Disney’s Halfway to the Holidays Celebration

Disney’s Halfway to the Holidays Celebration

It may be the middle of summer, but that’s no reason to not start thinking about the holidays! Disney’s Halfway to the Holidays kicked off this week with festive fun news about Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, Jollywood Nights, Disney Christmas Merchandise, Disney Christmas Special Events, Snacks and more! And we are here for it! Because nothing fights a heat wave like a little bit of Christmas Cheer.  

If you’re anything like us, you think about Christmas all year long. As such, the Disney Halfway to Holidays celebration is something we get super excited about. Even when we’re not visiting Disney at Christmastime we can still head to the Holiday shop at the Disney Store for Disney Christmas Merchandise, and make Disney Christmas Recipes. So, settle in to the read the lineup of all the fun and festive things happening at Disney Parks this holiday season. And why not whip up iced Black Cherry Bourbon Hot Chocolate from Festival of Holidays at home while you’re at it? Let’s dive into all the Halfway to the Holidays Disney things you can look forward to! 

Holiday Kermit Straw Clip

Disney’s Halfway to the Holidays

With just 6 months until Christmas, Halfway to the Holidays Disney Announcements are here! Running from June 24- June 28, 2024, Disney Halfway to Holidays news and announcements get added fun with New Christmas Disney Wallpapers you can grab from the blog this week. Follow along @DisneyParks to learn all the #HalfwaytotheHolidays fun on the way this holiday season. 

jollywood nights at disney world 2024

Christmas at Walt Disney World 2024

There is nothing like Christmas at Walt Disney World. From the Disney World Christmas Decorations to the snacks, and the Once Upon a Time Christmas Parade and the Candlelight Processional, there is so much fun to be had. Check out all our Disney Christmas Trip posts for things to do, places to go, and snacks to try!

When Does Christmas Start at Walt Disney World?

Holidays at Walt Disney World begins November 8, 2024 with the party, and the week after sees the completion of decorations up at all the parks and resorts. Including the legacy trees and gingerbread displays you can find at Disney Resorts for Christmas. 

Frozen Holiday Surprise in front of Cinderella Castle

Christmas at Magic Kingdom

Throughout the holiday season you can head to the Magic Kingdom’s Cinderella Castle stage for a Frozen Holiday Surprise featuring Olaf, Anna, Elsa and Kristoff as they light the castle for the season. Celebrating Christmas at Magic Kingdom is always fun, and you can see and do so much without grabbing the extra ticket for MVMCP. In 2024, in addition to the castle show, you can plan on new decorations, new Christmas snacks, the Jingle Cruise ride overlay, and more. 

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party 2024 Merch

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2024 Dates 

Featuring everything we love about the holidays, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2024 runs select nights November 8 – December 20, 2024. Entertainment includes Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade, Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks Show and Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration castle stage show. Check out everything you can do at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.

Epcot Festival of the Holidays

Christmas at EPCOT 

Over in Epcot Park, you can find the Festival of Holidays, Holiday Cookie Stroll, and holiday performances worth seeing. Be sure to check out everything to do at Epcot for Christmas

Epcot Festival of Holidays 2024 Dates

The amazing 2024 Festival of Holidays at EPCOT Park runs from November 29- December 30, 2024. Offering up NEW celebrity speakers at the Epcot Candlelight Processional and new foods, drinks and cookies at the marketplaces across the park! Admission to the EPCOT Festival of Holidays is included with your park ticket. 

Jollywood Nights 2024 Dates for Hollywood Studios Christmas Party

Jollywood Nights 2024 Dates

Hollywood Studios is once again hosting Jollywood Nights in 2024! This glitzy and glamourous Christmas Party is offered on select nights from November 9 – December 21, 2024. Offering guests an evening filled with seasonal decorations, live entertainment, and a new dazzling skating spectacular. The new Skating spectacular featured several times each evening, shows off international champion skaters in an awe-inspiring twist on the traditional ice show.

Also new for 2024, Jollywood Nights includes 20 unique character experiences with new and returning favorites. Phineas and Ferb, Santa Duffy and Santa Stitch, are part of the crowd and you can meet new friends like Bo Peep, Lotso,  Baloo, and King Louie from TaleSpin. Also included in this years returning favorites, are the shows, What’s This? Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas Sing-Along, Disney Holidays in Hollywood, and Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! 

You can also find a whole new merchandise line featuring Ollie, the most dapper gingerbread man in Hollywood. Jollywood Nights runs from 7:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. this limited capacity Christmas party at Hollywood Studios is a separately ticketed event.

Gingerbread Cookie at Hollywood Studios

Christmas at Hollywood Studios 

Of course you don’t need to grab a Jollywood Nights ticket to get in on the festive fun at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. From projections on the Hollywood Tower Hotel as part of the Flurry of Fun and Season’s Greetings shows, to Woody, Jessie and Buzz Lightyear all dressed up in festive attire in Toy Story Land. There are  plenty of free things to do for Christmas at Hollywood Studios.   

