Universal Orlando Holidays 2015 Start December 5

Pumpkin Spice Latte has gone away, and the screams from Halloween Horror Nights have died down.  In their place are Peppermint Mocha, whimsical balloons, and plenty of merry gentlemen.  The holiday season at Universal Orlando Resort begins December 5 and runs through January 2nd.  Continue reading for more details of all the events during Universal Orlando Holidays.

The Grinch at Universal Orlando Holidays

The Grinch at Universal Orlando Holidays, photo courtesy Universal Orlando Resort

From Universal Orlando Resort’s Press Release

Beginning Dec. 5 and running daily through Jan. 2, families can create unforgettable memories as they experience one-of-a-kind holiday traditions at Universal Orlando Resort. All park guests will have the opportunity to:

  • Marvel at the iconic larger-than-life balloons seen in the famous Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City during the Macy’s Holiday Parade at Universal Studios Florida. This year, enjoy two all-new balloons exclusive to Universal Orlando’s parade, Turkey Balloonicle, a towering balloon with a self-powered vehicle, and Holiday Lights Balloon, as they dazzle guests while floating through the air.
Macy's Holiday Parade at Universal Studios Florida

Macy’s Holiday Parade at Universal Studios Florida, photo courtesy Universal Orlando Resort


  • Rejoice with holiday cheer as Grinchmas comes to life throughout Seuss Landing at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Experiences include a heartwarming live show, “Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular,” featuring the Whos from Who-ville. Guests will also have the opportunity to dine with the Grinch and Friends during a delicious breakfast within Seuss Landing.
Grinchmas Wholiday Spectacular

Grinchmas Wholiday Spectacular at Universal’s Islands of Adventure, photo courtesy Universal Orlando Resort


  • Sing along to holiday classics with performances by the masters of modern Christmas music—Mannheim Steamroller—at the Music Plaza Stage in Universal Studios Florida. Performance nights are Dec. 5, 6, 12, 13, 19 and 20.
Mannheim Steamroller at Universal Studios Holidays

Photo by Kevin Kolczynski © Universal Orlando Resort. All rights reserved.


The celebration continues at Universal Orlando’s four on-site hotels, where guests will relish in the spirit of the season with holiday buffets and dining events, tree-lighting ceremonies, special music performances, Hanukkah candle lightings, visits from Santa Claus, holiday poolside “dive-in” movies and family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebrations.

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Eve at Universal CityWalk

It’s never too early to plan how you’ll ring in the New Year. At Universal’s CityWalk, guests can experience a dynamic New Year’s Eve celebration which includes non-stop entertainment, unique party zones—each with their own entertainment and signature drinks—along with access to six different clubs with live music, unlimited gourmet cuisine, and Orlando’s largest dance floor. Information about Eve event tickets will be released at a later date.

For more information on the Holidays at Universal Orlando, ticket offers and vacation packages, visit www.UniversalOrlando.com/holidays.  For more family travel news, reviews, and trip reports, be sure to follow Adventures by Daddy on twitter and “like” our facebook page too.

About Dave Parfitt

Married, father of two girls, and living in the heart of the Finger Lakes. I'm a runner with a PhD in neuroscience and a passion for travel.