Christmas at Walt Disney World is an unforgettable experience. Every holiday season, the world famous theme park astounds with triumphant joy with miles of wreath and dazzling lights. There are plenty of traditions and celebrations that turns Disney World in Orlando, Florida into a magical Christmas town where visitors can enjoy different events, parades, lights show and have a merry stay.
Planning When To Go
For anyone wishing to be at Walt Disney World for the holiday season, they have to make sure when exactly the want to visit, since the events begin in November and conclude in January. From November 26 through December 17 are the least crowded weeks to visit.
If huge crowds of people is not a worry but part of the charm, then Christmas and New Year’s weeks are the best to go, especially since plenty shows are presented during regular park hours for free, so this is a great opportunity, particularly for large families to attend the major attractions, while saving some money to invest in other events.
A Magical Time With Mickey
A huge part of the charm of spending time during the holidays at the renowned theme park, is the opportunity to enjoy great events surrounded by the beloved characters. Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is one of this events where there’s a 65 foot tree with 5500 blinkling lights, 400 flickering candles, candy canes and gingerbread cookies.
This event at Magic Kingdom requires an entry ticket but during Christmas time it can be enjoyed for free. Visitors can marvel at the iconic Cinderella’s Castle sparkling in white lights, the beautiful snowfall on Main Street and have a great time seeing live entertainment, fireworks and a holiday parade.
It’s Time For The Festival Of The Holidays
Epcot is the place to be from November 19 through December 30. The park features 15 holiday kitchens serving nothing but seasonal desserts as part of the regular park entry. The calendar of events include the “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” fireworks show and live musical performances.
There’s also the Candlelight Processional. This inspirational show narrates the story of Christmas and it encompass the true spirit of this celebrations. The best way to enjoy it is to get a reserve seating taking advantage of a dinner package.
Christmas At Animal Kingdom
Deck the Halls at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la! Visitors can see a very unique animal themed tree that’s displayed outside the entrance and all the festive decorations that will have the park glowing with Christmas spirit.
All the décor surrounding the park will transform into nighttime experiences, including Tree of Life transformations, Kilimanjaro Safaris, Kali Rivers Rapids and Expedition Everest, and there are also live entertainers ready to show you a great time during this occasion.
Take Part Of The Frozen Sing-Along Celebration
One of the main holiday events is at the Hyperion Theater where Anna, Elsa, Olaf and Kristoff will welcome you to the very popular sing-along, ‘For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration.
This year the show will not only include all the songs from the hit film but also all the new songs from Disney’s new animated short Olaf’s Frozen Adventure.
Santa At Disney World
The antique setting of the Once Upon a Time shop is a display that recalls the days of Santa’s visits to great department stores across the US. Children and grownups can see Santa at the shop daily to greet visitors and listen to Christmas wishes starting on November 9 till December 24. Later on, Santa Goofy will finish off the season when Santa Claus goes back to the North Pole from December 25 till December 31.
Tourist can also go to different religious services during this time of the year. The park offers religious services for their guests and they can use Disney World transportation to Magic Kingdom and take the shuttle to Disney’s Contemporary Resort. The Christmas Catholic Mass will be at 8 am and 10.30 am during Christmas day and the Protestant service will be at 9.15 am the same day.