Disney World Events

Holiday Highlights around Walt Disney World

November - December 2017



Disney Parks parade taping - November 9-13, 2016

Disney’s Christmas Day parade taping will run a little differently at the theme parks this year. Instead of the actual parade down Main Street, there will be stage show performances that are filmed at Walt Disney World. The parade portion will all be filmed at Disneyland.

At Walt Disney World, filming of the performances will happen from November 9-13 and will take place at all four theme parks. Taping for these will take place during regular park hours and guests will not need tickets to be in the audience. They will air on ABC and Disney Channel through December.

Disney Parks Unforgettable Christmas Celebration parade taping


Disney Theme Park Holiday Events



Magic Kingdom

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party  - 11/9/17 - 12/22/17
What happens when you combine one 30,000 pound, 65 foot tree, one 40 foot star, 5500 twinkling lights, 430 feet of garland, 325 ornaments, 275 feet of strung popcorn, 400 flickering candles, 135 candy canes, 100 gingerbread cookies and the Disney Characters? Why you have the perfect recipe for Christmas at the Magic Kingdom!

The spectacular tree seems to touch the sky. With delightful oversized toys displayed at it's base, it's an amazing sight. What's that? Is there a hint of gingerbread and cinnamon in the air? No detail is too small when Disney magic is being made. More Info...

disney world christmas on main street at magic kingdom

A Frozen Holiday Wish

6:15 and 7:30pm (6:15 and 8:20pm on Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party nights)

"A Frozen Holiday Wish" show will take place daily in front of the castle.  Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and Olaf can be seen in the show and Queen Elsa's ice powers will transform Cinderella Castle into an ice palace.  To create the effect, 200,000 twinkling lights draped on the towers and turrets.


Jingle Cruise returns to take over the Jungle Cruise


The attraction will receive a new storyline, just for the holidays. The Skippers are homesick, so they've handmade decorations for the queue and boathouse using things that have been mailed to them from home (plus a few they've created themselves). There will be new jokes, new holiday-themed names for the boats and even a holiday-themed radio broadcast playing in the background.

This will be open throughout the holiday season, as well as during Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party.

Santa Claus
will be meeting and greeting Magic Kingdom guests at the Tour Guide Gardens next to City Hall through December 24.

You can also visit Santa during Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party until he's needed for his very important role in the parade.

(Santa can also be found at Disney Springs, Epcot, and many resort lobbies)


Epcot Christmas

November 25 - December 30, 2016

Holiday Storytellers

One of the really special things about celebrating the holiday season in Epcot is learning about the holiday traditions of all the different countries.  Each country has its own special theme that highlights its culture. Storytellers will delight you with tales of their heritage and how the holidays are celebrated in their homeland. It's a unique opportunity to learn more about the world in which we live. Check the times guide for storytellers' schedules.

American Adventure:

Canada: Follow the Canadian Holiday Voyageurs on a musical tour to discover the country's holiday customs. 12:25, 1:20, 2:15, 3:10, 4:25, 6:00pm.

China: Enjoy the colorful Chinese Lion Dance, which brings good fortune and happiness. 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30, 4:40pm.

France: Pere Noel. 11:20am, 11:55am, 12:30pm, 1:20pm, 2:10pm, 3:40pm, 4:25pm, 5:40pm.

Germany: Helga reveals the story of the first Christmas tree and her first nutcracker. 1:40, 2:40, 3:40, 4:40, 5:25, 6:35, 7:35, 8:30pm.

Italy: (VIDEO) La Befana, Italy's good Christmas witch, celebrated her first Christmas 2,000 years ago. 1:40, 2:35, 3:30, 4:25, 5:45, 6:25, 7:00, 7:30pm.

Japan: Daruma doll and the Japanese New Year. 12:00, 12:45, 1:45, 3:00, 4:30, 5:15, 6:10, 6:45pm.

Mexico: (VIDEO) Fiesta de Navidad - Mariachis and dancers bring to life the music, dances and traditions of a holiday fiesta. 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, 4:00, 5:00, 6:00pm.

Morocco: Experience the seasons of holidays, where celebrations are "the spice of life". 12:45, 2:00, 2:50, 3:25, 5:15, 6:10, 7:25pm

Norway: Sigrid will tell the story of Julenissen, the trouble-making Christmas Gnome. 11:15am, 12:00, 1:15, 2:00, 3:00, 3:45, 4:45, 5:45pm.

United Kingdom: (VIDEO) Father Christmas. 1:05, 2:00, 2:55, 4:30, 5:40, 6:30, 7:30, 8:30pm.



IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth is enhanced for the Holidays with an additional special Peace on Earth holiday ending. 9:30pm (11/25-12/24) and 10:30pm (12/24-12/30).

Fountain Stage -

There's nothing that's more inspirational than the nightly Candlelight Processional. This beautiful show evokes the true meaning of the holidays and is not to be missed.  The best way to get in to see this popular show is to take advantage of one of the dinner packages and get reserved seating. 



2016 Holiday Treats at World Showcase


It wouldn’t be a celebration at Walt Disney World without food, so Epcot has added several new food items to their “Holidays Around the World” celebration from November 25-December 30.


Prost! in the German Pavilion will offer artisan cheese plates, sauerbraten with red cabbage and spatzle, and Stollen, a holiday fruit cake.  There will also be alcoholic apple and black currant apple ciders, Caramel Kiss featuring Werther’s Caramel, and gluhwein, a house-made hot spiced wine.


