The most wonderful time of the year is finally here! Nothing gets me in the holiday spirit more than Christmas decorations and twinkling lights, so I can’t help but smile when our hotels are transformed for the holiday season.  If you get as excited as I do over beautifully decorated Christmas trees, scrumptious feasts, and holiday entertainment, then a visit to Universal Orlando Resort will thrill your inner elf!  Here are a dozen ways to celebrate the season around our resort:

1. Experience Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Celebrate Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando. Both The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley will be transformed with wondrous spirit. And as the stars begin to shine, a stunning projection wraps Hogwarts castle in a spectacular holiday spirit.

2. Have a sip (or two) of our pumpkin spice infused rum cocktail at Strong Water Tavern

Strong Water Tavern at Loews Sapphire Falls is putting a festive twist on the traditional rum cocktail with a seasonal favorite. Add a little spice to your holiday with our pumpkin spice infused rum cocktail.

3. Visit Seuss Landing in Universal’s Islands of Adventure

Seuss Landing is home to the Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular, a live retelling of Dr. Seuss’s classic holiday tale starring The Grinch.

4. Indulge in special Christmas feasts and buffets at our hotel restaurants

Gather your friends and family for the ultimate Christmas feast at Loews Royal Pacific Resort, Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Loews Sapphire Falls Resort or Hard Rock Hotel. Feast your eyes and delight your taste buds on seasonal favorites plus fresh seafood bar, holiday desserts, and more. Learn more about our holiday offerings and get ready to satisfy those holiday cravings!

5.  Marvel at larger-than-life balloon characters at Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s

Merry and mayhem combine as the Minions join Santa Claus in this all-new incarnation of a holiday favorite that also features characters from Madagascar and Shrek. Best of all, the festivities are included with your theme park admission. For more information, please visit here.

6. Sing along with holiday carolers at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel

Get in the festive mood by singing along to your favorite Christmas carols. Don’t miss this fun holiday tradition.

Date: December 2025

Time: 6:55 PM to 9:30 PM

Location: Lobby and throughout the hotel

7. Decorate Christmas ornaments and stockings at Loews Royal Pacific Resort

Take inspiration from the stunning Christmas trees at our resorts and show off your creative side as you create your very own holiday masterpiece.

Date: December 23 & 24

Time: 5 PM to 9 PM

Location: Lobby

8. Be part of the Hanukkah candle lighting ceremonies

Each hotel will light a candle on the Menorah each night of Hanukkah. Visit the front desk at your hotel for the nightly times.

9. Meet Santa and Mrs. Claus at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel’s Harbor Piazza

No Christmas celebration is complete without a visit to see Santa and Mrs. Claus in the heart of Portofino’s Piazza.

Date: December 2024

Time: 6 PM to 9 PM

Location: Harbor Piazza

10. Sample the best of 2017 at Jake’s Beer Dinner on New Year’s Eve

Splurge in a delicious five-course meal paired with the most popular ales and lagers we served in 2017 at Loews Royal Pacific Resort. Treat yourself and make your reservations here.

11. Learn to hula dance at Loews Royal Pacific Resort’s New Year’s Eve Luau

Get swept away to the islands at our enchanting Hawaiian dinner show featuring thrilling attractions including fire knife and hula dancers. Enjoy an all-you-can-eat Polynesian buffet complete with pit-roasted pig and a champagne toast.

12. Ring in 2018 in the style that fits you and your family

You can celebrate at all five of our on-site hotels with all kinds of events and parties. Just pick the one that’s right for you. To see details of all of our New Year’s Eve events, visit here.

Wishing everyone a fun and memorable holiday season and a wonderful 2018!

*Dates, times, entertainment, benefits, and menus subject to change without notice.

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