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A ~Froggy~ Festive Guide to Christmas at Universal Orlando Resort

by Mommy Frog on September 20, 2020 2940 Orlando   Video

Christmas at Universal Orlando - PinterestWhat better way to bring together minions, ogres, toys and more than during Christmas at Universal Orlando Resort? Even the Grinch can't resist the cheer. After all, the holidays are the most wonderful time of the year (right?!)! You’d think it’d be tough to follow a popular event like Halloween Horror Nights, but the Universal Orlando Christmas events do not disappoint. If only we had a Time Turner that could fast forward to the end of the year! But as I always say, it's never too early to plan.

During the holiday season, Grinchmas and Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter spread holiday cheer throughout Seuss Landing, Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley. Much of the main entertainment returns year after year, but we always notice new details in the decor to keep things fresh.

Currently, with COVID-19 health and safety measures in place, we're not entirely sure how Christmas at Universal Orlando will be affected this year. The Wizarding World and Grinchmas shows will return, but likely with proper social distancing measures in place. Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade will be festively decorated, and we expect Hot Butterbeer to return. The Universal's Holiday Parade Featuring Macy's returns for 2020, as well. We'll update this guide once we learn more details! What we do know is that the Holidays at Universal Orlando Resort will return Nov. 14, 2020, through Jan. 3, 2021!

The Universal Orlando Christmas events are included with regular Universal Orlando admission. A lot hoppens around the resort, so click one of the links below to skip to that section, or read the entire article if you're as thorough as Santa checking his list twice.

Christmas in The Wizarding World | Holiday Events in the Parks | Festive Food | Holidays at the Hotels | New Year's Eve | Which Ticket Should You Get?

Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

You know that feeling you get when you watch a "Harry Potter" movie with your family while drinking hot cocoa on a snowy winter night? That's the feeling you'll get when you see Christmas in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Universal Orlando goes all out with the level of detail. Hogsmeade in Universal's Islands of Adventure and Diagon Alley in Universal Studios Florida both typically feature festive Christmas decorations — including garland and lights — along the buildings and streets of the Wizarding World.

Universal Orlando Christmas - Hogsmeade Decor

Be sure to take a closer look at the decorations outside of each store front! For instance, Spintwitches Sporting Needs in Hogsmeade had golden snitch ornaments in its garlands, and Madam Malkin's in Diagon Alley sported pink ribbon bows that matched the color of Hermione's Yule Ball dress in the display window in 2019. The London waterfront is also decked out in traditional Christmas lights and garland, as if you've magically been transported to the city itself.

Our fellow froggiesthe Frog Choir, perform special concerts in Hogsmeade with Christmas songs straight from the spell books, as well as muggle holiday tunes such as "We Wish You a Merry Christmas." Inside Diagon Alley, Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees get in the holiday spirit with a special show. Listen for four original songs, including the super-catchy "My Baby Gave Me a Hippogriff for Christmas."

Universal Orlando Christmas - Celestina Warbeck

The true showstopper of Christmas in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is the projection-mapping show on Hogwarts Castle. "The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle" plays intermittently from dusk until park close each night.

Muggles and wizards alike will be absolutely dazzled to see the castle come alive! There are breathtaking scenes with Hogwarts students dancing at the Yule Ball, Arthur Weasley's flying Ford Anglia plowing into snowmen and more! Even if you aren't a fan of the usual Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle show, we recommend catching the Christmas show. It's gorgeous and really captures the unique holiday fun that you see in the "Harry Potter" films.

Universal Orlando Christmas - Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle show

We recommend watching "The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle" during non-peak times, if possible. No matter which night you're attending, try waiting until a bit later in the evening (usually any hour after dusk) to catch the show to avoid those early crowds. Also, if you are park hopping to catch the castle show after the Universal Studios Christmas parade, avoid taking the Hogwarts Express (everyone else has the same idea!). It'll take just about the same time to walk, or possibly longer on busier days.

Universal’s Holiday Parade Featuring Macy’s & More Universal Orlando Resort Holiday Festivities

Universal Orlando Christmas - Minion Float in Universal’s Holiday Parade Featuring Macy’s

The highlight of Christmas at Universal Orlando (for us, at least!) is Universal's Holiday Parade featuring Macy's. You'll catch some of your favorite Universal characters making holiday mischief, including the minions, Shrek and more. And of course, jolly ol' Santa typically makes an appearance at the parade's finale to light up the Christmas tree.

