Are you headed to the Happiest Place on Earth at the Merriest time of year?! There’s so much to see and do during the Christmas season at Walt Disney World, it can be hard to figure out how to plan your time. Christmas arrives at Walt Disney World Nov 6 and runs until Dec 30, 2020. Here are our 5 must do’s for your Disney Christmas Vacation to Walt Disney World.
Flurry of Fun at Hollywood Studios
Flurry of Fun is one of our favorite events at Walt Disney World during Christmas because there is so much to see and do. There are plenty of festive snacks, snow on Sunset Blvd, the Tower of Terror gets all lit up for Sunset Seasons Greetings and there are beautiful decorations everywhere. And to finish the night off, Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! is a fun holiday fireworks show we consider a Must-Do! And it is returning for 2020. To see why we love Hollywood Studios at Christmas, check out our favorite things for the holidays at Hollywood Studios.
Visit The Christmas Tree Stroll at Disney Springs
UPDATE 2020: The Christmas Trees at Disney Springs are still in full force! BUT…not in a trail. In order to dissipate crowds, the trees will now be spread across Disney Springs.
Check out our photo tour of the Christmas Tree Stroll at Disney Springs. We love this because its FREE, fun, festive and can be as quick paced or as leisurely as you like. Grab a mocha from Starbucks(or bring your own of course!) and enjoy the splendor of these beautifully decorated Christmas trees. Be sure to bring your camera because there are so many fun themed trees, you won’t want to miss this festive photo taking opportunities! You can even grab a scavenger hunt map this year, with stickers, as you go around to find all the trees!
Visit the Disney Resorts for Christmas Decorations
UPDATE 2020: Gingerbread House displays across Walt Disney World Resorts have been CANCELLED for 2020. BUT, you will be able to find the American Gingerbread monuments in the World Showplace in 2020 ( instead of in American Adventure as years past).
What are the Best Disney Resorts for Christmas Decorations?
We can’t get enough of the deluxe resorts when it comes to Disney decorations, because they usually bring in legacy trees, which are sky high! Favorites so far are Coronado Springs Gran Destino Tower, Wilderness Lodge, Animal Kingdom Lodge and Beach Club. Check out all the best resorts in our Disney Resort Christmas Decorations Crawl.
Gingerbread House at The Grand Floridian Resort and Spa: The life size Gingerbread House at The Grand Floridian resort should not be missed. Not only is this Gingerbread House a massive work of art, you can also purchase Gingerbread Goodies right from the house itself. It takes over 400 hours to bake all of these gingerbread pieces and 160 hours to assemble! And the lobby of the Grand Floridian smells just like Christmas, sure to get you into the holiday spirit! If you’re really feeling festive, you can stop by other resorts such as the Beach Club, with over 20 years of gingerbread traditions it is worth the look! And if you’re looking for a larger than life Cinderella castle made of gingerbread, visit The Contemporary. Check out all the places you can find Gingerbread displays at Walt Disney World.
Cinderella Castle Projection Show at Magic Kingdom
UPDATE 2020: Dreamlights are Cancelled for 2020. Instead there will be digital shows on the castle to provide a lovely backdrop for photos.
Decorations at Magic Kingdom can’t be beat! But add in beautiful projections onto Cinderella’s Castle and we’re sold. Starting at night fall, you can catch new holiday overlays that are just beautiful and worth the wait!
International Festival Of Holidays at Epcot
UPDATE 2020: The Candlelight Processional is Cancelled for 2020. But be sure to check out the Festival of Holidays Menus, this year across 16 kitchens.
Ok, so the Festival of Holidays is actually a pretty big festival that involves a lot of things. Disney’s Festival of Holidays 2020 begins November 27, 2020 – December 30, 2020. From food booths to entertainment throughout the World Showcase and more, this festival is really growing into something more amazing each year. We think it deserves at least one day and if you don’t have that much time, at least one night.
There you have it, our top 5 must do’s at Walt Disney World during the holidays! The holidays may be hectic, but hopefully this list helps you find a few favorites and really enjoy the beauty of the season at the happiest place on Earth.