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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 3 p.m. Jamie Says...

Would love to go to universal again. It’s been a few years and they have a lot of new rides.

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Jun 25, 2019 at 3 p.m. Elaine Says...

Would love to visit for Mardi Gras.

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Jun 25, 2019 at 2:59 p.m. Courtney Says...

Great deal on tickets!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 2:58 p.m. amy dowdle Says...

Hoping to get there one day to see the Christmas Parade and the holiday show at Hogwarts.

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Jun 25, 2019 at 2:57 p.m. Shae Says...

Our anniversary is during the Halloween horror nights- how fun would that trip be?!

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Sounds wonderful!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 2:56 p.m. Olivia Enriquez Says...

I love Universal Orlando. The monster cafe is my favorite place to eat. I cried when I entered Diagonally.

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Jun 25, 2019 at 2:55 p.m. German Lopez Says...

Oh man ive always wanted to visit Universal Studios during the xmas holidays! I bet its super magical!!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 2:54 p.m. Belinda A Shepherd Says...

I would love to visit Universal to see Christmas in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 9:55 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Thanks Jil! We are hoppy to help :)

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Jun 25, 2019 at 2:52 p.m. Sarah Says...

I would love to take my boys to Universal Florida someday!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 2:52 p.m. Nicole W Says...

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Jun 25, 2019 at 2:51 p.m. Kara Says...

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Jun 25, 2019 at 2:50 p.m. Mel Says...

The Grinchmas breakfast is a blast! So fun ????

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Jun 25, 2019 at 9:52 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

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Jun 25, 2019 at 2:49 p.m. Lindsy Says...

Thank you for all of the travel tips! They helped make our family vacation a breeze!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 9:53 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Thanks so much, Lindsy!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 2:49 p.m. Danielle Searle Says...

Lots of exciting things going on and I love it! These times are usually busier for obvious reasons, but defiantly worth the experience!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 2:48 p.m. BECKY K. Says...

WOW~!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 2:48 p.m. KaraLynn Says...

My hubs and I went just the 2 of us and had a blast! Our hope is to go back with my daughter and maybe some extended family

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Jun 25, 2019 at 2:48 p.m. Christina P. Says...

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Jun 25, 2019 at 2:46 p.m. Cathy Says...

Would love to visit Universal again! So many new things since I was there last!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 2:45 p.m. amber Says...

thanks!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 2:44 p.m. Codey Whitehead Says...

Thanks for keeping us updated.

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Jun 25, 2019 at 2:44 p.m. Samantha Brown Says...

My son loves Harry Potter and would absolutely love to go to Universal Studios!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 2:43 p.m. Scott Says...

Very helpful!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 2:42 p.m. Adele P. Says...

I would love to see the Holiday Parade! It looks fantastic.

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Jun 25, 2019 at 2:42 p.m. Stephanie Says...

I would love to visit Universal Studios again! Hoping to win!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 2:41 p.m. K.K. Says...

We have always wanted to visit, but never seem to make it down there. Still hoping! The Harry Potter section seems amazing!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 2:41 p.m. Nic2610 Says...

I'd love to see the Wizarding World decked out for Christmas! What a way to end the year!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 2:41 p.m. DGliko Says...

Holiday trip would be fun but not sure about dealing with the crowds!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 2:40 p.m. meg30accre Says...

I'd love to go take my kids to Universal!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 2:39 p.m. Grace Aquino Says...

can’t wait to come back and visit!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 2:39 p.m. leilani vazquez Says...

I'm so excited for Halloween Horror Nights! It's my favorite time of the year!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 2:38 p.m. Tina Says...

I love going in January, less crowded than December but you still get to enjoy the decorations!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 2:38 p.m. Katie Jarvis Says...

Thank you for breaking it down by months!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 2:37 p.m. Carlos L Says...

Universal Orlando is so Awesome!!! Haven't been there in a while though, hope to be there soon...

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Jun 25, 2019 at 2:36 p.m. Alicia Says...

Already excited about our trip, and it's not until December!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 2:36 p.m. Stefanie Santos Says...

I love Universal! I hope to go again. I am so glad you guys had a blog on the different events that go on. Last year I went the first week of November, so i got to see some Halloween Horror Nights. I wish I got to see it decorated for Christmas.

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Jun 25, 2019 at 2:36 p.m. Tina F Says...

Looks like fun

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