Universal Orlando in December

Celebrate the Winter Holidays at Universal Orlando

Universal Orlando Macy's Holiday Parade
••• Don't miss the Macy's Holiday Parade when you visit Universal Orlando in December. © Universal Studios Orlando

November < December > January

Events:

December's prime event at Universal Orlando is Grinchmas, featuring the big green Grinch himself. Expect to see great decorations, fun parades and seasonal themed events when you visit Universal's Islands of Adventure in December. You can also catch the traditional and festive Macy's Holiday parade when you visit Universal Orlando this month.

If you want to rock the New Year, then Universal CityWalk's New Year's Eve celebration jam-packed with unique party zones, clubs featuring live music and unlimited gourmet eats and the outdoor pulse-pumping dance floor.

Weather:

The last of November marked the end of hurricane season in Florida, so the tropics are no longer a worry. In fact, December brings comfortable days and cool evenings to Universal Orlando. If you want to enjoy all the fun of the parks without suffering in the heat, then this month is a good time to go.

What to Pack:

Long sleeve shirts and pants will keep you comfortable this month, but shorts are also appropriate for sunny days if you can tolerate the probability of slightly cooler temperatures. You should pack a sweater or light jacket for cooler evenings at Universal Orlando during December. Of course, comfortable shoes are a must for those hours you'll be spending pounding the pavement at the theme parks — Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure.

Be sure to pack at least one suitable outfit if you plan on dining out at one of Orlando's more stylish restaurants or taking in a nightclub, plus festive holiday attire will help put you in the mood for completing your shopping.

And, don't forget your swim suit for frolicking in Universal Orlando hotel's heated swimming pools.

Crowds:

While the weather will be ideal, expect to run into some crowded conditions at Universal Orlando in December. Islands of Adventure will be particularly crowded, since both Grinchmas and the popular Wizarding World of Harry Potter are in this area.

There will be pockets of lower attendance in the beginning of the month, but anticipate large crowds as the month progresses, peaking during the week between Christmas and New Year's Eve.

Tips:

  • Often the parks are forced to close during the extremely busy holiday
  • Give yourself plenty of time to travel to the Universal Orlando theme parks if you are not staying onsite.
  • Consider bypassing watery rides at the Islands of Adventure and Universal Orlando; you will get wet and the day may be too cool for comfort.
  • Pick up holiday gifts that you just can't find anywhere else when you visit Universal Orlando during December. You'll enjoy a fun vacation and finish your Christmas shopping in a festive environment.

Edited by Dawn Henthorn, Florida Travel Expert since 2000.