Holiday celebrations at Universal Studios look a little different this year but you can still celebrate with the Grinch, drink butterbeer in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and see larger-than-life Macy’s balloons!
Universal’s Orlando Resort will be celebrating the holidays November 14th – January 3rd. This year we won’t be seeing our beloved projection show on Hogwarts, Mannheim Steamrollers or the full Macy’s holiday parade, but we will see some altered versions of our favorites and a couple of new experiences for 2020. Here is a rundown of what we can expect at Universal Studios as well Islands of Adventure.
- Festive Decor – View holiday decor throughout London and Diagon Alley
- Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees – A special holiday-themed show
- HOT Butterbeer and seasonal holiday-themed merchandise
Universal’s Holiday Experience featuring Macy’s Balloons – In lieu of the holiday parade from previous years, a new walk-through experience will be available featuring the Macy’s balloons and Christmas floats. New this year, guests will have the opportunity to get up-close with larger-than-life parade balloons and floats like never before during “Universal’s Holiday Experience featuring Macy’s Balloons.” Guests will stroll along a picturesque pathway where they’ll encounter elaborate floats and stunning balloons inspired by everything from iconic holiday staples like reindeers and the Nutcracker, to characters from popular animated films, including the mischievous Minions from Illumination’s “Despicable Me” and “Minions” films, Gingy, The Gingerbread Man, from DreamWorks Animation’s “Shrek” movies and the penguins from DreamWorks Animation’s “Madagascar” franchise. And it all culminates with a special appearance by Santa Claus and the opportunity to take a socially-distanced portrait with the big man himself.
Universal’s Holiday Character Celebration – During “Universal’s Holiday Character Celebration,” guests can celebrate the holiday season with the Minions and other beloved characters from Illumination’s “Despicable Me” and “Minions” films, and with DreamWorks Animation’s treasured family of Shrek characters and King Julien and the crew from the “Madagascar” franchise.
Guests will sing and dance along with some of their favorite characters as they arrive aboard incredibly-festive parade floats, then perform special holiday show moments that the entire family will enjoy. Afterward, guests will have the chance to take socially-distanced photos of themselves with the characters and floats.
Holiday Tribute Store – The beloved Halloween Horror Nights Tribute Store has been transformed to bring holiday cheer and will feature four colorfully themed rooms with merchandise for treats.
Islands of Adventure
In Hogsmeade at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter:
- Festive decor around Hogsmeade
- The Frog Choir will serenade you will seasonal melodies
The Grinch & The Whos – In Seuss Landing, Celebrate the Who-lidays with appearances from the resident Whos and the The Grinch himself.
Seuss Landing Decor – Stroll through Seuss Landing for garland, light up trees and festive decor.
Holiday Tree Hunt – Purchase the Holiday Tree Hunt brochure to enjoy a fun scavenger hunt locating 16 hoiday-themed trees in Universal Studios Florida, Islands of Adventure and Universal CityWalk and receive a special Holiday ornament.
Holiday Treat Trail – Buy each of the five designated treats throughout Universal CityWalk, Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure on the Holiday Treat Trail and get a complimentary sixth treat to enjoy.