The Best Restaurants for Christmas Dinner at Disney World

The Best Restaurants for Christmas Dinner at Disney World

Walt Disney World is the most magical at Christmas! But where should you eat? If you’re vacationing for the holidays sharing a cozy family meal adds a sense of comfort and joy during the busy Christmas season. But where can you find the Best Restaurants for Christmas at Walt Disney World? We’ve rounded up what we consider the best restaurants to eat at Walt Disney World during Christmastime.  Let’s eat, shall we?

Where to Find Christmas Dinner at Walt Disney World

If you’re brave enough to visit Walt Disney World among the Disney Holiday Crowds on Christmas week, then you deserve a wonderful Christmas Day Dinner at Walt Disney World to get you through it. Luckily, many restaurants across the parks and resorts offer something special. From special performances to snacks to festive additions to the Disney Restaurant Menus, you’re sure to enjoy the big day at Walt Disney World.

Liberty Tree Tavern Thanksgiving Menu

Does Disney World Have Christmas Dinner?

You can find Christmas Dinner at Walt Disney World Resorts and select restaurants. This is in addition to the slew of Disney Christmas Snacks across the parks, resorts, and Disney Springs. there are many table service and quick service restaurants across the parks that feature holiday foods and menus throughout the season. Available Nov. 9 through Dec. 31, 2023. And if you’re visiting a Disney Quick Service Restaurant, mobile orders available at select restaurants. Note that some are only available on Christmas Day itself. Here are the Christmas Menus at Disney World for 2023.

Holiday Meals at Disney World 

Some restaurants at Walt Disney World feature specialty meal items during the holidays, that you can add to your order. And while some of these Christmas Meals at Disney World don’t include a full Christmas dinner, you can add them to your order to make things extra festive.

Santa’s Seafood Boil | Paddlefish at Disney Springs

  • Santa’s Seafood Boil: Key West pink shrimp, Cedar Key little neck clams, Prince Edward Island mussels, cornbread, red potatoes, and sweet corn. (Available Dec. 25, 2023 only)

Christmas Day Special | Terralina Crafted Italian Disney Springs

  • Christmas Day Special: Grilled lamb chops with creamed spinach and artichokes, wild mushroom and parmesan risotto cake, mint, and basil sauce topped and crispy leeks. (Available Dec. 25, 2023 only) 

Christmas Day Dinner at Jaleo Disney Springs

Featuring a variety of limited-time Spanish recipes for the holidays, and NEW menu items below. Book Jaleo for Christmas at Disney Springs.

  • Sopa de lentejas: Stewed lentils with chorizo, butifarra and vegetables
  • Canelones de rabo de toro y foie: Pasta stuffed with oxtail with a foie gras and bechamel sauce
  • Carrilleras de cerdo con puré de patatas: Braised pork cheeks with wild mushrooms and potato puree
  • Pollo a la Catalana: Half roasted Catalan style chicken with prunes, raisins, pine nuts and Oloroso wine
  • Lubina al “Pil Pil”: Mediterranean Seabass with classical “Pil-Pil” sauce

Earl of Sandwich Christmas Food Holiday Ham

Holiday Ham and Holiday Turkey | Earl of Sandwich Disney Springs

Head to one of our favorite Disney Quick Service Restaurants at Disney Springs for the holidays. With easy-to-go meals like Holiday Turkey and Ham sandwiches, you can keep your holiday budget happy.

  • Holiday Ham – Ham, cinnamon sweet potato mash, cranberry sauce & cheddar
  • Holiday Turkey – Turkey, cornbread stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce & mayonnaise

Maple-Mustard Glazed Salmon | Columbia Harbour House at Magic Kingdom

New for the holiday season you can get a specialty holiday menu item at Maple-Mustard Glazed Salmon served with green beans and rice. (New) 

Homecomin’ Holiday Turkey Sandwich | Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ at Disney Springs

Homecomin’ Holiday Turkey Sandwich: Smoked turkey on toasted artisanal bread, dressed with signature cornbread stuffing and a sweet and sour cranberry aioli served with house-made potato chips. 

Collage of Jock's Famous Pigs in the Blanket, O' Ham N' Cheese Trees, Cranberry Barbeque Meatballs and Naughty or Nice Deviled Eggs

Collage of Here We Come A-Croquetting, Post-flight "Milk" and Cookies with Coquito, Hot Chocolate Grail Flight and Eternal Snowfall

Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar Christmas Menu | Disney Springs

If you head to Disney Springs, there are many options for Christmas dinner. Everything from specialty meals to drinks to desserts. 

