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A Hoppin' Overview of Universal Orlando Resort Events in 2022 and 2023

Universal Orlando Special Events 2022 - PinterestWhen it comes to putting on spectacular events, Universal Orlando Resort doesn't hold back. Universal Studios Florida has long been home to one of the nation's premier events — Halloween Horror Nights. 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!

We wanted to provide you this complete guide to Universal Orlando events in 2022 and beyond because 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. You'll also find all of the Universal Orlando events listed on our Crowd Calendar, which is the easiest way to see the best times to visit. Note: These Universal Orlando Resort events appear in the order that they are held throughout the year. We don't yet have confirmed dates for all of the events, but we'll be adding them to this page as soon as they become available!

Complete Guide to Universal Orlando Resort Events in 2022 and Beyond

NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER

Holidays at Universal Orlando Resort — Nov. 12, 2022, to Jan. 1, 2023

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

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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 holiday-themed food and drinks, as well as entertainment.

Universal Orlando Events - Christmas at Hogwarts

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 features iconic moments from the films.

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

Universal's Holiday Parade featuring Macy's is returning once again to cap each night off at Universal Studios Florida during the holiday season with its larger-than-life balloons and floats filled with favorite Illumination and DreamWorks Animation characters. During the parade, guests will see the Minions, Shrek, "Madagascar" characters and more. Santa also attends so he can light up the New York Christmas tree!

Grinchmas (Universal's Islands of Adventure) 

Universal Orlando Events - Grinchmas Wholiday Spectacular

For those of you who love the Grinch, there is no finer time to visit Universal's 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 — who will be returning for their annual concert on select nights at Universal Studios Florida. Guests can also get up close and personal with the Grinch himself for pictures or autographs at Honk Honkers. The Grinch and Friends Character Breakfast is also back this year for the first time since 2019!

JANUARY 2023

Rock the Universe (Universal Studios Florida) — Jan. 27 to 28, 2023

A separately ticketed special event, Rock the Universe is Florida's biggest Christian music festival. Universal Studios Florida closes at 6 p.m. for the event, but guests with concert tickets are able to enter the park starting at 4 p.m. On Jan. 27, check out performances from Skillet, Tauren Wells, Bethel Music, Rend Collective, Evan Craft and Katy Nichole. On Jan. 28, you can rock out to music from Zach Williams, Matthew West, Dante Bowe, Anne Wilson, We Are Messengers and Cain.

FEBRUARY - MAY

Mardi Gras: International Flavors of Carnaval (Universal Studios Florida) — Feb. 4 to April 16, 2023

Universal Orlando Events - Mardi Gras

This Universal Orlando rite of passage takes place each spring on select dates at Universal Studios. Highlights of this family-friendly event include the Mardi Gras parade through the park and live concerts. With flashy floats created by Kern Studios, the company that has created Mardi Gras floats in New Orleans since 1947, this event is as 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! (In 2022, we were rocked out to Sugar Ray and Styx! Leap and I were truly living our best lives.) There is always plenty of Cajun food and drinks to fill you up. Check out our tips for Mardi Gras at Universal Studios for more deets!

Mardi Gras at Universal Studios is included with regular park admission. See all of the partying for yourself!

JUNE - AUGUST

Fourth of July Celebration (Universal Studios Florida) — July 4, 2023

Universal Orlando Special Events 2022 - Fourth of July Celebration

Fourth of July festivities at Universal Studios Florida returned in 2022 and we couldn't have been hoppier! Frogs enjoyed a high-energy band, live DJ, meet and greets with beloved characters and patriotic-themed performers and stilt walkers. The celebration culminated with a special fireworks display that frogs could view from anywhere in the park. All holiday activities were included with admission to Universal Studios. We can't wait to be back next year!

SEPTEMBER - OCTOBER

Halloween Horror Nights 31 (Universal Studios Florida) — September to October

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The biggest Universal Studios Florida event of the year is held on select nights every fall. 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 is the movie set-quality haunted houses themed around popular TV shows, classic and current films and sometimes even video games or music videos.

This event is not intended for children and is a separately-ticketed event. In fact, you'll probably need our Halloween Horror Nights guide just to make it through the night. Tickets are currently on sale, and we highly recommend buying tickets in advance. Save some green on a single-night dated ticket by purchasing through Undercover Tourist!

