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Guide to Going to Disney World in December

December is a magical time of year in Disney World.  Magic Kingdom is decorated for Christmas. Epcot has the International Festival of the Holidays and there is plenty of holiday fun to be found at Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, Disney Springs and at the Disney Resorts!  Visiting Disney World in December is a special experience!

Guide to Going to Disney World in December

If you are planning a trip to Disney World in December, here is what you need to know:

Main Street USA decorated for Christmas

Crowds at Disney World in December

While December is a busy time in the Disney Parks, crowds are pretty low the first half of the month.

Once you get to the week before Christmas when everyone is out of school for the holiday break, the crowds grow and it is harder than ever to get into the parks because of peak crowd attendance.

Entrance to Magic Kingdom at Christmas

Disney World Events in December

One of the biggest reasons for visiting Disney World in December is because of all the different events going on.

Take a look at some of the fun things you can experience when visiting the parks this month.

Mickey's Christmas Party Tips

Disney Very Merry Christmas Party

The main event of the holiday season is Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.

Disney Christmas Parade Olaf Float

This special ticketed event features a Christmas Parade, special holiday treats, character meet & greets and even a dance party!

Cinderella Castle Holiday Display

The night ends with a special light show on the castle and Christmas Fireworks .

If you are planning on attending this party, I would suggest you buy your tickets well in advance as they do sell out!

Epcot Park Christmas Decorations

EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays

Running the end of November through the first of the year is the EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays where EPCOT celebrates holiday traditions for each of the 11 World Showcase Nations.

Pierre Noel in EPCOT

You will find holiday storytellers from each country, festive decorations, special holiday food and music.

EPCOT Holiday Cookie Stroll

There is even a holiday cookie stroll where you can try different types of cookies!

This celebration is FREE with your EPCOT park ticket.

Hollywood Studios Christmas Decor

Hollywood Studios at Christmas

Hollywood Studios does a great job with decorating at Christmastime!

Hollywood Studios Christmas Decor

Everywhere you turn there are sweet holiday displays reminiscent of a bygone era.

Along Sunset Boulevard, billboards suddenly transform into cartoon shorts that feature popular Disney characters discussing their love for the season.

And Tower of Terror even changes throughout the evening into different holiday displays!

Peanut Reindeer at Disney Springs

Disney Springs at Christmas

Disney Springs is decorated for Christmas just like the parks and holiday music is playing in the shops and along the walkways.

You will find stores, like World of Disney and LEGO, filled with holiday displays and plenty of items on every child’s Christmas list.

Meeting Santa at Disney Springs

There is even an opportunity to visit with Santa at his Chalet!

Weather in Disney World in December

The average high temperature in Orlando in December is 73º and partly sunny!

The humidity is gone, so while it is warm, it is not sticky like it is in the summer months.

This marks a much drier season for Florida, and while it can rain, most likely you won’t see it rain enough to dampen your visit to the parks!

Disney Christmas Outfits

What to Wear to Disney World in December

This is one of the few times of the year when you can actually wear either shorts or pants to Disney World and be comfortable.

The main thing to know is that it can be cool in the mornings and in the evenings, so you will want to dress in layers.

If you celebrate Christmas, this December is a great time to wear your Disney Christmas t-shirt in the parks!

Find out what else you can expect during Christmastime in Disney World.

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