  • Jock’s Famous Pigs in the Blanket: Debreziner sausage, puff pastry, and cranberry mustard sauce (New) (Available Nov. 9 through Dec. 30)
  • O’ Ham N’ Cheese Trees: Puff pastry, Pitt ham, cheddar cheese, garlic herb butter, and sugar plum jam (New) (Available Nov. 9 through Dec. 30)
  • Cranberry Barbeque Meatballs: All-beef meatball, cranberry barbecue sauce, orange goat cheese, granny smith apple, spiced walnuts, orange supremes, and crispy basil (New) (Available Nov. 9 through Dec. 30)
  • Naughty or Nice Deviled Eggs: Crispy Ham and Sweet Honey Glazed (Nice) or Spicy Honey Glazed (Naughty)
  • Here We Come A-Croquetting: Turkey croquettes, sweet potato purée, bacon-cranberry jam, turkey gravy, and herbed gremolata (Available Nov. 9 through Dec. 31)
  • Post-flight “Milk” and Cookies with Coquito: Bourbon-eggnog snowflake cookie, gingerbread reindeer cookie filled with dulce de leche, chocolate-peppermint Christmas tree cookie and coquito with Bacardí Rum (New) (Available Nov. 9 through Dec. 31)

Open-face Turkey Smash | The Polite Pig Disney Springs

  • Open-face Turkey Smash: Texas toast, mashed potatoes, cornbread stuffing, turkey gravy, and cranberry chutney. (Available Nov. 15 through Dec. 11)

Christmas Dinner and Magic Bar from Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside

Walt Disney World Restaurants for Christmas

If you’re lucky enough to be at Walt Disney World for the holiday season, then you’re in for a real treat! Christmas at Walt Disney World is truly magical. There are so many special activities and offerings, and the food is no exception. In addition to the Festival of Holidays at Epcot, there are a few restaurants we know will get you in the holiday spirit! Even if you’re not visiting exactly on Christmas Day, you’ll still find amazing food and a family atmosphere at all our favorites here.

Keep in mind, that “Christmas” at Walt Disney World arrives shortly after Halloween. Most holiday offerings start right around the second week of November, and even then, sometimes sooner than that. So when we refer to Christmas here, we are referring to Christmastime, rather than Christmas Day. If you’re traveling during the holiday season, here are some of our top picks for restaurants at Walt Disney World for Christmas.

Breakfast with Santa Disney Springs

Maria and Enzo’s at Disney Springs

This restaurant in Disney Springs offers up a wonderful seasonal menu for the holidays, and Breakfast with Santa! After enjoying breakfast, guests will get to meet Santa. Children can share their holiday wishes with him and will receive a keepsake photo from their special meet and greet. 

Ooey Gooey Cake at Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom

Liberty Tree Tavern at Magic Kingdom

By far our favorite place for a holiday meal at Disney World, Liberty Tree Tavern serves up a budget-friendly family-style meal like no other. Complete with Turkey, mac and cheese, potatoes, and Oooey gooey cake among other things. A great selection of foods for families, this restaurant is ideal for groups and chilly days during the season. 

Have you tried the Ooey Gooey Butter Cake? Because if you haven’t, you’re missing out. In the past, we’ve actually made a reservation just for the cake. It’s really that good! Ok, enough about the cake. Liberty Tree Tavern offers a traditional Thanksgiving meal all year round, but we think it’s especially perfect for Christmastime at Walt Disney World. Food is served all you care to enjoy, family-style. The food is brought right to your table and you can have as much or as little as you like.  They also offer a plant-based option, which is great if you prefer that. See the Liberty Tree Tavern Menu, to start planning your next Christmas meal at Disney World.

Hollywood and Vine at Hollywood Studios

Minnie’s Holiday Dine at Hollywood and Vine is perfect for those of you who love a character meal! With Minnie, Mickey, Pluto, and Goofy all dressed up for the holidays, you have conversations, take photos and even get signatures at this Holiday Dinner at Disney World. Hollywood and Vine is a buffet meal, so you can expect a wide variety of menu options including meats, pasta, veggies, desserts, and more. Geared towards families, this restaurant is perfect if you’re looking for Disney Restaurants for picky eaters.

