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Celebrate the Holidays at Universal Orlando – 2020 insider’s guide

Holidays 2020 at Universal Orlando

The 2020 holiday season is here, and Universal is inviting you to start “untraditional” yuletide traditions at Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure (and this year’s are even more untraditional than ever, thanks to the presence of COVID-19).

2020’s festivities run from Saturday, November 14, 2020 to Sunday, January 3, 2021, which puts them on par with the past few years’.

Let’s explore all of the joy that’s to be found at Universal Orlando Resort this holiday season. We’ll start with this overview page, covering the proceedings at Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure and everything going on at Universal’s various hotels. Then we provide three additional pages with even greater detail about Universal’s Holiday Parade Featuring Macy’s, the Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular, and Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

(Before we begin, you can see the very first holiday decorations of the season here, and read the big 2020 announcement from Universal here.)

Skip to: Universal Studios Florida | Islands of Adventure | Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter | Holiday Tour | Holiday-exclusive food and drink | Meeting Santa Claus | Holiday merchandise | Holidays premium add-onsUniversal hotels

Festive decor and merchandise adorn the checkout desk at the Christmas Shoppe
What a socially distanced Christmas looks like at Universal Orlando

How does Universal Studios Florida celebrate the holidays?

A goodly – and merry – number of Universal’s Holidays celebrations can be found right at Universal Studios Florida.

Universal’s Holiday Parade Featuring Macy’s

Typically, the big event at Universal Studios Florida (well, outside of the Wizarding World, at least) is Universal’s Holiday Parade Featuring Macy’s; for this year, however, Universal has had to put the kibosh on that tradition (thanks to the pandemic) and has instead replaced it with two different new experiences.

Universal’s Holiday Experience Featuring Macy’s Balloons

Universal's Holiday Experience Featuring Macy's Balloons
Universal’s Holiday Experience Featuring Macy’s Balloons

The parade’s various floats have been arranged into a wintry walk-through experience, replete with their accompanying balloons from the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (which, yes, is still going on this year but which is also, of course, being heavily modified). The man of the hour himself, Santa Claus, will still be present, taking socially distanced photos with guests.

Universal’s Holiday Character Celebration

Most of the characters from the traditional Holiday Parade – which include the casts of the MinionsShrek, and Madagascar film franchises – arrive on floats to sing and dance for (and take more long-distanced selfies with) their throngs of adoring Christmas fans.

To learn even more about these two parade replacements, visit our dedicated page for Universal’s Holiday Parade Featuring Macy’s 2020.

Mannheim Steamroller holiday concerts

Mannheim Steamroller, the biggest-selling Christmas artist of all time, sadly won’t return to the Universal Music Plaza stage for the 2020 holiday season. Hopefully, they’ll continue with their long-running appearances at Universal Orlando next year.

Holiday Tribute Store

The fully immersive shop that is a haven for merchandise and that, now, is a must-do experience for die-hard fans has expanded once again, this time arriving at Universal’s Holidays event.

The Tribute Store was originally created for Halloween Horror Nights in 2015, collecting together in one spot some of that year’s various intellectual properties and pieces of merch, and was then exported to Mardi Gras earlier this year, doing much the same work. That formula has been repeated once more for Christmas, with Tribute consisting of four themed rooms: a traditional German market, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, and Earl the Squirrel, who has become Universal’s newest sensation.

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Additional holiday celebrations at Universal Studios Florida

The Blues Brothers Holiday Show at Universal Studios Florida
The Blues Brothers Holiday Show at Universal Studios Florida

The Blues Brothers Holiday Show

Jake and Elwood perform festive favorites like “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town,” “Blue Christmas,” and more with snow on Delancey Street at the end of each show. The holiday edition of the Blues Brothers street party is a fan-favorite and should not be missed – even folks not familiar with the band/film will surely love this one!

2020 dates and times
Nov. 14 – 10:45 am, 12:00 pm, 1:30, 2:40, 3:40
Nov. 15-30, Dec. 1-5, 11-12 – 10:55 am, 12:10 pm, 1:10, 2:50, 3:50
Dec. 13-31, Jan. 1, 2 – 11:10 am, 12:10 pm, 1:10, 2:50, 3:50

Marilyn & the (Holiday) Diamond Bellas

In 2016, Universal debuted the Marilyn Monroe and the Diamond Bellas street show; the following year, the company decided to cast the fun little production in a Christmas light.

