As part of our holiday tradition, my family and I went to Universal Studios to see Universal's Holiday Parade Featuring Macy's. We then went to Islands of Adventure to view the new The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts projection show.
This year the Universal Holiday parade has new floats, balloons and music. It was fantastic! We stood along Hollywood Boulevard watching the 20 foot tall colorful balloons float by. Afterwards, we walked toward the Horror Makeup Show and watched the parade again from another direction.
Ten new balloons were featured this year including Minions, Gingy the gingerbread man from Shrek, and several characters from Macy's parade.
Fifteen new detailed animated and lighted parade floats were premiered this year and featured characters from Despicable Me, Madagascar and Shrek.
Street performers in colorful costumes dancing along the parade route and interacting with the parade watchers were also a part of this spectacular parade.
Santa Claus finished the parade in his dazzling lighted float.
You can watch our live broadcast of the parade on our Facebook page here:
You can also see photos from the parade in the slideshow below:
The Christmas Tree in front of the Macy's storefront in the New York Section of the park was beautiful.
We also took a few minutes to look at the decorations in Diagon Alley before boarding the Hogwarts Express over to Hogsmeade.
Arriving in Hogsmeade via the Hogwarts Express, the holiday decorations were elegant yet beautiful. We had to wait in the area near the Three Broomsticks before we could enter the viewing area for The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts projection show. This area was crowded and my son was very uncomfortable and wanted to leave. We decided that my son and husband would go to Seuss Landing to ride the attractions there while I stayed in Hogsmeade to view the Castle Light Show. I didn't have to wait more than fifteen minutes in the heavy crowd and then we were allowed in the castle viewing area.
The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts projection show projection was wonderful! Shows begin at dusk and they last about 7 minutes. There are approximately 3-4 shows per hour until the park closes. Projection mapping wraps the castle and some fireworks occur toward the end of the show.
Universal Creative has done a wonderful job with this show and I highly recommend it for everyone.
You can watch our Facebook Live posting of the entire projection show here:
There are many other holiday celebration experiences at Universal Orlando Resort this year. The very popular Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular musical, holiday performances by the Frog Choir and Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees, Mannheim Steamroller concerts on select nights and The Grinch and Friends Character Breakfast. See Universal's website for details and performance times.
Our family had a fantastic time at Universal Orlando resort. I hope that you and your family are able to attend some of Universal's Holiday celebrations.
Maureen is married and has a son with autism. She and her family visit an Orlando Theme Park nearly every weekend. Maureen created AutismAtTheParks to help vacationers who have a family member with a developmental disability to better navigate and enjoy the theme parks. She is also a contributor to the Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast. You can follow her on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Periscope.
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