Universal Orlando will celebrate resort-wide with the spirit of the season from December 1, 2012 to January 1, 2013. Universal's two theme parks — Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure — will sparkle with decorations and live entertainment as Macy's Holiday Parade and Grinchmas return again this year during the annual month-long holiday celebration.
Christmas music mega-sensation Mannheim Steamroller will kick off the holiday festivities with more concerts than ever — on select Saturday and Sunday evenings, December 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 & 23, 2012 — at Universal Orlando Resort. The Grammy Award-winning group, with more than 30-million albums sold worldwide, will perform their memorable holiday music for guests on the Music Plaza stage located in the heart of the Universal Studios theme park. On other nights enjoy the a capella sounds of holiday music by Sounds of the Holidays.
At Universal Studios, balloons and floats are reminiscent of the classic Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City... except the weather is much better! In addition to the parade, guests to Universal Studios will enjoy performances by marching bands from across the country, a nightly Christmas tree lighting by Santa Claus and specially themed holiday shows.
Islands of Adventure will celebrate with the Grinchmas, from the popular Dr. Seuss book "How the Grinch Stole Christmas." "Grinchmas," a live stage show that features an original recorded musical score by Mannheim Steamroller. During the show, six songs are performed by a live cast, including the Grinch and The Whos from Whoville. The live musical will be staged in the heart of Seuss Landing and park guests will also have the chance to meet The Grinch; and, on select dates enjoy a special character breakfast with The Grinch (additional charge applies).
Holiday Village, filled with hand-blown glass ornaments, caramel apples, hot chocolate, roasted chestnuts and a cupcake decorating location, will again sparkle with holiday cheer.
The festivities don't end at the theme park's turnstiles. The celebration continues at Universal Orlando's three world-class, on-site hotels — Hard Rock Hotel and the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel and Royal Pacific Resort — which will all glisten with holiday decorations. The hotel's guests will be treated to special holiday movie presentations, tree-lighting ceremonies and carolers. Also, on-site restaurants will feature special holiday menus.
All holiday entertainment, including Mannheim Steamroller concerts, is included as part of two-park or multi-day admission to Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. Florida residents can take advantage of these special offers. Also, purchase holiday tickets and vacation packages in advance online and save either $20 off the gate price or get days free.
For additional information regarding Universal Orlando's holiday celebration and offers, visit www.UniversalOrlando.com/Holidays.