Updated November 10, 2018

Our family has spent Christmas at Disney World for many years. It is our favorite place to spend the holidays. We love all the decorations, music, and holiday events throughout the World. Although we are sad that our beloved Osborne Light show is gone, there are still wonderful things to do. Because our family is small, we enjoy being able to go out of town to celebrate Christmas at the most magical place on Earth. When we lived in Chicago, we would exchange gifts and have our big Christmas dinner a few days early before escaping the cold weather and heading down to Orlando. Now that we live only a couple hours from Orlando, it is easier than ever for us to hop in the car and celebrate Christmas at Disney World.

Christmas at Disney World - Magic Kingdom

  • Magic Kingdom

Of course there is nowhere more magical then the Magic Kingdom. (Or more crowded.) The decorations, parade, and fireworks are definitely worth seeing. Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party really is worth the money, as well. It is such a fun event and a way to experience Magic Kingdom with a little less crowds.


At EPCOT there is the Holidays Around the World (which has basically become Food & Wine Festival Part 2). This is a fun way to learn about holiday traditions in other countries around the World Showcase. You can also try different seasonal food and drink favorites. The Candlelight Processional is a beautiful retelling of the story of Christmas with celebrity narrators and a 50-piece orchestra. You also can’t miss Illuminations which has an added holiday presentation that is breathtaking.

  • Hollywood Studios

While we are very disappointed that the Osborne Lights are no longer at Hollywood Studios, they have sort of made up for it with the decorations. Sunset Seasons Greetings transforms Sunset Boulevard Hollywood Studios Tower of Terror into a very festive area. Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! is a definitely a must-see. New this year (2018) is holiday decorations in Toy Story Land. We still really miss the magical feeling of the Osborne Lights.

  • Animal Kingdom

New this year (2018) is UP! A Great Bird Adventure Show featuring Russell and Dug that will have a special Diwali celebration from November 8th to January 1st.

  • Disney Springs

Meet Santa Claus, explore the 27 different trees along the Christmas Tree Trail and more at Disney Springs.

Hollywood Studios

Another thing you must do is go hotel hopping! The resorts all get beautifully decorated and there are some fantastic Christmas trees to see. We love Grand Floridian, Contemporary Resort, Yacht & Beach Club, and the Boardwalk. The Swan & Dolphin also has a lot of fun holiday activities. Another fan favorite is Fort Wilderness Campgrounds. The guests here go all out with decorating and it is definitely worth a stroll through to see.

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!

Do you enjoy spending the holidays at Disney World? 

The Traveling Gals




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Christmas at Disney World