Complete Guide to Universal Studios Christmas

Holiday Events at Universal Studios Orlando

Complete Guide to Universal Studios Christmas

A Universal Studios Christmas is a magical experience, as the park takes the celebration to a whole other level. If you are visiting Universal Studios during the holiday season, we’ve got the perfect guide for you to make your vacation as cheerful as possible. Here’s all you need to know about a Universal Studios Orlando Christmas.

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Universal Orlando Christmas 2021

Christmas Decorations Universal Studios


Get into the holiday spirit this year (because we all really need it) by celebrating at Universal Studios. Universal Orlando holidays are ones to be remembered, and you’ll be sure to enjoy all the parks have to offer this year, including spectacular decorations, Christmas lights at Universal Studios, and festive food!

When Does Christmas Start at Universal Studios?

Experience the Universal Studios holiday schedule from November 14, 2020 through January 3, 2021. During this time, you’ll be able to treat yourself to the beautiful decorations around all the parks, and enjoy the entertainment throughout.

Is Universal Studios Open on Christmas Day?

The answer is yes, and a Universal Christmas is truly like no other. It may be crowded, since the magic of Christmas tends to make guests eager to see all the beauty the parks hold, but if you choose to go to Universal Studios December 25th, we wouldn’t blame you!

Universal Christmas Hours and Universal Studios Orlando Christmas Eve Hours

This year park times, depending on the day, may vary. However, you can always check Universal’s website for the most up-to-date schedules for times. The same goes for Harry Potter Christmas Universal hours.

Holidays at Universal Orlando Dates

Depending on what event you want to see, Universal Orlando Christmas dates and times may vary. And while some dates and times have not been announced for 2020 yet, be on the lookout as we move closer to the holiday season!

What Does Universal Do for Christmas?

Universal's Holiday Parade Featuring Macy's

Visiting for the holidays at Universal Orlando Resort offers many different forms of entertainment and sites, making sure there is something to do for everyone. Although guests cannot meet Santa at Universal CityWalk or on park grounds, we can guarantee he’s watching his naughty or nice list, and checking it twice! You can find him at the Universal hotels. There’s also plenty of merchandise to remember this special occasion.

Universal’s Holiday Parade Featuring Macy’s

The Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s at Universal Studios is one of the main events during the holidays. Some of your favorite characters celebrate the holiday spirit with cheer and mischief. See Shrek, the minions, and more on decked out holiday floats. This will be the chance to see Santa as he finishes the parade to light up the Christmas tree. Check out the Universal Studios Holiday Schedule for exact dates and times!

Universal Orlando Christmas Concerts

Mannheim Steamroller Concerts: For 13 years, the Mannheim Steamroller has been bringing modern Christmas music to Universal Studios. Typically, their Universal Christmas Schedule happens for 7 PM on select Saturdays and Sundays at the Music Plaza Stage. Details for 2020 have yet to be announced!

A Barney Holiday

For Universal Studios Christmas 2019, Barney and his friends had a magical holiday sing-along at A Day in the Park with Barney. This is perfect for your little ones to enjoy and sing along!

The Blues Brothers Holiday Show

Universal Studios during Christmas also features some jazzy tunes from Jake and Elwood. They perform festive favorites like “Santa Claus is coming to Town,” “Blue Christmas,” and more, all with snow fluttering on Delancey Street at the end of each show.

Marilyn Monroe and the (Holiday) Diamond Bellas

Universal Studios in December 2019 featured a holiday take on the show, “Marilyn Monroe and the Diamond Bellas” street show. For the holiday season, Marilyn and her girls arrive to film a musical routine, but now they sing holiday tunes in Santa-esque costumes.

When Does Grinchmas Start at Universal Orlando?

Universal Studios Grinchmas

During the holiday season, Seuss Landing is decorated with the same holiday charm and cheer as it appears in Dr. Seuss’s Who-ville. The Grinchmas Wholiday Spectacular is an event to be loved by both kids and kids at heart (which may just grow 3 times bigger when you watch it). The Grinchmas Show at Universal is a live retelling of the classic tale, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and it stars the one and only Grinch with recorded music. Fans of this quirky creature will get the opportunity to meet him for an autograph and photo-op which you can purchase.

But that’s not all! Making special guest appearances are the Grinch’s dog, Max, and Cindy Lou Who and her many Who friends.

