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Schedule of Universal Orlando Events in 2019

When it comes to putting on spectacular events, Universal Orlando Resort doesn't hold back. The resort has long been home to one of the nation's premier events — Halloween Horror Nights — which returns for its 29th year! If scary isn't your style, you'll find other year-round, family-friendly Universal Orlando events such as Mardi Gras and Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter! Our Frog Family leaps at the chance to experience as many of the annual events as we can, and we know yours will, too!The Complete Guide to Universal Orlando Events - Macys Parade

You'll find all of the Universal Orlando events listed on our Crowd Calendar, which is the easiest way to see the best time to visit. Note: The Universal Orlando events appear in the order that they are held throughout the year. We don't yet have confirmed dates for all of the 2019 events, but we'll be adding them to this page as soon as they become available!

Complete Guide to Universal Orlando Events in 2019


A Celebration of Harry Potter (Universal Studios Florida and Universal's Islands of Adventure) — Not returning for 2019 

Taking place one weekend every January at Universal Orlando Resort since 2014 , Universal Orlando’s A Celebration of Harry Potter elevated the fan's experience by hosting panels of celebrity guests, special events and demonstrations. Unfortunately, the Celebration did not take place in 2019.

During the 2018 event, guests learned the art of dueling in Paul Harris’ Wand Masterclass and demonstrated their knowledge of Harry Potter film trivia. Guests danced like Beauxbatons and battled like Durmstrang. Exhibitions from 2018 included MinaLima and its graphic props used in the films, Harry Potter: The Exhibition and Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter exhibit. Natalia Tena (Nymphadora Tonks), Stanislav Yanevski (Viktor Krum), Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley), Oliver Phelps (George Weasley) and James Phelps (Fred Weasley) were in attendance for the “Behind the Scenes: Harry Potter Film Talent Q&A Session.” There were plenty of magical hoppenings during this event, and we do hope it returns in 2020!

The Complete Guide to Universal Orlando Events - A Celebration of Harry Potter

February - May

Rock the Universe (Universal Studios) Feb. 1-2, 2019

A separately ticketed special event, Rock the Universe is Florida's biggest Christian music festival. Universal moved the dates of this event from September to February for 2019, and it brought another great lineup of popular Christian artists. Universal Studios Florida closed at 6 p.m. for the concerts, but guests with concert tickets were able to enter the park starting at 4 p.m. and saw performances on three stages. The 2019 lineup included Skillet, Lecrae, Bethel Music, Matthew West and more!

Mardi Gras (Universal Studios) 2019 — Every Night from Feb. 9 - April 4, 2019

This Universal Orlando rite of passage takes place each spring (usually February through March) on select dates at Universal Studios. Highlights of this family-friendly event include the Mardi Gras parade through the park and live concerts. With floats created by Kern Studios, the company that has created Mardi Gras floats in New Orleans since 1947, this event is authentic as it gets (while still remaining kid friendly)! You can check out authentic New Orleans bands. Plus, there are Universal Studios concerts from big names in rock, pop, country and more! There is always plenty of Cajun food and drinks to fill you up. Check out our tips for Mardi Gras at Universal Studios so you can start planning for next year's event.

Mardi Gras 2019 Concerts

Feb. 9: Bush

Feb. 16: Gavin DeGraw

Feb. 17: Dan + Shay

Feb. 23: Macklemore

March 2: TBA

March 9:Becky G

March 10: Sean Paul

March 16: Steve Miller Band

March 17: Ziggy Marley

March 23: NF

March 24: Pitbill

March 30: Bazzi

March 31: Prince Royce

Mardi Gras at Universal Studios is included with regular park admission. After the fun in the park is done, head over to Universal CityWalk, where the party continues at seven venues, including Pat O’Brien's, CityWalk’s Mardi Gras headquarters.

See all of the partying for yourself!

September - November

Halloween Horror Nights 29 (Universal Studios) — Select Nights from Sept. 6 - Nov. 2, 2019

The biggest Universal Orlando event of the year is held on select nights every fall at Universal Studios. For horror fans and those of you who just like to be scared, Halloween Horror Nights is not to be missed! The park is transformed from a bubbly theme park into a place of terror. "Scare zones" are set up while creatures roam about. Think you're safe? Ha! You might just find a zombie breathing down your neck. The big lure of the night are the movie set-quality haunted houses themed around popular TV shows, classic and current films, and sometimes even video games.

This event is not intended for children and is a separately ticketed event. In fact, you'll probably need our Halloween Horror Nights survival guide just to make it through the night. Tickets go on sale a few months before the event begins, and we do recommend buying tickets in advance!

