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Universal Studios Begins Holiday Festivies

Universal Studios holiday festivities

With the Thanksgiving holiday over and the Macy’s Parade complete, Orlando theme park Universal Studios can now begin their holiday festivities. Several of the breathtaking balloons and floats are sent from New York to Universal Studios for its very own holiday parade! This is just one of the great holiday festivities going on at Universal. Balloons, floats, marching bands, clowns and an appearance from Santa are followed by a spectacular tree lighting ceremony with music and a dazzling display of lights! The parade is from December 5, 2015 through January 2, 2016 at various times depending upon the day of the week.

The holiday festivities at Universal Orlando also include the return of Mannheim Steamroller. Live performances are scheduled on select Saturday and Sunday nights in December.  The show is included with your theme park admission or Annual Pass. Who doesn’t enjoy their music during this time of the year?!

Mannheim Steamroller performs live on the following dates:

  • December 5, 6, 12, 13, 19 & 20, 2015

If you are a typical ‘grinch’ this time of year, you’ll not want to miss “Grinchmas™” at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. All Dr. Seuss fans are sure to adore the Seuss Landing™ area as it is transformed into the whimsical world of Grinchmas. Be sure to explore every nook and cranny of this wintry wonderland, and see if you walk away feeling like a grinch!

ORLANDO TOURIST TIP: If you are looking to spend a little more time with your favorite Dr. Seuss characters, purchase a Character Breakfast with the Grinch & Friends. For $29.99/adult* and $16.99/child (9 & under)*, you can start the day at the Circus McGurkus Cafe Stoo-pendous and enjoy a great meal. Strange creatures will perform acrobatics high above you as laugh with the Grinch and make priceless holiday memories. The 2015 dates are Dec. 5-6,10-13, 17-20, 23-31, with seating times from 8am-10:00am.

*plus tax. Theme park admission required.

Other holiday shows at Islands of Adventure are held in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade. All ages will enjoy these special productions. Waiting after Thanksgiving until the celebration begins at this Orlando theme park is well worth the wait!

Holiday Season at Disney World

Mickey Mouse santa suit

© Walt Disney World


The holiday season is well underway at Disney World in Orlando. Other Orlando theme parks and attractions will be starting their celebrations soon, however, Disney isn’t waiting. It is full steam ahead with the holidays and all that glitters, sparkles, jingles and glows!

Mickey’s Jingle Jungle Parade at Disney’s Animal Kingdom will take the place of the regular afternoon parade through January 2nd. The parade is filled with puppets, stilt walkers, tricked-out safari vehicles and more. Jingle along without spending a single ‘jingle’ more – the festivities are included in regular park admission.

The massive seasonal display of lights known as The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is underway nightly. ORLANDO TOURIST TIP: 2015 will be the last year for the light spectacle, so be sure to see them! This Orlando theme park continues to get the crowd involved with “Glow With the Show” ear hats and products. Each member of your family can purchase a Minnie Mouse Headband, Mickey Mouse Glove or a Sorcerer Mickey Wand and be a part of the show! These items sync up to the music and choreography, blinking in time and changing colors to add an entirely new experience during the nightly celebration. This seasonal experience features millions of lights – not to be missed. The holiday show is included in regular park admission and runs through January 3rd.

If you love Mickey and Christmas and Parades, stick around after normal theme park hours, pay a little extra during your visit to the Magic Kingdom and enjoy Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. You’ll get to experience a special parade, stage shows and fireworks. Looking for snow? Grab some hot chocolate and see the “snow flurries” on Main Street USA. Tickets run between $69 up to $74 and are available only on certain dates (check their web site for specific dates). ORLANDO TOURIST TIP: Tickets to this event often sell out, so purchase yours early!

Have you ever wondered how the holidays are celebrated in other parts of the world? Visit Epcot in Orlando, Florida to find out! Epcot is filled with warmth during the holiday season as Holidays Around The World begins officially on November 27 and runs through December 30, 2015. Experience diverse cultures, customs and celebrations from a host of other countries at this wonderful Orlando theme park!

If you will be attending Epcot after Thanksgiving, you’ll not want to miss Epcot’s Candlelight Processional. This holiday concert features a mass choir, live orchestra and a celebrity narrator sharing the Christmas story. Held nightly at the American Gardens Theatre this special holiday attraction begins November 27th and runs through December 30th. A Candlelight Dinner Package is available for an additional cost which will guarantee seating for the Candlelight Processional and VIP viewing of the special holiday edition of IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth at select restaurants within the Orlando theme park.

Other Orlando theme parks will be starting up their holiday festivities soon. Until then, enjoy it all a little early during your visit to Disney World. Holidays are magical, and Disney is a perfect place to celebrate the magic!