• Posted on 12/12/2014

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Oh what fun it is to celebrate the holidays at Universal Orlando Resort. The most joyous holiday traditions sparkle with cheer, including new surprises in the Macy's Holiday Parade, face-to-face encounters with the Grinch and the yuletide sounds of Mannheim Steamroller. Universal's festive season of events are guaranteed to add glitz and glamor to your family's celebration in Orlando.

Included in regular park admission, you can enjoy this two-park (Universal Studios Florida and Universal's Islands of Adventure) celebration from now through January 4, 2015.

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Visit Orlando's holiday revelers got the inside scoop from Universal's Producers about this year's new features and new surprises. Here are our top tips you must know before you go.

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Macy's Holiday Parade
Many of us have dreamed of watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in person on the streets of New York City. Now that magic comes to life on the streets of Universal Studios Florida with many of the larger-than-life balloons that have made this parade an annual tradition.

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Insider Tip: Grab a seat on the sidewalk by the five-story Christmas tree, this is one of the best spots to get the first look at all of the floats, bands and balloons in the Macy's Holiday Parade.

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This year, Chloe The Clown "Balloonicle," a new addition to the parade combines a towering balloon with a self-powered vehicle that roams the streets of Universal Studios. See more insider facts about this fascinating addition to this historical parade.

Chloe "Balloonicle" Insider Facts:

  • Chloe stands 25 feet tall and took six years to build
  • The Balloonicle debuted in the 2014 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
  • Chloe is a balloon vehicle - balloon over a self-propelled vehicle
  • The Balloonicle is battery powered and has continuously air pumped into the balloon
  • Chloe is one year old and was designed after European clowns

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Mannheim Steamroller
Following the tree lighting ceremony with Santa Claus at the Macy's Holiday Parade, make your way to the Music Plaza stage at Universal Studios. The acclaimed musical group synonymous with the Christmas holiday season, Mannheim Steamroller, will perform memorable holiday hits on Dec. 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, and 21.

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Insider Tip: Find a comfortable spot in the grass under the stars so you don't have stand in the back. Then sit back, relax and enjoy the majestic holiday sounds from their new album "30/40."

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Grinchmas
Universal's Islands of Adventure transforms Seuss Landing into the world of Grinchmas. Included with park admission, Grinchmas will be sure to delight Dr. Seuss fans of all ages with festive storybook décor, a heartwarming live show featuring recorded music by Mannheim Steamroller, and meet-and-greet- opportunities with the Grinch himself!

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Insider Tip: Although there are up to eight shows in a day, get in line extra early for the 30 minute Grinchmas show so you can get the best seat possible, the center section is best.

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Bonus Tip: Get your camera ready, because in this show you're allowed to take pictures and video! Just make sure to turn off your flash. Use #UniversalHolidays when you share your photos of the show. Your friends will be green with envy.

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These must do events are just part of the many holiday events in Orlando happening now through New Year's Day. Contact one of our Official Travel Counselors to help plan holly jolly holiday traditions that will have your family singing "fa-la-la-la" all the way home.

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