Guests looking for a traditional American holiday dinner can stop at American Holiday Table in the American Adventure Pavilion.  Dishes there will include slow-roasted turkey with stuffing, mashed potatoes, and cranberry sauce or seared pork tenderloin with green bean casserole, roasted sweet potato wedges, and a champagne demi-glace. A selection of holiday cookies are also available. Follow that up with Shipyard Eggnog White Porter Aged on Bourbon, Firenog (eggnog with Fireball Whisky), Great American Wine Company Red Blend and Chardonnay, hot chocolate, eggnog, and Cocoa Candy Cane (hot cocoa with peppermint Schnapps).


The Alpine Haus between Morocco and France will serve duck confit, dumplings, and roasted Brussels sprouts with a port wine fig reduction; cheese fondue in a bread bowl with fresh steamed vegetables and marbled potatoes; and sachertorte, a chocolate cake with apricot jam and dark chocolate glaze.  Beverages to be served here are Chocolate Appple Shake(both alcoholic and non-alcoholic available), Weingut Stadt Krems Gruner Vetliner White Wine and Heinrich Red Blend.


The Mexico Pavilion will offer Tacos de Tinga (two corn tortillas filled with chipotle-braised chicken topped with sour cream and queso fresco) and Pork Belly Tacos (two corn tortillas filled with pork belly topped with salsa verde and crispy onions. Available beverages include Classic Margartitas, Pineapple Elder Flower Margartita, Mexican Red Sangria, and Bohemia Draft Beer.


Two kiosks will be available in the World Showcase Plaza.  Seasonal Southern Delights will serve hoppin’ john (black-eyed peas, ham hocks, and kale with rice and cornbread crumbles); blackened catfish with white cheddar grits with okra, tomato and onion stew; and a chocolate pecan tart. Beverages are Central 28 Up River American Pale Ale, Central 28 Dancing Pierre Belgium-style Pale Ale, Frozen S'mores Served with Dutch Caramel Van Gough Vodka (non-alcoholic version available as well). 


The other kiosk is the “Feast of the Three Kings” celebrating the Latin festival Three Kings Day.  This kiosk offers a shredded beef tamale with avocado crema and cilantro rice; roasted pork with mashed yucca and pickled green bananas; and Three Kings Bread.  Coquito (coconut milk) and Coquito with rum floater will also be available, as well as a Presidente Pilsner and bottled water.


Other seasonal treats that will be available throughout the park include:



Animal Kingdom

You can "DAK" The Halls at Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park. There's a special animal themed tree that's displayed outside the entrance.

Mickey and Minnie will be dressed in their holiday best at Adventurer's Outpost for a special holiday photo op.

Live entertainers complete the festive mood found at the Animal Kingdom Theme Park.

Disney's Hollywood Studios

Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Holiday Nighttime Spectacular
11/7/17 - 12/31/17

The show will be presented on, above and around the Chinese Theater with the brand new projection technology used for the Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular fireworks show, along with special effects, SNOW, fireworks, and a seasonal musical score.

Osborne Family Lights at MGM Studios

The show will focus on Wayne and Lanny, who you may remember from the ABC/Walt Disney Animation Studios holiday special Prep and Landing, as they search for the missing Santa Claus. The show will also feature “memorable holiday moments” from Disney films like Mickey’s Christmas Carol, Beauty and the Beast, Pluto’s Christmas Tree, Bambi, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and more!

Osborne Family Lights at MGM Studios

Like the Star Wars fireworks, there will be a dessert party, which will include reserved viewing, desserts, specialty beverages and more. You even get your own pair of 3D glasses that will transform the fireworks into gingerbread men, candy canes, snowflakes and ornaments.

Osborne Family Lights at MGM Studios


Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Holiday Dessert Party

This festive party will take place in the courtyard of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre where guests can enjoy multiple food stations, featuring holiday-inspired sweet and savory delights like warm cheese fondue with pretzel bread and flatbread, warm pumpkin pie and spiced-bread pudding with hand-dipped vanilla ice cream. There will even be a Liquid Nitro Station with chocolate mousse and your choice of toppings, including salted caramel sauce.

Beer, wine, and specialty cocktails will be available for guests over 21. Specialty non-alcoholic beverages including hot cocoa will also be available.

A special VIP character will stop by to meet and mingle with dessert party-goers and you’ll want to be sure to check out the festive holiday lights while wearing a pair of 3D HoloSpex® glasses. Glasses will be given to you as part of the event and will turn bright lights into holiday holographic illusions such as gingerbread men and candy canes.

The party is available between the dates of November 9 – December 31. From November 9 – December 15, the cost is $79 per adult, $45 for children 3-9, and includes tax and gratuity. From December 17 – 31, the cost is $89 adult, $49 child (tax and gratuity included). Reservations can now be made by calling (407) WDW-DINE or visiting DisneyWorld.com/dining.

Seasonal treats that will be available throughout the park include:


Minnie's Holiday Dine - Hollywood & Vine

November 7, 2016 - January 6, 2017

Minnie Mouse will be hosting a festive holiday dinner with Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck and Santa Goofy! Hollywood & Vine will be all decked out with holiday decor, food, music and activities. 



Make reservations here or by calling 407-WDW-DINE.  Cost is $46.99 for adults, $27.99 for children, plus tax and gratuity.  Meal can also one table-service entitlement on the Disney Dining Plan.  This meal can also be part of the Fantasmic! dining packages for $52.99 for adults and $31.99 for children, plus tax and gratuity.


Religious Services


Catholic Mass: 8:00 am and 10:30 am
Protestant Service: 9:15 am

When: December 25, 2016

Where: Disney's Contemporary Resort's Fantasia Ballroom

Walt Disney World Guests are asked to use WDW transportation to Magic Kingdom Park and board a shuttle to Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Shuttle service begins at 7:00am. The Parking lot will be restricted during this time as well as the lots at the Polynesian and Grand Floridian Resorts. Guests staying around the monorail beam are asked to use the watercraft and monorail transportation, which begins at 7:00am.

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