Christmas is coming fast, and seasonal celebrations are in full swing at the Walt Disney World theme parks. There’s so much to see and do; in addition to the official celebrations, you can make a day of it just visiting each of the resort hotels and admiring the gingerbread creations and other decor. However, my top three favorite ways to celebrate take place at three of the theme parks: the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Learn more about them and get a little video sampling in the list below.
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Overview
Hurry, hurry, hurry and make it to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party by December 18th! That’s the date of the last party this year, and you won’t want to miss the Christmas parade, Holiday Wishes fireworks, special shows and greetings with the characters, and noshing on cocoa and cookies on Main Street while snow falls softly all around you. The party is a an extra-cost event that takes place on select nights through December 18 after the Magic Kingdom closes to day guests. For the money, you get to enjoy many of the park’s rides with smaller crowds, plus the fireworks, parade, and other exclusive entertainment. The video shows a quick overview of the party this year.
Candlelight Processional Celebrity Narration
Christmas with the characters is fun, but if you want to celebrate the true meaning of the season, you can’t miss the Candlelight Processional at Epcot. The show runs nightly through December 30th, with a different celebrity narrator telling the story of the Nativity each night, accompanied by a full orchestra. The beautiful music will send shivers down your spine, You can see Neil Patrick Harris’s narration from 2014 in the video. Come in person to hear the music and immerse yourself in the Christmas spirit. The show is free, but I recommend buying a dinner package to guarantee a seat for your favorite narrator.
Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights
If you do only one Christmas event at Walt Disney World this year, make it seeing the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. I don’t say that just because the millions of twinkling lights dancing to the soundtrack are amazing. It’s mainly because the lights are leaving this year after 20 years at the theme park. They came to Florida after the display got too massive for the Osborne homestead in Arkansas, and it’s grown every year since Disney took it over. Now it’s leaving to make way for the Star Wars and Pixar expansion at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, so this is your last chance to take this audiovisual masterpiece. Book the Merry and Bright Dessert Party if you want to get out of the crowds and nosh on drinks and desserts while watching the lights from a reserved area.