Dates Announced for Universal Orlando Resorts 2022 Holiday Celebration

Dates Announced for Universal Orlando Resorts 2022 Holiday Celebration

Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, the Holidays are BACK!

Commence the eye rolls and sighs, right about, NOW!? I know you are thinking “can’t we just get through fall first” BUT I want to skip directly to the Christmas season and not look back. Christmas is by far my favorite holiday in the parks as there is just so much to see & do and well… it’s magical!

When you think Christmas in Orlando you might instantly think about the house of the mouse and their many winter wonderland offerings, however Universal Orlando is on point with their festive merriment as well!

From November 12, 2022 – January 1, 2023, guests of all ages can partake in Holiday fun and see everything from parades to decor, to specialty character appearances!

Let’s take a closer look at all that will be offered this year and what park to find everything in!

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Universal Studios

Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s

I don’t know about you, but the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has been a TV watching tradition for me since I was a small child. That tradition has now continued on to include my own tiny human.

Every Thanksgiving morning, we sit, cuddled on the couch watching the parade. Each of us wishing we were in New York City to see it in person.

That core tradition will never change for me, but now all Macy’s Parade loving fans (like myself) can see a smaller, more festive (in my opinion) version of it in the park!

The Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s offers ginormous balloons in the likes of Shrek, Despicable Me, Madagascar (and MORE!) and is approximately 30 minutes in length ending with the main man himself, SANTA! The parade begins by Mel’s Drive-In and winds through the park making its way back to where it began.

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The start of the parade can vary but historically this parade has stepped off at 5:30PM with a 5:00PM start time on occasion. Parade runs daily during holiday dates but make sure to check your times guide or app on the day of your visit for any changes.

PRO TIP: Watch the parade from Hollywood Blvd. There are many different benches in this area giving you a comfortable front row view. If going this route, we recommend finding a spot 30-45 minutes prior to the start of the parade. Make sure to double check the parade route as things can always change!

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Mannheim Steamroller

It will be music to your ears (literally!) as the Mannheim Steamroller “rolls” into town!

Park goers will be enlightened by the sounds of this musical group on December 3, 4, 10 and 11, 2022.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™

Christmas in the Wizarding World is magnificent in every way. The entirety of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter (both Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure) is decorated beyond anything you could imagine. It’s as if Christmas at Hogwarts popped right out from the pages of the books.

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With the holiday celebrations, guests of the Wizarding World will find specialty LIVE performances from The Frog Choir, Celestina Warbeck & the Banshees as well as special holiday treats at Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes.

The most impressive yuletide eye candy can be found in Hogsmeade at Islands of Adventure. The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts is a nightly projection show that will mesmerize the most cynical of your traveling party. When I say this show is magnificent that’s an understatement.

The Hogwarts Castle projection show runs nightly from dusk until park close and is approximately 8 minutes long with shows reoccurring every 20 minutes. This is a can’t miss experience!

Pro Tip: For the BEST view, stand on the bridge between Hogsmeade and Jurassic Park. This area fills quickly and will be packed, but trust me, it’s well worth it!

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Islands of Adventure

Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular

“Maybe Christmas doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas perhaps means a little bit more.” If you know what grumpy green character (it’s the Grinch BTW) says this line, then this one’s for you!

The Grinchmas Spectacular is a LIVE theatre style show that brings you into the heart of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”

The Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular is typically offered daily with multiple show offerings throughout the day. Exact Show times and details are not quite out yet but historically, performances have been 10:45, 11:45, 12:45, 1:45, 3:30, 4:30, 5:30, and 6:30.

The theater for Grinchmas is located in a soundstage between Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios. However, the queue begins in Suess Landing (right next to Circus McGurkus) and winds its way through that section of the park.

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Seating for this show is first come, first serve and does not offer express pass. This show is very popular, so we recommend getting in line approximately 20-30 minutes prior to the show time you want to attend.

PRO TIP: There aren’t any meet and greets before, during or after the show but keep an eye on the Suess Landing Bookstore throughout the day as you will find a special one on one meet and greet with the Grinch himself! You might even find a Who or Two!

Universal Orlando Resorts

Holiday Happenings don’t just begin and end in the parks! On property guests will be submersed in Fa-La-La Fun as well! All resort halls will be decked with Trees, Garland, Wreaths and more, making you feel right at home.

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Besides decor, guests will also encounter nightly Tree Lighting Ceremonies, Specialty Christmas Dinners & Brunches, Strolling Carolers, and special Menorah Lighting Ceremonies during Hanukah!

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As you can see, the offerings for the Holiday Spectacular at Universal Orlando Resort are abundant!

As I mentioned earlier, this event runs from November 12, 2022 – January 1st, 2023 and will not dissappoint!

It just so happens that I along with DizN with the Donohues will be at Universal in early December to experience the merriment of the season. Make sure to keep an eye on our social media for a more in-depth, in the moment look at the many different offerings while there! Click on our links below to make sure you are following along!

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About the Writer

My name is Kelli Donohue and I am the main brain behind Destination DizN and Beyond! When I’m not sharing my love of writing (or playing in the parks LOL!) I’m busy being a mom/wife to DizN with the Donohues and leading our excellent agents/travel team over at DizN Vacations, LLC! I love nothing more than sharing my Disney and Universal knowledge with my clients so if you need help planning, send me an email! Kelli@diznvacations.com or fill out the quote form below!

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