Bring a camera and snap as many pictures as you can! Seeing this float with your family is sure to bring the warm fuzzies. Hop back for the 2020 details. The parade took place during the following times on these dates in 2019:

  • Nov. 19 and Dec. 4: 5:15 p.m.
  • Nov. 16-18, Nov. 20-Dec. 3, Dec. 5-24, Dec. 31-Jan. 5: 5:30 p.m.
  • Dec. 25-30: 8 p.m.

Universal Orlando Christmas - Santa

If you want a prime spot for Universal's Holiday Parade featuring Macy's in front of the tree, get in place at least an hour early on busy nights. This is especially true on weekends. We do not yet know how physical distancing will affect parade viewing this year. Our favorite spot (in normal years) is across the street from the tree next to The Mummy ride. From this spot, you can watch as Santa lights the tree. Your tadpoles will go crazy for this Christmas magic. Beware: There is tons of confetti ... and snow!

Mannheim Steamroller Concerts

Universal Orlando Christmas - Snowflakes

Mannheim Steamroller has brought the festive sounds of modern Christmas to Universal Studios Florida for 13 years. These concerts usually take place at 7 p.m. on select Saturdays and Sundays at the Music Plaza Stage. Although details are unknown for 2020, the exact dates of the 2019 performances were:

  • Nov. 16, 17, 23, 24 and 30
  • Dec. 1, 7, 8, 14 and 15

Arrive early if you want a sit-down spot in front of the stage. However, you can easily hear the music beyond the concert area, so if you're content with catching a few tunes, stroll by when you have time. (Note that Seasonal Passholders are blocked out of Universal Studios Florida on concert dates.)

Grinchmas at Universal's Islands of Adventure

Universal Orlando Christmas - Who-liday Spectacular

It wouldn't be Christmas at Universal Orlando Resort without Grinchmas! The green sourpuss himself will return to Universal's Islands of Adventure for holiday fun in 2020. Watch the green guy bring his signature snark to the Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular at Seuss Landing. You can also meet him personally at the Gertrude McFuzz Fine Feathered Finery gift shop. This year, he may greet guests from afar, as well as the Whoville citizens who may roam around the area in a physically distant way.

Seuss Landing is the most spectacularly decorated of them all, with so many baubles and tinsel wrapped around just about everything. Don't miss the Lorax while strolling through the truffula trees! Whoville citizens, including Cindy Lou, wandered around the land last year while putting up additional decorations and posing for pictures.

Universal Orlando Christmas - Roaming Whoville Citizens

Catch the first show of the day, as it's likely to be the least crowded.

Because Universal team members can space out seating, the Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular will return to warm our hearts once more in 2020. The talented performers bring this Seuss favorite to life through song and dance. Plan to be in line at least 30 minutes ahead of showtime, as you do need to walk a fair distance to the sound stage where it takes place, even if there aren't huge crowds.

Universal Orlando Christmas - The Grinch

While definitely a tadpole-centric show, it is still a blast for any fans of the Grinch, who spits out hilarious one-liners. (And OMG ... Max is played by an adorable, live dog. What a good boy!)

Festive Food and Drinks at the Holidays at Universal Orlando Resort

Christmas in the Wizarding World - Hot Butterbeer for Universal Orlando Christmas

Drinking Butterbeer is a must-do whenever you visit the Universal parks (did you know there are six different versions?). While year-round Butterbeer is served cold or frozen, you can only get hot Butterbeer during the holiday season. Think more along the lines of hot chocolate (but butterscotch) rather than a carbonated cream soda, which is what the classic, cold Butterbeer tastes like. You can find it inside The Leaky Cauldron, Three Broomsticks, Hog's Head Pub, the Hopping Pot and the Fountain of Fair Fortune.

While nothing has been confirmed, the Grinch & Friends Character Breakfast could be modified or canceled this year.

