PHOTOS & VIDEOS: First Look at the Holiday Celebrations at Universal Orlando

The holidays have taken over Disney World, and now Universal Orlando is getting in on the festive fun.

Universal Holidays

The holiday season at Universal officially starts on November 12th and runs through January 1st. We were invited to a media event for Universal’s Holiday Celebrations, so come along with us to see the decorations, merchandise, and treats that have arrived at the parks!

Park Entrance Decorations

When you get to the entrance of Universal Studios, you see plenty of holiday decor! There is a giant wreath hanging from the archway and garland all over.


It’s so festive before you even get in the park!


Everyone’s favorite grouchy Grinch is back this year. You can typically meet the Mean One himself at Seuss Landing.

Hey Mr. Grinch!

Name a more iconic meet and greet, we’ll wait… .

We also got to meet Earl the Squirrel in his holiday best!

It’s Earl!


We got to see the Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular show, too!

The Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular

Here’s a little glimpse at the musical!

Say hello to Cindy Lou!

We’re excited to see the citizens of Whoville back at Universal.

The Universal Holiday Parade Featuring Macy’s

Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s has returned this year, too! Before the parade, we got a performance from the marching band at Riverdale High School in Fort Meyers, Florida.

This parade features larger-than-life balloons along with some of Universal’s most iconic characters. Let’s get started!

King Julian from Madagascar is in the house!

Shrek has an entire section of the parade with several floats and a balloon.

There are some classic floats in the parade, too.


Both lands in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter got a festive makeover for the season and we got to check out Hogsmeade!


You can also catch The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle show.

This holiday show is only around until January and has festive projections on Hogwarts.


There are also a few fireworks in there!


And don’t forget to check out the toad choir, which performs near Hogwarts Castle. Celestina Warbeck and her Banshees also pick up a festive theme for their show.


And don’t forget about shopping! You can pick up a gift or two in the parks with new holiday merchandise. Over in Universal Studios, the Tribute Store has received its holiday makeover.

Tribute Store

You can catch several themed rooms.


This included a New York at Christmas room…


…a Wizarding World of Harry Potter room…

Harry Potter room

…a Grinch room…

Whoville room

…and some Earl the Squirrel touches!

Earl the Squirrel

Even if you aren’t in the mood for shopping, you should check out this shop for the details alone.

Holiday Treats

We got a sneak peek at a LOT of holiday treats have arrived at Universal, including these Grinch Cookies…

Grinch Cookies

…the Green Eggs Brownie Pops…

Green Eggs Brownies

…the Vegan Snowflake cookies…

Snowflake Cookie

…a Vegan BLT…

Vegan BLT

…and the Roast Beef Slider.

Roast Beef Slider

Check it out!

There’s a lot more where that came from!

Click here to see all the holiday treats at Universal Orlando.

There is SO much returning to Universal for the holidays this year — click here to learn ALL about it. And stay tuned as we give you the first look at everything from this year’s holidays at Universal Orlando.

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Will you be headed to Universal Studios for the holidays? Let us know in the comments!

Disclosure: We were invited by Universal Orlando to attend a media event for Universal’s Holiday Celebrations. This did not affect our reporting of the event — our opinions are our own.

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