Universal Grinchmas Showtimes are still up in the air, but are likely to make a comeback in 2020 because there is spaced out seating. In 2019, Grinchmas used to be only on select dates in December. It also usually is based off of when it gets dark enough, when the Whos and the Grinch gather on stage for the Christmas tree lighting for the new Whoville Christmas tree. The lighting usually occurs every 30 minutes and is followed by a brief snowfall.

Is Harry Potter World Open on Christmas Day?

Christmas at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

The Harry Potter books and movies have scenes where Hogwarts and Hogsmeade are decorated for the holidays, so it would be a crime to not celebrate Christmas at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando.  The detail of the decorations is exquisite, and makes you feel as if you’re truly celebrating a Harry Potter Christmas in Florida, but on a chilly, snowy day, and the buildings are set up with many decorations and Universal Christmas lights. Hogsmeade in Islands of Adventure and Diagon Alley in Universal Studios go all out, so you’ll need to check out both parks to get the true experience.

Christmas at Harry Potter World, Orlando is not complete without the experience of watching the Hogwarts castle come to life. The castle comes alive with amazing scenes of Hogwarts students dancing at the Yule Ball, Arthur Weasley’s flying Ford Anglia crashing through snowmen, and much more!

Park Hopper Tip: Universal Studios Harry Potter Christmas Tickets

If you’re looking to see both Harry Potter World Christmas events, we suggest park hopper passes, or the park-to-park option. This option offers flexibility to enjoy both parks in one day. Plus, it’s the only way to experience the Hogwarts Express. Now you can have a Hogwarts Christmas at Universal Orlando by experiencing Islands of Adventure at Christmas, and then hop on the Express to enjoy the rest of Universal Studios.

Universal Studios Christmas Food and Drinks

Universal Orlando Christmas Dinner

Along with the beautiful decorations and festive events, Universal Studios celebrates with fun seasonal foods and drinks. One of the popular items being Butterbeer is typically only served cold. However, during the holiday season you can stop at Hogsmeade and get a hot mug full to make it feel like a Harry Potter Christmas at Universal Orlando.

Past years there has also been the Grinch and Friends Character Breakfast, where you get to meet the Grinch as he intrudes your breakfast. It’s a fun time for the whole family and a great way to have your own personal “The Grinch” Show at Universal Studios.

In 2019, many delicious treats debuted, such as Christmas tree eclairs, Grinchmas chocolate cupcakes, and even had a “traditional holidays meal.” This array consisted of salad, turkey, cornbread stuffing, roasted potatoes, vegetables, and apple pie.

As far as drinks go, unique seasonal ones like Apple Pie on the Rocks, Frozen Eggnog, and the Mistletoe Cocktail were hits at the park. We can only hope this makes a comeback for Universal Studios Orlando holidays 2020.

Universal Orlando Christmas Dinner

Last year, Universal held a limited time add-on for just one week in December at Universal Studios Orlando. Starting at 5 PM, guests could enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet at Café La Bamba, which also featured specialty desserts and sparkling wine. At 8 PM, there was a special viewing for Universal’s Holiday Parade Featuring Macy’s, and a similarly exclusive spot for Universal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration at 8:45. PM.

On select dates, there was also another exclusive party called the Sweets and Sounds Dessert Party, which served up seasonal desserts, sparkling wine, savory bites, and non-alcoholic beverages in a reserved section that also let you enjoy the Holiday Parade and Mannheim Steamroller concert, making it the ultimate Universal Christmas party.

There’s also a feast-filled celebration when it comes to Universal Studios Florida Thanksgiving. Staying on-side at Universal’s hotels during the holidays lets you indulge in not only the stunning decorations, but lets you enjoy all the specially ticketed buffets of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve!

Universal CityWalk Holiday Events

Holiday events CityWalk Orlando

The restaurants at Universal CityWalk offers incredible nightlife and restaurants. However aside from the Grinch and Friends Breakfast, there’s not much else to do for a Universal CityWalk Orlando Christmas. They do have a few holiday-themed items added to their menus, so it’s worth taking a look

A Universal Studios Christmas is a magical experience, as the park takes the celebration to a whole other level. If you are visiting Universal Studios during the holiday season, we’ve got the perfect guide for you to make your vacation as cheerful as possible. Here’s all you need to know about a Universal Studios Orlando Christmas.

Guide to Christmas at Universal Studios


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