Disney World at Christmas is one of the best holiday celebrations for families. It’s a time to come together with your loved ones and enjoy the magic of the Walt Disney World Resort. Plus, it’s not the usual Florida hot temperatures.
The Disney World Christmas decorations, attractions and activities will not only get you into the spirit, but also provide memories that will stay with you forever.
So, when you want a break from the fast rides, looking at Christmas decorations at Disney World can be a nice break.
When Will Disney World Orlando Decorate for Christmas?
Walt Disney World almost always kicks off its Christmas celebrations the second weekend in November. It all ends the first week of January. This year’s festivities focus around the Disney World Christmas Parade and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.
The Best Time to Visit Disney World for Christmas?
After Thanksgiving and before Christmas is the best time to visit Disney World. The crowds are low, the weather is great. Plus, there are Christmas lights everywhere.
The holidays make an already magical place even more magical.
Where to See Magic Kingdom Christmas Decorations
Magic Kingdom Christmas decorations are always beautiful. It’s the most fun and festive time to visit Walt Disney World.
The decorations at Magic Kingdom are always amazing. So, Here’s what you can expect this year.
Opening Day: November 8, 2022
Christmas Parade: 1:30pm and 4pm every day from November 9 to December 20, 2022
Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade: 6pm daily from November 23 to December 30, 2022
Disney World decorates the Magic Kingdom with lots of garlands, wreaths and lights. You can see them on Main Street USA and at Cinderella Castle. Plus the rides are decorated too. Including, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh attraction, Dumbo the Flying Elephant attraction, Alice in Wonderland attraction and Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride Attraction.
The Mickey’s Christmas Party nighttime fireworks show is featured at 8 PM daily. There are also live performances by Toy Story characters each night beginning at 7 PM until 22 December throughout Tomorrowland Terrace near Space Mountain.
Hollywood Studios Christmas Decorations
Disney’s Hollywood Studios is where a lot more Christmas fun takes place.
The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights which is their enormous holiday light display that includes over 70 unique displays along with favorite characters at different points throughout the show (and constant renditions of “Jingle Bells” and “Deck The Halls”).
Mirror glass reflection of Christmas tree in Disney's Hollywood Studios. pic.twitter.com/W3GApLjDXn
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For more Disney World Christmas fun, you can also visit Santa Claus at his Movie Barn. Or, watch him ride down Sunset Boulevard in a horse-drawn sleigh.
Star Tours also gets in on the action with a special “Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!” show based on the best Christmas Special ever: ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas
Christmas at Animal Kingdom
Animal Kingdom is a great way to experience Disney world Christmas. So, if you’re looking for a great Disney Christmas parade, look for it at DinoLand from Thanksgiving through early January each year.
Dinoland U.S.A. has the best christmas atmosphere in the parks and you cannot convince me otherwise pic.twitter.com/QXeAeTuLaJ
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You’ll find Disney characters in Christmas costumes and plenty of seasonal decor to get you into the spirit of this very special time of the year.
Christmas at Disney’s Epcot
Christmas at Disney’s Epcot is a spectacular sight to behold at the park. Because, there are decorations everywhere, and a particular tree in the middle of the World Showcase.
The Norway Pavilion is home to one of Disney’s most extravagant trees (which has been up for over 30 years!) – The Flødebolle Tree.
See Disney World Christmas Decorations Without Going Into the Parks?
You don’t want to buy a ticket to get into Disney World just to see Christmas Decorations. Here are other places in Orlando Florida with Christmas lights and decorations.
Fortunately, there are many off-site places near Disney World to see holiday decorations.
Disney Springs is a great free place to get your fix of all things Disney. It is decorated to hilt and you can even follow a trail of Christmas trees.
The Grand Floridian Resort is always decorated for Christmas and you no longer need a park pass to get in. But if you plan to eat, reservations are needed.
And, also check out the following places to see Christmas lights around Orlando and outside of Disney World:
- Night of a Million Lights at Give Kids The World Village
(210 South Bass Road, Kissimmee, FL 34746)
- Colorful Christmas at Crayola Experience
(Florida Mall 8001 S. Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, FL 32809)
- Winter Wonderland at Downtown Celebration
(610 Sycamore St, Celebration, FL 34747)
- Orlando Tree Lighting Celebration at Lake Eola Park
(Washington Plaza, Lake Eola Park, 195 North Rosalind Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801)
- Dazzling Nights at Harry P. Leu Gardens
(1920 N Forest Ave, Orlando)
- Festival of Trees at Orlando Museum of Art
(2416 North Mills Avenue,Orlando, FL 32803)
- Santa Workshop Experience at ICON Park
(8375 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819)