Universal Orlando Resort Adds Special Hotel Activities as Part of Holidays Celebration


Universal Orlando Resort has announced exciting Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year’s activities taking place across its eight spectacular hotels as part of the destination’s Holidays celebration, which runs now through January 1, 2023.

From holiday meals and special ceremonies to parties, entertainment, and so much more, guests can partake in memorable holiday festivities while surrounded by dazzling décor that perfectly complements each hotel’s individual theme.

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Here is just a sample of what guests can enjoy throughout the remainder of the holiday season:

Hanukkah Menorah Lightings: From Sunday, December 18 through Monday, December 26, 2022, a Hanukkah Menorah Lighting ceremony will take place in the lobby of each hotel around sundown. Guests can visit or call the concierge or front desk for times.

Strolling Holiday Carolers: From Monday, December 19 through Saturday, December 25, 2022, guests can enjoy the festive performances of strolling holiday carolers in the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel lobby, taking place from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. each night.

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Christmas Day Buffet in Trattoria del Porto: This dining experience includes live music and an incredible variety of menu options — including a cheese station, seafood, pasta, meats, dessert and more. View the full menu here.

Christmas Day Acoustic Brunch in The Kitchen: Guests can delight in breakfast classics like buttermilk pancakes, bacon and potatoes; made-to-order eggs benedict and omelets; a chef’s selection of meats; and a variety of desserts — including vanilla bean crème brûlée, Southern Comfort red velvet cake pops, donuts, and more. View the full menu here.

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New Year’s Eve Party on the Piazza: Guests can ring in the new year with a family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration on the hotel’s picturesque outdoor Harbor Piazza — featuring gourmet foods, desserts, beer*, wine*, a live DJ and dancing (*Alcoholic beverages served to adults – ages 21+ – only). Tickets are available for purchase here.

Aventura’s New Year’s Eve Celebration: Guests 21 and up can enjoy the celebration beginning at 8:00 p.m. with a standing room ticket — starting at $150 plus tax and ticketing fees — which includes food, beer, wine and featured specialty cocktails until 10:00 p.m. A cash bar will be available from 10:00 p.m. until 1:00 a.m.

New Year’s Day Breakfast Buffet in Amatista Cookhouse: Guests can make a reservation here for the New Year’s Day breakfast buffet at Amatista Cookhouse. Adults (ages 21+) can add all-you-care-to-enjoy mimosa and Cubanita cocktails for just $21 more.

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Guests staying at a Universal Orlando hotel can take advantage of exclusive benefits — including Early Park Admission, allowing guests to access one of the three amazing theme parks up to an hour before park opening, complimentary transportation to and from the parks, resort-wide charging privileges, and more.

Universal Orlando’s Holidays celebration runs daily through Sunday, January 1, 2023. For more information about other exciting events and how to make reservations and purchase tickets, please visit Universal Orlando Resort.

Margaret has been a writer and editor for Nerds and Beyond since 2018. She loves Grogu, Doctor Who, and The OA. And she's still salty about #WaywardSisters. Find her on Twitter and TikTok at @MargNation.

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