Out and About: Universal Orlando Celebrates Holidays with Macy’s Parade and Grinchmas

Universal Orlando Celebrates Holidays with Macy's Parade  - photo by Carol Garreans

The holidays at Universal Orlando are full of wonder and magic. Macy’s brings a few balloons from their legendary Thanksgiving Parade to Universal Studios Florida for a mini-parade that makes me want to go to NYC to see the whole thing! It’s amazing to watch as these gigantic balloons are maneuvered down the street in the park. I think I was just as excited as the kids were.

Universal Orlando Celebrates Holidays with Macy's Parade  - photo by Carol Garreans

At the end of the parade, Santa stops in front of the Macy’s store façade in the park, and lights the Christmas tree. The parade includes Rockette type dancers, snowmen, penguins, and other characters. The only drawback we had was that we had to get to where we were at 4 pm for a 5pm parade. There is not enough handicap areas in this section of the parade route. I don’t know about elsewhere. I strongly recommend getting there early to get a good viewing spot.

Universal Orlando Celebrates Holidays with Macy's Parade  - photo by Carol Garreans

The parks are so pretty at Christmas time. But there is something about Suess Landing that is extra special. Maybe it’s the stage production of Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular, a live retelling of Dr. Seuss’ classic holiday tale. The entrance is in Islands of Adventure, with the show presented in a soundstage that is located between the two parks.

Universal Orlando Celebrates Holidays with Grinchmas  - photo by Carol Garreans

This show lasting about 30 minutes. This stage production is well done. The acting is good, and the sets put you in the middle of Whoville, while the air conditioning makes it seem like winter. Not really, but it is welcomed with our higher temps than normal for this time of year. The music is composed by Mannheim Steamroller. I really like this show, and so did my family.

The last of the big holiday events is the Mannheim Steamroller concert on select weekends. It’s always seems more like Christmas with their music. Those shows take place in the Universal Studios park, on the Music Plaza Stage. It’s not a 2 hour concert, but it’s a nice relaxing time as the park closes.

Universal Orlando Celebrates Holidays with Macy's Parade  - photo by Carol Garreans

All of these events (except the Mannheim Steamroller concert) run on selected dates through January 3, 2017, and are included with park admission. All of these events are also handicap accessible.

Read our post to find out more about holidays at Universal Orlando.

[All photos by Carol Garreans]

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