Holidays at Universal Orlando Resort Hotels

Universal Orlando Christmas - Cabana Bay Beach Resort Christmas Tree

Any time of year, we absolutely love staying on-site at Universal's fabulous resort hotels, but especially during the holidays. Expect all of the Universal Orlando hotels to be decked out for the holidays, and look out for tree and menorah lightings. Plus, enjoy all the trimmings at Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve. In normal years, the hotels offer specially ticketed buffets. Hop back for more details as the season approaches. Some of the hotel holiday celebrations typically include holiday crafts, stocking decorating and meet-and-greets with Santa's elves (or Santa himself!).

Universal Orlando Christmas - Loews Royal Pacific Resort

If you want to experience the Universal Christmas events during the busiest times, we highly recommend purchasing Universal Express Passes no matter where you stay. You can save money when you purchase this add-on to theme park admission for regular Universal Express (which gives you access one time per participating ride) or Universal Express Unlimited. If you stay on-site at Universal's Hard Rock Hotel or Loews Royal Pacific Resort, you'll receive the Unlimited Express benefit for all of your party for your entire length of stay. Watch out for the expected busiest days using our Universal Orlando Crowd Calendar. We recommend purchasing Universal Express the week of Christmas, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day and on weekends. We cannot underestimate this benefit!

If you can't shell out for the Universal Express hotels, jump over to Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort or Universal's newest hotel, Universal's Endless Summer - Surfside Inn and Suites. While they don't offer Unlimited Express, these hotels (and all of Universal's hotels) offer one-hour early admission to a select park. If you stay on-site, you can get a hop on experiencing Christmas in the Wizarding World's holiday magic! What's even more magical is to book your Universal Orlando hotel room at a discount, so hop to it!

Note that a few hotels are closed and will reopen at a later time, such as Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Loews Sapphire Falls Resort, Universal's Aventura Hotel and Universal's Endless Summer Resort - Dockside Inn and Suites.

New Year's Eve at Universal Orlando Resort

If you're looking for something to do when the clock strikes midnight, Universal Orlando offered several ways to ring in 2020. It's still too early to know about plans for 2021, but we'll update once we know more!

Over at Universal Studios Florida, we danced the last night of 2019 away at the Music Plaza Stage at the Holiday Parade Character dance party. There was a live band and DJ, along with confetti and pyrotechnics at midnight. We also watched Universal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration in Central Park, where there was a second character dance party location. At midnight, fireworks, along with fountain and light special effects, lit up the sky.

Universal CityWalk hosted its annual EVE event for adult frogs 21 and older. From 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., Leap and I dined, drank and danced as we celebrated the new year. This separately ticketed event included unlimited cuisine, access to five clubs and an outdoor dance floor, one drink ticket and one glass of champagne at midnight.

Universal Orlando resorts joined the fun, as well. All of the hotels offered a special New Year's Eve or New Year's Day meal. Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort hosted a New Year's Eve Spectacular that included face painting, a balloon artist and a midnight balloon drop. It was complimentary for Cabana Bay Beach guests only.

Which Ticket Should You Get During Holidays at Universal Orlando Resort?

Universal Orlando Christmas - Santa's Helpers in Front of Tree

With so much hoppening at Universal Studios Florida and Universal's Islands of Adventure during the holidays, you may be wondering, "Which ticket should I get?" We're very big fans of the Park-to-Park option. With the two parks so close together, it's easy to hop back and forth. The Park-to-Park option offers maximum flexibility to enjoy it all. And it's the only way to experience the Hogwarts Express. So if you want to experience Christmas in the Wizarding World at Hogsmeade and then hop right over to extend the merry in Diagon Alley, you'll need the Park-to-Park ticket.

If you need some palm trees and sun with your Christmas vacation, you'll need to find it poolside this season. Universal's Volcano Bay water theme park is usually open in the winter. However this year it will begin a seasonal closure on Nov. 2 with a planned reopening on or before March 1. Don't let the time of year trick you. It's still plenty warm in sunny Florida (especially for you snowbirds) and the pools are heated. (Check out all of our discount Universal Orlando ticket options, and don't froget, we offer discounts on the Universal Orlando hotels too!)

Ready for Christmas at Universal Orlando Resort this holiday season? Pick the best dates to visit using our Orlando Crowd Calendar. Check out our Orlando planning timeline for a stress-free family vacation during the holidays at Universal Orlando Resort and other destinations. And be sure to add Universal Express Passes onto your tickets to skip the lines!