The Hollywood and Vine restaurant is the resident Disney Character Restaurant at Hollywood Studios offering a buffet meal and characters in festive attire. And, it’s also the only place you get the Fab Five in costume for the holidays. Much like Akershus in Norway, Epcot the sub-par menu can sometimes be worth it just to get all the characters in one place! The food was pretty good here, but the character interactions were the best! You won’t get the budget-friendly meal like at Crystal Palace but it’s still a great experience. Definitely worth a look if you’re looking for a family-friendly restaurant in Hollywood Studios during the holidays.

Character meals at Walt Disney World are known for being pretty pricey, so plan to spend $63 per adult and $38 per child for Dinner at Hollywood and Vine Restaurant. Keep in mind, that character meals at Disney World are all about the characters. And during the holidays, even though you’re paying a bit more, it’s completely worth it if you won’t be seeing the characters elsewhere. See the full Minnie’s Holiday Dine at Hollywood and Vine Menu.

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Earl of Sandwich at Disney Springs

With the expansion of Disney Springs, Earl of Sandwich has gotten much less busy over time. Which is a great thing because they used to have the longest waits! And although this may not be the first thing you think of when you think of holiday dining, hear us out. Earl of Sandwich serves a holiday sandwich, which is basically Thanksgiving on a sandwich. With turkey, gravy, stuffing, and cranberry sauce, this sandwich is still one of the best sandwiches you can find at Walt Disney World. And if you’re short on time, or just not a fan of table service restaurants, you can still enjoy the flavors of the season in this sandwich. And you can even mobile order here! Always a plus for us.

And while you’re there, be sure to check out the Christmas Tree Stroll at Disney Springs! It’s always one of our favorite holiday offerings at Walt Disney World.

Prime Time Cafe- Hollywood Studios

50’s Prime Time Cafe at Hollywood Studios

50’s Prime Time Cafe features an immersion atmosphere that lends to the fun kitschy Christmas Decorations at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  And while its quirkiness of in-your-face “family members” sharing their lives with you may not be for everyone, we do think it shines a little brighter at Christmastime. The menu doesn’t change; which is a good thing since most of the food here is comfort food, perfect for the few cooler months at Walt Disney World.

Not only does the food just remind us of the holiday season, but 50’s Prime Time Cafe also gets a little makeover during the holidays! Dressed up to match the kitschy retro theme of Hollywood Studios, tinsel, and fun holiday decor add some festivity to this restaurant. You can even see “Grandma’s Living Room, complete with Christmas Tree at Tune-In Lounge. See the 50’s Prime Time Cafe Menu here, to start planning your next meal at Mom’s for the Holiday.

Goofy at Animal Kingdom Tusker House

Tusker House Holiday Dining

Another Disney character meal option for the holidays, Animal Kingdom’s Tusker House adds holiday treats to the food options through the holidays. With the restaurant decorated and Mickey and Friends in seasonal gear, this restaurant is a fun one to book for the Christmas season. At Tusker House you can see Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, and Goofy at Tusker House in Animal Kingdom. 

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Whispering Canyon Cafe, Fort Wilderness Lodge, Walt Disney World

Whispering Canyon Cafe at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort

Whispering Canyon Cafe is located in the cozy Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort which is often considered one of the best resorts to visit at Walt Disney World during Christmas. Not only are they located in a cozy, festive environment, but the shenanigans of their staff are sure to remind you of that nutty relative we see only at Christmas. Whispering Canyon Cafe serves hearty, family-style skillets that are all you care to enjoy. This is another meal we like to take advantage of during cooler months. And if you’re there at the right time, one of the best legacy Christmas Trees at Disney Resorts is here. Be sure to stop by and grab pics!  We also love that Whispering Canyon Cafe gives you the perfect excuse to leave the Parks and slow down a little bit. See the Whispering Canyon Cafe Menu here.

Best restaurants for christmas walt disney world

Be sure to check out the full list of Christmas snacks at Walt Disney World, which are available through the season, and make a great last-minute way to get some extra holiday magic into your Disney day! Do you have any favorite restaurants for Christmas at Walt Disney World? We’d love to hear your top picks!

The Best Disney Restaurants for Christmas at Walt Disney World

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Melanie Renee is a photographer, writer, designer and mom. Visiting Disney destinations since 2010, she is also an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner. When she's not creating her next coffee recipe, or designing apparel at Polka Dot Pixie Shop, she's seeking beautiful sunsets and planning her next trip .

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