Although the same basic premise – Ms. Monroe and her girls arrive to “film” a musical routine for an upcoming picture – the yuletide-flavored version exchanges the USO bent of the original with (you guessed it) a holiday overlay. The Diamond Bella Dancers now have beautiful Santa-esque costumes that look stunning all in silver, and the second song has been replaced with the time-period-appropriate “Santa Baby.”

We highly recommend sticking around for the show if you manage to catch it while strolling through the park, as it’ll help put a holiday-tinged smile on your face for the rest of the day.

2020 dates and times
Nov. 14 – 10:55 am, 11:55, 12:45 pm, 2:10, 3:10, 4:10
Nov. 15, 20, 21 – 10:10 am, 11:10, 12:20 pm, 1:50, 2:55, 3:45
Nov. 16-19 – 10:10 am, 11:20, 12:40 pm, 2:30, 3:30, 4:30
Nov. 22-30, Dec. 1-5, 11-31, Jan. 1, 2 – 10:10 am, 11:20, 12:50 pm, 2:30, 3:30, 4:20

How does Islands of Adventure celebrate the holidays?

Islands of Adventure isn’t outdone by its theme-park sibling next door – here you can (normally) find some of the most fun Christmas activities and events at all of Universal Orlando.

Grinchmas at Seuss Landing

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Grinchmas at Seuss Landing in Islands of Adventure, during a normal year

As you likely know, Islands of Adventure has a whole island dedicated to Dr. Seuss, the classic children’s author: Seuss Landing! When the holiday season hits full swing, Universal transforms this area into the whimsical world of Grinchmas (think warm fuzzies with a side of snark).

Typically, in a usual year, seemingly every nook and cranny of this wintry wonderland are filled with yuletide decorations and a whole cast of Who-ville residents, who would happily interact either among themselves or with guests. While 2020 still sees the Whos spreading their unique version of holiday cheer, they now largely remain off to the side, safely sequestered from visitors so as to maintain that all-important six feet of separation. (There are also some who greet visitors on stilts, just like they used to two decades ago, when Grinchmas first kicked off at Islands of Adventure!)

The same story, of course, goes for the Grinch, who will now require a reserved time for meeting and greeting. Officially called the Grinchmas Photo Experience, you’ll first need to nab a time online, and then head over to the All the Books You Can Read bookstore in Seuss Landing; there, you’ll be able to have your picture snapped by none other than the mean green one himself (a twist on the usual photo-op due to the necessities of social distancing). Don’t worry, though – the Grinch gets digitally inserted into the background of your photograph, so you’ll still have documentation of your Christmas encounter with him.

(Please note that reservations for the Grinchmas Photo Experience should be made in advance [by an adult] and are first come, first serve. If you forgot to handle this beforehand, however, you can use a standby line that’ll fill missed or cancelled time slots – though this isn’t a guarantee to grab some facetime with the Grinch. Finally, please be aware that there is also a secondary meet-‘n-greet available exclusively through Universal’s brand-new Holiday Tour, which you can read about below.)

Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular

Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular at Universal's Islands of Adventure
Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular at Universal’s Islands of Adventure

This stage-production retelling of The Grinch Who Stole Christmas has, unfortunately, been suspended for this year. Here’s hoping it returns for 2021.

If you would still like to get more information on this usual highlight of Universal’s Holidays, you can visit our dedicated page to the Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular.

The Grinch & Friends Character Breakfast

The Grinch at Universal’s Islands of Adventure.
The Grinch at Universal’s Islands of Adventure

Once again, due to COVID-19, The Grinch & Friends Character Breakfast has been cancelled this Christmas.

What is Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter?

Christmas decorations in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade
Christmas decorations in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade

Due to popular demand, Universal now offers, for just the fourth time, a full-blown Christmas party at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – at both Hogsmeade in Islands of Adventure and Diagon Alley in Universal Studios Florida.

In addition to both lands being decked to the hilt with decorations, garlands, and Christmas lights, you can also experience exclusive food and entertainment (including holiday songs by the Frog Choir and Celestina Warbeck). There is, however, one major casualty in this seasonal lineup for 2020: The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle, the projection-mapping show that is a festive version of The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle (well, unless you opt to join the premium Holiday Tour, that is, which offers exclusive viewings of this spectacular show).