Prepare yourself for Halloween Horror Nights with this video.

November - January

Holidays at Universal Orlando Resort — Nov. 16, 2019 - Jan. 5, 2020

Christmas in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter (Universal Studios Florida and Universal's Islands of Adventure)


Your holiday wishes do come true! Muggles are able to experience Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley trimmed with festive holiday decorations. Even the shops of the Wizarding World are trimmed! There are also holiday-themed food and drinks, as well as entertainment.

The highlight of Christmas in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is a holiday show taking place on Hogwarts Castle. This incredible experience uses mapped-projection technology to "cast a spell" onto the castle and feature iconic moments from the films. Check out our video of the magical show!

Universal's Holiday Parade featuring Macy's (Universal Studios)

Universal's Holiday Parade Featuring Macy's - Universal Orlando Events

Universal's Holiday Parade featuring Macy's debuted at Universal Studios Florida in 2017 and will return once more in 2019. A re-imagining of the park's long-running Macy's Holiday Parade, this extravaganza featured Dreamworks favorites. During the parade, guests see the Minions, Shrek, Madagascar and more. Santa also attends so he can light up the New York Christmas tree!

Grinchmas (Islands of Adventure) 

For those of you Who love the Grinch, there is no finer time to visit Islands of Adventure than during Grinchmas. Seuss Landing is transformed into the wonderful world of Grinchmas with the heartwarming live show, Grinchmas Wholiday Spectacular. The show features some of your favorite Grinch characters. It's also set to music recorded by Mannheim Steamroller.

Guests can get up close and personal with the Grinch himself for pictures or autographs. You can even have breakfast with him! The Grinch & Friends Character Breakfast occurs on select mornings and is a dining experience that requires a reservation booked in advance. Grinchmas, however, is included with regular park admission.The Complete Guide to Universal Orlando Events - Grinchmas

We wanted to provide you this complete guide to Universal Orlando Events in 2019 because of the Universal Studios concerts, parties, festivals and events are some of the best reasons to visit! You will find more resources and tips for planning your Universal Orlando Resort trip inside our Orlando Planning Guide.

Related: Guide to Halloween Horror Nights

Related: Guide to Holidays at Universal Orlando

Hoppy planning!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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May 3, 2019 at 2:57 p.m. Olivia Says...

Is there any one event that takes place every month?

Mar 14, 2019 at 4:10 p.m. Vania Says...

Universal Orlando's Cinematic Celebration happen in March? Thanks.

Mar 14, 2019 at 1:17 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Vania!

Yes, Universal Orlando's Cinematic Celebration will be going on this month, on select nights. They have released the following schedule: "Mar 4 & Mar 9: No Shows; Mar 5 – Mar 8: 8pm; Mar 11 – Mar 15: 9:15pm; Mar 10 & Mar 16: No Show." We suggest calling ahead or checking this calendar to see about whether or not it will be running during your visit, if it's past this weekend.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Jan 15, 2019 at 4:06 p.m. Brenda Says...

Can you still get breakfast with the grinch on other days (not just grinchmas)? Thanks

Jan 17, 2019 at 8:34 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brenda,

The Grinch & Friends Breakfast is only held seasonally during the holidays.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Dec 30, 2018 at 2:49 a.m. Ashe Says...

Do any of the Universal parks do New Year's Eve fireworks like Disney?

Dec 30, 2018 at 7:24 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ashe,

They typically do not!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Nov 4, 2018 at 8:23 p.m. Mike Thomson Says...

Hi, an anyone say what's planned at Universal from 7-10h November please?

(So looking forward to getting there)

Nov 4, 2018 at 9:45 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mike!

You can always check out Universal's Entertainment Schedule to check out what's hoppening ;) Most Christmas decorations will be up for your visit, but probably not any holiday entertainment quite yet.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Nov 3, 2018 at 5:19 p.m. Jannine Says...

Have any times been issued yet for parades etc around both parks?

Nov 4, 2018 at 9:52 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jannine!

You can always check out Universal's Entertainment Schedule to check out what's hoppening ;)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Oct 22, 2018 at 5:29 a.m. Mary jo rose Says...

What entertainment will be at venues during nov 26 & 27, 2018? (Were all 21+) Also, will universal and epcot be decorated for christmas by then??

Oct 23, 2018 at 9:57 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

Universal and Epcot will both be decorated for the holidays during your visit. We recommend hopping around CityWalk if you're looking for some adult beverages and fun!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Oct 13, 2018 at 7:16 p.m. Angela King Says...

I can only see dates for the Grinch breakfast up until 25th Dec does it not run after this? Thanks

Oct 15, 2018 at 5 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Angela!

