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What's on at Universal Orlando Resort

Your guide to what's coming up at Universal Orlando

A holiday to Universal Orlando Resort is exciting enough as it is, but wait until you see the parks come to life during a holiday celebration or a special event!

With live performances, specialist attractions, and even more themed fun, you might want to consider planning your trip to Orlando around one of Universal's spectacular events. So we're here to tell you what's happening, when it's happening, and how you can get involved.


A whimsical destination-wide celebration...

Inspired by pop culture’s most beloved stories including Christmas in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Grinchmas, Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s and more...

Children drinking butter beer at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™

With festivites in both lands, there's twice the excitement to be had when it comes to Christmas in the magical world. Join the celebration as Hogwarts™ castle lights up for the holidays and festive decor brightens up the streets of Hogsmeade™ in Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Diagon Alley™ in Universal Studios Florida.

The Grinch with kids at Universal Orlando



Get that warm fuzzy feeling (with a little side of sarcasm!) at Seuss Landing™ this winter, which you'll find aptly decorated with festive charm and cheer. Get together with the resident Whos and put a little snark in your joy with the Grinch™. Enjoy the music and fun of The Grinchmas™ Who-liday Spectacular, plus meet the Maven of Mischief himself.

Universal's Holiday Parade featuring Macy's

Universal's Holiday Parade featuring Macy's

'Tis the season to go big. Very big in fact. With larger than life balloons floating through the streets of Universal Studios Florida, and appearances from some of your favourite characters such as Minions from Illumination's Despicable Me, and DreamWorks Animation's Shrek on their colourfully decorated floats, you'll be wowed throughout. 

Family enjoying food at Universals Endless Summer

More ways to get your cheer on

  • Seasonal sweets and treats: Look out for exclusive food and drink offerings around the parks, from speciality doughnuts to holiday cocktails!
  • Seasonal merchandise: Shop your jingle bells off at Port of Entry Christmas Shoppe or Park Plaza Holiday shop where you'll find christmas ornaments and a whole lot more.
  • Capture your Christmas memories: Keep your eyes peeled for seasonal decor and characters dressed in holiday outfits, don't forget your camera!
  • Have that New York Christmas, in Florida: From Big Apple inspired streets to must-see sights, the New York area at Universal Studios Florida will have that extra special sparkle. 

Next up: Mardi Gras at Universal

Universal Mardi Gras

International Flavours of Carnaval

3rd Feb - 7 Apr '24

Go beyond the bayou with the International Flavours of Carnival at Universal Orlando. With parades, colourful costumes, outrageous performances, and vibrant music, it's an awesome party inspired by Carnival celebrations all over the world. And don't forget the mouthwatering speciality menu offerings too*, with some sizzling New Orleans favourites.

*Food available for purchase.

Even more excitement

You're never too far from celebrations, excitement and events at Universal Orlando Resort. So what else do we have on the horizon?

Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights

Halloween Horror Nights

Sep - Nov '24

Legend has it you should never go alone to Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights, The World's Premier Halloween Event*. Feauring some of Universal Studios' most exhilirating attractions and outrageous live entertainment, summon your scream squad and you might survive.

*Named Best Halloween Event by Amusement Today’s Golden Ticket Awards for 12 years (2006, 2008-2018, 2021).


Hard Rock Live®

All year round

Whilst there's some great seasonal celebrations at Universal Orlando, if you're here in between there's still fantastic entertainment on offer. The superstars. The legends. The icons. They all take the stage at Hard Rock LIVE®. So check the schedule in advance and see which big names in comedy and music are on show during your visit!

*These events are separately ticketed and available for purchase in-resort.

Where to stay

Stay on-site to enjoy these Universal Orlando events to their fullest, with complimentary transportation to the parks, Early Park Admission† to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ and Universal’s Volcano Bay, and other exclusive benefits!

Plus, save up to 30% on your Universal hotel when you stay for 7 nights or more before 31 Dec '24!

Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort

Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort

Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort has exclusive benefits only for Virgin Atlantic Holidays customers;

  • Complimentary self-parking
  • Exclusive late check-out available until 1:00pm
  • Two complimentary inflatable rubber rings per room
  • Complimentary welcome drink

Valid for travel up until 31 Dec '24

Universal's Endless Summer Resort - Dockside Inn and Suites

Universal's Endless Summer Resort - Dockside Inn and Suites

  • Great value resort
  • 2 bedroom suites that sleep up to 6 people
  • 2 resort style swimming rooms
7 nights from £728pp
Hard Rock Hotel®, Universal Orlando Resort™

Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando

  • Free Universal Express Unlimited ride access**
  • Premier Resort
  • Within walking distance of Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure, plus Universal CityWalk
7 nights from £1664pp
Universal’s Aventura Hotel

Universal's Aventura Hotel


  • Within walking distance of Universal’s Volcano Bay
  • Suites available that sleep up to 5 people
  • Rooftop bar
7 nights from £946pp

WIZARDING WORLD and all related trademarks, characters, names, and indicia are © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Publishing Rights © JKR.

Hard Rock Live ® Hard Rock Cafe International (USA), Inc. Dr. Seuss properties TM & © 2023 Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P. Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade & Related Characters © 2023 Macy’s Inc. Stranger Things:™/© Netflix. Used with permission. ©2023 Sony Interactive Entertainment LLC. Created and developed by Naughty Dog LLC. The Last of Us is a registered trademark of Sony Interactive Entertainment LLC and related companies in the U.S. and other countries. © 2023 Universal Studios. © Universal City Studios LLC. Universal elements and all related indicia TM & © 2023 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.


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We'll be in touch by email letting you know how to register to change your holiday plans. You can also log into Manage my booking to find the details there. 

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