Special Holiday Happenings at Universal Orlando

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Grab yourself a butterbeer and read on about all the special holiday happenings at Universal Orlando this year! Whether you’re a muggle, a wizard, a minion, or a troll, you’ll find there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure

The streets of Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley will become beautifully adorned with themed decorations, garlands and lights as the sounds of special holiday-themed performances fill the air throughout the lands. Guests can hear both magical and Muggle Christmas carols from the Frog Choir comprised of Hogwarts students and their giant croaking frogs, as well as the unique holiday hits of one of the wizarding world’s most popular singing sensations, Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees. There will also be seasonal treats, holiday eats, and beverages – including the highly-anticipated return of the fan-favorite, hot Butterbeer.

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Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch and Who-liday Character Appearances at Universal’s Islands of Adventure

It wouldn’t be a Holidays celebration without the mean, green one himself! While visiting Seuss Landing in Universal’s Islands of Adventure, holiday-goers will enjoy appearances by the maven of mischief, The Grinch, as he continues to try and find ways to steal holiday cheer, and the merry Whos from Whoville.

ALL-NEW Universal’s Holiday Experience featuring Macy’s Balloons at Universal Studios Florida

New this year, guests will have the opportunity to get up-close with larger-than-life parade balloons and floats like never before during “Universal’s Holiday Experience featuring Macy’s Balloons.” Guests will stroll along a picturesque pathway where they’ll encounter elaborate floats and stunning balloons inspired by everything from iconic holiday staples like reindeers and the Nutcracker, to characters from popular animated films, including the mischievous Minions from Illumination’s “Despicable Me” and “Minions” films, Gingy, The Gingerbread Man, from DreamWorks Animation’s “Shrek” movies and the penguins from DreamWorks Animation’s “Madagascar” franchise. And it all culminates with a special appearance by Santa Claus and the opportunity to take a socially-distanced portrait with the big man himself.

Universal’s Holiday Character Celebration at Universal Studios Florida

During “Universal’s Holiday Character Celebration,” guests can celebrate the holiday season with the Minions and other beloved characters from Illumination’s “Despicable Me” and “Minions” films, and with DreamWorks Animation’s treasured family of Shrek characters and King Julien and the crew from the “Madagascar” franchise.

Guests will sing and dance along with some of their favorite characters as they arrive aboard incredibly-festive parade floats, then perform special holiday show moments that the entire family will enjoy. Afterward, guests will have the chance to take socially-distanced photos of themselves with the characters and floats.

Guests can also enjoy these additional holiday festivities across Universal Studios, Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Universal CityWalk while visiting the destination:

  • First-Ever Holiday Tribute Store: A brand-new Tribute Store dedicated to the Holidays will debut at Universal Studios Florida for the holiday season. Located in the New York area of the park, guests will come dashing through the store into a winter wonderland featuring four immersive rooms – including one inspired by Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch – stocked with a variety of new merchandise that will make perfect holiday gifts, plus delicious seasonal food items. Guests can also browse Universal’s assortment of Holidays merchandise and make purchases online by visiting shop.UniversalOrlando.com
  • Holiday Tree Hunt: Guests who purchase the Holiday Tree Hunt will embark on a search for 16 holiday-themed trees scattered throughout various merchandise locations in the theme parks and CityWalk. Guests will receive a brochure that outlines the participating locations, where they’ll have to collect stamps to mark their visit to each stop. Those who successfully complete the entire hunt will receive an exclusive Holiday Tree Hunt-branded ornament.
  • Holiday Treat Trail: Guests can participate by grabbing a complimentary Holiday Treat Trail brochure that outlines a list of specialty food and beverage menu items across select dining venues. Those who purchase all qualifying items will receive a special sweet treat.

Holidays at Hotels

Cheerful Holiday décor and festive offerings are also available at Universal Orlando Hotels. Special New Year’s dining experiences will be available at several of the Universal Orlando hotels.  Tax & gratuities not included in pricing.

Thanksgiving Day

Hard Rock Hotel

Family-Style Breakfast in The Kitchen
Date:  Thursday, November 26, 2020
Time: 7am – 11am
Price: $29* adult | $15* child (ages 3 – 9) Complimentary under age 3
Reservations: OpenTable, Call 407-503-DINE (3463); visit or call the concierge at 407-503-2200

Family-Style Feasts in The Kitchen
Date: Thursday, November 26, 2020
Time: 11am – 10pm
Price: $59* adult | $24* child (ages 3 – 9) Complimentary under age 3
Entertainment: Live acoustic guitarist (noon – 10 pm)
Reservations: OpenTable, Call 407-503-DINE (3463); visit or call the concierge at 407-503-2200

Loews Royal Pacific Resort

Buffet in Islands Dining Room
Date: Thursday, November 26, 2020
Time: 11am – 9pm
Price: $59* adult** | $27* child (ages 3 – 9) Complimentary under age 3
*Adults (ages 21+) can add all-you-care-to-enjoy mimosa and Bloody Mary cocktails for just $15 more
Reservations: OpenTable, Call 407-503-DINE (3463); visit or call the concierge at 407-503-2200
Notes: Sundown (visit or call the concierge or front desk for times)lads and desserts will be pre-packaged and served market-style. Grab-and-go Thanksgiving dinner option(s) available. Featured seasonal cocktail will be offered.

