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  • Writer's pictureBrooks Domangue

Universal Orlando Resort is Winning the Holiday Season

Theme parks in Orlando are taking over the holidays, but it may not be the ones you would expect. Universal Studios Florida and Universal's Islands of Adventure theme parks are making major waves with their holiday offerings right now. If you are looking for festive family fun, here's what you will find running now through January 2.

Have you always wanted to catch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade with the family? Have you also found it hard to make that trip to New York when Orlando is calling your name? No worries, Universal Studios Florida has got you covered. Your family has the opportunity to experience Universal's Holiday Parade featuring Macy's. That's right, you can catch some of those wonderful larger-than-life balloons as they float along right through the theme park! Included in this magnificent parade is appearances from the Minions of Despicable Me, as well as characters from DreamWorks Animation's Shrek and Madagascar films.

Moving over to Universal's Islands of Adventure theme park will place you in the center of Whoville for incredible Christmas happenings. Enjoy delicious holidays treats such as the Grinch Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich (sugar cookies and ice cream) and the Festive Holiday Punch (green apple punch). Be on the lookout for resident Whos as they roam Seuss Landing and spread holiday cheer. While in the area be sure to catch The Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular, a live re-telling of the beloved Grinch story featuring characters from the live-action film. After the show take some time to meet the Grinch himself for a fun interaction.

Harry Potter World casts a Christmas spell over the parks as well. Both Hogsmeade in Universal's Islands of Adventure and Diagon Alley in Universal Studios Florida are lit up with festive accents. The Frog Choir and Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees put on holiday performances in their respective parks. Finally, the Hogwarts Castle comes to life each night with a Christmas projection show. A cup of hot butterbeer on a cold Christmas night in Hogsmeade is a dream ending to a wonderfully festive day.

Christmas rings throughout the entirety of the parks during the holiday season with merry music and decorations. Maybe the best part is that everything is included with your theme park ticket. Don't miss out on the opportunity to experience it all yourself. Contact a TTC travel advisor for more information on the holidays at Universal Orlando Resort and a free no-obligation quote today!

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