Merry Menagerie at Animal Kingdom Park

Another favorite returning event this year, is the Merry Menagerie for Christmas at Animal Kingdom. These life size marionettes, interact with you courtesy of cat members who show them off around the park. Check out all the things you can do at Animal Kingdom for the Holidays

A Christmas Fantasy Parade
During the Holidays at the Disneyland Resort, ““A Christmas Fantasy” Parade” is performed daily at Disneyland Park. The joyful procession features a flurry of characters, including Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Disney Princesses, characters from Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Frozen” and Disney and Pixar’s “Toy Story,” and, of course, Santa himself. Disneyland Resort is located in Anaheim, Calif. (Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort)

Christmas at Disneyland 2024

When Does Christmas Start at Disneyland?

Christmas at Disneyland starts November 15, 2024! With Christmas decorations across both Disneyland, and Disney’s California Adventure, you can find even more holiday fun at the resorts and at Downtown Disney. 

Disneyland 2024 Holiday Costumes for Mickey and Minnie mouse Halfway to the Holidays

2024 Holiday Outfits for Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse

It just wouldn’t be Christmas without a wardrobe change for our favorite magical power couple. Mickey and Minnie Mouse get all dressed up in their wintertime attire for the season. Featuring some old world classic stylings, these two are spreading holiday cheer like the USPS! Complete with mailbags and feather pen, get ready to share your Christmas greetings with everyone you know! They’ll be available for meet and greets and strolling the park all season. 

Disney Festival of Holidays

The Festival of Holidays at Disneyland Park is part of the festivities at Disney’s California Adventure and offers up new treats, foods, merch and the Candlelight Processional.

Other Disneyland Resort offerings for the season include the Believe in Holiday Magic Fireworks at Disneyland, and World of Color Season of Light at Disney’s California Adventure. As well as the annual Gingerbread House at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel, featuring an elaborate display made of rice crispies, chocolate and more! 

Disney Very Merrytime Christmas Cruise

Disney Very Merrytime Christmas Cruise 2024

Head to the deck for Mickey and Minnie’s Holiday Party on a Disney Christmas Cruise this year! And check out all the things that make a Disney Christmas Cruise extra special. Read through our Disney Very Merrytime Christmas Cruise Guide for all the details of what you can do onboard for extra festive fun. During 2024, Disney Christmas Cruises are available for select sailing from November 4th – December 29th, 2024.

Disney Magic Christmas Cruise 

Sailing From: Galveston, Texas the Disney Magic offers sail dates November 21, 2024 – December 23, 2024 to destinations that include Progresso & Cozumel, Mexico, & George Town, and Grand Cayman.

Disney Dream Christmas Cruise

Sailing From Fort Lauderdale, the Disney Dream offers sail dates November 14, 2024 – December 21, 2024 with destinations to Nassau, Bahamas, Disney Lookout Cay at Lighthouse Point, Disney Castaway Cay, & Cozumel, Mexico.

Disney Fantasy Christmas Cruise

Sailing From Port Canaveral, the Disney Fantasy Christmas Cruise is offered select sail dates from November 10, 2024 – December 22, 2024 to destinations including Nassau Bahamas, Disney Castaway Cay, Lighthouse Point, George Town Grand Cayman, Falmouth Jamaica, Cozumel Mexico, Tortola British Virgin Islands, and St. Thomas U.S. Virgin Islands.

Disney Wish Christmas Cruise

Sailing From Port Canaveral, the Disney Wish Christmas Cruise is offered select sail dates from November 4, 2024 – December 23, 2024 to destinations including Nassau Bahamas, and Disney Castaway Cay.

rundisney 12ks of christmas race 2024

2024 runDisney Virtual 12Ks of Christmas

Add some running goals to your holiday, the 12K’s of Christmas with runDisney has returned! With a series of 4K races, and finisher medals that can double as Christmas Ornaments, you can get all the details on the runDisney Virtual Race for the holidays in the post. Including the 2024 runDisney Christmas race medals. 

Disney Christmas Merchandise 2024

Disney Halfway to the Holidays Merchandise

Get ready for 2024 Disney Christmas merchandise to arrive on DisneyStore.com in September! With new ears, apparel, accessories, plush and gifts, there is plenty to grab in the shop for Gift Giving, Holiday decorating and your next Christmas Disney Trip!  Check out the whole lineup of all the 2024 Disney Christmas Merch in the parks and online. 

Disney Hanukkah Merchandise 2024

Disney’s Halfway to the Holidays Snacks 2024

For a limited time if you’re at Disneyland Resort this week you can grab two specialty holiday drinks! Frozen Hot Chocolate and Peppermint Frozen Hot Chocolate drink is offered at Wetzel’s Pretzels in Downtown Disney District from June 24 to June 26, 2024. We’ll be gearing up for all the Disney Christmas Snacks in the parks come mid-November! Until then, we’ll just have to be okay with creating our own here on the blog!

There you have it! Everything for Disney’s Halfway to the Holidays happening for Christmas at Disney this year! Be sure to check out all our posts on things to do for a Disney Christmas this year. 

Disney's Halfway to the Holidays Plans and Announcements

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Rochelle Mariah is a writer, designer and photographer with an MLIS in Information Science and a B.S. in Arch and Design. Determined to make Planning a DIY Disney Vacation easier she makes lots of lists and drinks lots of coffee. When not designing apparel at Polka Dot Pixie Shop, she's watching old movies and planning the holidays. She has been traveling to Disney destinations since 2010.