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!
Let’s start with 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.
Let’s travel around the world in Epcot! First lets take a stop up front. 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.
We are moving onto Hollywood Studios now, come along! I know there are a lot of things closed currently and we are all bummed that the Osborne Lights won’t be coming back. Go ahead and take a moment and gather yourself. We are all still sad the lights aren’t coming back, however there is a new awesome show in its place. 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. While this is a free event you may choose to add on a dessert party ticket. This show is expected to run starting November 14th through December 31st. Since you met Santa at the American Pavilion in Epcot, you’ll have to come see him again here too. Since Santa will be exhausted from his deliveries Christmas Eve, he will have his buddy Goofy Santa greet you starting Christmas day through New Year’s Eve. If you have dined at Hollywood and Vine to see some of your favorite Disney Jr. friends, then you know that going there is a great stop. Instead of Disney Jr. characters you’ll meet the fab 5 all dawned in their holiday best!
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.
Our last stop will be in the newly renamed 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.
Most of the resorts offer spectacular decorations and giant gingerbread houses. Take the monorail loop or the boat to visit some of these resorts.
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