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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 2:35 p.m. Amy Says...

I would love to visit Universal Studios for the first time!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 2:35 p.m. ANGSWIN Says...

My last trip to Universal was over 10 years ago! I can't wait to go back and see all of the new attractions!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 2:35 p.m. Emily Says...

Love your site!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 2:35 p.m. Sheryl Scott Says...

Just took my teens to Uni and IOA. What a wonderful trip and bonding time for this mom and two teens. Hoping to one day go back and share this with them again.

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Jun 25, 2019 at 2:35 p.m. Jessica P Says...

Love the information and discounts here! Really wantimg to check out universal soon!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 2:33 p.m. Ashlynn Says...

I’ve never been, but my daughter and I are dying to visit all the Harry Potter things.

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Jun 25, 2019 at 2:33 p.m. Missy McGinnis Says...

I've always wanted to go to Universal. Jaws, Jurassic Park and Harry Potter!!!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 2:33 p.m. Stacey Kalinoski Says...

I really hope to be able to take my daughter there soon!!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 2:32 p.m. Sam Wittek Says...

Sick

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Jun 25, 2019 at 2:31 p.m. Billy Says...

Longing for the days of Universal and Disney

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Jun 25, 2019 at 2:30 p.m. Jessica Torres Says...

Cant wait, so excited!!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 2:29 p.m. Rachel D'Antuono Says...

I can't wait to go to universal

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Jun 25, 2019 at 2:29 p.m. Linpell Says...

My grandkids are a little young for this all yet - maybe before I get to old we can give it a go

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Jun 25, 2019 at 2:29 p.m. Nikki M Says...

This is very helpful!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 2:29 p.m. Jenny Ford Says...

Our family loves Harry Potter, would enjoy this trip.

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Jun 25, 2019 at 2:29 p.m. osiel rivera Says...

Cant wait to go back to Orlando!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 2:29 p.m. CJ Says...

Can't wait to visit at Christmas!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 2:29 p.m. Kristi N Says...

We visited Orlando in February this year for my little one's 7th bday & weren't able to visit Universal. SO need to go back just for that!!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 2:28 p.m. Erin Han Says...

We have never been to Universal, but would love to go!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 2:28 p.m. Julia Johnson Says...

Your website is great, Thankyou for all the info you give us. We’ve used your site to buy tickets to Disney, it was my first place to check. My kids have never been to universal we would love to go!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 2:27 p.m. Meghan Says...

We love Universal, can’t wait to bring our kids!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 2:27 p.m. Melody Says...

Our last trip to Universal in 2016 was not so great :( I would love to give it another try !

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Jun 25, 2019 at 2:27 p.m. Susannah Leavitt Says...

Very helpful and interesting blog!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 2:27 p.m. Brownie Shott Says...

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Jun 25, 2019 at 2:27 p.m. Jenny G Says...

Can't wait to go in October!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 2:26 p.m. Chandra Says...

Everything looks fun!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 2:26 p.m. David L Says...

Usually a Disney person, but can't wait to visit Universal again!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 2:26 p.m. Bonnie Holmes Says...

Can’t wait to visit when we come to visit Fullsail,

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Jun 25, 2019 at 2:26 p.m. Ryan Says...

Lots of events, sounds awesome!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 2:26 p.m. Angie M Says...

Great information, thanks!!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 2:26 p.m. Susan1177 Says...

I can't wait to take my son... hopefully sooner rather than later thanks to your tips!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 2:25 p.m. Amanda Wylie Says...

I have to say that you guys are the best when it comes to purchasing tickets and planning a vacation.

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Jun 25, 2019 at 2:25 p.m. Amber Says...

Christmas in Universal would be amazing!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 2:25 p.m. Kim Gibson Says...

Looks like so much fun

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Jun 25, 2019 at 2:24 p.m. Kim Gibson Says...

Looks like so much fun.

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Jun 25, 2019 at 2:24 p.m. Harry Mason Says...

Just got back from Unviersal and Disney. Missed the Harris ride by 2 days so would love to go back. I’d live there if I could!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 2:23 p.m. Natalie Wo Says...

So many fun things there! My kids are the perfect age. We hope to get there in the next few years.

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Jun 25, 2019 at 2:23 p.m. Nakisha Williams Says...

I have never been here, but would like to visit soon.

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Jun 25, 2019 at 2:23 p.m. Leranika Says...

Would love to go for winter holidays

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Jun 25, 2019 at 2:22 p.m. Boedy Says...

It would be so awesome to see all of the Christmas festivities at the parks, but I worry about huge crowds.

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Jun 25, 2019 at 2:22 p.m. kidd Says...

Hope I win

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Jun 25, 2019 at 2:21 p.m. Cote Quinones Says...

Would love to see the wizarding world for Christmas!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 2:21 p.m. Kelly Knight Says...

Bought tix through them this spring. Highly recommend!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 2:21 p.m. Jessica Says...

I imagine the Holidays at Hogwarts must be beautiful!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 2:20 p.m. Jrowens Says...

Sounds like a lot of fun things going on at Universal! I’d love to visit there!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 2:20 p.m. Jessica Says...

Love Harry Potter world! Would love to go during the holidays!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 2:19 p.m. Karaislove Says...

I would love to go to Disneyland one day!

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Jun 25, 2019 at 2:19 p.m. Colleen Says...

Love that you do the homework for us, so we can enjoy the savings and the parks!

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