Holiday Happenings at
Walt Disney World


Candlelight Processional Jodi BensonWalt Disney World has made the December holidays a Special Celebration throughout the parks and hotels. This is a grand time to visit WDW and get in the HOLIDAY Spirit!

Each of the main theme parks and all the resorts have their own special way of decorating and celebrating the Holidays.



RETURNING IN 2015! "A Frozen Holiday Wish" features Anna and Elsa in an all-new show on the Castle Forecourt Stage. With special appearances by rugged mountain man Kristoff and lovable snowman Olaf, the show culminates in Queen Elsa using her incredible powers to present a gift to everyone in the kingdom, transforming Cinderella Castle into a glimmering ice palace for the holidays. "A Frozen Holiday Wish" runs November 8 through December 31, 2015 at 6:15 p.m. Click HERE for the video.

Mickey's Once upon a Christmastime Parade celebrates the many festive moods of the holiday season, showcasing a series of holiday themes including a Friends and Family Christmastime Party, a sleigh ride through a Winter Wonderland, a romantic Fairy Tale Christmastime, a scrumptious display of Christmastime sweets, and of course Santa and Mrs. Claus in a grand finale. And for longtime Disney Christmas parade fans: Soldiers, Snowflakes and dancing deer are all still in the parade. The parade features original music as well as both classic and current holiday tunes.

Shown only at Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party through December 18
Shown as the afternoon parade in the Magic Kingdom beginning December 19.

The Jingle Jungle Cruise - Adventureland - the Skippers have grown homesick for the holidays, so they've added holiday cheer to the Jungle Cruise queue and boathouse with decorations that have been mailed to them from home (plus a few they've created themselves). The Skippers have also added a slew of new jokes to their tours that are the perfect way to get guests in the holiday spirit. Additionally, Jungle Cruise boats have been renamed with the holidays in mind, and if guests listen carefully, they may hear a holiday-themed radio broadcast playing in the background.


A special ticket is required! It's pure magic at the Magic Kingdom featuring a nighttime holiday parade, flurry of snow and seasonal entertainment. Highlights of the include: greetings by Santa Goofy on Main Street, U.S.A.; two showings of Once Upon a Christmastime Parade; a special edition of "Wishes" fireworks; holiday cookies and cocoa; two holiday stage shows featuring many of the favorite Disney characters and "A Frozen Holiday Wish". And it's even been known to "snow" on Main Street, U.S.A.!

NEW in 2015 is VoicePlay - Contemporary a capella singers! MUST SEE!

In addition to all the festive fun, guests to Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party are able to enjoy unlimited use of the most popular Magic Kingdom attractions. For tickets or more information about Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, guests may call 407-W-DISNEY.

2015 Dates

  • November 8, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 29

  • December 1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, 11, 13, 15, 17, 18


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Throughout World Showcase, each country shares its holiday heritage November 27 – December 30. Strolling around the promenade during the Holidays Around the World celebration may put you face-to-face with the good-hearted witch La Befana, known in Italy for filling children's shoes with treats, or the Chinese Lion Dancers who bring good fortune and happiness. There are meet and greets with Santa and Mrs. Claus in The American Adventure, plus other legendary icons who share messages of goodwill. The celebrations of Kwanzaa and Hanukkah can be found at the American Adventure.

The Candlelight Processional (November 27 - December 30, 2015): The poignant story of Christmas unfolds during this renowned event featuring celebrity narrators, a mass choir and 50-piece live orchestra at America Gardens Theatre. To ensure a seat for this joyous favorite, Candlelight Packages are available with dinner at select Epcot restaurants, a special spot for fireworks viewing and guaranteed seating for the heartfelt Candlelight Processional. For bookings call 407-WDW-DINE or book online with Disney HERE.

The American Music Machine - appears on the Fountain Stage - a contemporary twist to favorite Christmas tunes with the expertise of ground-breaking vocal arranger Tim Davis, whose previous credits include the hit TV series “Glee.” This holiday stage show includes new musical arrangements, dances, and a brand new look with performances of both modern and nostalgic holiday hits, including “White Christmas,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “All I Want for Christmas is You.”

JOYFUL! A Gospel Celebration of the Season blends the soulful expressiveness of Gospel and inspirational music with the sounds of jazz, R&B and urban music daily from November 28 – December 29 at the Future World Fountain Stage.

The evening is capped by the visual splendor of IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth, the mesmerizing Epcot spectacular featuring fireworks, laser and water all spruced up for the season with a spirited holiday finale. The 2014 Holiday Finale for Illuminations - Video

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November 6, 2015-January 3, 2016

Entering the Hollywood Studios backlot, guests discover a virtual city of lights. On, over and among the cityscape buildings are millions of dazzling bulbs, dancing lights and animated displays synchronized to high-energy holiday tunes at Disney's Hollywood Studios November 6, 2015 -January 3, 2016. It's truly a mega-watt spectacle for the eyes with colorful wreaths, twirling carousels, flying angels, Santa and his reindeer, swirling snow flurries, and amazing 3-D effects around every corner. The tradition began in 1986 in Arkansas, at the home of businessman Jennings Osborne, who strung 1,000 lights as a Christmas gift to his daughter. After the exhibit grew larger and brighter each year, it was transported to Disney in 1995 where the light exhibit now mesmerizes guests from all over the world each year.

Read more about the Osborne Lights HERE!

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Santa's Chalet: November 13 through December 30 . New location for 2015 is located across from the Ghirardelli Ice Cream and Chocolate Shop. Check in at the podium to join a virtual queue, which means less time waiting in line. Planning to visit? Upon arrival, you’ll receive a pager from one of Santa’s Helpers; when it’s time to take your place in line, you’ll be notified. Simply return to the podium within 10 minutes. Santa will be greeting guests daily through December 24, 12pm – 10pm. (Santa Goofy takes over December 25-29 during the same hours.)


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Disney resort hotels are dressed up for the holidays, offering an ideal home-away-from-home during the season. Check each hotel for holiday dining offerings and special entertainment.

Several resorts are also known for their yummy holiday gingerbread displays. From enchanting visual feasts created from all kinds of sweets to refreshing stops offering tasty beverages and treats you can eat, check out each exciting display--in addition to a few fun activities--as you enjoy the seasonal themes of their delightful holiday renditions.

See the Contemporary's Frozen Gingerbread Display from 2014 .

Not to be missed resorts: Grand Floridian, Beach Club, Boardwalk, and the Wilderness Lodge.
Bonus: Fort Wilderness the week before Christmas - many campsites are all decked out!

Be sure to check at your resort for specific times and activities.

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