I recently partnered with Universal Orlando Resort for the holidays. They so kindly provided accommodations and additional amenities during my stay. While this post is sponsored, thoughts and opinions are my own.

There's nothing quite like the holiday season at Universal Orlando Resort. From the twinkling lights to the tinsel trees, the parks and resort hotels offer just the right amount of festive decor to get you and your Instagram feed in the Christmas spirit... because if you didn't post, did you even go?

Luckily for you, I've done the hard work of finding the perfect locations for you and rounded up the most Instagrammable holiday spots at Universal Orlando Resort. See them all below!


Loews Sapphire Falls Resort

Looking for a Caribbean paradise to cure those winter blues? Head to Loews Sapphire Falls Resort, where you'll experience holiday decor with a tropical twist. Be sure to check out the handmade gingerbread village in the lobby. Foodies - grab a pic to share later on Instagram!

Universal's Aventura Hotel

If you're more into modern decor, Universal's Aventura Hotel is the place for you. Their glistening trees are sure to satisfy your chic taste. P.S. Bonus points for trying their signature holiday cocktails (21+) - Frosted Fizz (Bar 17 Bistro) and Sleigh on Sand (barVentura) - or grab a holiday drink from the Starbucks in the lobby! If you have the Kira Kira app on your phone, this is the perfect place to take those glittering videos to share on your Instagram.

Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort

Retro Christmas, coming right up! Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort offers a fun twist on mid-century holiday decor. Tinsel trees with colorful ornaments greet you in the lobby. While you're there, try the Holiday Sangria (21+) and do a "cheers" Boomerang at the Swizzle Lounge. Afterwards, grab a photo in front of the tinsel trees for a pop of color in your Instagram feed.

Loews Royal Pacific Resort

Loews Royal Pacific Resort offers subtle yet whimsical holiday decor. The tree in the main lobby greets guests with South Seas-infused ornaments, complete with a gingerbread village. Waltz downstairs to find a tree that looks as though it emerged from a coral reef. If you prefer a more tropical holiday, this place is perfect for your 'grams.

Loews Portofino Bay Hotel

Beep, beep! Scoot over to Loews Portofino Bay Hotel for a taste of Italy. An enormous tree is situated in the center of the Harbor Piazza, perfect for selfies while sipping a Starbucks coffee. There's one located just off to the side of the tree. Probably my favorite of the hotels we visited since it was so picturesque!

Hard Rock Hotel Orlando

Last but not least, Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando puts a whole new meaning of rockin' around the Christmas tree. Records and instruments hang from the tree in the lobby, with sounds of Christmas music playing in the background. A must-gram!

Universal Studios Florida 

On your way to the roller coasters, take a detour through the streets of Universal Studios. There are plenty of sites to see, fully decorated for the holidays. I've never been to New York City at Christmastime, but I have a feeling it looks something like this! Not a lot of guests pause here, so it's a great place for photos without a lot of people in the background.

Diagon Alley

Happy Christmas, Harry! As a self-proclaimed Harry Potter fan, I can't get enough of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, and it's extra magical during the holiday season. It's incredible to see the amount of detail that goes into each and every corner in Diagon Alley. From the garland that lines the buildings to the wreaths on the doors, it's all so enchantingly festive and I love it. So many opportunities for the perfect Instagram shot!

Islands of Adventure


All aboard the Hogwarts Express to Hogsmeade, located at Islands of Adventure. Much like Diagon Alley, Hogsmeade shows off its holiday best with storefronts lined with evergreen garland. It may not snow in Florida, but with this wintry backdrop, it might as well look like it did! Your Instagram posts will have an extra dose of winter magic here.

Seuss Landing

Before you go, stop by Seuss Landing to celebrate Grinchmas! You can even meet the Grinch himself while you're there. Seuss Landing has the cutest Christmas decor of them all, so if you want a little bit of whimsy in your photos, this is the spot to take them.

The holiday season is truly the best time to visit Universal Orlando Resort, and there is no shortage of opportunities for the perfect Instagram while you're here. Be sure to follow @universalorlando and @universalorlandohotels for more inspiration!

Thanks again to Universal Orlando Resort for hosting me!