If you are a Disney Parks fan that also happens to be a big fan of Christmas festivities, you’ll really love Christmas festivities at your favorite Disney destination! We’re taking a look at how Disney celebrates the holidays at their parks and properties around the world.
“It’s Beginning to Look a lot like Christmas…”
Holiday Celebrations at Disney Parks Around the World
Disneyland Resort – California, USA
“it’s a small world Holiday”
The single biggest reason I want to get to Disneyland during the holidays is the holiday overlay on “it’s a small world”. The quintessential attraction and song get a holiday update and look even more stunning than usual with thousands of Christmas lights on the facade.
Haunted Mansion Holiday
Likely the most clever of the Parks overlays, Haunted Mansion holiday is inspired by Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas”. Fittingly, the Mansion is decked out from just before Halloween through the entire Christmas and New Year seasons.
A Christmas Fantasy Parade
Floats, dancers, and favorite characters celebrate Christmas with a special parade down Main Street, USA. You’ll also see reindeer, toy soldiers, dancing gingerbread cookies, and of course, Santa in his sleigh!
Disney Festival of Holidays
Enjoy festive foods from around the world, as well as holiday-inspired live entertainment celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and Diwali.
Viva Navidad! Street Party
The Three Caballeros lead a festive street party that includes special character greetings, musicians, dancers, and a celebration of Three Kings day.
World of Color – Season of Light
One of my favorite Disney Parks nighttime shows gets even more spectacular during the holidays. Water screens, dancing fountain, lights, and more use your favorite stories and cherished Christmas songs to celebrate the season. Goofy even gets in on the action with an “over-the-top light display” set to Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s “Wizards in Winter”.
Walt Disney World Resort – Florida, USA
We’ve always loved Christmastime at Walt Disney World, and this year they’re giving us even more reason to visit!
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
This is, in my opinion, the very best way to celebrate the holidays at Walt Disney World. A hard ticket event, this does require special event admission; guests will be treated to exclusive entertainment, Disney’s Once Upon a Christmastime parade, hot cocoa and cookies, special character greetings, and more. That’s not even touching how festive and lovely the park is all lit up for Christmas!
Don’t miss the transformation of the World-famous Jungle Cruise to the Jingle Cruise. It’s not as expansive an overlay as you’ll see at the Disneyland Resort, but it’s charming. I look forward to it every time!
Castle Dream Lights
Watch each night as Elsa lights Cinderella’s castle during a short show, A Frozen Holiday Wish. The castle with its dream lights is one of the most stunning things I’ve ever seen – and it never gets old!
International Yuletide Extravaganza
Each of the eleven World Showcase pavilions will share their holiday customs, including food, traditions, live entertainment, and more.
Chip & Dale’s Christmas Tree Spree
Much like Remy’s Ratatouille Hide and Squeak, the Easter Egg hunt, etc, families can participate in a scavenger hunt of sorts by purchasing a map and helping Chip and Dale gather holiday decorations around the World Showcase.
Second only to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party to my family, the Candlelight Processional is one of our favorite Christmas activities in Walt Disney World. Celebrity narrators, and orchestra, and a huge choir tell the Christmas story every night from Thanksgiving to New Years Eve. The Candlelight presentation is beautiful and moving!
Sunset Seasons Greetings – new for 2017!
I’m so excited to see this celebration on Sunset Boulevard. Billboards will come to life, the Hollywood Tower Hotel will be transformed with amazing projections, and guest will find special character interactions. It will also snow on Sunset Boulevard each night!
Jingle Bell Jingle Bam!
Each night on Hollywood Boulevard, the Chinese theater is transformed into a nighttime spectacular including lasers, projections, and pyrotechnics. Help rescue Santa, who has been kidnapped!
Guests will also be treated to scenes from Mickey’s Christmas Carol, Beauty and the Beast, Pluto’s Christmas Tree, and The Nightmare Before Christmas throughout the night. If this is anything like the vignettes from the Tree of Life in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, I can’t wait to see it!
Don’t forget to check out the beautiful resort hotels‘ decor, Christmas Tree Trail at Disney Springs, and more throughout the whole resort!
Disney’s Enchanted Christmas
Disneyland Paris is transformed with an enormous Christmas Tree, and decorations throughout the park.
You can also catch Disney’s Christmas Parade (and snow!) on Main Street, USA.
Mickey’s Magical Christmas Lights
Enjoy a caroling sing-along and tree-lighting ceremony with Mickey and his pals!
Videopolis Live Concert
Listen to “back-to-back Christmas classics” from the Disneyland band and Mickey and Minnie.
A Merry Stitchmas – new for 2017!
Tons of Disney characters join Stitch on the Royal Castle stage for a great new seasonal show!
Walt Disney Studios Park
Holiday Stage Shows – new for 2017!
Sing Me a Merry Christmas! will entertain guests throughout the day, as Mickey and friends share your favorite Christmas carols and stories.
A new nighttime spectacular, Goofy’s Incredible Christmas, uses projections on the Hollywood Tower Hotel and an original (new!) Christmas story.
Tokyo Disney Resort
Tokyo Disneyland – Christmas Fantasy
Themed to “storybooks filled with the Disney Friends’ Christmas Fun”, Christmas Fantasy includes special decorations and Christmas stories throughout Tokyo Disneyland park.
Disney Gifts of Christmas – new for 2017!
A special nighttime spectacular uses projections on Cinderella Castle, etc. Enjoy favorite stories and familiar Christmas music every night in the Castle Forecourt.
Disney Christmas Stories Parade
Twice every day, enjoy a super cool looking parade that tells seven stories of Christmas celebrations among a variety of Disney characters. These floats look so cool. I guess we’ll have to get to Tokyo at Christmas time, too!
Starbright Christmas Fireworks
Almost every night during the Christmas season, guests can enjoy a special Christmas fireworks show.
Tokyo Disney Sea – Christmas Wishes
Tokyo Disney Sea, meanwhile, is themed to “spending Christmas with dear ones”.
Colors of Christmas
Colors of Christmas takes place each night in the waters of Mediterranean Harbor. It has been updated for 2017 and includes a gigantic Christmas tree at the center of the harbor, lights, Disney characters – including Gelatoni and Stella Lou! – and snow.
A Perfect Christmas
Also taking place at Mediterranean harbor, Mickey and his pals present their favorite holiday traditions in a lively, 25-minute show.
Hong Kong Disneyland Christmas Celebration
A special holiday show at the Enchanted Storybook Castle forecourt takes guests to the “Mickey and Friends Christmastime Ball”.
“A Holiday Wish-Come-True” Tree Lighting Ceremony
Every night, join a quartet of carolers and sing along with your favorite Christmas songs. As it gets darker, guests will help count down each night to the tree lighting.
Carolers will also sing to guests as they leave for the night. I think that’s such a magical way to end your night at the park!
Shanghai Disneyland definitely focuses on Chinese New Year more than any other holiday, but they don’t leave out Christmas and other winter celebrations! There has been nothing official announced, but last year guests definitely felt the Christmas Spirit throughout the park. Characters greet guests while wearing holiday attire, and a stunning Christmas tree (and nightly tree lighting ceremony) are visible in Gardens of Imagination.
Disneytown, Shanghai Disneyland Hotel, and Toy Story Hotel will also have themed decorations throughout each property.
BONUS – celebrating the holidays on a Disney Cruise!
Don’t forget to check out the Very Merrytime sailings on Disney Cruise Line! That is perhaps our favorite way to celebrate the holidays, Disney-style!
Which holiday celebration would you most like to experience?!
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