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Guide to Going to Disney World at Christmas

If you are planning on going to Disney World at Christmas this year, you might be wondering what to expect. Visiting Disney World this time of year is truly magical and you will find that the parks are filled with plenty of holiday cheer.

Guide to Going to Disney World at Christmas

Guide to Going to Disney World at Christmas

This is quite possibly my favorite time of year at Disney World! Wondering what you can expect during the Christmas season? Here is how you can celebrate the holidays at each of the Disney parks!

Christmas at Magic Kingdom

Beginning the first week of November, Magic Kingdom transforms into a winter wonderland!

The front entrance will have hanging garlands and colorful lights.

Disney Castle at Christmas

Main Street USA will feature a beautiful over-the-top Christmas tree, wreaths lining the street and festive window displays in the shops.

Jingle Cruise Poster

Those looking for some Christmas magic will also find it on the Jingle Cruise. This is the only time of the year when the jokes and decor change on the Jungle Cruise!

Disney Christmas Treat Display

Unique Disney holiday treats will still be available and you can find unique holiday souvenirs to bring home with you!

Main Street USA at Christmas

You will have the opportunity to celebrate at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party this year and if you want to experience it, you will need to get your tickets well in advance.

Christmas at Animal Kingdom

While Animal Kingdom doesn’t do it up like some of the other Disney parks, you can expect to find a few new holiday enhancements.

At Discovery Island, you will find life-size, artisan-sculpted animal puppets—including reindeer, penguins and polar bears.

Animal Kingdom Floatilla

Your favorite Disney characters will be dressed in their holiday finest and appear in festive flotillas along the Discovery River.

Lastly, the Tree of Life will take on a NEW Holiday Theme transformation at night!

Christmas Tree at Hollywood Studios at Christmas

Christmas at Hollywood Studios

You will find plenty of Christmas magic at Hollywood Studios! This park really does a great job of celebrating the holidays.

Christmas Hamm

One of my favorite spots in Hollywood Studios during Christmas is Toy Story Land. You will find it decorated with giant presents, toys and fanciful ornaments!

Toy Story Land Meet & Greet at Christmas

Disney Characters will be dressed in their holiday best and you will find that even Buzz Lightyear gets in on the Christmas spirit!

Hollywood Studios Santa

There will be merry motorcades at Disney’s Hollywood Studios featuring some of your favorite Disney characters! You might even spot Santa himself!

Minnie Mouse will host a yuletide dining experience at Hollywood & Vine, inviting some of her best pals – including Santa Goofy – to join the fun.

Snowman Topiary at Epcot

Christmas at EPCOT

EPCOT is often overlooked at Christmastime, but it is one of the best parks to visit! Not only will you find it decorated, but there are plenty of fun events and Christmas activities to take part in.

Pierre Noel in EPCOT

Our favorite thing to experience is EPCOT’s Festival of the Holidays where you can experience Christmas traditions from different cultures.

Not only can you experience traditions, you can also try holiday food from different cultures! This Disney World Christmas celebration runs the entire month of December!

EPCOT Holiday Cookie Stroll

EPCOT also features a Holiday Cookie Stroll where you can explore the park & taste holiday cookies!

Official Holiday Cookie Stroll Locations

  • Yukon Holiday Kitchen
    SNICKER-Doodle Cookie made with SNICKERS® bar pieces
  • L’Chaim! Holiday Kitchen
    Black and White Cookie
  • American Holiday Table
    Chocolate Crinkle Cookie made with DOVE Dark Chocolate
  • Bavaria Holiday Kitchen
    Linzer Cookie
  • Holiday Hearth Desserts
    Gingerbread Cookie

Speaking of cookies, you should definitely make time to see the gingerbread display inside American Adventure! Each year, it seems to grow in detail!

Epcot Candlelight Processional

Not to be missed is the Candlelight Processional!

Each night, a celebrity narrator tells the story of Christmas, recounting the biblical tale of a savior born in Bethlehem. Woven into the production are stirring songs of hope and joy performed by the orchestra and massed choir.

Grand Floridian Christmas

Christmas at Disney Resorts

One of the things that many people don’t realize is that Disney decorates their Disney Resorts for Christmas just like they do at the parks.

You will find each resort lobby filled with Christmas magic.

Beach Club Gingerbread Carousel 2023

Some Disney Resorts are better decorated than others, but they are free to visit so if you have the time, be sure to do it!

Disney Blizzard Beach

Blizzard Beach

This is your chance to visit a waterpark during the holidays and experience Florida in a whole different way.

Since you will be at a Ski Resort, you will get to have the perks of being in what looks like a cold environment during the Christmas season.

Some of the holiday events at Blizzard Beach that you will get to experience are:

  • Santa Claus dressed for a day of tropical fun.
  • Snowfall in select locations at the park.
  • Seasonal menu items: Peppermint Milkshake, Orange Bird Santa Cone and more.
  • Holiday-themed inner tubes.
Peanut Reindeer at Disney Springs

Christmas at Disney Springs

Elaborately decorated Christmas trees will spring up throughout Disney Springs and you won’t want to miss seeing them decorated.

There will also be a magical snowfall at Town Center, West Side and The Landing.

Meeting Santa at Disney Springs

Want to get a photo with Santa? You will be able to find him at Disney Springs!

Looking for some magical dining experiences, check these out:

Favorite Disney World Winter Clothing

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