Guide to Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando R$esort at Christmas time

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Loews Portofino Bay Hotel Christmas

Want to make the Christmas season truly special?  Then consider a stay at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at the Universal Orlando Resort!

Stay at Portofino Bay at Universal Orlando Resort this Christmas season

Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando is a wonderful luxury hotel themed like an Italian Riviera village.  Portofino Bay is within walking distance or a short boat ride away from Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure theme parks.  You can also take a boat or walk to Universal CityWalk.  The hotel features large luxurious rooms and wonderful amenities like a great pool and a Mandara spa.  Portifino Bay is an official Universal hotel so you also get great perks like early entry to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

With all these great features, it’s not surprising it is one of the more expensive Universal hotels.  But you can still get a great deal if you book a stay through here.  And it will be definitely worth the price.  Portofino Bay is a wonderful hotel to stay in any time of the year.  Though it is especially great at Christmas time.  You can see how great the hotel is and Christmas decorations from this video.  We took during a November Universal trip last year:

But this video only begins to scratch the surface.  That’s because there are so many reasons Loews Portofino Bay hotel really comes to life during the holidays.  And we’ll go over those in this Loews Portofino Bay Christmas Guide.

A picture of Christmas decorations at Universal's Portofino Bay Hotel & Spa in Orlando, Florida

Holiday Harbor Nights

Holiday Harbor Nights take place on Friday, November 29, 2019.  This is the Christmas tree lighting ceremony.  It takes place at the giant Christmas tree at the Harbor Piazza.  You can see the Christmas tree going up here:

The Harbor Piazza at Universal Orlando's Portofino Bay hotel has a huge Christmas tree during the holiday season

Seeing the beautiful lights decorated on this amazing Christmas tree is wonderful enough.  But you also get to enjoy select wines and delicious gourmet foods from each of the hotel’s restaurants.  Plus there’s live music and dancing.  So this is definitely something you’ll want to experience.

Visits from Santa and Mrs. Claus

Harbor Piazza really is the place to be during the holiday season at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel.  Because if you visit Harbor Piazza from December 20th through December 24th, you can visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus for free!

Strolling Holiday Carolers

Starting Friday, December 20th through Christmas, you can enjoy great Christmas music from carolers!  They’ll be in the lobby and throughout the hotel from 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM.

Kids’ Holiday Crafts & Activities

December 20th really is when things get cooking at Portofino Bay!  Because starting December 20th through January 1st, there will be holiday crafts and activities for kids.  This is available in the lobby for free.

Holiday Cookies & Beverages in the Lobby

Starting Friday, December 6, 2019, up until Wednesday, January 1, 2020, you’ll be able to get free holiday cookies in the lobby!  This is available from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM.

Christmas Day Buffet

Lucky enough to be spending Christmas day at Portofino Bay?  Then you’ll want to check out their Christmas day buffet!  Live music makes the event more special.  And there’s lots of stuff that entertains children.  We’re talking a face painter, a balloonist, crafts, activities and even appearances from Universal characters!

But of course, you want to know about the food.  It is a buffet, right?  Well, the Christmas Day Buffet features a delicious menu of great food:

Hot Main Selections

This includes:

  • Chianti Braised Short Rib
  • Crab Cake
  • Cauliflower and Root Vegetable Casserole
  • Teriyaki Braised Pork Belly
  • And more!

Carving Station

This includes:

  • Rosemary Rubbed Citrus Turkey
  • Pineapple Rum Glazed Ham
  • And more!


This includes:

  • Pumpkin Pecan Pie
  • Eggnog Cheesecake
  • Chocolate Ruffle Cake
  • Gingerbread White Chocolate Bavarian Mousse
  • Buche de Noel
  • Chocolate & Vanilla Ice Crem
  • Strawberry Cheesecake Spring Roll with Chocolate
  • And more!


This includes:

  • Tomato and Mozzarella Salad
  • Apple and Pear with Toasted Almond
  • Romaine Lettuce with Caesar Dressing
  • Old Fashioned Potato Salad
  • Quinoa Salad with Charred Cauliflower
  • And more!

Children’s Buffet

This includes:

  • Pepperoni and Cheese Pizza
  • Mac and Cheese
  • Spaghetti Meat Balls
  • Chicken Tenders, Honey Mustard
  • PB&J Sandwiches
  • And more!

Chilled Seafood

This includes:

  • Snow Crab Claw
  • Citrus Poached Jumbo Shrimp,
  • Black Mussel
  • Oysters
  • And more!


  • Italian Pasta and Vegetable Soup
  • Sicilian Seafood Chowder

Cold Appetizers

This includes:

  • Smoked Salmon
  • Grilled Bread and Crostini
  • Domestic & Imported Cheeses
  • And more!

Egg and Risotto Station

Create your own omelet or risotto with assorted condiments.

Pasta Station

Create your own pasta with the chefs’ fresh selection.

Hanukkah Menorah Lighting Ceremony

Loews Portofino Bay doesn’t just celebrate Christmas during the holiday season.  There’s also a Hanukkah Menorah Lighting Ceremony in the lobby.

Universal Orlando Theme Parks

Now, when you stay at Loews Portofino Bay, you can walk to Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure.  Or you can take a great boat ride.  And this is great during the holiday season because there’s a lot of great holiday fun at the parks.  You can read more about it in our Universal Orlando Holidays Guide.

You should note that staying at the hotel does not include tickets to the parks.  But you can save money on your tickets by booking them along with Portofino Bay through this website.