Holiday Parades in Orlando

Parades & Festivals

For many of us, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade® is a TV tradition this time of year. Once the legendary New York City parade ends, many of its breathtaking balloons and floats are sent straight to us for Universal Studios Florida®’s very own holiday spectacular featuring marching bands, clowns, and an appearance by Santa himself! Afterwards, enjoy the spectacular tree lighting ceremony with music and a dazzling display of lights! The Orlando version of the parade begins at 5:00 pm on nights between December 3rd, 2016 – December 18th, 2016, and at 8:00 pm on nights for December 19th, 2016 – January 1st, 2017.

While Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure don’t plan specific Thanksgiving festivities – other than extended park hours because of the busy holiday weekend – Thanksgiving is celebrated at Universal’s on-site hotels: Portofino Bay Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel, Royal Pacific Resort, Sapphire Falls Resort, and Cabana Bay Beach Resort. If you’re planning on being at Disney World for Thanksgiving, here is a list of restaurants planning on serving a Thanksgiving meal. Note that all of the restaurants in the parks, resorts and Downtown Disney are open.

This year, the on-site hotels are featuring a festive lineup of holiday celebrations. From holiday buffets with live entertainment to a tree-lighting luau and Holiday Harbor Nights, the resorts will glisten with holiday decorations and the spirit of the season. Let’s check out the full lineup!

So consider the alternatives to cooking for the holidays. Instead of preparing a meal from scratch, you can order take-out or catered meals, dine at one of many spots, or organize a potluck. Many have found that making a Thanksgiving meal from scratch can be the most costly. We can’t decide for you which will be the best fit, but it’s nice to know you have options in Orlando. Happy Holidays!