Cut this tree, light the kinara, remove this dreidel and perform these feats of strength: it’s the holidays! Universal brings back several favorite guest performances along with return activities and a new VIP tour option. So trim the tree with Christmas things like bingle dancing and Whofoo stuff, Christmas time is here!
The favorite of the Islands of Adventure guests Grinchmas Who-liday spectacular The live theatrical show returns from its break for COVID for 2021. The show combines elements of the How the Grinch Stole Christmas Chuck Jones ’1966 television special and Jim Carey’s 2000 film to retell the story of the famous book for the modern theme park audience.
Guests enter from Seuss Landing to Islands of Adventure, between the One Fish, Two Fish ride and Circus McGurkis counter service restaurant, and then walk behind Toothsome to the former Blue Man Group theater. This 1000-seat theater is the show’s new home and features more seating, comfortable chairs, dedicated bathrooms and snack space.
Seuss Landing is decorated with the Christmas joy of who else, who! Whoville residents roam the land throughout the day, posing for photos and interacting with guests.
Grinchmas shows begin around 10:45 a.m. and run every hour until about half an hour before the park closes. Check with Universal Orlando’s app for today’s show schedules. There is no set schedule for the Whos at Seuss Landing, but expect to find them from morning until late afternoon around High in the Sky Seuss Trolly Ride.
Universal’s Holiday Parade with Macy’s
Universal Studios Florida is luxurious Universal’s Holiday Parade with Macy’s it stars dozens of dancers, floats, characters and these giant unique Macy balloons. In addition to original floats and holiday characters, the parade also includes familiar faces from the Despicable Me, Shrek and Madagascar movies. Santa closes the parade with his own float and those in New York will be able to see him light the park tree.
Universal’s Holiday Parade with Macy’s performs daily, around 5:00 pm Check out the Universal Orlando app to find out the schedules for that day.
Neoclassical instrumental group of the new era Mannheim steamer re-performs classical Christmas music on selected nights. The band combines traditional classical music with synthesizers and rock music to create modern interpretations of Christmas songs. Mannheim Steamroller concerts are included with the entrance to the park and the display spaces fill up quickly.
Mannheim Steamroller will perform on December 4, 5, 11 and 12 at 7pm at the Music Plaza Stage at Universal Studios Florida.
Christmas in the magical world
Christmas action! The Magical World of Harry Potter celebrates Christmas with traditional English-inspired rustic decorations and various new shows. On Diagon Street, Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees sing original Christmas songs such as My baby gave me a hippogriff for Christmas, The wonderful winter land of a witch and a magician, i Nothing like a holiday spell.
A Islands of Adventure, el Hogwarts frog heart performs classic Christmas songs with his amphibious companions. Every day after sunset, the walls of Hogwarts are magically illuminated with images of family, friends and the Christmas Ball with The magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle night show.
Celestina Warbeck and Frog Choir shows perform throughout the day, check out the Universal Orlando app for schedules. The magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle takes place daily from dusk until the park closes.
Christmas tree hunting
Returning from the 2020 holiday schedule, the Christmas tree hunting sends guests to theme parks in search of themed Christmas trees. Buy a map (around $ 10) and look for Christmas trees at Universal Studios Florida, Islands of Adventure and CityWalk stores. Pick up a stamp at each store and once your map is filled out, guests will receive an exclusive ornament for the tree.
Christmas tree hunting is offered daily during the hours of participating stores.
Holiday tribute shop
Walk through a country of winter wonders inspired by your favorite Christmas traditions and classics with the Universal Holiday Tribute Store. This year’s store will feature the Hogwarts Christmas Ball, the Grinch’s Lair and other themed rooms with unique holiday merchandise. Be sure to stop by the last room to find unique foods and drinks that you can only find in the Tribute store!
Universal’s Holiday Tribute Store is open during Universal Studios Florida.
We! Universal Holiday Tour
With select days from November 21 to January 2, this new guided tour takes guests to the most popular holiday activities throughout the resort. Places reserved for the Universal Holiday Parade with Macy’s and Grinchmas, meeting and greeting opportunities with the Grinch and Santa Claus, and a special post-Christmas magic park at Hogwarts Castle are included.
Prices range from $ 69.99 to $ 79.99 per person plus taxes. Park-to-park entry is not included.
Okay, but seriously, let’s talk about food: what is the winter vacation without sweets? Universal’s culinary team went from sinful to cheerful with unique food at CityWalk, Tribute Store, hotels and around the theme parks. Last year’s food offerings included gummy Christmas lights, hot chocolate bombs, sticky cakes, roasted nuts, special voodoo fritters and lots of cakes.
- Get a seat to the Universal Holiday Parade with Macy’s at least 15 minutes before show time on quiet days, 30 minutes on busy days. The parade sites around the New York Christmas tree fill up first; for a last-minute parade spot, grab a spot next to the Transformers Building lagoon.
- Manheim Steamroller crowds will be numerous, especially for Saturday performances. We recommend that you arrive 45 minutes before the time of the show to access Music Plaza, 90 minutes before the time of the show for the nearest venues.
- Grinchmas performs every hour from 10:45 a.m. until half an hour before the park closes. Arrive at least 30 minutes before show time, 45 minutes on busy days, to secure a seat. We suggest you visit the first or last show of the day for the less crowded shows.
- The magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle begins at dusk and continues every 20 minutes. We recommend arriving at any time and after sunset to see the show.
Want to have a good time universally this holiday season? Visit the Touring Plans travel agency for your booking needs. As a special gift, you will receive a one-year subscription to Universal Orlando TouringPlans for free!
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