Most of us have a favorite holiday. For some people that holiday is Christmas. What could be better than celebrating your favorite holiday at your favorite place? I know what you’re thinking, happy place, right?! Christmas at Walt Disney World is the perfect way to spend this holiday season. So now, what is there going on that’s special just for Christmas time? I can answer that…plenty!
Christmas at the Magic Kingdom
Let’s face it, your trip can’t be complete without going to see the castle! First of all, the magic kingdom goes from Halloween and fall to Christmas and winter overnight, literally. It’s quite amazing to see this happen, so if you plan your trip right one day it will be fall and the next it will be winter. Also starting in early November starts Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party (MVMCH). Like the Halloween party, the Christmas party runs on certain dates and requires an additional, special event, ticket.
Every night at dusk you can watch at the Christmas tree comes to life as it is lit. One of everyone’s favorite rides transforms for the season as well. The Jungle Cruise transforms to the Jingle Cruise. The décor, music, and jokes are all a bit more holiday themed than the rest of the year. I mentioned the castle before, well everyone’s favorite queen helps to light up the castle at night. Elsa works her frozen magic on the castle giving it a stunning glow. Look for Elsa on the stage out front of the castle.
Christmas at EPCOT
One of the next big events aside from the Christmas party at Magic Kingdom is the Candlelight Processional. Starting in Late November going all the way through Christmas and shortly beyond you can listen to a celebrity (check the schedule to see which celebrity will be there during your visit) read aloud a presentation of a Christmas Story. If that wasn’t awesome enough, a huge choir and orchestra accompany the celebrity at this event. There is no extra cost to attend the event, however you can guarantee a seat by purchasing a dinner package.
Now let’s travel around the world. In each pavilion there are special storytellers and other entertainment at various times of the day. Don’t forget to stop in the American Pavilion and visit Santa and the misses. What a special picture with Santa! Even though you may have seen Reflections of the Earth a dozen times, you won’t want to miss it during this time of the year. There is a special ending that you can only see during the Christmas time frame. Do you love Christmas carols? Then you will want to stop by the Voices of Liberty to listen and watch some a cappella singing of carols. You can stop by the Fountain of Nations stage to listen to some gospel singing. Be sure to check for show times for both groups.
Christmas at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
You will defiantly want to check out the new Jingle Bell, Jingle Bam! The show tells the story of a search-and-rescue mission to get Santa returned to the North Pole in time for the big day and includes holiday moments from several Disney classics. Goofy Santa greets you starting Christmas day through New Year’s Eve.
Christmas at Animal Kingdom
Let’s travel to the Animal Kingdom. Mickey and Minnie will meet you in their holiday best as well as the other usual characters around the park along with a Christmas themed parade.
Christmas at Disney Springs
Special people such as soldiers and carolers will be around the area as you shop and dine. Additionally you can meet Santa and then Goofy Santa (just like Hollywood Studios) here too. A new nighttime lightshow will be available for viewing as well.
Christmas at Walt Disney World Resorts
Most of the resorts offer spectacular decorations and giant gingerbread houses. Take the monorail loop or the boat to visit some of these resorts. The giant gingerbread house at the Grand Floridian is a must see.
What is your favorite thing about Christmas at Walt Disney World?
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