When you think of Christmas in Orlando, most people immediately think of Cinderella’s Castle decked out in gorgeous lights or the giant gingerbread house on display at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort. Lesser known, but very impressive, are the celebrations and special events at Universal Studios. With the Macy’s Holiday Parade, Grinchmas and the Manheim Steamroller live in concert, guests are sure to get in the holiday spirit.
During the month of December, the streets of Universal Studios come alive with the floats, balloons, bands and dancers of the Macy’s Holiday Parade. The parade happens daily at 5pm on the Universal Studios side of the park, kicking off in the New York area. Spectators will need to reserve a spot no later than 4pm. The best place to view the parade is New York Street across from the Mummy attraction.
The Manheim Steamroller concert is also a big draw to Universal Orlando during the Christmas Season. This concert takes place exclusively on weekends at 7pm on Hollywood Street on the Universal Studios park side. This concert lights up the street with classic Christmas music and stage effects sure to put you in the Christmas Spirit. To view this concert, it is best to start finding seats no later than 5:30pm.
At Islands of Adventure, Seuss fans can enjoy the story of Grinchmas. Located near Circus McGurks, this indoor show blends acting, music and other theatrical elements to tell the story of the beloved Grinch. The show takes place 6-8 times daily during the holiday season.
Each of these special holiday events are free with park admissions. For more information, or to book a Universal holiday vacation, please contact your Me and the Mouse Travel Specialist.