WHY IT RATES: Celebrating the holidays would be more enjoyable for clients if travel agents and advisors booked them for a Universal Orlando vacation.—Donald Wood, Breaking News Senior Writer.
Your clients can take their holiday traditions to the next level and experience the merry, mischief and thrills of Universal Orlando Resort’s Holidays celebration, beginning November 16, 2019 and running through January 5, 2020.
Guests will find a winter “fun”-derland that the entire family will enjoy with incredible holiday experiences across the entire destination that put a twist on the traditional. There’s nowhere else that they can witness a spectacular transformation of Hogwarts castle during “The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle” in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter; meet the maven of mischief himself, The Grinch, during Grinchmas; experience merry – and mayhem – with the Minions from Illumination’s Despicable Me and other beloved characters during Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s; and so much more.
Access to Holidays festivities are included with admission to the theme parks. See below for more details about the experiences your clients can enjoy during Universal Orlando’s Holidays celebration.
Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure
Experience the wonder of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, one of the most immersive theme park experiences ever created, as it transforms for the Holidays into a wizarding wonderland. The streets of Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley become adorned in themed decorations, garlands and lights with the sounds of special holiday-themed performances filling the air. Guests can hear both magical and Muggle Christmas carols from the Frog Choir – comprised of Hogwarts students and their giant croaking frogs – and the unique holiday hits of one of the wizarding world’s most popular singing sensations, Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees. There will also be seasonal food and beverages – including hot Butterbeer.
And, as night falls, guests will revel in a stunning projection of holiday spirit as Christmas moments inspired by J.K. Rowling’s stories come to life on Hogwarts castle for “The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle.”
Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s at Universal Studios Florida
Merry and mayhem take to the streets of Universal Studios for Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s. Featuring the fun of the Minions and other beloved characters from Illumination’s Despicable Me, the family of Shrek and the friendship of Madagascar, this parade includes more than 30 larger-than-life balloons and floats, hundreds of performers and more.
Grinchmas at Universal’s Islands of Adventure
See the maven of mischief himself during Grinchmas at Universal Orlando. Guests can enjoy the “Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular” – a live retelling of Dr. Seuss’s holiday classic starring The Grinch – and special appearances by the merry Whos from Who-ville as they prepare for their favorite holiday throughout Seuss Landing. Guests may also enjoy a separately-ticketed breakfast on select dates that includes meet and greets with the mean, green one and his friends at Circus McGurkus Cafe Stoo-pendous.
Mannheim Steamroller at Universal Studios Florida
The best-selling holiday artist of all time, Mannheim Steamroller, returns to Universal Studios Florida to fill the air with the traditional sounds of the season. Guests can take in live concerts on select nights.
Holidays at Universal’s Hotels
The merriment continues when guests stay at Universal’s hotels, which feature seasonal décor, holiday activities including festive meals and more.
New Year’s Eve Celebrations at Universal Orlando
Guests can ring in 2020 with various New Year’s Eve celebrations across the destination that offer something for everyone – from family-friendly festivities at Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s hotels to the ultimate upscale party for guests 21 and up at EVE at Universal CityWalk. More information about Universal Orlando’s New Year’s Eve celebrations will be revealed at a later time.
In addition to all of the Holidays festivities, guests will also have access to the exhilarating rides and attractions at all three theme parks. They can rock out to hit songs on the innovative Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit roller coaster at Universal Studios Florida, join Hagrid on a journey into the Forbidden Forest to find the wizarding world’s rarest magical creatures on Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure – opening June 13 at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal’s Islands of Adventure and plunge downward – and upward – through a 200-foot tall volcano on Krakatau Aqua Coaster at Universal’s Volcano Bay.
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