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

Starting Nov. 18 and running through January 6, holiday cheer - and a little mischief here and there - will take over Universal Orlando Resort for its destination-wide Holidays celebration. At Universal Orlando guests can witness the magic of Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, watch all-new larger-than-life balloons and incredible entertainment fill the streets during the all-new Universal's Holiday Parade featuring Macy's, uncover the true meaning of Grinchmas, rock around the Music Plaza Stage to Mannheim Steamroller - and more.

For the first time at Universal Orlando Resort, Christmas is coming to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Guests will be surrounded by uniquely themed Christmas decorations, garlands and lights as they walk the streets of Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley. They will also enjoy special holiday themed food and holiday performances by the Frog Choir and Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees. And as night falls - state-of-the-art projection mapping and lighting will wrap Hogwarts castle, bringing incredible Christmas moments inspired by the Harry Potter series to life.

The larger-than-life balloons as seen in the famous Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City will fill the streets for Universal's Holiday Parade featuring Macy's. This year's parade features more than a dozen new festive balloons and over 15 incredibly detailed floats that can't be seen anywhere else – all designed exclusively for Universal Orlando. The parade will also include appearances by the Minions and other favorite characters from Despicable Me, Madagascar and Shrek - and the jolly man himself, Santa Claus.

At Universal's Islands of Adventure, guests will 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 will watch 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 will take place on the Music Plaza Stage on Nov. 18, 19, 25, 26 and Dec. 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17. 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. Universal Orlando recently opened its third park, Universal's Volcano Bay - an entirely new water theme park experience. 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 Orlando's largest dance floor, endless entertainment and all-you-can-eat gourmet cuisine.

Universal's on-site resort hotels, Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, the Hard Rock Hotel, Loews Royal Pacific Resort, Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort and the all-new Loews Sapphire Falls Resort, are destinations unto themselves. Its entertainment complex, Universal CityWalk, offers dining and entertainment for every member of the family.

Universal Orlando Resort has unveiled more than 20 new guest experiences since 2010 - powerful attractions, incredible dining opportunities and dramatically themed hotels. Now open is Skull Island: Reign of Kong, a groundbreaking attraction in Islands of Adventure, and CityWalk's newest, unique dining experience, The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen.

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

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