Complete Guide to Universal Studios Christmas 2022

Complete Guide to Universal Studios Christmas 2022

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 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 2022

Christmas Decorations Universal Studios

Get into the holiday spirit this year 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! With Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Universal’s Holiday Parade Featuring Macy’s and the return of Grinchmas, you’ll find holiday cheer nearly everywhere.

When Does Christmas Start at Universal Studios?

Experience the Universal Studios holiday schedule from November 13, 2022 through January 2, 2023. You can expect 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. Keep a look out for important dates and events to be announced soon!

Related Article: Complete Guide to Grinchmas at Universal Studios 

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. Last year, guests were able to meet Santa from afar in the Macy’s Holiday Parade exhibit inside of Universal Studios. We are curious to see where Universal may place the big jolly icon this year.

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.

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

Marilyn and her girls arrive to “film” a musical routine for an upcoming picture, just as usual. Instead, they bend the classy Hollywood fashion into a more cheery holiday overlay version.  The Diamond Bella Dancers are decked out in Santa glam costumes, ready to belt out yuletide favorites.

Related Articles: Complete Guide to Christmas at Disney World 

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 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.

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 Grinchmas runs every day from November 13th – January 2nd, 2022. Showtimes will be posted in Universal Orlando’s mobile app, and are subject to change.

We are hoping that the lighting of the Whoville Christmas tree returns. This happens every 30 minutes, once it is dark enough, and all the Whos and the Grinch celebrate together. It is one of the few shows in Florida that is followed by a brief snowfall!

The Christmas Magic of The Wonderful Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Christmas at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

If you are a Harry Potter fan, you know the warm, fuzzy feeling Harry and his friends feel around the holidays. With Mrs. Weasley’s knitted sweaters, warm butterbeer, and twinkling Christmas lights, its all perfect! That’s why celebrating Christmas at Harry Potter World has to be a bucket list item.

Special Christmas Harry Potter Events

For Christmas in Universal Orlando Resort, we can go all out with a Potterhead Christmas celebration, with live entertainment, Holiday tours, and incredible Universal Christmas light shows. Many of these events were cancelled or modified in 2020 due to the pandemic, but are back for 2022.

Harry Potter Christmas Entertainment

The singing sorceress Celestina Warbeck performed Christmas songs, live, on the Carkitt Market stage in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley. Backed by her Banshees, she sang cheery holiday songs from her chart-topping holiday album, Nothin’ Like A Holiday Spell.

Meanwhile, The Frog Choir, over in Hogsmeade performed traditional songs and original wizarding carols for all muggles and wizards alike.

The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle

The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle will be returning for 2022! Using projection mapping technology, this Universal Christmas lights show was captivating and a crowd favorite. This show brings beautiful snowy nights, Harry Potter movie scenes, Christmas decor and so much more! The Hogwarts Castle Christmas show is absolutely beautiful and should not be missed!

Harry Potter Universal Orlando Christmas Food

In the past, The Three Broomsticks and The Leaky Cauldron have changed their menu for special holiday dishes. In 2020, we did not see any delicious meals offered, but we are eager to see what incredible things 2022 might have in store.

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.

In past years there has been the Grinch and Friends Character Breakfast. This special ticketed buffet lets you meet the Grinch and all of our Whoville favorites. It’s a fun time for the whole family and a great way to have your own personal “The Grinch” Show at Universal Studios.

The menu for 2019 looked delicious. It offered 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 2022.

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.

In 2020, The Sweets and Sounds dessert party was offered on select nights. This dessert party served up seasonal desserts, sparkling wine, savory bites, and non-alcoholic beverages. Included was seating in a reserved section that 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. Here’s all you need to know about a Universal Studios Orlando Christmas.

Guide to Christmas at Universal Studios

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