Related: Complete Guide to Universal Orlando Events

Hoppy planning!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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Nov 20, 2017 at 5:58 p.m. drmoe21 Says...

looks like a wonderful vacay

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Nov 20, 2017 at 5:52 p.m. LoisF Says...

Love every park!

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Nov 20, 2017 at 5:43 p.m. Cheryl from Boston Says...

Never been to Universal, just the 4 Disney Parks. Would love to see this in person with my family.

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Nov 20, 2017 at 5:42 p.m. Dawn Says...

This would be so much fun. We've never vacationed there before.

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Nov 20, 2017 at 5:39 p.m. Mabel Says...

Going next week during the week. Will the parade be happening?

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Nov 20, 2017 at 1:48 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mabel,

Yes! The parade will be happening.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Nov 20, 2017 at 5:35 p.m. Brock Says...

Wish I could visit this Christmastime, but I will be there next year.

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Nov 20, 2017 at 5:27 p.m. Lisa Says...

Love Universal and Islands of Adventure!!! Can't wait

to go again!

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Nov 20, 2017 at 5:24 p.m. Michelle D. Says...

This guide is so useful. I so want to take my kids there for the holidays!

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Nov 20, 2017 at 5:22 p.m. Mary Says...

Arriving End of February...

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Nov 20, 2017 at 5:22 p.m. Loc V. Says...

It all looks so festive. My son would love it!

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Nov 20, 2017 at 5:20 p.m. Nancy Says...

Is it busier at Christmas time or at European Holiday/Easter Break?

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Nov 20, 2017 at 5:16 p.m. Paige Ryan Says...

Very helpful information

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Nov 20, 2017 at 5:12 p.m. Dianna Jennings Says...

This would be the greatest gift to not only my 8 year old son, but also MYSELF! We love all things Disney! Thank you for this awesome chance to win. We love you guys!

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Nov 20, 2017 at 4:03 p.m. Lorena Says...

This all looks so amazing! I'd love to go soon.

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Nov 20, 2017 at 3:09 p.m. JAMIE L TABOR Says...

MY SON WOULD GEEK OUT!

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Nov 6, 2017 at 1:17 p.m. Lisa Says...

Hi,

Do you know if there is anyway to see the Grinch at universal, we're flying out 2nd Jan-16th Jan... I think Grinchmas breakfast is finished by then, but really want to meet the Grinch! Thanks.

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Nov 6, 2017 at 8:37 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lisa,

Grichmas at Universal's Islands of Adventure ends Jan. 6. Be sure to stop by for a photo during your visit!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Oct 29, 2017 at 2:59 a.m. Melissa Bishop Says...

Do you know if there will be extended hours during Christmas at Universal? Mainly wanting to know about Christmas eve. Thanks!

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Oct 29, 2017 at 8:41 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Melissa,

We have not heard if there will be extended hours for Universal. We'll update our Crowd Calendar if things change.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 24, 2017 at 11:47 a.m. Mel Says...

Hi

Will all the celebrations continue into January? We’d really like to see the Grinch and Who-Ville show but don’t arrive until after Christmas.

Thanks

PS if you buy a 2 day ticket is there a length of time the second day has to be used by?

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Oct 24, 2017 at 4:11 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mel,

The Holiday activities at Universal Orlando end Jan. 8. As for the 2-day ticket, it depends on which 2-day ticket. For example, our Universal 2-Day Park-to-Park Ticket is valid for any two (2) calendar days during a seven (7) consecutive calendar day period which includes the first day the ticket is activated. Check out each of the tickets to see the different options.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 27, 2017 at 2:27 p.m. Ashley Says...

Hi! We are planning to go to Universal/IOA on 11/28 and 11/29. Will all of the Holiday décor and parades be occurring on these days? Are there extended park hours during the holidays or will all of the parades take place before 7pm when the parks close?

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Sep 27, 2017 at 3:51 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ashley,

We expect that all the holiday decorations and entertainment will be up and running by then! There should be extended hours as well!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 28, 2016 at 12:45 a.m. Phil Goldwasser Says...

I love your planning guides! Would your one day Universal guide be basically the same during Christmas week, or would we need to adjust it a bit?