Just like Universal’s Holiday Parade or Grinchmas, the wizarding Christmas celebration is included in general theme-park admission.

Get detailed, in-depth information on everything wizarding-yuletide-related in our dedicated page to Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Universal’s Holiday Tour

The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle
The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle

2020 sees yet another new wrinkle: the introduction of Universal’s Holiday Tour, a special guided tour which will give its patrons access to several exclusive experiences. These include:

  • The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle – this fan-favorite projection-mapping show will only be offered this year to tour members, due to social-distancing requirements. (You can read more about the production over on our guide page.)
  • Holiday Experience Featuring Macy’s Balloons – in addition to being given front-of-the-line access to this walk-through attraction, Universal promises some sort of “special appearance” by Santa Claus. Could this mean a dedicated meet-‘n-greet? (Speaking of which…)
  • The Grinch meet-‘n-greet – situated at a different location (at Circus McGurkus Cafe Stoo-pendous instead of the All the Books You Can Read bookstore), this special character interaction will also feature a hot cocoa bar.
  • Holiday Tribute Store – a guided tour through this festive retail space will be offered for attendees.
  • Special themed keepsake – a gift will be given to every tour member (our guess is it’s a Christmas ornament).

Universal’s Holiday Tour runs on select nights from Sunday, November 22 through the last day of the Holidays event, Sunday, January 3. Tickets start at $59.99 for normal guests and $49.99 for annual passholders, and they can be purchased here (just be aware that park-to-park admission is also required).

What are the exclusive food and drinks at Universal during the holidays?

Exclusive food and drink at Universal Orlando's Holidays 2020
Exclusive food and drink at Universal Orlando’s Holidays 2020

Perhaps taking a page from its other predominant annual event, Halloween Horror Nights, Universal has only recently started to really incorporate the Christmas theme into a number of pastries, desserts, and – perhaps most intriguingly – various beverages, both of the alcoholic and virgin varieties.

And we don’t namedrop HHN here by chance – some of the instant-classics that have been shepherded over there, such as the frozen slushie concoctions, have popped back up over here, exchanging their fall flavors and iconography for winter ones. And it’s a trend that has continued, even in the face of the coronavirus.

There is, actually, so much food and drink this year that we’ll need to break it up into a couple of different categories. (Also please note that there is a third grouping of gastronomical delights, which can be found a little below, in the Holiday Treat Trail section.)

General food and drink offerings at Universal Orlando

While most of the yuletide culinary roster at Universal Orlando can be found at the Holiday Tribute Store, there are still a few other items spread throughout the resort (and, additionally, some of Tribute’s items can also be found elsewhere). We have the full list, including locations and prices, here:

  • Candy Cane Frozen Slush – Production Central Cart (USF) – $6.50
  • Chocolate Peppermint Mousse Ornament – TODAY Cafe (USF), Holiday Tribute Store (USF) – $5.49
  • Christmas Tree Cones– Holiday Tribute Store (USF) – $4.49
  • Confetti Cake Cupcake – $3.99
  • Earl’s Delicious Holiday Gummy Lightz – Holiday Tribute Store (USF) – $2.99
  • Earl’s Nutty Log – Holiday Tribute Store (USF) – $5.99
  • Earl’s Nutty Nog with Alcohol – Holiday Tribute Store (USF) –$10.49
  • Gingerbread Cream Puff – TODAY Cafe (USF) – $5.49
  • Gingerbread Shake – The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen (CW)
  • Gingerbread Whoopie Pies – Holiday Tribute Store (USF) – $4.99
  • Holiday Gummy Lightz (butterscotch, peppermint, cinnamon) – Holiday Tribute Store (USF) – $2.99
  • Holiday Wreath Cake – Holiday Tribute Store (USF) – $4.99
  • Hot Chocolate with Marshmallow Bomb – Holiday Tribute Store (USF) – $5.49
  • Maple Pecan Sticky Bunz – Holiday Tribute Store (USF) – $4.49
  • Red Velvet Candy Cane Pops – Holiday Tribute Store (USF) – $5.40
  • Reindeer Brownies (vegan) – Tribute Store (USF), Croissant Moon Bakery (IOA) – $5.49
  • Roasted Cinnamon Sugared Nutz – Holiday Tribute Store (USF) – $5.99
  • Santa’s Dream Cookie – Holiday Tribute Store (USF) – $6.99
  • Snowman Doughnut – Voodoo Doughnut (CW) – $3.75 each ($7.50 for both)
  • Sugar Cookie Tree Stacks – Holiday Tribute Store (USF) – $3.99
  • Thanksgiving Dinner Crepe – Central Park Crepes (USF)

