ATTENTION WIZARDS & MUGGLES: New Holiday Offerings at Universal Orlando's Wizarding World Of Harry Potter

Posted on 04/21/2017

Source: Close Up: The Official Blog of Universal Orlando Resort

Holidays At Universal Orlando Resort

Since 2010, you’ve been able to step into The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort and become a part of the iconic moments from the books and films.

I’m happy to share that even more magic is coming.

For the first time at Universal Orlando Resort, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter will transform for the most wonderful time of year...

Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Festive garland décor, each with its own unique detail, will complement the shops and architecture. These fantastic textures will surround you as you wander the streets of both Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley.

You’ll also be able to enjoy new holiday food, drink and entertainment throughout both Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley. I can already hear the Frog Choir rehearsing their new numbers!

The Christmas celebration will crescendo nightly as a festive spell will be cast onto Hogwarts castle, cascading it in décor, candlelight and festive moments inspired by the films. Using the latest in mapped projection technology, Hogwarts Castle will transform itself into a yuletide display, gifting fans with an amazing, new view.

The holidays have always been a special time for Hogwarts students. And we’re going to capture that same spirit, allowing you to experience The Wizarding World of Harry Potter like never before.

New Holiday Parade

And that’s not all.

This year, we’re introducing the new Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s, the global leader in balloon entertainment. You’ll enjoy newly designed floats, festive balloons and your favourite Universal characters in Universal Studios Florida.

Santa Claus is going to have his hands full as the Minions bring merry and mayhem to the parade, along with Dreamworks characters from Madagascar and Shrek.

We’re also partnering with Macy’s, the global leader in balloon entertainment, to bring this parade to life.

All of these holiday experiences will run daily starting Nov. 18, 2017 through Jan. 6, 2018.

Continue reading to find out about other holiday offerings...


Seuss Landing™ is home to the Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular, a live retelling of Dr. Seuss’s classic holiday tale starring The Grinch™. And this is the perfect time of the year to start your day by enjoying breakfast with The Grinch™ & Friends.

Mannheim Steamroller

The best-selling holiday artist returns for live performances on select nights.


To round out the fun, you can be a part of EVE, Universal CityWalk’s mind-blowing, full-throttle New Year’s celebration. It’s the biggest party this year. And next. (Separately ticketed event*.)

Holidays at Our Hotels

Put a bow on your holiday season with a stay at one of Universal’s on-site resort hotels. All five hotels host holiday activities, offer exclusive benefits and you might just meet Santa Claus himself.

Splash, Stay and Play Vacation Package

The best way to experience the Holidays at Universal Orlando Resort™ is with a Splash Stay and Play Vacation Package, which includes 4-Night hotel accommodations along with 3-Park 4-Day Base Tickets to Universal Studios Florida™, Universal’s Islands of Adventure AND Universal’s Volcano Bay™ (Opening May 25, 2017). All on-site hotel guests will also have Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ and Universal’s Volcano Bay™ one hour before the park opens (valid theme park admission required).

Starting at $165* USD per adult, per night, tax inclusive.

For more information about visiting Universal Orlando Resort during the holidays,

Events occur rain or shine. No rain checks, refunds, or returns. Prices, dates, times, attractions, and entertainment subject to availability and may change without notice. Additional restrictions may apply.

*Must be 21 or older to purchase an EVE ticket. Must be 21 to consume beverage alcohol. Must have valid identification. Tickets do not include entrance to the theme parks. Tickets do not include non-alcoholic or alcoholic beverages.

HARRY POTTER characters, names and related indicia are © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Anglia is a trademark owned and licensed by Ford Motor Company. Harry Potter Publishing Rights © JKR. (s17)

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade & Related Characters ©2017 Macy’s Inc. All rights reserved. Universal elements and all related indicia TM & © 2017 Universal Studios. All rights reserved. Shrek © 2017 DreamWorks Animation LLC. All Rights Reserved. Madagascar © 2017 DreamWorks Animation LLC. All Rights Reserved. Dr. Seuss properties TM & © 2017 Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P. All rights reserved. Mannheim Steamroller is a registered trademark of Chip Davis.

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