Disney World Events

Holidays at Disney Springs

November 11, 2016 - January 8, 2017

At Disney Springs you can enjoy the sights and sounds of the holiday season. Window shopping takes on a whole new meaning as you enjoy the wonderful holiday displays celebrating traditions from different cultures.  


New in 2016:


The Christmas Tree Trail - November 11-January 8, 2017



Located near the play fountain outside of Once Upon a Toy, the Christmas Tree Trail includes 15 trees, all inspired by a certain Disney character or story.  Guests walk through a winter wonderland with a gentle snowfall, toy soldiers, singers, and lots of photo ops. 


The list of trees includes:


Check out our photos of this new addition here!


Starbright Holidays Show - An Intel Collaboration - November 20, 2016-January 8, 2017 (7:00 and 8:30pm)



This new drone show has begun to light up the skies at Disney Springs' West Side.  The show makes use of 300 drones dancing in the sky to make objects like Christmast trees and angels to a delightful orchestral holiday score.


The show actually is on the shorter side, only about 5 minutes due to battery life of the drones, but it is incredibly impressive to see the potential that using drones has. The best place to view the show is behind Bongos looking out toward Saratoga Springs.


View our video here!


Santa Claus is coming to town

At the Marketplace, you'll find Santa Claus waiting to greet you at his chalet across from Ghirardelli's ice cream shop. You can take your own pictures or use PhotoPass (these photos will be included if you have purchased the Memory Maker package). You will get a pager if the wait exceeds 30 minutes (or you can choose to receive a text message instead).  Return to the podium within 10 minutes for your turn to meet Santa!


Santa Claus

Santa Goofy



Throughout the Holiday season, you'll often find school choirs performing at the Dock Stage as well as DJ Dance Parties at the Once Upon a Toy fountain play area.  


Strolling musicians, Toy Soldier and Snowflake stilt walkers, pop carolers, and acapella groups will also add to the holiday festivities.


A nightly tree lighting ceremony will take place at the Once Upon a Toy fountain play area.


Kwanza will be celebrated on December 26 and 27 with special performances on the Waterside Stage in the Marketplace.


Celebrate Hanukkah at Waterview Park in The Landing from December 24, 2016 - January 1, 2017 with songs, stories, and evening performances.




More than 100 shops make up Disney Springs, so it's the perfect place to find just the right gift for your loved ones!  Choose from a wide range of stores, including specialty boutiques, Disney-themed stores and name brands everyone will recognize. 


Some of the locations are offering deals for the holidays: