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Holiday Highlights around Walt Disney World

November 6 - December 30, 2020

Holiday Events around Walt Disney World:

The Walt Disney World Holiday Services team provides décor for 780 locations within 41 different properties, including Disney theme parks, resorts, Disney Springs, and recreation and shopping areas. 41 cast members work year-round to make the holiday transformation a reality, with an additional 119 cast members added during the installation period. Décor installation begins Halloween night and is finished by Thanksgiving.

The 2020 holiday season at Walt Disney World will look different than it has in years past. While there will be many holiday-related offerings, some of the guest favorites will not be happening such as Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party and the Candlelight Processional. Read more about the individual offerings by clicking their links below.

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Disney Parks Holiday Programming Taping

Disney Parks Unforgettable Christmas Celebration parade taping

Each year, filming for the upcoming holiday TV specials takes place in several of the Walt Disney World theme parks. If you're lucky, you might stumble upon the filming as it's happening in the parks and have the opportunity to enjoy a special performance. The television specials will typically air on ABC and the Disney Channel in November and December – check your local listings for specifics.

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Christmas at Magic Kingdom

During the holidays, Magic Kingdom is home to 40 trees, 147 wreaths and 590 garlands that measure a total of 5,188 feet. Guests can celebrate the season at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party on 23 select nights from November 8 to December 22. This year’s celebration welcomes the dazzling new nighttime spectacular, “Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks.” Tomorrowland Speedway joins in the merriment of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party for the first time this year with a new holiday overlay that glimmers with 30,000 controllable lights and stylized décor. Guests racing around the track will spot 12 geometric trees ranging from 6 to 10 feet tall. It’s one of 4 Magic Kingdom attractions to feature holiday overlays.

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party
This event has been cancelled for 2020. The details below remain for informational purposes.

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...

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A Frozen Holiday Wish

For the 2020 holiday season, A Frozen Holiday Wish and the Cinderella Castle lights will be replaced by unique castle projection effects.

6:15 nightly (additionally at 8:15 p.m. on Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party nights)

"A Frozen Holiday Wish" show will take place daily on Cinderella Castle stage. 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 are draped on the towers and turrets.

Jingle Cruise takes over the Jungle Cruise

During the holiday season, the Jungle Cruise attraction has 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.

Meet Santa Claus

For the 2020 holiday season, Santa Claus will make surprise appearances and greet guests in a physically-distanced way.

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

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)

Christmas at Epcot

Epcot International Festival of the Holidays takes place beginning around the end of November through the end of December and celebrates holiday traditions from around the world through storytelling and music presented throughout World Showcase. Holiday treats are also part of the festival, which includes 13 Holiday Kitchens serving more than 50 bites from around the world and 60-plus specialty. The Candlelight Processional will be performed 96 times at Epcot this holiday season with a 50-piece orchestra, mass choir and 12 different celebrity narrators. The Candlelight Processional stage at America Gardens Theatre features 2 Christmas trees that are each 18 feet tall.

Epcot International Festival of the Holidays
Highlights from the EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays will begin on November 27, 2020.

Epcot’s popular celebration, Holidays Around the World, has been reimagined into the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays.

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 of the eleven pavilions has its own special theme that highlights that country's 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.

Candlelight Processional
This event has been cancelled for 2020. The details below remain for informational purposes.

There's nothing that's more inspirational than hearing the story of Christmas told nightly by a celebrity narrator. 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 dining packages and get reserved seating. 

Living with the Land – Merry and Bright Nights Holiday Overlay

Back in 2019, the Living with the Land attraction was given a brand new Merry and Bright overlay for the Christmas season. The overlay was thoughtfully done and brought a bit of a festive spin to this beloved attraction. We hope the overlay will return in 2020!

Christmas at Animal Kingdom

For the 2020 holiday season, characters will greet guests in a physically-distanced way via flotillas.

In 2019, Disney’s Animal Kingdom celebrated the holidays in full for the first time in its history, with enchanting entertainment and décor in 3 new locations. 148 animal-inspired luminaries cast a warm and festive glow throughout Discovery Island as a merry menagerie of 10 artisan-sculpted puppets resembling winter animals roamed and interacted with guests throughout the land. 2,600 light bulbs adorned the DinoLand U.S.A. water tower, giving the land a festive new look for the holidays.

Decorations around the park showcased day-into-nighttime experiences, including Tree of Life transformations, Kilimanjaro Safaris, Kali Rivers Rapids, and Expedition Everest.

Live entertainers and Disney characters dressed in their holiday best complete the festive mood found at Animal Kingdom Theme Park.

Christmas at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will enjoy a Flurry of Fun with holiday offerings that will continue through January inside Toy Story Land and throughout the park. All the holiday decorations have a retro style and are inspired by the 1950s. Tinsel town takes on a whole new meaning during the holidays. Seasonal experiences will include festive shows and entertainment, enchanting decor, specialty dining opportunities, special holiday treats, and even a chance to meet Santa Claus. Echo Lake and the surrounding area will be the merriest of places with extra-large ornaments (even some that float!), colorful garlands, and a giant 65-foot tall Christmas tree with a 25-foot base. Even Dinosaur Gertie will be dressed for the occasion with a dino-sized Santa hat that is so big, four people could stand inside it.

Sunset Seasons Greetings

2020 Dates to be Announced

Flurry of Fun Photo Gallery

This popular holiday experience features impressive laser effects to complement the spectacular projections of Mickey Mouse, Olaf and other beloved Disney characters sharing their favorite seasonal stories. A snowy Sunset Boulevard will twinkle with festive holiday decorations making the perfect setting for this wintry display. 21 palm trees along Sunset Boulevard will be illuminated with programmable, color-changing LED fixtures transforming the entire area. Walt Disney Animation Studios produced custom animation of Wayne and Lanny from ABC’s Disney Prep & Landing as well as Mickey and pals, exclusively for Sunset Seasons Greetings.

