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! If you are planning a trip to Disney World in December, here is what you can look forward to experiencing….
Guide to Going to Disney World in December
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.
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 Very Merry Christmas Party
The Christmas party has it all; free cookies & hot cocoa, special Disney character meet & greets, a Christmas parade (with Santa) and the most amazing holiday fireworks show ever!
Because Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is so popular, be sure to get your tickets in advance!
While the Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas party is the biggest draw, there are plenty of free events that are part of your ticket price.
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.
You will find storytellers, festive decorations, food and music
Watch the Candle Light Processional at Epcot
While you have to pay a separate fee for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom, you can experience the Candle Light Processional for free at Epcot.
Taking place 3 times a day, this event features guest narrators, full choir and orchestra.
It is a feast for the senses with a beautiful array of holiday music and stories.
Hollywood Studios does a great job with decorating at Christmastime!
You will find an enormous Christmas Tree at Echo Lake and holiday displays throughout the park.
There is even a special Meet & Greet with Santa (or Santa Goofy).
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.
There is even a meet & greet with Santa at Santa’s Chalet!
Disney World Resorts
This is a great time of year to check out different Disney World resorts. All are decorated for the holidays, but some are decorated more than others
If you don’t have time to see them all, visit these Disney Resorts in December.
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!
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!