Best Ways to Celebrate Christmas at Walt Disney World

Best Ways to Celebrate Christmas at Walt Disney World

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Every year at Christmastime, the magic of Disney combines with the magic of the season to provide a truly remarkable experience. Guests visiting the parks will experience snow in central Florida, beautiful Christmas lights, spectacular holiday show, and so much more.

Candlelight Processional

When I visited Walt Disney World at Christmastime, one of the highlights of the trip was watching the Candlelight Processional at Epcot. This show, which is included with park admission, takes place in the America Gardens Theatre and features a mass choir singing Christmas classics. Each night, a celebrity narrator joins the show to read the Christmas story from the Bible. The Candlelight Processional is a great way to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas combined with the magic of Disney.

Epcot Storytellers

As you visit the eleven countries around World Showcase, you will be able to learn how each different culture celebrates the holiday season. Each pavilion is home to a Storyteller who shares the holiday traditions of their country. In Mexico, you’ll see Los Tres Reyes Magos who tell the story of their journey to see baby Jesus. In Italy, a witch called La Befana tells of how she brings presents to children on the eve of the Epiphany. Listening to these talented storytellers is a fascinating experience for children, and adults, of all ages.

Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM

This nighttime spectacular at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is one of the more recent additions to Walt Disney World’s Christmas celebration. Though I haven’t seen this show in person, I was able to watch a live stream of the show when it debuted. The show is amazing to watch from home, so I can only imagine how special it must be to see in person! Brilliant projections of Disney Christmas cartoons are shown on the Chinese Theater while Christmas music plays and fireworks light up the sky.

Once Upon A Christmastime Parade

Best Ways to Celebrate Christmas at Walt Disney World

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This special Christmas parade takes place at Magic Kingdom during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. The parade features favorite Disney characters dressed in their holiday attire and enjoying their favorite winter activities such as ice-skating and sledding. You’ll hear Christmas music and even smell gingerbread and candy as the parade passes by! Adorable gingerbread men and reindeer march down the street as they prepare the way for Santa Claus. Approximately a week prior to Christmas, the parade will also run for park guests to enjoy during the daytime.

Decorations on Main Street, U.S.A.

The decorations on Main Street make for a stunning sight as you enter the Magic Kingdom. Garland hangs high above the street and decorates each lamp post. A giant Christmas tree add Christmas magic to the town square. At nighttime, the magic comes alive on Main Street as snow falls and over 200,000 sparkling LED lights make Cinderella Castle sparkle in the night.

Gingerbread Houses

At Christmastime, several of the Walt Disney World Resort hotels see the addition of exquisite gingerbread creations. Though some of the creations change from year to year, they are always a wonderful sight to see. Upon walking into the Grand Floridian, you’ll be met with the smell of gingerbread as a 16 foot-tall gingerbread house decorates the lobby. In past years, the Contemporary resort has been home to a giant gingerbread tree, as well as, a Frozen themed gingerbread display. A beautiful gingerbread carousel can often be found at Disney’s Beach Club resort.

Have you visited Walt Disney World at Christmastime? Let me know your favorite ways to celebrate the season in the comments below!

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I’ve been fortunate to spend some time in Florida in December the past couple of years and to have seen so many great things. I didn’t really know what they did in Epcot for the holidays, but it was one of my favorite spots!


I absolutely LOVE Disney World at Christmas time! My favorite time to visit!

Julie Bigboy

Christmas time at Disney World sounds so amazing!! I say we forgo gifts and just do WDW instead 🙂

Jennifer Kaufman

The holiday celebrations at Walt Disney World make it my absolute favorite time to visit. Great round up!


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