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The Complete Guide to Disney World Christmas Events

by Mommy Frog on October 1, 2019 141 Orlando

The Complete Guide to Disney World Holiday EventsStep aside, Mickey jack-o-lanterns. Christmas wreaths are officially here to spread the holiday cheer. Holidays at Disney World typically hoppen from early November to the first week of January. If you're planning on experiencing Disney World Christmas events in 2019, or just want to take in the spectacular Disney World Christmas decorations, you'll want to take note of all the special holiday hoppenings inside the parks. Lucky for you, we've rounded them all up in one post! Make sure to share this post with friends and family — the more, the merrier.

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Best Time to Visit Disney World During the Holidays

Before we dive into the merriment, let's start with perhaps the most important topic: The best time to visit during Christmas at Disney World.

Now, we think any time you can visit Disney World is a good time to visit Disney World. We're always excited when we've got our bags packed and are headed to The Most Magical Place on Earth. Although, there are better times to visit than others during the holiday season. The busiest days of the year happen around Disney World holidays. In terms of crowds, here are the busiest days of the season:

  • New Year's Eve
  • New Year's Day
  • Christmas Day
  • The week of Christmas
  • The Friday after Thanksgiving
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • The week of Thanksgiving

If you can experience Disney World Christmas events on dates other than these, you'll be in better shape. If you can't, fear not! You'll definitely still have fun. Make sure you're better prepared to handle these crowds. Here is a short list of more required reading if you're headed to the parks during these times:

You can read more about the best (and worst times) to visit Disney World for the whole year here. You can also see daily crowd levels, recommended parks and events on our Crowd Calendar.

Decorations at Disney World for Christmas 2019

When does Disney World decorate for Christmas?

Disney World Christmas Decorations - Grand Floridian Gingerbread House

Decorating is a big-time affair all over the resort. The Disney World Christmas decorations start going up the first couple of weeks in November, and each of the parks has its own iconic tree. It takes the elves several weeks to get all of the decorations in place, so keep that in mind if you're visiting very early in the month.

Magic Kingdom's decorations are now in place, just in time for the first Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party of the season. Over at Disney's Hollywood Studios and Disney's Animal Kingdom, Christmas decor should also be on display by Nov. 8, 2019. Epcot's decorations, however, may not pop up until closer to the International Festival of the Holidays, which starts Nov. 29, 2019. The decorations typically start coming down after the first week in January (though you may still hear Christmas songs and see some decorations after that).

Disney World Christmas Events - Contemporary

The resorts, especially the deluxe resorts, get really decorated for Christmas. Disney's Grand Floridian Resort, Disney's Contemporary Resort, Disney's Boardwalk Inn Hotel and Disney's Beach and Yacht Clubs all have spectacular, oversized gingerbread displays! Each of the trees is also decorated in-theme with the resorts. In case you're wondering, 1,050 pounds of honey, 700 pounds of chocolate, 600 pounds of confectioners sugar, 35 pounds of spices, 800 pounds of flour, 140 pints of egg whites and 180 pounds of apricot glaze were used to make the Grand Floridian gingerbread house last year. While there are no gingerbread displays at Disney's Wilderness Lodge or Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge, their trees are massive and absolutely spectacular.

No matter where you're staying, it's worth a visit to the deluxe resorts during Disney World Christmas events. Best of all, you can use Disney's free transportation to get there. Be sure to book a Disney Resort hotel for the holidays before it's too late!

Using free Disney transportation: Start at the Transportation and Ticket Center and take the monorail to Disney's Polynesian Resort. Walk or take the monorail to Disney's Grand Floridian. Take the monorail to Disney's Contemporary Resort, and then walk to Magic Kingdom. Hop on a boat to Disney's Wilderness Lodge, then take it back to Magic Kingdom. From there, take a bus to the Beach and Yacht Clubs, then walk to the Boardwalk. You can then either walk, take a boat or hop on Disney Skyliner to Disney's Hollywood Studios and catch a bus to Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge. Take the bus back to Magic Kingdom and then hop back to Transportation and Ticket Center.

Disney World Christmas Events at the Parks

Finding Santa at Disney World for Christmas 2019

Disney World Christmas Events - Meet Santa Disney's Hollywood Studios

Be on the lookout for Santa during Disney World holiday events! He or his stand-in, Santa Goofy, are typically in the parks starting at the end of November through the end of December. You can usually catch Santa at Disney Springs, Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios. At Disney's Hollywood Studios and Disney Springs, he was greeting guests until Dec. 24 last year. At Epcot, Santa and Mrs. Claus typically greet children during Epcot International Festival of the Holidays at the American Adventure Pavilion until Dec. 30. At Magic Kingdom, Santa is around during Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party and may appear more frequently than that.

Magic Kingdom Christmas Events in 2019

Jingle Cruise

Disney World Christmas Events - Jingle Cruise

For the past few years, the homesick skippers of the Jungle Cruise have decorated for Disney World holiday events! You'll find plenty of yuletide cheer and punny jokes as you board your boat. You can usually cruise through the jungle aboard the Jingle Cruise starting early November!

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

Guide to Disney World for Christmas - Olaf in Parade

It doesn't get any merrier than Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party. These separately ticketed Christmas parties have gotten much busier over the last few years. Still, it shouldn't stop you from missing this major holiday event. You can fill your belly with as much cocoa and cookies as you can manage, and see the characters all dressed up in their Christmas finest! Make sure not to miss Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade, a brand-new fireworks show and Mickey's Most Merriest Celebration castle stage show. Except for the week between Christmas and New Year's, this is the only time you can catch this Christmas entertainment at Magic Kingdom during Disney World holiday events. We've got a whole separate guide just for the party. You'll find tips and the best dates to attend. It is a must-read if you're thinking of going!