Holiday food trucks

Just as we saw with this year’s unconventional Halloween celebration, Universal has two food trucks parked around Universal Studios Florida serving items that aren’t strictly or traditionally Christmasy but which nonetheless have festively decorated signs.

The first, located by Universal Music Plaza, serves arepas (a sort of South American cross between a tortilla and pancake):

  • Beef picadillo (savory beef) – $9.25
  • Pollo (shredded chicken) – $9.25
  • Queso (white shredded cheese) – $8.25

And the second, stationed in front of Woody Woodpecker’s KidZone, has a variety of funnel cakes on hand:

  • Fried Chicken – $10.99
  • Strawberries & Cream – $8.99
  • Nutty Turtle – $8.99
  • Maple Bacon – $8.99
  • Old Fashioned – $7.99

Festive Flavors Holiday Buffet

Universal Orlando's Cinematic Celebration
Universal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration

This limited-time add-on has been suspended for 2020.

Sweets and Sounds Dessert Party

Mannheim Steamroller at Universal Studios Florida
Mannheim Steamroller at Universal Studios Florida

This limited-time add-on has been suspended for 2020.

Holidays at Universal – food and drinks photo gallery

How do I meet Santa Claus at Universal Orlando?

Universal's Holiday Experience Featuring Macy's Balloons
Universal’s Holiday Experience Featuring Macy’s Balloons

Many guests ask the question, “Where can we meet Santa at Universal Orlando?” It’s a great one because the answer is not obvious.

Unfortunately, there are no Santa meet-and-greets this year at the resort, thanks yet again to the pandemic. However, Santa can still be encountered at the Holiday Experience Featuring Macy’s Balloons for some socially distanced photos, as we’ve already touched upon.

What’s the exclusive merchandise at Universal during the holidays?

Custom-embroidered Harry Potter stockings Holidays 2020
House-elves will embroider whatever you want here (as long as it’s under 11 words)

Universal has long released exclusive merchandise as part of its yuletide celebrations, but it really started to up the ante in this regard over the last few years, especially when Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter was ushered in. For 2020, however, we haven’t really noticed that much that’s both new and exclusive, even with the presence of the first-ever Holiday Tribute Store; the biggest item is perhaps a series of Harry Potter stockings, scarves, and ties in Tribute that can be custom embroidered. The cost is an extra $15, and it takes approximately three hours; just please be aware that only 10 words are allowed, and the service is only applicable to those pieces that are purchased that same day.

Care to see what else is usually on hand? Here’s a look at what we’ve found over the past few years:

What are the Holidays premium add-ons at Universal Orlando?

New for 2020, there are two additional experiences that guests can opt to purchase that will end up taking them all over Universal’s festively outfitted resort for a small reward.

Holiday Tree Hunt

Toothsome's Christmas tree at Universal's Holiday Tree Hunt
Toothsome’s Christmas tree at Universal’s Holiday Tree Hunt

Introduced in 2019 (and spawning a scarecrow spinoff for Halloween this year), the Holiday Tree Hunt returns for Holidays 2020, but with one small-but-important change.

The basic premise remains the same: find the 16 Christmas trees (seven in Universal Studios Florida, seven in Islands of Adventure, and two in CityWalk), collect the stamps that are located next to each, and then work your way to one of three shops (Park Plaza Holiday Shop in USF, Port of Entry Christmas Shoppe in IOA, or Universal Studios Store in CW) to receive a “festive holiday gift”: a special tree ornament. The twist comes in the fact that the stampable “treasure map” – and, thus, the holiday prize at the end – has to be purchased for $9.95.

Just seeing the Christmas trees really is worth the effort, whether you opt to buy the corresponding brochure or not – each is beautiful and brilliantly themed, whether that be to the Marvel superheroes, Jurassic Park, or The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen‘s steampunk milieu.