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Dec 8, 2016 at 3:39 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Phil,

You would need to do quite a bit of adjusting because the parks are very, very crowded at this time. I would honestly make a list of each family member's top priority (or two), arrive ahead of official opening, hit the most crowded rides first thing. You can see the list of when to visit each of the rides on our Orlando iPhone app or on the general guide for the parks.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Nov 27, 2016 at 5:48 p.m. MM Says...

Hello, Is Christmas Day and Universal as bad as Christmas Day at Disney's MK?

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Nov 28, 2016 at 12:48 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi MM,

Yes, it is. Looks for a holiday survival guide pegged to Universal Orlando from us soon!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Feb 1, 2017 at 6:20 a.m. Louise beastall Says...

Hi we have just booked 19 December

2017 Orlando 9 nights Xmas and Naples 4 nights new year. Have you any advice on parks and survival guides etc. Also anything on new year in Naples

Thank you

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Feb 1, 2017 at 8:17 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Louise,

How fun! Our Crowd Calendar will give you ideas on which parks to visit, and avoid, during your trip. Use our Park Planners to arrange your days when you're there.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 14, 2016 at 12:31 a.m. Katie Says...

Where can we find information on the citywalk pass for NYE FOR 2016?

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Nov 22, 2016 at 7:46 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Katie,

You'll find details here.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 31, 2016 at 3:50 p.m. E.W. Says...

Hi.. I just wanted to know if you have any idea as to when the Christmas decorations start to appear in the Universal/Islands parks this year (2016)....Thank you

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Nov 8, 2016 at 2:48 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

The decorations should all be in place by the week of Thanksgiving!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 7, 2017 at 5:56 p.m. Karen Anglin Says...

When will the Christmas decorations be up this year? One of my bucket list items is to see Seuss Landing decorated for Christmas.

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Mar 7, 2017 at 12:12 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Karen,

The Grinchmas decorations at Islands of Adventure start going up the first week of December.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 22, 2016 at 4:07 p.m. Melody Says...

We plan on visiting Orlando Dec 27 2016 and I need to plan our days carefully. I want to ensure a Grinchmas Character breakfast for my family of 5. Disney books 180 days in advance so how soon will I be able to book the Grinchmas character breakfast for 2016?

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Apr 14, 2016 at 2:14 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Melody,

We don't yet know when these will go on sale, but last year reservations opened up after Halloween Horror Nights.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Dec 19, 2015 at 3:22 a.m. norean Says...

will there be any signs of Christmas on January 3, 2016 in the parks or resorts? we will be arriving about 8pm on the 2nd and don,t want to use a park ticket for only a few hours. Does Universal have a twilight pass?

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Dec 21, 2015 at 7:39 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

Unfortunately, Universal does not offer a twilight pass. In case you missed it, we now offer discount E-Tickets for Universal, so that is a straight-to-gate option for you. The parks will still be fully decorated, so enjoy!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Dec 7, 2015 at 10:15 p.m. Vern Woodruff Says...

Hi,

We just attended IOA Dec 5 and the Studios on Dec 6 and had a couple of items to add.

For the Grinchmas show, the auditorium has LOTS of seating, so even if you see a line that snakes out to near the Cat in the Hat ride, everyone should be able to see the show. I thought there were a lot of people at the 5:30 pm show we attended, but the theater was not even half full. One note about seating for us was that the Universal attendants guided people to the rows, filling them up from the bottom to the top. So, by being near the back of the line, we actually had a better view of the show than if we had been near the front of the line.

If you want to meet the Grinch, be prepared for a slow-moving line. The Grinch is great fun when you do meet him, but hopefully you are not too "grinchy" yourself if you had to stand in line for 30 - 45 minutes.

Your note about the viewing area for the Macy's parade is correct. That location between the Mummy and what was Twister (construction walls for "Race through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon" are now up) was perhaps the best location for viewing the parade. We had a spot next to the Straight Outta Food Truck, arriving about 30 minutes before the parade started at 5. However, for taking pictures, I think a location in front of the Mummy or across the street from the Macy's storefront would work out better because you could more easily have either the tree or Macy's storefront in the background behind the balloon. Also, when Santa's float stopped in front of the tree and the Macy's storefront for the tree lighting, we had difficulty seeing Santa or the various dancers that were performing.

