There is nothing quite as awe-inspiring as an Orlando Christmas. While many people head to the area to see the magic of the Disney holidays, they are often overwhelmed by the tremendous crowds at Disney during this time of the year. To experience all the wonder of the Christmas season without getting lost in the crowds, why not give Universal Studios a try?
Incredible decorations, festive lights, and holiday songs greet you along every turn at Universal Orlando Resort. Universal Studios features street performances with memorable characters including those from the Grinch as well as your classic Universal movie favorites. Kids can dance and sing along with their favorite characters at the KidZone Holiday Show and Barney’s Christmas show, ‘A Day In the Park with Barney’. And don’t miss the Blues Brothers Christmas Show, rocking your favorite holiday tunes every night and bringing the snow down on Delancey Street after every show. Literally…..they make it snow. And yes, you’re still in Florida!
One of the coolest things Universal has done is to bring all the favorite floats from this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade down to Orlando. Every night, they use these floats to create their own version of the parade, with fireworks and music. Santa Claus will be there to light the trees and lead the parade too, so if you’ve always wanted to see the Macy’s parade live, here’s your chance.
Universal’s Islands Of Adventure joins in the holiday fun when The Grinch invades Seuss Landing and transforms it into Grinchmas, with Who-ville decked out in holiday lights and decorations. This is an absolute must see: Imagine yourself in the live action movie version of the Grinch, complete with snow and thousands of twinkling lights.
There’s also a live action version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, starring the Grinch himself, featuring music by Mannheim Steamroller.
If you liked Illuminations at Epcot, don’t miss the Universal 360 Cinesphere Spectacular, bringing iconic Universal special effects to huge, 3D life on spheres across the lagoon along with breathtaking fireworks and laser light displays.
For New Year’s Eve, Universal CityWalk throws a huge blowout celebration, complete with food, drink, and a party in the streets counting down to the New Year.
The Universal Resort hotels also take part in the holiday festivities with festive special events. Celebrate the season Italian-style at the Portofino Bay Hotel, have a rock ‘n’ roll holiday at the Hard Rock Hotel or experience the tropical festivities at the Royal Pacific Resort.
Don’t miss Christmas with a twist of movie magic as only Universal can bring it to you!