This year's parade is very similar to last year. Stilt walkers different balloons, park characters, and bands appeared with the parade which kicked off at Horror Makeup show at 5pm. The New Superstar parade has been bumped into an earlier time at 2 pm ( check park guide maps ).
Video from last years parade:
Some of the balloons are scattered along side the parade route for viewing.
When watching the parade near Universal's Christmas tree you will be able to see Santa and his helpers light the Christmas tree as he passes by :
Over at Islands of Adventure celebrate the Wholidays with Whos who stroll around Seuss Landing.
Rockn' Around the Christmas Tree:
With several shows make sure to check out The Grinchmas Wholiday Spectacular. The re-telling of the Christmas story starring the Grinch. ( check guide maps for show times )
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