It’s been called the happiest place on earth – a holiday destination that children around the world dream about visiting one day. Every December, some of those children feel like their Christmases have come all at once, as they head to Orlando, Florida, for a Disney World Christmas.
From November to January, Disney World puts on a series of Christmas themed parties and parades. All four Disney theme parks embrace the holiday spirit, and leave big kids, little kids, and adult’s inner kids with Christmas memories to remember.
Christmas Celebrations at Disney’s Magic Kingdom
Every year, the Disney elves get to work in the Magic Kingdom to transform Main Street, USA, into a holiday wonderland. They deck the halls with colourful lights, bows, garlands, and Christmas trees that tower above the crowds.
Cinderella’s Castle, the iconic fairytale fort that features in the Disney logo in so many films and TV Shows, looks more magical than ever as it’s covered with 200,000 ‘dream lights’.
Magic Kingdom embraces the holiday cheer from mid November to early January. Closer to Christmas, guests are also greeted by giant gingerbread men, toy soldiers, and those classic Disney stars, Mickey and Minnie Mouse, at special day time performances of “Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade.”
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Lights Up Disney World
Every winter, Mickey Mouse and friends celebrate Christmas Disney style with a party and holiday parade. Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is held after hours at the Magic Kingdom and includes live entertainment with Disney characters, stunning fireworks set to classic holiday tunes, complimentary cookies and hot cocoa, and of course, Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade.
While Mother Nature may not snow on Florida all that often, at Disney World guests can enjoy a magical snow fall on Main Street, USA. Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party runs from 7pm to 12am. To check dates, or book in advance, visit Disney World’s official website.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios Turns on the Christmas Charm
Over at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, millions of lights twinkle as the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights transforms the Streets of America backlot. The traditional light show was started by Arkansas businessman Jennings Osborne more than 20 years ago when he put up 1,000 Christmas lights at his Little Rock home for his daughter, Breezy.
The Osborne’s light display soon grew and grew, until the Arkansas Supreme Court ordered it to be turned off. In 1995, the million-light display was moved to Disney-MGM studios, and in 2006 they took on a new lease of life when they were synchronised to holiday music. The dancing lights are expected to delight families who travel to Orlando for Christmas fun for many years to come.
Epcot Embraces Christmas Holidays Around the World
At Epcot’s World Showcase, visitors can meet Santa Claus, along with his fellow international holiday legends. The Holidays Around the World celebration is as educational as it is beautiful.
After enjoying a tree-lighting ceremony with Disney characters, guests can take in the popular Candlelight Processional. Celebrity narrators such as Whoopi Goldberg, Isabella Rossellini, Andy Garcia and Angela Bassett, tell the story of Christmas, with the help of a mass choir and 50 piece orchestra.
Jungle Fever Meets Christmas Cheer at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Over at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, visitors can mingle with Disney characters dressed in their holiday best under a 65 foot Christmas tree. Mickey’s Jingle Jungle Parade takes guests on a holiday safari while Christmas songs fill the air in Santa Goofy’s Holiday Village.
Character trees and live entertainers share the holiday spirit in the decorated village, where visitors can make the most of some spectacular holiday photo opportunities.
The Best Disney Christmas Decorations in Downtown Disney
Visitors to Orlando don’t even need to step into a Disney World park to embrace the Christmas spirit. Downtown Disney, which features 70 shops and restaurants, is filled with holiday themed windows and decorations.
It’s also the place to get the best Disney Christmas Decorations around. The Disney’s Days of Christmas shop is open all year round, but is really in its element when the holiday season kicks in. Filled with Disney character ornaments, Disney Christmas stockings, and collectibles, it’s the ultimate wonderland for those with a love of Disney and Christmas.