Visiting the happiest place on earth during the most wonderful time of the year is truly incredible. Guests visiting Walt Disney World at Christmas will not be disappointed. From expertly decorated resorts and parks, to special shows and events there is holiday cheer around every corner at Walt Disney World during the Christmas season. Try some of these fun seasonal experiences on your next holiday trip to Walt Disney World.
International Festival of the Holidays
The International Festival of the Holidays is a fun way to learn about Christmas and other winter celebrations around the world. Located around Epcot World Showcase, guests can explore booths selling traditional food and drink enjoyed during the holidays. Learning about the holiday traditions in different countries and sampling new food is a fun and educational way to spend the afternoon in the park. Consult the park show guide for the times and locations of special holiday shows and music. My favorite holiday offering in Epcot is the story time with Santa in countries around World Showcase. Father Christmas in the United Kingdom, Père Noël in France and La Befana in Italy teach guests about the legends and holiday traditions in the country they visit.
Resort Hopping – Christmas Style
You can easily fill a vacation day during the holiday season by visiting Disney Resort Hotels to take in the holiday décor. Massive Christmas trees, lobbies alight with candles and garland and incredible gingerbread creations get guests in the holiday spirit. The Grand Floridian has a life size Victorian gingerbread house in the lobby alongside a spectacular tree that fits the resort theme. A monorail ride around Bay Lake provides a glimpse of trees in the Magic Kingdom, Contemporary Resort and Polynesian Village Resort. Take a ferry from the Magic Kingdom to Disney’s Wilderness Lodge to admire the rustic towering Christmas tree and the log cabin style gingerbread house. Animal Kingdom Lodge, Yacht & Beach Club Resorts and Disney BoardWalk Resort have tree and gingerbread creations on display as well. Enjoying snacks and sips at bars and quick service eateries at the resorts is half the fun, so be sure to take the time to enjoy new foods at the resorts you visit!
If you are looking to amp up your vacation with a little extra magic, consider buying seats at a holiday dessert or dinner party or a ticket to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. Does your family enjoy watching the televised Walt Disney World Christmas Parade on Christmas morning? Good news, you can see the parade in person during your visit at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. Party tickets allow guests to enjoy a park closed to the general public, a special parade, exclusive Character Greetings and a snack and drink during the visit. Consult the Walt Disney World website to learn more about nights you can enjoy Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. If you are looking for a special dinner and show experience, consider tickets to the Jingle Bell Jingle BAM! Dessert Party at Hollywood Studios or the Candlelight Processional Dining Package at Epcot.