Cabana Bay Beach Resort

Thanksgiving Day Meal Special in Bayliner Diner
Date: Thursday, November 26, 2020
Time: Noon – 11 pm
Price: $18.99* adult | $9.99* child (ages 3 – 9)
Reservations: OpenTable, Call 407-503-DINE (3463); visit or call the concierge at 407-503-2200
Notes: Menu items include turkey, stuffing, cranberry compote, broccoli, mashed potatoes, gravy, and biscuits. $3.50* Add-on dessert. Options include pecan or pumpkin pie.

Watch Thanksgiving Day Parades in Bayliner Diner
Date: Thursday, November 26, 2020
Time: 9 am
Price: Complimentary

Thanksgiving Day Turkey Bowling in Galaxy Bowl
Date: Thursday, November 26, 2020
Time: 5pm – Midnight
Price: Cost of Bowling

Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn & Suites

Traditional Thanksgiving Day Meal at Beach Break Café
Date: Thursday, November 26, 2020
Time: Noon – 11 pm
Price: $13.99* adult | $7.99* child (ages 3 – 9)
Notes: Carving station

Hanukkah Menorah Lighting Ceremonies

Hanukkah Menorah Lighting Ceremony in the Hotel Lobbies at Hard Rock Hotel, Loews Royal Pacific Resort, Cabana Bay Beach Resort, and Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn & Suites
Date: Thursday, December 10 – Friday, December 18, 2020
Time: Sundown (visit or call the concierge or front desk for times)
Price: Complimentary

Christmas

Hard Rock Hotel

Christmas Eve Prix Fixe Dinner in The Kitchen
Date: Thursday, December 24, 2020
Time: 5pm – 11pm
Price: $59
Reservations: OpenTable, Call 407-503-DINE (3463); visit or call the concierge at 407-503-2200
Notes: À la carte menu available.

Christmas Day Family-Style Breakfast in The Kitchen
Date: Friday, December 25, 2020
Time: 7am – 11am
Price: $29* adult | $15* child (ages 3 – 9) Complimentary under age 3
Reservations: OpenTable, Call 407-503-DINE (3463); visit or call the concierge at 407-503-2200

Christmas Day Prix Fixe Dinner in The Kitchen
Date: Friday, December 25, 2020
Time: 5pm – 11pm
Price: $59
Reservations: OpenTable, Call 407-503-DINE (3463); visit or call the concierge at 407-503-2200
Notes: À la carte menu available.

Loews Royal Pacific Resort 

Traditional Christmas Day Dinner in Islands Dining Room
Date: Friday, December 25, 2020
Time: 11am – 9pm
Price: $49* adult** | $17* child (ages 3 – 9) Complimentary under age 3
**Adults (ages 21+) can add all-you-care-to-enjoy mimosa and Bloody Mary cocktails for just $15 more
Reservations: OpenTable, Call 407-503-DINE (3463); visit or call the concierge at 407-503-2200
Notes: All-you-care-to-eat pre-fixe menu served family-style.
Featured seasonal cocktail will be offered

Cabana Bay Beach Resort

Christmas Day Meal Special in Bayliner Diner
Date: Friday, December 25, 2020
Time: Noon– 11pm
Price: $18.99* adult | $9.99* child (ages 3 – 9)
Notes: Modified buffet served following banquets safety protocols. Salads and desserts will be pre-packaged and served market-style. Grab-and-go Thanksgiving dinner option(s) available. Featured seasonal cocktail will be offered.

Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn & Suites

Traditional Christmas Day Meal at Beach Break Café
Date: Friday, December 25, 2020
Time: Noon – 11 pm
Price: $13.99* adult | $7.99* child (ages 3 – 9)
Notes: Carving Station

New Years Eve

Hard Rock Hotel

New Year’s Eve Prix Fixe Dinner in The Kitchen
Date: Thursday, December 31, 2020
Time: 5pm – 11pm
Price: $100* adult | $55* child (ages 3 – 9)Complimentary under age 3
Reservations: OpenTable, Call 407-503-DINE (3463); visit or call the concierge at 407-503-2200

Loews Royal Pacific Resort

New Year’s Eve Dinner in Islands Dining Room
Date: Thursday, December 31, 2020
Time: 5pm – 10pm
Price: $69* adult** | $30* child (ages 3 – 9)
Complimentary under age 3
Reservations: OpenTable, Call 407-503-DINE (3463); visit or call the concierge at 407-503-2200
Notes: Featured seasonal cocktail will be offered.
**Adults (ages 21+) can add all-you-care-to-enjoy mimosa and Bloody Mary cocktails for just $15 more

New Year’s Eve in Orchid Court Lounge
Date: Thursday, December 31, 2020
Time: Open for regular evening offerings

Cabana Bay Beach Resort

New Year’s Eve in Bayliner Diner
Date: Thursday, December 31, 2020
Time: 9 pm – Midnight
Price: Tier 1 – $24.99* adult | $12.99* child (ages 3 – 9) Reserved Table
Tier 2 – $29.99* adult | $12.99* child (ages 3 – 9) Reserved Table
Entertainment: Strolling balloon artist, New Year’s Eve-themed movies, and live viewing of the ball drop in New York on the big screens.
Notes: Two quadrants blocked in Bayliner Diner.  Reservations are available in Bayliner Diner. Tier One and Two packages include food vouchers for entrée and dessert and reserved table seating.  A bottle of prosecco is included with Tier Two package (one bottle per two adults).

Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn & Suites

New Year’s Eve Meal Special at Beach Break Café
Date: Thursday, December 31, 2020
Time: Noon-Midnight
Price: $14.99* adult | $8.99* child (ages 3 – 9)
Notes: Carving Station

Your Holidays at Universal Orlando

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Special Holiday Happenings at Universal Orlando

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