Prepare yourself for Halloween Horror Nights with walkthroughs of some of the haunted houses on our YouTube channel. Check out our favorite house of this year's event below!

Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle — September and October

Universal Orlando Events - Dark Arts

The Dark Arts of Hogwarts Castle projection show made its first (dark) mark in 2019 and plotted a vengeful return to Universal's Islands of Adventure in 2021 and 2022. As darkness falls, Death Eaters (followers of the dark wizard, Lord Voldemort), infiltrate the streets of Hogsmeade as green light and fog permeate the village, right before the images of dark creatures and Voldemort himself cloak the castle walls. The show runs on select nights from dusk until the park closes.

Are you planning on hopping to Universal Orlando Resort this year? Which Universal Orlando events in 2022 and beyond are you most looking forward to attending? Stop by the comments to tell us below!

Related: Halloween Horror Nights Orlando Survival Guide

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

Hoppy planning!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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Jun 25, 2019 at 7:42 p.m. Danelle Says...

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Jun 25, 2019 at 7:41 p.m. April Says...

Would like be for my 3 kids to experience this, they do great in school and household chores they deserve it ????

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Jun 25, 2019 at 7:32 p.m. Denise Says...

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I love Universal studios through the different seasons.

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Jun 25, 2019 at 7:19 p.m. RSRT Says...

Have never been & would love to visit. I think the Macy's parade & cooler temps would be a nice time to go!

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Christmas at Wizard!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 6:55 p.m. Amy Says...

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We have never been to Universal. Thanks for all the great tips!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 6:37 p.m. Kimberly A Says...

Can't wait to visit, but it may be in 2020.

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Jun 25, 2019 at 6:32 p.m. sandy Says...

Will Harry Potter be incorporated into Halloween festivities?

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Jun 25, 2019 at 4:17 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sandy,

There aren't really any additional decorations or festivities during Halloween, but Diagon Alley and its main attraction, Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts, remain open during Halloween Horror Nights if you're looking for a spooktacular vibe.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 25, 2019 at 6:26 p.m. Wioleta Wojtyna Says...

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Jun 25, 2019 at 6:21 p.m. Candace P Says...

I love the Mardi Gras parade at Universal Studios!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 6:19 p.m. Maureen F Says...

Would love to visit during HHN or Christmas!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 6:19 p.m. dayeager Says...

Thanks for all of the great information!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 6:04 p.m. Angie O Says...

Haven't been to Universal in YEARS! No time like the present, right?!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 5:56 p.m. Jessica Says...

Love Mardi Gras

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Jun 25, 2019 at 5:52 p.m. Illiana Says...

OMG the Christmas at The WWHP looks amazing!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 5:51 p.m. PeanutNSweetPea Says...

Can’t wait to go back!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 5:46 p.m. Amanda Paul Says...

Love all the Harry Potter rides!!!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 5:44 p.m. Honey Chambers Says...

what a great idea!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 5:42 p.m. Lindsay Says...

The Halloween Horror Nights definitely looks like something my family and I would enjoy. We love to do Halloween themed events.

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Jun 25, 2019 at 5:41 p.m. Marie Says...

Awesome

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Jun 25, 2019 at 5:40 p.m. Stephanie Malone Says...

I would love to see all of this. I'm 31yrs old and have only been to a place called Styx River when I was about 3yrs old. To visit and be able to bring my son to experience and enjoy it with, well that would the best ever. My birthday is July 25, this would be a great birthday.

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Jun 25, 2019 at 5:38 p.m. DJX Says...

Yeah!!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 5:35 p.m. Leah Says...

Hogwarts at Christmas time!!! Be still my heart!!!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 5:32 p.m. Mary Fountain Says...

"Toadly" awesome info and events!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 5:32 p.m. Chachabe3 Says...

My dream is to see Harry Potter world during the holidays and to take my mom. That would be amazing.

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Jun 25, 2019 at 5:31 p.m. softestbiscuit Says...

It was on my bucket list to visit Universal during Grinchmas and I'm so glad I finally got to a couple of years ago :) now if only I could muster up the courage for HHN!!!

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