If you aren't seeing any dates listed beyond December 25, that is likely the last available day.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Nov 22, 2017 at 1:02 a.m. Julie Dinkins-Borkowski Says...

I was trying to find out more about when Mannheim Steamroller is going to be at Universal. I went to the MS website and their touring schedule indicates they will not be anywhere near Florida on those dates. I am curious as to how this is going to work. Are they just broadcasting the concert from a separate location?

Dec 7, 2017 at 8 p.m. Dave Says...

Manheim Steamroller has several touring arms composed of different groups of musicians who perform under that name. They will be at Universal and a few other places. Think of it like Santa's "helpers" in the Malls. ;)

Nov 16, 2017 at 4:04 a.m. Carol Says...

We are wanting to go to do a Park-to-Park hop from Universal Studios to Islands of Adventure. Is it possible to see both parks in one day, what are your tips? We only have a couple of things we want to do in Islands of Adventure (Grinchmas show, and Hogsmeade lit up) so we would leave that park for last. The day we go parks open at 9:00a.m. and close at 8:00p.m.

Nov 17, 2017 at 2:16 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Carol,

Prioritize what you want to experience in both parks and make a plan. You can hop over to our 1-day park plans for Universal Orlando. If you're only wanting to see the two shows in Universal's Islands of Adventure, we think it's possible for you to see both parks in one day.

Keep hopping!


Nov 7, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. Janelle Says...

We are headed to Universal Studios on Christmas Day as a present for the kids. I have looked on the crowd calendar and it's going to be busy. Is there a plan that includes shows and rides? I'll be getting the 1 day park to park and adding on the fast pass. Kids ages are 17, 5 & 2. Please advise trying to plan this is overwhelming there is so much to see and do.

Nov 14, 2017 at 1:27 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Janelle,

You can check out our guide to holidays at Universal Orlando. Also, be sure to hop over and see our quick start planning guide for Universal Orlando!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Nov 2, 2017 at 12:05 a.m. Terry Says...

Will the new Macy's Christmas parade happen each night during the holidays. We are going to Universal Florida during Christmas week. Any suggestions for Christmas dinner for five? We are ataying at the Sapphire Falls.

Nov 2, 2017 at 8:29 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Terry,

We expect that Universal's Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s will run daily. As for Christmas dinner, look into Toothsome's Chocolate Emporium and Savory Feast Kitchen.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Oct 18, 2017 at 4:29 p.m. jen Says...

Are the Universal Christmas Parade and Mannhein Steamroller concert times (not dates) published yet? Trying to plan our day by times. Thanks!

Oct 19, 2017 at 8:15 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jen,

Normally, Universal does not post showtimes online. We're heading to Universal during opening weekend and will update our Universal Orlando Holidays post with the times.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Oct 17, 2017 at 2:20 a.m. Bridgett Hernandez Says...

I plan on visiting the week before Christmas. It will be my first time experiencing Grinchmas which I am so excited for! Can you tell me if the Universal Macy's holiday parade goes through Islands of Adventures as well? Or do you have to be in Universal Studios to see the parade?

Oct 17, 2017 at 8:21 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Bridgett,

Universal's Holiday Parade Featuring Macy's is only at Universal Studios Florida. We hope you enjoy Grinchmas!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Oct 4, 2017 at 6:40 p.m. Cassidi Townsend Says...

I plan on visiting the day after Christmas through January 4th. Will there still be holiday festivities?

Oct 5, 2017 at 8:18 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Cassidi,

Holidays at Universal Studios will end Jan 6.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Oct 1, 2017 at 1:52 a.m. melissa Says...

Any restaurants in the parks serving Thanksgiving lunch/dinner? Thanks!

Oct 2, 2017 at 8:19 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Melissa,

In the past, the parks have not offered traditional Thanksgiving meals. Each of the hotels at Universal Orlando Resort offers various Thanksgiving meals.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Sep 26, 2017 at 6:55 a.m. Therese Says...

We're planning on visiting Monday-Friday after Thanksgiving. Will attractions be closed for Christmas preparations/decorating?

Sep 26, 2017 at 8:18 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Therese,

Typically, theme parks will do their Christmas preparations the first two weeks of November. Usually, everything is finished by Thanksgiving week.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Sep 20, 2017 at 3:05 p.m. Katherine Stevenson Says...

I've never done Universal for Christmas is this a seperate ticket with limited hours like Disney or regular hours and normal tickets? Thanks!

Sep 20, 2017 at 10:51 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Katherine,

The Universal Holiday events come with standard daily admission.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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