Walt Disney World Christmas Roundup!

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Here’s a roundup of everything happening at Walt Disney World this Christmas!

Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade

If you didn’t have a chance to experience Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party this year, don’t worry! Starting on December 22nd, guests will have the opportunity to enjoy Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade during normal operating hours at Magic Kingdom. Typically this parade is exclusive to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, so take advantage of this limited-time run while you can.

Vanellope drives her Christmas-themed Sugar Rush racing car down the street. Photo by Courtney Reynolds.

Here is the parade schedule for its limited-time run:

  • December 22, 23: 12pm, 3:30pm
  • Christmas Eve: 12pm, 3:30pm
  • Christmas Day: 11am, 3:30pm
  • December 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31: 12pm, 3:30pm
The tree is packed with ornaments inspired by each country along World Showcase. Photo by Courtney Reynolds.

Epcot Festival of the Holidays

There’s still plenty of time to experience the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays! This event is included in your park admission is runs through December 30th.

Check out our blog post for an in-depth look: What’s New & Returning to Epcot Festival of the Holidays.

IllumiNations from the Rue de Paris. Photo by Courtney Reynolds.


While you’re at Epcot, don’t forget to stay and watch IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth! During the holiday season, there is a special holiday finale that is one of the best firework displays at Walt Disney World. This is the last year to see this special holiday version of IllumiNations, so make sure to stay and watch it one last time!

Candlelight Processional featuring Alfonso Ribeiro. Photo by Courtney Reynolds.

Candlelight Processional

Another must-do at Epcot during the holidays is the Candlelight Processional! The first Candlelight Processional debuted at Disneyland in 1958, and it has now become a yearly tradition for many families. The Christmas Eve and Christmas Day performances this year will feature celebrity narrator Joey Fatone.

Sunset Season’s Greetings will run throughout the night during Disney After Hours. Photo by Courtney Reynolds.

Flurry of Fun at Hollywood Studios

Disney’s Hollywood Studios really stepped it up for the holidays this year! Sunset Season’s Greetings on Sunset Boulevard is a show-stopper with new lasers, beautiful projections, and a generous amount of “snow”.

Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! is back again for another year! Join the elves from Disney’s “Prep & Landing” as they go on a quest to rescue Santa Claus and save Christmas.

Catch both of these shows nightly through January 6th.

Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Photo courtesy of Disney Parks Blog.

Disney Springs Christmas Tree Trail

The Christmas Tree Trail is back again this year and it’s bigger than ever with five new trees! This experience is free and open to all Disney Springs guests. Take a stroll through the trail from now until January 6th.

Check out our blog post: The Ultimate Holiday Stroll Through Disney Springs!

Santa finally makes his way into town! Photo by Cliff Wang.

Santa at the Parks

If you haven’t told Santa what you want for Christmas yet, you have until Christmas Eve to visit him at one of these Walt Disney World locations:

  • Disney Springs, at the Christmas Tree Trail
  • Hollywood Studios, Once Upon a Time on Sunset Boulevard
  • Magic Kingdom, Candy Cane Gardens next to City Hall
  • Epcot, American Adventure Pavilion
Family-style turkey dinner at Liberty Tree Tavern. Photo by Brett Svenson.

Christmas Meals at the Parks

If you’re at Walt Disney World on Christmas Day and still want to have a nice holiday meal, you’re in luck! Disney has five restaurants that will be offering special Christmas Day meals for those looking for something a little more traditional than the typical theme park food.

Here is where you can find Christmas Day meals at Walt Disney World:

  • Biergarten, Rose & Crown Pub & Dining Room at Epcot
  • Ale & Compass at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
  • Sanaa at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • Whispering Canyon Cafe at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

Some quick service restaurants have been offering holiday-inspired dishes all season long and those will also be available on Christmas Day.

Walt Disney World Christmas Roundup

And there you have it, folks! If you’ve been following along all season, you probably knew about the majority of these offerings already. It seems like just yesterday we were attending the first Very Merry Christmas Party – and now Christmas is just a few days away! Will you be celebrating Christmas at Walt Disney World? What are you most excited for?

By Courtney Reynolds

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About the Author

Courtney Reynolds

Courtney is a Photographer for WDW Magazine. She is originally from New England, but is currently enjoying life in Orlando. You will often find her with a camera in one hand and a coffee in the other. She also loves tacos, Donald Duck, and riding roller coasters. Her favorite holiday is Halloween. For more about Courtney, you can follow her on Facebook and Instagram.