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A guide to Disney World in December

Enjoy the Christmas season at Downtown Disney, where you can see a variety of holiday inspired decorations
Enjoy the Christmas season at Downtown Disney, where you can see a variety of holiday inspired decorations
Heather Leigh

December is an amazing time of year and every Disney fan should take the time to enjoy the Walt Disney World theme parks and resorts during this time at least once in their lifetime. Disney plans additional shows, one of a kind special events and breathtaking displays of holiday decorations from around the world. The resorts have uniquely themed Christmas trees, life-sized gingerbread houses and other over the top decorations that Disney is known for.

Plus during this time of year the Disney characters get into the holiday spirit dressing up in their finest outfits, perfect for any Christmas card photo.

Events planned throughout all of Disney World during the month of December include:

Magic Kingdom

  • Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas


  • Holidays Around the World
  • Candlelight Processional

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

  • Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

  • Mickey’s Jingle Jungle Parade

Downtown Disney

  • Festival of the Seasons
  • Santa’s Chalet

The crowds are a little bit thinner the earlier in December you visit, mostly because those wishing to be at Disney for the holidays are waiting until Christmas gets a little closer before arriving. The closer you get to Christmas, the more crowded the parks and resorts will get. Make sure to use every possible option to reduce your time waiting in lines, including the FastPass+ system, the Rider Swap program and Single Rider lines. Do not forget to make your advance dining reservations 180 days prior to your arrival to ensure you are able to enjoy your favorite restaurants.

With the heavier crowds, Disney will help compensate guests by offering more entertainment options for families, including many themed around Christmastime. Disney will also offer extended park hours offering guests additional time in the parks to help ensure they are able to enjoy all of their favorite rides, shows and attractions.

If you have not celebrated the holiday season at Disney world yet, it is something you have to at least do once. There are so many things to do and see, the Christmas season will make the experience so much more magical. Just remember to bring a jacket, because temperatures start to cool off during December, making evenings at the parks a bit chilly.

Happy vacationing!

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