Christmas & New Year at Universal Orlando offers plenty to see and do in terms of entertainment, activities, and seasonal decor. Experience a fabulous Universal Orlando Christmas in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, get down with the the Grinch during his celebration in Whoville, and enjoy the world famous Universal Holiday parade.
This year’s Universal holiday celebration takes place from November 12th 2022 thru January 1st 2023.
Universal Orlando’s Christmas festivities center around t2 main themes – the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Grinchmas. There’s lots of seasonal decor throughout the park and seasonal food is also in abundance.
Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is something else! This magical themed area is completely decked out and should definitely be top of your Christmas list!
The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle in Hogsmeade
The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle includes lights, music, and projections on the castle of Hogwarts which makes for a stunning display.
Check the entertainment schedule on the Universal Orlando app for daily times. The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle show will begin in the evening and run every 30 minutes until park close. But on nights that the park closes early, there may only be one show. Be sure tofind out the time in advance so you don’t miss out!
Christmas Holiday Frog Choir in Hogsmeade
Croak along to some holiday songs from the choir of Hogwarts students and their talented frogs at Hogsmeade in Universal’s lslands of Adventure!
Tuck Into Some Scrumptious Seasonal Food
In the Harry Potter books, Harry and his friends enjoy a grand holiday feast at Hogwarts with all the fixings,
“Harry had never in all his life had such a Christmas dinner. A hundred fat, roast turkeys; mountains of roast and boiled potatoes; platters of chipolatas; tureens of buttered peas, silver boats of thick, rich gravy and cranberry sauce — and stacks of wizard crackers every few feet along the table…“
The Three Broomsticks in Hogsmeade at Universal’s Islands of Adventure offers a full holiday feast as a nod towards the Christmas dinner feast held at Hogwarts in the Harry Potter series. The Holiday Feast includes a few courses such as butternut squash soup, beef wellington, oven roast turkey, sweet potato, dried cherries, and winter vegetables.
The Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular at Universal’s Islands of Adventure
Universal’s Islands of Adventure also holds a celebration of Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas in Seuss Landing featuring all your favorite characters from the movie ready to share their Wholiday with your family!
Meet the Grinch Over In Seuss Landing
Meet Grinch and Max in Seuss Landing and snap a picture with this dynamic duo.
Check the entertainment schedule on the Universal Orlando app .
Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular during Universal Orlando Christmas
Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular at Islands of Adventure is the main show for entertainment during Grinchmas. The show stars the Grinch in the telling of How the Grinch Stole Christmas. The show also features the spirited cast of Who-ville citizens and music recorded by Mannheim Steamroller. Make sure to get there early so you can get good seats- seats are first come, first serve. And no, you can’t use your Express Pass here to get seats!
Check the entertainment schedule on the Universal Orlando app for daily times.
The Grinch and Friends Character Breakfast
You can also enjoy a mischievous breakfast with the Grinch himself during your Universal Orlando Christmas experience! As you eat, the Grinch will come around stealing bacon (sassy Grinch) and posing for photos as you dine a full buffet including green eggs and ham!
$26.99 + tax (ages 3-9)
This breakfast requires advance reservations and tends to sell out quickly. Make your reservation here.
Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s at Universal Studios Florida
Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s is a must see for your Universal Orlando Christmas. The parade features favorites such as the Minions, Santa Clause, characters from Madagascar and Shrek.
Check the entertainment schedule on the Universal Orlando app.
Mannheim Steamroller Performing at Universal Studios Florida
Mannheim Steamroller, the best-selling holiday artist of all time, visits Universal Studios Florida for live performances.
December 3, 4, 10 and 11.
Check the entertainment schedule on the Universal Orlando app for daily times or ask the nearest park employee.
Christmas Time at Universal Orlando
As this time of year tends to be crowded, here are some additional tips for this holiday season as you enjoy your Universal Orlando Christmas:
- Arrive early- at least 30 minutes before the park opens. Not as many people do this at Universal Orlando as they do at Walt Disney World, you will be one of the first ones in if you come early!
- If you have the extra funds and want to cut ahead the crowds, consider purchasing an Express Pass so you can get to the front of the lines quicker.
- Plan ahead– know the park hours, entertainment schedule, and want you want to do first.
- If meeting the Grinch is at the top of your list, go there in the morning before the lines get long in the afternoon.
- When there are more than one Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle show, see the later timed one for lower crowd levels.
- Stay until the park closes– especially if you only have one day to spend.
- Consider staying at an Universal hotel to get early entry.
- Get spots early for the Universal Holiday Parade and the Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular.
- Dress in layers– it can get chilly once the sun goes down!
- And don’t miss out on trying some warm holiday Butterbeer!
New Year’s Eve in Universal Studios Florida
Universal Studios Florida has live music, party zones, character meet and greets, pyrotechnics, confetti, and party favors.
New Year’s Eve at the Music Plaza Stage
- Holiday Parade Character Dance Party
- Live Band and DJ
- Pyrotechnics and Confetti Midnight Moment
New Year’s Eve in Central Park
- Universal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration
- Character Dance Party
- Live DJ
- Pyrotechnics, Fountain and Light Midnight Moment
EVE at Universal CityWalk
EVE, is an electrifying New Year’s Eve celebration at Universal CityWalk with signature drinks. Guests can enjoy five incredible CityWalk clubs with live music and gourmet cuisine. Guests can also party on Orlando’s biggest outdoor dance floor. (Separately ticketed event. 21+ only.)
New Year’s Eve at Universal Orlando Resort Hotels
Universal Orlando hotels offer New Years Eve activities offer special New Year’s Eve dinners and buffets along with live entertainment, midnight toasts and family activities.