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What to expect: A not-so-grumpy Grinchmas at Universal Orlando with Dr. Seuss characters and Macy's Holiday Parade

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December

After his successful heart enlargement, the Grinch is the king of Christmas around Universal Orlando's Islands of Adventure.

Walking under the archway into Seuss Landing, you'll feel like you've stepped into Whoville, the bustling town of the Christmas-loving Whos.

Lights and festive wreaths line the streets. Just about every lamp post and available pole has a fluffy garland with glittery metallic ornaments.

You'll probably bump into some Whos decorating, caroling and spreading good cheer. Be sure to introduce yourself and join in on some of their antics.

For fans of the mean green one, the Grinch is available to meet-and-greets at the Seuss Landing bookshop during scheduled times.

The Grinch and the Whos seen on the streets of Seuss Landing are the same ones who perform in the annual theatrical retelling of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, the Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular, which runs daily.

Don't miss: The Grinch and Friends Character Breakfast.

What better way to start the day at Grinchmas than with Green Eggs and Ham at the Circus McGurkus Cafe? You'll also get a chance to meet other characters, get autographs and snap a photo with the Grinch. Tickets $34.99 for adults, $20.00 for children 9 and under.

Over at the Studios, the Christmas cheer doesn't stop at the famous arches. They're regally bedecked with garlands and bulbs.

Nightly, the streets of Universal Studios turn into a scaled-down version of the famous Thanksgiving parade in New York City.

The Macy's Holiday Parade at Universal features some of the massive and iconic balloons and floats seen on 34th Street in Manhattan.

Just like the parade in New York, the one in Orlando mixes classics with a bit of something new.

Characters from The Nutcracker sit atop tricycles with huge balloon nutcrackers as passengers. Mother Ginger's cavernous skirt is made into a plump balloon. Sleek candy canes prance on stilts while dancers strut and kick just as high as the famous Radio City Rockettes.

Don't miss: "Yes, Virginia" giant inflatable.

The popular tale about a young girl seeking confirmation of Santa Claus in a New York newspaper is brought to life in the Macy's Parade. Virginia O'Hanlon flies through the sky as one of the massive parade balloons. She even clutches her prized letter The Sun.

Contact Chelsea Tatham at ctatham@tampabay.com. Follow @chelseatatham.


If you go

Holiday attractions at Universal Orlando run through Jan. 1. Events are included with admission starting at $110 for a single park, $160 for a one-day park-to-park ticket for adults, $155 for children 9 and under. universalorlando.com.

[Last modified: Monday, December 5, 2016 2:24pm]

    

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