Universal Orlando releases details on new holiday experiences


  • Photo via Universal Studios Orlando
Christmas is coming to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Universal Studios Orlando just released their full holiday events calendar, and it's packed with Potter.

From November 8 to January 6, the halls of Hogmeade and Diagon Alley will be decked with garlands, wreaths, and the bells of holly as the popular attraction is prepared for the holiday season. Not to mention—lots and lots of artificial snow.

Universal Studio Orlando's celebrations will also include a night-time projection-mapped light show made to illuminate the iconic castle's exterior. Inside, visitors will be treated to live presentations from the Frog Choir, Celestina Warbeck, and the Banshees.

In addition, Universal is rolling out a holday-themed parade. Its 15 floats will include characters from Despicable Me, Madadgascar and Shrek, as well as no small number of festive Macy's balloons, "the global leader in balloon entertainment", according to a Universal promotional video.

Other holiday attractions at Universal this year include the Mannheim Steamroller orchestra, appearing on the Music Plaza Stage on November 18, 19, 25, and 26.

You can also catch a live musical retelling of Dr. Seuss's "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas", in the "Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular."

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