Here’s a full list of them all:

Universal Studios Florida

  • Universal Studios Store (Production Central)
  • Sahara Traders (New York)
  • Shrek’s Ye Olde Souvenir Shoppe (Production Central)
  • Silver Screen Collectibles (Hollywood)
  • SpongeBob StorePants (Woody Woodpecker’s KidZone)
  • Holiday Tribute Store (New York)
  • MIB Gear (World Expo)

Islands of Adventure

  • Islands of Adventure Trading Company (Port of Entry)
  • Island Market and Export Candy Shoppe (Port of Entry)
  • Marvel Alterniverse Store (Marvel Super Hero Island)
  • Jurassic Outfitters (Jurassic Park)
  • Treasures of Poseidon (The Lost Continent)
  • Mulberry Street Store (Seuss Landing)
  • Toon Extra (Toon Lagoon)

CityWalk

  • Universal Studios Store
  • The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium and Savory Feast Kitchen

Holiday Tree Hunt 2020 – photo gallery

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Holiday Tree Hunt 2019 – photo gallery

Holiday Treat Trail

Holiday Wreath Cake, part of Universal's Holiday Treat Trail 2020
The Holiday Wreath Cake, part of Universal’s Holiday Treat Trail 2020

Taking a holiday page from the Tree Hunt’s book, the brand-new Holiday Treat Trail has you purchasing five designated dishes from throughout the resort – and getting a sixth one for free as your reward.

Here’s the full list of treats and locations:

Universal Studios Florida

  • Pumpkin Spice Churro – $6.69 – Production Central Cart (Production Central)
  • Holiday Wreath Cake – $4.99 – TODAY Cafe (Hollywood)
  • Cinnamon Coke – $4.49 – Louie’s Fruit Cart (New York) or Men in Black ICEE Cart (World Expo)

Islands of Adventure

  • Red Holiday Popcorn – $4.99 – Marvel Popcorn Cart (Marvel Super Hero Island)
  • Cinnamon Coke – $4.49 – Port of Entry Slush Cart or Fruit Cart (Port of Entry)

CityWalk

  • Holiday Ornament Doughnut – $3.75 each ($7.50 for both) – Voodoo Doughnut

Now that we’ve gone through all that, there’s a little bit in the way of fine print that we should next tackle. First, it’s important to note that, in order to participate, you’ll need to pick up a brochure from one of the above venues or from one of these two additional ones: Silver Screen Coke at Universal Studios Florida’s Production Central or The Watering Hole in Islands of Adventure’s Jurassic Park. Make sure to give that pamphlet to a team member as you’re getting your snack – otherwise, that transaction won’t count.

Additionally, you need to be aware that, should any of the locations be out of any of the items in question, that would, indeed, put an end to that day’s Treat Trail ambitions – although you can always come back before the end of Universal’s Holidays celebration on January 3 to finish up your culinary escapades. (And, also, no, you can’t use the Universal Dining Plan to redeem these yuletide bites.)

Finally, once you have bought (and eaten!) all five treats, you’ll need to turn in your completed road map to either Silver Screen Coke or The Watering Hole to claim your gastronomical prize.

Holiday Treat Trail – photo gallery

How do Universal’s hotels celebrate the holidays?

In many ways, the various celebrations at the four open Universal Orlando hotels, though small individually, are the collective heart of the resort’s Holidays festivities.

Portofino Bay Hotel

Hard Rock Hotel lobby decorated for the holidays
Hard Rock Hotel lobby decorated for the holidays

Hanukkah candle-lighting ceremony
Nightly during the holidays (specifically, Thursday, December 10 through Friday, December 18 for this year), visit the hotel lobby for a Hanukkah candle-lighting ceremony. Everything begins at sundown; check with the front desk for nightly times.

Trattoria del Porto Christmas Eve and Day offerings
Just for this year, a traditional Italian Christmas Eve dinner (read: heavy on seafood) will be had prix fixe at Trattoria del Porto from 5:00 to 10:00 pm.

Adult: $58.
Add on the bottled wine special: $40.
See the menu.
For reservations, call 407-503-DINE (3463) or book online.

Then, on Christmas Day, enjoy a family-style dinner replete with chicken marsala, eggplant parmesan, and chianti-braised beef short rib. It’ll be served from 4:00 to 9:00 pm.

