If you’re looking to add some free, festive fun to your Walt Disney World Vacation, look no further than Disney Springs. Disney Springs offers so much to see and do at Christmas. So be sure to add it to your list this year! Read on for all the festive details!
Christmas at Walt Disney World
The holiday season starts early at Walt Disney World, giving guests the opportunity see the holiday magic from early November through the new year. With holiday parties like Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party and Jollywood Nights, Epcot’s International Festival of Holidays, and Disney resorts decorated in full holiday decor, there’s so much to do! But what if you’re traveling on more of a budget and want to experience some Christmas fun without the high price tag? Check our Christmas at Disney Springs instead!
Christmas at Disney Springs
One of the best things about Christmas at Disney Springs is that you can experience it all for free! No Park ticket is required to enjoy any of the holiday offerings at Disney Springs. If you’re looking for more things to do at Walt Disney World without a Park ticket, click here!
Christmas Tree Stroll in Disney Springs
The Christmas Tree Stroll at Disney Springs has changed a lot over the years. But in its current state, guests can grab a Christmas Tree Stroll map from various locations and stroll through Disney Springs at their own pace to view the trees. Trees are often themed after Disney Characters, rides or the Parks. And it’s fun to find all of your favorites!
We prefer when the tree stroll used to be in one section that you could easily stroll through. But I don’t see them bringing that back. The new layout allows guests to go at their own pace, spreads them out and brings them to more areas to find shopping. Regardless, the trees are fantastically decorated and a lot of fun finding all the nods to characters and rides through their decorations.
Jock Lindsey’s Holiday Bar
For fans of themed holiday bars, this one is for you! Jock Lindsey’s transforms into a festive bar, complete with over the top decorations and holiday beverages. Stop by for a Merry Margarita, or O’Ham and Cheese Trees if you’re hungry. This is a family friendly establishment, so don’t be shy about letting the whole family enjoy this festive holiday bar!
Nightly Snowfall at Disney Springs
Everyone knows you can see snow, or as Disney fans call it, snoap, on Main Street USA during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. And if you happen to be in Hollywood Studios at Christmastime, you can also see snow fall on Hollywood Boulevard during Sunset Greetings. But did you know you can also see snow falling at Disney without a Park ticket? Disney Springs features snow falling each and every night throughout the holiday season. And if you’ve never experiences snow falling while not being cold, well you’re in for a treat!
Guests can see the nightly snowfall at the Towne Center Tree every half an hour, starting at sunset.
Holiday Snacks and Treats Throughout Disney Springs
Throughout Disney Springs, guests can find plenty of holiday themed treats! Head over to Amorette’s Patisserie for delectable desserts and pastries. Or stop by Marketplace Snacks for an Olaf Bubble Waffle sundae. Enjoy seasonal beverages from Dockside Margaritas and other outdoor bars. Or grab something sweet and chocolately from The Ganachery to take home with you. Check out all the Disney Christmas Snacks this year.
And fans of Gideon’s Bakehouse in Disney Springs will be delighted to find seasonal flavors of both coffees and desserts in some of their favorite holiday flavors.
Visits with Santa Claus at Once Upon a Toy in Disney Springs
Santa, I know him! If you’re looking for the best place to meet Santa Claus at Walt Disney World, look no further than Once Upon a Toy in Disney Springs. From November 10- December 24, guests can join a virtual queue to meet Santa Claus. Be sure to download to the My Disney Experience App to snag your spot in line.
Holiday Performers at Waterside Stage
Most evenings, guests of Disney Springs can find holiday entertainment at Waterside Stage. Stilt Walkers, a festive DJ and the occasional live performer, Disney Springs is the place to be for holiday fun. Sometimes you’ll even be able to see school groups performing here during the day as well. Such a fun way to get into the holiday spirit.
Holidays deals at various store in Disney Springs for Christmas
In addition to all of the holiday fun around Disney Springs, many stores offer lots of holiday deals as well! So, if you’re hoping to get some Christmas shopping in during your Walt Disney World Christmas trip, be sure to make a stop at Disney Springs.
Stop by the Disney’s Days of Christmas Store at Disney Springs
Though not specific to the Christmas season as it is available at all times of year, a visit to the Disney’s Days of Christmas Store is the perfect way to get into the holiday spirit. Find a new ornament for your Christmas tree, get ideas for decorating your home, or just enjoy the sights and smells of the season. We always love that they have unique ornaments that are sometimes harder to find elsewhere. And you can even have your ornament personalized for a small fee while there.
Of course, if you can’t make it out to Disney Springs, you can always browse the Disney ornament selection at Target and shopDisney.com!
Holiday Disney PhotoPass at Disney Springs
If you’re a fan of Disney’s PhotoPass, then you’re in luck! Disney Springs is home to the Disney PhotoPass Studio, which offers a studio like experience for all of your favorite Disney Magic Shots! And even better, holiday versions of Magic Shots are available as well. With fun backgrounds and props, who knows, you might just find your next Christmas card picture here!
There is so much to do during Christmas at Disney Springs. Whether you’re staying for an hour or for a whole day, we’re sure you’ll be able to find some festive fun!
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 .