Orlando Parks Sparkle for the Holidays!

There is no better way to celebrate the holidays then a trip to Orlando Walt Disney World Resort and Universal Orlando. This year's festive celebration rings in new entertainment offerings as well as seasonal favorites. Pack up the family and make the trip south to the ultimate winter wonderland.

Universal Orlando

Universal Orlando Resort holiday celebration is currently taking place though January 5. Take part in a winter "fun"-derland that the entire family will enjoy with incredible holiday experiences across the entire destination. Guests can witness the magic of Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, watch as larger than life balloons and incredible entertainment fill the streets during Universal's Holiday Parade featuring Macy's, uncover the true meaning of Grinchmas, rock around the Music Plaza Stage to Mannheim Steamroller, and more.

Experience the wonder of Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Florida and Universal's Islands of Adventure as it transforms for the Holidays into a wizarding wonderland. The streets of Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley become adorned in themed decorations, garlands and lights with the sounds of special holiday-themed performances filling the air. Guests can hear both magical and Muggle Christmas carols from the Frog Choir, comprised of Hogwarts students and their giant croaking frogs, and the unique holiday hits of one of the wizarding world's most popular singing sensations, Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees. As night falls guests revel in a stunning projection of holiday spirit as Christmas moments inspired by J.K. Rowling's stories come to life on Hogwarts castle for "The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle."

Witness merry and mayhem take to the streets of Universal Studios Florida in Universal's Holiday Parade featuring Macy's. Featuring the fun of the Minions and other beloved characters from Illumination's Despicable Me, the family of Shrek and the friendship of Madagascar, this parade includes more than 30 larger-than-life balloons and floats, hundreds of performers and more.

Universal's Islands of Adventure, guests come face-to-face with the mean, green one himself and be filled with holiday cheer as Grinchmas comes to life throughout Seuss Landing. Guests may watch as the Grinch's heart grow three sizes during a live retelling of Dr. Seuss's holiday classic in the "Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular" and join the merry Whos from Who-ville as they celebrate the true meaning of the season and bring Grinchmas to life throughout Seuss Landing at Universal's Islands of Adventure. And, join the Grinch and friends for a delicious holiday breakfast buffet on select dates.

On select nights, the masters of modern Christmas music Mannheim Steamroller return with the sweet sounds of the holiday season. Performances take place on the Music Plaza Stage Dec. 7, 8, 14 and 15. Access to Universal Orlando's Holidays festivities is included in regular admission to the theme parks.

During their holiday experience, guests can also enjoy some of the world's most exciting and innovative theme park experiences – including and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter-Diagon at Universal Studios and Alley The Wizarding World of Harry Potter-Hogsmeade found at Islands of Adventure. Guests with Park-to-Park admission can journey between both lands aboard the Hogwarts Express, the iconic steam locomotive from the Harry Potter books and films.

The holidays wouldn't be complete without a spectacular New Year's Eve party. Guests can ring in the New Year at Universal CityWalk's electrifying New Year's Eve celebration featuring upbeat live music, rockin' party zones, a chance to meet some of your favorite characters, Universal Orlando's Cinematic Celebration, amazing pyrotechnic displays, showers of confetti and, of course, party favors. Enjoy signature drinks, revel in at least five incredible CityWalk clubs with live music, savor unlimited delicious gourmet cuisine and rock out on Orlando's biggest outdoor dance floor.

The merriment continues when guests stay at Universal Orlando's Hotels, which feature seasonal decor, holiday activities including festive meals and more. Universal's on-site resort hotels: Universal's Aventura Hotel, Cabana Bay Beach Resort, Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, the Hard Rock Hotel, Loews Royal Pacific Resort and the Loews Sapphire Falls Resort are destinations unto themselves. Universal CityWalk is just steps away offering dining and entertainment for every member of the family.

For more information about the Holidays at Universal Orlando, ticket offers and vacation packages, visit UniversalOrlando.com/holidays.

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