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Christmas at Disney World is a Magical Holiday Celebration

Christmas at Disney World is a magical time of year. All four of the resorts parks – the Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Epcot, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios – join in on the festive fun creating a holiday extravaganza you’ll want to enjoy with the whole family.The Magic Kingdom is aglow in holiday lights and cheer November 8, 2010-January 1, 2011. All along Main Street U.S.A. you’ll find beautiful Christmas trees, colorful lights, garlands, holly and wreaths. Cinderella’s Castle is also adorned with 200,000 “dream lights” making it glow and shimmer for the holidays.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is also featured at the Magic Kingdom November 8-December 19. This popular party takes place following regular Magic Kingdom park hours and requires a separate admission ticket. Guests with tickets enjoy a festive celebration featuring live holiday shows, the famous “Mickey’s Once Upon a Time Christmas Parade,” Disney characters like Mickey and Minnie in their holiday best for meet and greets and the nighttime spectacular “Holiday Wishes – Celebrate the Spirit of the Season,” which is a dazzling fireworks show set to holiday tunes.

Over at the Disney Hollywood Studios the holidays are featured November 26, 2010-January 3, 2011. The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights is showcased at this park, at The Streets of America backlot. This Disney holiday tradition is a breathtaking seasonal display featuring millions of twinkling lights perfectly synchronized to holiday music.

The lighting displays are very impressive as they blanket entire buildings in sheets of multi-colored lights, and create scenes of twirling carousels, cherubic angels, and Santa and his reindeer, even Mickey Mouse is illuminated. Approximately every 10 minutes the lights dim and then dramatically relight – dynamically choreographed to traditional holiday music. On select nights, the show is capped off with a flurry of snow for extra holiday magic.

Epcot presents Holidays Around the World during the Christmas season. It showcases international holiday lore and legend at its various pavilions, with Santa featured at the American Adventure pavilion, Pere Noel in France, La Befana in Italy. Kwanzaa and Hanukkah celebrations are also featured. Come nightfall, Disney characters hosts a giant tree-lighting ceremony with music and storytelling. A beautiful synchronized light show – “The Lights of Winter” – lights up the World Showcase, as does the nightly “Illuminations: Reflections of Earth,” which includes a special holiday finale.

The Candlelight Processional at Epcot will also take place this year from November 26-December 31, 2010. This very popular night spectacle treats guests to a performance by a mass choice and 50-piece orchestra joined by celebrity narrators to tell the story of Christmas.

Christmas at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, scheduled for November 26, 2010-January 3, 2011, features a giant illuminated tree and “Mickey’s Jingle Jungle Parade.” Over at Camp Minnie-Mickey, Disney visitors can meet characters dressed in their holiday best while listening to carolers at Santa Goofy’s Holiday Village.

All of the Disney holiday events featured at Walt Disney World are included with Disney tickets, except for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.

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