be enjoyed by the whole family.

Only Christmas is not the occasion; for a month and a half the theme park offers a platform to celebrate multiple festivals until the year’s end.

Universal Studios Orlando at Christmas is decorated with the familiar red and white get up. The park lights up and you can spot Christmas trees, stockings and other props.

Where at Universal is Christmas celebrated?

The Orlando Universal Studios Christmas and other holidays celebration takes place at the famous Wizarding World of Harry Potter region in the park.

There is also Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s and the funny, silly and amusing Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular.


Universal Studios Orlando Christmas and Holiday season goes full swing across all the parks in it.

The joy and energy of the occasion is hard to miss.

Some of the things that can be seen during this time are:

  • A holiday parade of Macy’s featuring giant balloons shaped like characters of the Despicable Me movie as well as the Shrek franchise.
  • Various events and themes at the Harry Potter region in Universal Islands of Adventure.
  • The Diagon Alley of the Wizarding World area is decked in a Christmas theme.
  • The Christmas energy also extends to Hogsmeade where you can enjoy drinks as well as seasonal shows.
  • Music and more at the Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular and a chance to click amazing photos.  

Many existing events, attractions and shows also incorporate the holiday and Christmas theme into their presentation around this time.

You can also upgrade your Universal Studios Orlando Christmas experience with a Universal Holiday Tour or a Christmas breakfast.

These upgrades come with added benefits on shows, food, drinks, etc. among other facilities.

The Harry Potter-themed “Wizarding World of Harry Potter” is the center of many celebratory activities.

The area looks stunning when decorated for the holidays, even more so than usual. 

The area is spread across two theme parks and consists of many shows, performances as well as merchandise based on Christmas.

Of course, the blazing rides are operating as usual and are a great source of exhilaration along with the celebration.

Macy’s holiday parade is also a crowd-puller, especially when it comes to younger guests. 

Watch the massive balloons of Despicable Me minions and the characters from Shrek along with dancers dressed in holiday attire marching through the parade.

The Grinchmas is an opportunity for visitors to snap selfies with the mischievous creature and enjoy the music, shows and rides.

The child-friendly Seuss Landing ride is decorated as Who-ville, the fictional town mentioned in Dr. Seuss’ works.

There you meet the “whos”, residents of the town along with the Grinch.

Other activities

Aside from the shows, parades and other things mentioned, Universal Studios Orlando during Christmas also offers other options.

Holiday Tribute Store

Shop for holiday-themed merchandise of your favorite movie and TV characters and browse marketplaces.

This can also be done online and can give you a great idea for a Christmas gift for your family.

Holiday Tree Hunt

Engage in a fun scavenger hunt activity with the Holiday Tree Hunt. Get yourselves a brochure to participate in this hunt.

You must locate the various themed trees around Universal Orlando and see what they hide. You stand a chance to win holiday goodies.

This is an enjoyable activity that you can partake in with your group.

New Year’s Eve

Christmas in Universal Studios Orlando is lots of fun but the holiday train does not stop there. 

Enjoy various attractions in the park all the way until the end of the year.

Universal Orlando is open for extended hours during these special celebrations.

More ways to celebrate at Universal Studios Orlando

If you plan on spending your holidays with Universal Orlando, there is enough to keep you busy until the new year.

  1. Check out the Christmas decorations

A big point of excitement leading up to Universal Studios Orlando Christmas Day is the decoration in which the entire park is immersed.

Lights, trees and various other items signal the arrival of holiday times at the park.

This may seem like an ignorable thing, but it plays a vital role in grabbing people’s attention and getting the celebratory feeling going.

  1. Don’t miss out on the holiday shopping

    Universal Studios Orlando Christmas wouldn’t be complete without shopping. Fortunately, there is a wide range of products available for the taking.

    Shop for gifts, souvenirs, decor items, everyday accessories and more at Universal Orlando.

    The items make for great gifts or a symbol of the fun had at the park.
  2. Click a photo with Christmas trees

    There are multiple trees decorated in the park, all different from others but similarly beautiful.

Don’t miss the chance to click a memorable picture along with the one you like the most.

  1. The Culinary Christmas Delight

    The park steps up for the occasion and offers an appealing Christmas feast. The turkey dishes in Universal Studios Florida are a hit with the crowd.

A nice feast with the family would be a great addition to the celebration, with many dishes from many dining establishments to choose from.

  1. Meeting Santa with a Twist

    Universal Studios Orlando Christmas puts a unique spin on the Santa photo. Instead of the usual click with Santa, you meet the Grinch.

    This Santa with a mean streak makes for an entertaining meet and you can top it off with a photo after the Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular.
  2. Christmas Caroling

    Universal Orlando organizes shows where the melodious tunes of Christmas and New Year songs reverberate and are enjoyed by families.

This is a Christmas tradition for many and is a suitable choice for a calm source of entertainment along with your family.

  1. Celebrate the New Year

    The park continues to host many special activities leading up to the new year. If you’re looking for an outing on New Year’s Eve, the amusement park is a good option.

    Enjoy the park lit up with anticipation and in the holiday spirit. The hotels at Universal Orlando offer quite a few special services during these days.

    Count down to zero and witness amazing fireworks and a memorable spectacle to enter the new year in style.

Note: The park opening hours are usually extended during the holiday season. Currently, the park lists its opening hours as being from 9 am to 9 pm on Christmas.

Following that, the timing is 8 am to 10 pm for days leading up to New Year, on which the timing is from 9 am until 1 am midnight.

These timings may change without notice. Check before and on the day of your visit for any changes to know the accurate opening hours.

Light shows, dance, singing, rides, parades, food, artistic performances and so much more make the Christmas Day Universal Studios Orlando experience something one should definitely check out.

The park is on a roll from mid-November to the end of the year celebrating festivals and special occasions one after another.

For a vacation that is something special and for quality time with your family and friends, get the Universal Studios Orlando Christmas tickets for one or more days

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