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8 Christmas Activities at Walt Disney World You Can’t Miss

Nov 13, 2016
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“I want to go to Walt Disney World for Christmas!” is something that every Disney fan has said before. And then you look at prices, resort availability, ADRs and crowd calendars…and then you reconsider and end up going to WDW 3rd week of November!

Why would someone want to go to the most visited theme park in the world during their busiest time of the year? Great question!

Cinderella Castle shining at nighttime under the glow of millions of glimmering holiday lights

Cinderella Castle shining at nighttime under the glow of millions of glimmering holiday lights (Copyright Disney)

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at the Magic Kingdom

Santa Mickey holding hands with a family dressed for the season as lights shine on Cinderella Castle

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party (Copyright Disney)

Cookies, hot chocolate, fireworks, and Disney…seems like a great combination to me! Although it’s a hard ticket event, the party is a highlight for those of us who want a little extra holiday cheer with our favourite Disney characters (and Santa of course!)

Candlelight Processional at EPCOT

A candlelight processional at Holidays Around The World at Epcot

A candlelight processional at Holidays Around The World at Epcot (Copyright Disney)

Put this on your list of activities to experience, because it’s well worth it! The Candlelight Processional is the story of Christmas as told by a celebrity narrator, 50-piece cast member orchestra and choir in the American Garden Theatre in the American Pavilion.

**Extra Tip**

Look into the Dining Package to save your spot in the experience, as lineups get pretty crazy sometimes depending on who’s narrating that evening’s event.

2016 Lineup (Subject to Change without Notice)

  • Steven Curtis Chapman
    November 25 to 27, 2016
  • Neil Patrick Harris
    November 28 to December 1, 2016
  • Whoopi Goldberg
    December 2 to 3, 2016
  • Edward James Olmos
    December 4 to 6, 2016
  • Anthony Mackie
    December 7 to 9, 2016
  • Robby Benson
    December 10 to 12, 2016
  • Meredith Vieira
    December 13 to 15, 2016
  • Jim Caviezel
    December 16 to 18, 2016
  • Joe Morton
    December 19 to 21, 2016
  • Ming-Na Wen
    December 22 to 24, 2016
  • Jodi Benson
    December 25 to 27, 2016
  • Cal Ripken, Jr.
    December 28 to 30, 2016

Resort Hopping

Christmas Trees at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Christmas Trees at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa (Copyright Disney Parks Blog)

One of my favourite pastimes while on Disney property is to visit all the various Resorts…usually to pin trade…but in the holidays it gets more fun as each resort has their own unique brand of celebrations. Christmas Trees and awesome decorations aplenty are enough to get some guests to come back year after year.

You can Learn At EPCOT

A woman smiling at a human-sized toy-soldier statue in an Epcot Holiday celebration

EPCOT Holidays Around the World (Copyright Disney)

EPCOT has always been a park for knowledge and “Edu-tainment”, but during November & December, the World Showcase takes center stage with Holidays Around the World. Each country offers a sampling of their holiday traditions at scheduled times during the day. It’s a great way to take in the cultures of the participating countries and maybe learn a little bit at the same time!

It snows on Main Street

Cinderella Castle draped in white lights that shimmer in the night sky

Cinderella Castle (Copyright Disney)

Walking down Main Street USA is by far the best part of the holidays at Disney World. You’re able to see all the festive decorations, the hidden mickeys and Cinderella’s Castle in the distance…yea, it’s pretty awesome.

Characters in Holiday Costumes

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Dustin with Santa Goofy!

Goofy dressed as Santa is probably one of my favourite memories of all time! Goofy isn’t the only one, though! The parks are packed with holiday characters you can only find during this time of year. Mickey & Minnie, Donald & Daisy, Chip & Dale, Goofy & Pluto, Tinker Bell all have special outfits for the holidays. There are many others you can find in addition if you go to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas party. In short, you have plenty of unique character opportunities during the holidays.

Holiday Merchandise

2 young children look in awe at a decorated Christmas tree on display in a shop window

Holidays at Disney Springs (Copyright Disney)

Did you know that you can buy holiday merchandise year-round at Disney Springs and in the Magic Kingdom? Not matter what you can always find holiday merchandise at Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe in the Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Days of Christmas at Disney Springs. However, during November and December, stores at resorts and the parks are packed with Disney Parks exclusive merch that I like to buy a lot of 🙂

Disney’s Yuletide Fantasy Tour

Close-up of a toy soldier with sparkling holiday lights in the background

Toy Soldier (Copyright Disney)

This seasonal 3-hour tour is offered  on select dates throughout the holiday season and provides you with an “insider look” at the transformation of the Walt Disney Resort into the holiday wonderland that we all flock to Florida to see each and every single year!

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