Adult: $62
Add on the bottled wine special: $40
See the menu.
For reservations, call 407-503-DINE (3463) or book online.

Hard Rock Hotel

Hard Rock Hotel lobby at Universal Orlando decorated for the holidays
Hard Rock Hotel lobby decorated for the holidays

Hanukkah candle-lighting ceremony
Nightly during the holidays (specifically, Thursday, December 10 through Friday, December 18 for this year), visit the hotel lobby for a Hanukkah candle-lighting ceremony. Everything begins at sundown; check with the front desk for nightly times.

The Kitchen Christmas Eve and Day offerings
On Christmas Eve (5:00 pm to 11:00 pm) and Day (5:00 pm to 11:00 pm), a prix fixe dinner will be offered. Guests can choose one soup or salad, one entree, and one dessert.

Christmas Eve: $59 | Christmas Day: $59.
For reservations, call 407-503-DINE (3463) or book online.

Also on Christmas Day, a rockin’ family-style breakfast will be offered from 7:00 to 11:00 am.

Adults: $29 | Children (ages 3-9): $15.
For reservations, call 407-503-DINE (3463) or book online.

Royal Pacific Resort

Christmas Tree at Loews Royal Pacific Resort
The Christmas tree at Royal Pacific Resort

Hanukkah candle-lighting ceremony
Nightly during the holidays (specifically, Thursday, December 10 through Friday, December 18 for this year), visit the hotel lobby for a Hanukkah candle-lighting ceremony. Everything begins at sundown; check with the front desk for nightly times.

Traditional Christmas Day dinner in Islands Dining Room
Dine in a tropical paradise on Christmas Day from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm for an all-you-can-eat pre fixe meal that’s served family style. (Note that a featured seasonal cocktail will also be offered.)

Adults: $49 | Children (ages 3-9): $17.
Add-on all-you-can-drink Mimosas and Bloody Marys: $15.
See the menu.
For reservations, call 407-503-DINE (3463) or book online.

Cabana Bay Beach Resort

Elves at Cabana Bay Beach Resort at Universal Orlando
Elves at Cabana Bay Beach Resort at Universal Orlando

Hanukkah candle-lighting ceremony
Nightly during the holidays (specifically, Thursday, December 10 through Friday, December 18 for this year), visit the hotel lobby for a Hanukkah candle-lighting ceremony. Everything begins at sundown; check with the front desk for nightly times.

Christmas Day meal special at Bayliner Diner
From 12:00 pm to 11:00 pm, a special holiday menu will be available at Bayliner Diner, which includes roasted turkey breast, pineapple-glazed ham, traditional cornbread stuffing, buttermilk mashed potatoes, and more.

Adults: $18.99 | Children (ages 3-9): $9.99.
Add-on dessert: $3.75.
See the menu.

Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn and Suites

Hanukkah candle-lighting ceremony
Nightly during the holidays (specifically, Thursday, December 10 through Friday, December 18 for this year), visit the hotel lobby for a Hanukkah candle-lighting ceremony. Everything begins at sundown; check with the front desk for nightly times.

Traditional Christmas Day meal at Beach Break Cafe
From 12:00 pm to 11:00 pm, a Christmas Day meal will be available at Beach Break Cafe. Expect honey-glazed ham, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, cornbread stuffing, a carving station, and more.

Adults: $13.99 | Children (ages 3-9): $7.99
See the menu.

Endless Summer Resort – Dockside Inn and Suites

Traditional Christmas Day meal at Pier 8 Market
Mirroring the offerings from its sister hotel, a Christmas Day meal will be available at Pier 8 Market from 12:00 pm to 11:00 pm, with a menu that is almost exactly identical.

Adults: $13.99 | Children (ages 3-9): $7.99
See the menu.

What about the parks and Universal CityWalk?

The restaurants at the parks and Universal CityWalk offer an incredible variety of wonderful food, but they don’t typically have buffets or special events for Christmas, even when there isn’t a pandemic going on. Instead, they tend to offer a few holiday-themed items in addition to their regular menus. To learn what they may be offering this year (and to possibly book a table), visit our dining reservations page for contact information.


This wraps up our overview of the 2020 holiday festivities at Universal Orlando. Be sure to check out the navigation links below to continue planning your visit.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from your friends at Orlando Informer!

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