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Holiday Highlights of Walt Disney World’s Christmas Celebrations

Unwrap a winter wonderland during your visit to Disney World Orlando during Christmastime.  Disney combines festive traditions with modern merriment creating an engaging event for holiday revelers.  The seasonal celebration starts as early as November 7, 2014. 

Check out the holiday highlights of Disney World’s Christmas Celebrations.  Then, start making plans to be in Orlando this holiday season!

Magic Kingdom
The entire Magic Kingdom is swathed in holiday sparkle with festive wreaths, bows, garland, sparkling lights, parades and towering Christmas trees. Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season fireworks spectacular and live entertainment with Disney characters all dressed up for the holidays are a few highlights. 

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party will run for 20 magical nights this season.  This after-hours ticketed event begins at 7pm and immerses guests in holiday offerings such as stage shows, fireworks, a unique holiday parade and holiday traditions including complimentary cookies and hot cocoa, and snow flurries on Main Street, U.S.A. Specific dates for 2015: 

Nov. 8, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20 and 29
Dec. 1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, 11, 13, 15, 17 and 18

Cinderella’s Castle will be decorated in Castle Dream Lights transforming it into a glimmering ice palace for the holidays.  200,000 shimmering lights decorate the castle and guests are treated to a nightly celebration and stage show.  Returning to the Magic Kingdom is Queen Elsa, who will be the one to transform Cinderella’s Castle into an ice palace every night starting in November.  This magical production, dubbed A Frozen Holiday Wish, replaces Cinderella’s Holiday Wish stage show.  Secure a spot around the Castle early!  The show starts nightly at 6:15pm.

Frozen characters Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and Olaf will be featured in “Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade.” This parade runs twice nightly at 8:15pm and 10:30pm.

The iconic Jungle Cruise transforms into the “Jingle Cruise” for the holidays. Festive decor greets passenger and the Skipper’s spread Christmas cheer with family-friendly jokes.

In Tommorowland, the acclaimed a cappella group VoicePlay will perform holiday concerts for Disney guests. VoicePlay, who appeared on the TV Show “The Sing Off,” will show off their vocal skills during “A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas.”

Candlelight Processional at Epcot is a timeless holiday traction combining seasonal music with a moving reading of the Christmas story by a celebrity narrator, accompanied by a mass choir and a 50-piece live orchestra.  A few of this year’s celebrity narrators include Neil Patrick Harris, Meredith Viera, Whoopi Goldberg, Chandra Wilson and Blair Underwood.   Candlelight Processional is presented November 27 through December 30 at 5:00, 6:45 and 8:00pm at America Gardens Theater on select nights. For a full list of celebrity narrators, click here. 

Holidays Around the World let Epcot visitors experience traditions and lore from countries across the globe.  Storytellers, meet and greets with Santa and Mrs. Claus and a nightly presentation of “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” add to the fun. 
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
The classic Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights returns to Disney’s Hollywood Studios for the last time November 6 through January 3. The spectacle features millions of dancing lights, plus animated displays and 3D effects synchronized to holiday classics amidst snowfall. To make your holiday experience even sweeter by attending the Merry & Bright Dessert Party featuring festive views of the Streets of America or opt for the Merry & Bright Dinner Reception, offering reserved seats with views of the Osborne Spectacle of Lights as well as complimentary drinks, snacks and more.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Celebrate Christmas safari style at the Animal Kingdom.  Join Mickey and Minnie Mouse at Adventurer’s Outpost for a special photo opportunity. Dressed in their holiday best, these souvenirs shots are ideal for Christmas cards and gifts.
Reserve your discount Disney tickets now to experience Christmas at Disney World.  Select tickets currently feature two bonus days.  That means you can pay for a 4-day Disney Park Hopper Ticket and get entrance for your 5th and 6th day free!    It’s a great value and ensures you’ll have plenty of time to see all the holiday sights and sounds at Walt Disney World Orlando.

Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Orlando to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

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