Holiday magic (i.e. 12 high-definition projectors) will transform the facade of the famous Hollywood Tower Hotel into scenes of the season – Mickey and Minnie reminiscing about a hometown Christmas, characters from Pixar Animation Studios’ Toy Story films wondering which new toys are coming this holiday and more. This stunning experience runs continuously throughout the night.

Holiday magic will once again bring billboards on Sunset Blvd. to life and transform the famous Hollywood Tower Hotel into a giant pile of wrapped Christmas gifts, a gingerbread house, the 'Hollywood Toy Hotel', and a frozen winter wonderland. A summer-loving snowman might even make an appearance to share his holiday wish. This stunning and heartwarming experience will run continuously throughout each evening.

Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Holiday Nighttime Spectacular
2020 Dates to be Announced

The show will be presented on, above, and around the Chinese Theater using state-of-the-art projections along with special effects, SNOW, fireworks, and a seasonal musical score. There is even a special message from Santa at the end!

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 heartwarming moments from some of your favorite Disney films including BambiCinderella and Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas and more. Read a review and more details about the 2018 presentation of Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! by following the link.

Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Holiday Dessert Party

2020 Dates to be Announced

This festive party will take place at Echo Lake, across from 50's Prime Time Café offering a stunning view of the Christmas Tree where guests can enjoy classic Yule log, cheese fondue with pretzel bread, and Gingerbread martinis.

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 then wrap up your merry evening in a reserved viewing area for 2 shows — Wonderful World of Animation and Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!, a holiday spectacular hosted by elves Wayne and Lanny from ABC’s animated special Prep & Landing featuring iconic music, fireworks, special effects, and state-of-the-art projections that display heartwarming moments from some of your favorite Disney films including BambiCinderella and Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas and more.

2020 Dates and Pricing to be Announced

Be sure to check Disney's booking calendar for event times as they will vary based on the Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Holiday Spectacular schedule.

Toy Story Land Holiday Additions

Holiday fun arrives once again this holiday season in Toy Story Land. Décor includes an oversized cranberry-and-popcorn garland and a 10-foot-tall Hamm sugar cookie at Woody’s Lunch Box, as well as green alien ornaments near the entrance to Alien Swirling Saucers, just to name a few.

Plus, guests will hear sleigh bells ringing on Slinky Dog Dash, while Alien Swirling Saucers will offer two holiday tunes with themed lighting. Toy Story characters will don new holiday looks for the season, too, as Woody and Jessie will wear special holiday vests and sprigs of holly on their hats, while Buzz Lightyear will sport a snazzy Santa hat.


Two Christmas songs have been added to the mix tape at Alien Swirling Saucers for the holiday season and it's better than ever! “Deck the Halls” and “Up on the House Top” in the techno-style guests might be familiar with from this attraction brings a new meaning to holiday cheer. Follow this link to read more about the holiday overlay on this attraction.

Minnie's Holiday Dine - Hollywood & Vine

Beginning November 6, 2020


Minnie Mouse will host 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 online here or by calling (407) WDW-DINE. Minnie’s Seasonal Dining events cost $52 per adult and $31 per child, plus tax and gratuity. Some dining plans are accepted.

For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration

Holiday festivities continue at the Hyperion Theater as Anna, Elsa, and Kristoff will welcome Olaf to the very popular sing-along, 'For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration.' Just for the holidays the show will include all-new songs from Disney’s new animated short Olaf’s Frozen Adventure. Olaf will be delivering a special holiday finale in For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along along with other experiences. 

Take a look at the clip below for a little peek at the new ending.

Meet Santa Claus - Once Upon a Time

For the 2020 holiday season, Santa Claus will make surprise appearances and greet guests in a physically-distanced way.


The beautiful and vintage setting of the Once Upon a Time shop recalls bygone days of Santa’s visits to great department stores across the country. Santa will be at the shop daily to greet guests and listen to holiday wishes typically through December 24 then Santa Goofy will step in to finish off the season when Santa Claus returns to the North Pole.

Religious Services

2020 details will be added once they are confirmed!

Catholic Mass: 9:00 p.m. Christmas Eve; 10:30 a.m. Christmas Day
Protestant Service: 9:15 a.m.

When: December 24th and 25th

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 8:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve and at 8:00 a.m. on Christmas Day. The Parking lot will be restricted during this time as well as the lots at the Polynesian Village and Grand Floridian Resorts. Guests staying around the monorail beam are asked to use the watercraft or monorail transportation.

All guests should allow plenty of travel time when using Walt Disney World Transportation as they will go through bag check and metal detector screening processes at the Transportation and Ticket Center and monorail stations located at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa and Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.

Find more Religious Services Around Orlando and Disney.

Holiday Magic Shots Around the World
The PhotoPass photographers that can be found all across Walt Disney World have hidden surprises in their cameras - we call them Magic Shots and they can add just a bit of Pixie Dust to the photos you have taken. Some of the photographers will automatically add them, but don't count on it. We recommend asking each photographer because you never know what can happen and it's always fun to see the surprise when you view your photos for the first time.

Here are just a few examples of some of the Magic Shots that have been available in the past:


Holiday Merchandise Around the World

Fun and creative offerings are headed to the Walt Disney World Resort for the holiday season including new spirit jerseys (with one specifically themed to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party), Alex and Ani bracelets, Loungefly backpacks, Minnie Mouse ear headbands, trading pins, plush toys, and ornaments.

2019 Holiday Tote Bag - $24.99 with any merchandise purchase of $40 or more. Tote has a zipper closure with one zippered pocket inside. We'll add 2020 pricing and photos once we have them!

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