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Macy’s Holiday Parade at Universal Studios

The Christmas season only comes once a year and in the United States it is usually kicked off just after Thanksgiving.

While many people spend the day glued to the television watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, they never think of it being part of their Universal Studios vacation in Orlando, Florida.

Highlight it and feel the spirit of the holiday with Macy’s Holiday Parade.

With the help of Santa and his elves this is not the case.

Balloons and floats from the parade in NYC are transported to Universal Studios for this special event.

Highlight your holiday vacation to Central Florida and feel the spirit of the holiday with Macy's Holiday Parade right inside of the theme park.

Take your family and friends to the Universal Studios Florida and enjoy the experience.

Aside from the park’s amazing rides, your children will be thrilled to take part in this experience.

December 5 to January 2 are the days the festivities will run, so make sure to save at least one of these dates.

You want to participate in this big event.

If you are feeling up for it you can sign up to be balloon handlers and take part in bringing holiday joy to the crowds along the streets.

Registration begins two hours before parade time in the Woody Woodpecker's KidZone.

This is strictly on a first come first serve basis with the only requirement being that you be over 48 inches tall and wearing closed-toe shoes.

The Macy’s Holiday Parade is one of Universal Studios’ big events.

The holiday celebration happens every night before the park closes.

After the parade you will notice that the tree lighting ceremony begins.

Enjoy the dazzling lights and music as you draw your evening to a close.

The procession features balloons and floats that were used in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.

Macy’s Parade Floats & Balloons

The Santa balloon, polar bear float, clowns, giant candy canes, marching band and other symbols of Christmas will make you feel the spirit of merriment.

Both the children and kids at heart will enjoy this march.

Santa’s appearance is sure to make the young ones happy.

What’s most amazing about this is the impressive Christmas tree with stunning lights and music.

The Mannheim Steamroller is also set to perform in this season.

Be sure to take note of their schedule in order to catch this Christmas Mannheim Steamroller on select Saturday and Sunday nights in December.

They will entertain you renditions of Christmas classics.

Rides

Be sure to experience all the rides this theme park has to offer.

There are more than two dozen exciting rides to choose from.

The Thrill Rides are perfect for the adventurous types.

Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, The Incredible Hulk Coaster, and the Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit will bring the adrenaline rush you need.

If you have children with you, there are a number of rides designed for them. Flight of the Hippogriff, The Cat in the Hat, and Despicable Me Mini Mayhem are some of the kiddie adventures the whole family can enjoy together.

Shop and Dine

In Universal Studios Florida, fun does not stop when it’s time to eat.

Have a chance to meet your favorite characters while eating a tasty meal.

If you want to take part in this experience, make sure to reserve your spot at Café La Bamba to meet characters from Nickelodeon, Despicable Me and many others.

Other choices are the Lombard’s Seafood Grille Deck, Three Broomstick, and Circus McGurkus Café Stoo-pendous.

Don’t just make memories in the Universal Studios Florida.

Get something that will remind you of your great adventure in this place.

T-shirts, rare artworks, toys, apparel—they have anything you can ask for.

Unique shops offer great gifts you can take home to your family and friends.

Get a keepsake to remember that this place is something worth returning to.

Tickets

Universal's Military Salute honors active and retired serviceman and women a free  3 day ticket.

Promotional offers are also available with the timeshare tour.

Tickets can also be purchased  without the tour.

The Macy’s Holiday Parade is something to look forward to this season.

The festivities and activities in Universal Studios Florida are just the thing you need to cap off your holiday visit.

By Marie Ospina
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