Universal Orlando Holidays 2018 have returned through January 6th

Tis’ the Season a little early this year! The other night we were invited to Universal Orlando Resort to experience the return of their Holiday Celebrations including the Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s, a new set for the annual Grinchmas show, and The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts!

The Holiday Parade Featuring Macy’s has returned to Universal Studios Florida and is still (in my personal opinion) the best parade Universal has ever created! Characters from Despicable Me, Madagascar, and Shrek have returned to lead the parade including many balloons that have been created by Macy’s and resemble the icons that dominate over the streets of New York City on Thanksgiving Day. Take a look at the full show below:

Next up, we got to head into a soundstage where the Whos of Whoville have created a new set for the annual Grinchmas show! The show returns this holiday season with the mean one himself, The Grinch, as well as his dog Max! The show returns Saturday November 17, and continues through January 6th. The show also features music recorded by Mannheim Steamroller who will also be playing at the Music Plaza Stage on the weekends inside Universal Studios Florida.

Finally, The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle returns once again this year to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade in Islands of Adventure. This beautiful projection show creates Christmas moments inspired by the Wizarding World. The lands themselves are also transformed into a wizarding wonderland with themed decorations, garlands, and lights. You can also see a special holiday themed performance of The Frog Choir or Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees. And, returning this year once again is Hot Butterbeer available throughout both Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley. Check out our video below of The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle projection show!

Are you planning on visiting the parks for the Holidays? If so, what are you looking forward to the most? Perhaps it is catching a glimpse of the jolly man himself coming down the streets of Universal Studios Florida.

DISCLOSURE: Universal Orlando Resort invited Adventures by Daddy to the special preview of Holidays at Universal 2018, however the opinions expressed in this article are that of the author. For more family travel news, reviews, and trip reports, be sure to follow Adventures by Daddy on InstagramTwitter, and “like” our Facebook page too.

About Matt Dobrovolsky

Matt is an avid theme park lover and has been going to Disney World since the age of three. Matt was known as the "Disney Geek" all throughout school and in 2013 he moved to Orlando, Florida to finish his Hospitality Management degree at University of Central Florida- Rosen College of Hospitality Mgmt. During his time at Rosen, Matt got the opportunity to work for Disney Legend Ron Logan who is now a professor at UCF. Matt has been working for Disney since 2010 at the Disney Store in Paramus, NJ and was a participant of the Disney College Program in Spring 2011. In 2014, he began his career with The Walt Disney World Resort on the Fastpass+ Team at Magic Kingdom and since then has worked at many attractions including Mission Space, Test Track and was part of the opening team for Star Wars Launch Bay at Hollywood Studios. Matt currently works at Star Tours at Hollywood Studios and runs a YouTube channel: DarthVader92 showcasing the latest from the Theme Parks in Central Florida and the attractions themselves.