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Nov 29, 2015 at 10:22 p.m. Maggieandme Says...

Hi,

Is there any fireworks at Universal on New Year's Eve? We are flying in at 5:30 and would like to eat then do something fun with 2 teen girls. All the things listed seem expensive since we won't get there until late. Would it be worth it? Any suggestions?

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Dec 3, 2015 at 7:07 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

At Universal Studios, the regular fireworks show Cinematic Spectacular has a special end of the year theme and begins at 11:59 p.m. to ring in the new year. Many of the CityWalk restaurants will be closed for the ticketed NYE event held there. If you want to eat in the park, Finnegan's is always a great choice for a fun time.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 21, 2015 at 9:40 p.m. Sue Watts Says...

How soon before the Macy's Holiday Parade should I pick my spot and sit down? Silly question, but do you use something under your bum for extra padding on the long waits?

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Nov 30, 2015 at 2:18 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sue,

Some people begin lining up for Macy's hours before, but you should still be able to find a good spot if you find your place by 45 minutes or so before step off. For absolutely prime spots, you'll want to start settling down by around an hour before the parade. As far as bum-padding goes, I don't usually bring anything extra for that purpose, but a sweater or hoodie makes great impromptu cushioning for long waits.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 17, 2015 at 5:39 p.m. Vern Woodruff Says...

My Family would like to attend the Grinch and Friends Character Breakfast. I checked the Universal website and found information on it (as of 11/17/15), but you cannot make a reservation and it says that full 2015 information will be released with the Holidays event content later in the year. Based on previous years, any idea as to when this will become available? After becoming accustomed to Disney publishing dates and times far in advance, it has been quite different planning for Universal when very little is published in advance and is not listed on the website (i.e. which park is available for early entry on a specific day for hotel guests). Thanks!

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Nov 17, 2015 at 3:51 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Vern,

Odd. I called the reservation number at 1-407-224-3663 and was told that reservations are now open for this event! The online reservation system also appeared to work, although the dates available did not match those listed on the site. I would recommend calling them directly to book. As far as Early Park Admission, if you call the hotel you are staying at, they should be able to tell you which park or if both parks are available.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 17, 2015 at 11:30 p.m. Vern Woodruff Says...

Hi Mommy Frog,

Thanks for the quick response and the information! I called the dining reservation number and was able to purchase tickets. The lady I spoke with mentioned that tickets had just become available, so perhaps they are in the reservation system but the Universal web-site has not been updated to reflect that yet. I also called the hotel and found out that Islands of Adventure is the early entry park during our visit.

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Nov 10, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. Nbdr2115 Says...

What time is the Macy's Parade and the Grinchmas at Islands of Adventure? Do the times change?

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Nov 18, 2015 at 3:20 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

The times do change and Universal doesn't publish these times online, so it's best to check when you get to the park for the Who-Liday Spectacular. As far as the parade, it is usually at 5 p.m. or 8 p.m. depending on when the park closes.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Nov 18, 2015 at 3:20 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

The times do change and Universal doesn't publish these times online, so it's best to check when you get to the park for the Who-Liday Spectacular. As far as the parade, it is usually at 5 p.m. or 8 p.m. depending on when the park closes.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Oct 1, 2015 at 1:07 p.m. Nanner Says...

What time does the Mannheim Steamroller concert usually start? We plan to see them in December at Universal.

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Oct 2, 2015 at 2:47 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nanner,

Normally 6 p.m.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 14, 2015 at 4:41 p.m. christina Says...

Hi could you tell me what time the macys parade is normally on Christmas day please. Thankyou in advance

Chrissy

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Jul 16, 2015 at 11:20 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Chrissy,

The parade historically has run at 5 p.m. or 8 p.m. depending on how late the park is open. I would expect on Christmas Day for this to be later.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 30, 2015 at 3:25 p.m. denise black Says...

Could u please tell me what entertainment is on in universal stuidoes-island of adventure on 31st December 2015 thanking you x

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Mar 31, 2015 at 7:46 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Denise,

We expect Grinchmas and the Macy's Holiday Parade on the 31st. Additionally, there is usually a HUGE New Year's Eve celebration at Universal CityWalk that will be a lot of fun for adults!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 21, 2017 at 12:34 a.m. Leah Dalton Says...

Love it

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