Special Entertainment the Week of Christmas Through New Year's Day

After the last Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party of the year, Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade is usually shown daily at Magic Kingdom for general guests in the afternoon. It's just that extra present for everyone celebrating their holiday at The Most Magical Place on Earth!

Epcot Christmas Events in 2019

Disney World Holiday Events - Epcot Tree

Epcot International Festival of the Holidays

Those of you wanting to learn more about the different ways that countries around the world celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanza should visit Epcot International Festival of the Holidays. This special event typically begins the week of Thanksgiving and runs through late December. This year, it will run Nov. 29 through Dec. 30, 2019. The holiday traditions of the world's many countries come alive through music and story. You'll find different storytellers performing several times daily and can hear about Pere Noel in France, Julenissen in Norway, La Befana in Italy, Los Tres Reyes in Mexico and Father Christmas in the U.K. Of course, you can meet Santa and Mrs. Claus at the American Adventure Pavillion. We've got a full guide to Epcot International Festival of the Holidays for your planning pleasure.

Holiday Kitchens at Epcot International Festival of the Holidays

Guide to Disney World for Christmas - L'Chaim

Food is one of the best things about Disney World holiday events! Snack and sample holiday cuisine from around the world at global marketplaces. Enjoy roasted turkey and tender pork loin at American Holiday Table, food and drinks from the Caribbean at Three Kings Feast Marketplace, carnitas tacos and horchata margaritas in Mexico and so much more.

Epcot Candlelight Processional

One of the most joyful Disney World holiday events is the Epcot Candlelight Processional. This annual event is part of Epcot International Festival of the Holidays and pairs celebrity narrators with a full choir and a 50-piece orchestra in a stirring retelling of the story of Christmas. It begins Nov. 29, 2019 and will run through Dec. 30. The show takes place three times each evening, and it does fill up. If you want guaranteed seating, purchase a Candlelight Processional Dining Package. This includes lunch and/or dinner and a three-course meal or full buffet, depending on the dining location.

Holiday Update to "Epcot Forever"

In past years, "IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth" would get a musical finale, with "Let There Be Peace On Earth" ending the fireworks show. However, IllumiNations has been replaced by "Epcot Forever," the new nighttime spectacular. We're assuming the Christmas musical finale will now follow Epcot Forever.

Disney's Hollywood Studios Christmas Events in 2019

Sunset Season's Greetings

Sunset Season's Greetings lit up Tinseltown last year, and it will return from Nov. 8, 2019 through Jan. 5, 2020! As snow falls, Sunset Boulevard twinkles and favorite faces come to life. Look above as the billboards begin to move into motion and tell a tale — brought to you by iconic characters sharing their love for the season. Look down to see the Hollywood Tower Hotel come to "light" as it tells the stories of these characters.

"Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!"

Disney World Christmas Events - Jingle Bell, Jingle Bam

Elves Wayne and Lanny from ABC's animated special "Prep & Landing," are looking for a missing Santa! This larger-than-life nighttime spectacular features scenes from Disney films on the buildings and rooftops of the Chinese Theater. Some of the Disney films included are "Mickey's Christmas Carol," "Beauty and the Beast," "Pluto's Christmas Tree," "Bambi," "Cinderella," Tim Burton's "The Nightmare Before Christmas" and more. Catch the show from Nov. 8, 2019 through Jan. 5, 2020.

Toy Story Land Holiday Fun

Guide to Disney World for Christmas - Toy Story Land

As if we weren't already in love with Toy Story Land, last year the park added more Christmas-y fun there, too! Galactic holiday tunes on Alien Swirling Saucers, Christmas decor and special character garb deck the halls of Toy Story Land. Be sure to keep an ear out for some fun holiday audio on Slinky Dog Dash ... it's almost as if Slinky Dog is wearing sleigh bells! Who needs Rudolph?

Echo Lake Holiday Decor

Disney World Holiday Events - Echo Lake

Be on the lookout for the extra-large ornaments, colorful garlands and a giant Christmas tree centered on the water at Echo Lake. Even Dinosaur Gertie will be dressed for the occasion with a dino-sized Santa hat. So cute.

Be sure to make your way to the back of the park for your Christmas shopping at "It's a Wonderful Shop." The shop offers Christmas and other holiday keepsakes year-round.

Disney's Animal Kingdom Christmas Events in 2019

This year, more Christmas festivities are coming to Disney's Animal Kingdom than ever before. Each land will feature special decorations or entertainment. On Discovery Island, you'll find sparkling white decor against vibrant animal-inspired luminaries and wireframe lanterns. Accompanied by musicians, life-sized winter animal puppets will interact with guests during the day. The Tree of Life will also have special holiday-themed awakenings.

Dinoland, U.S.A. will host a new nighttime Holiday Hoopla Dance Party with Chip ‘n' Dale (along with plenty of interactive fun and games). Meanwhile, in Asia, the theatre district will be decorated in celebration of Diwali, the holiday festival of lights in India. Harambe in Africa will have various holiday performances that feature new costumes and music. Even in Pandora, Christmas will find its way to the alien land (we can't wait to see what it'll look like at night along with the bioluminescent plants!).

Disney Springs Holiday Events in 2019

The entertainment, shopping and dining area is filled with festive decor, fun photo ops and the chance to meet Santa. You'll likely find holiday carolers, Toy Soldier stilt walkers and other performers, plus a holiday dance party with a DJ!

Guide to Disney World for Christmas - Disney Springs Tree Trail

Make sure to take a stroll down the Disney Springs Christmas Tree Trail. The trail showcases decadently decorated, Disney-themed trees. Right outside Once Upon a Toy, you can catch an interactive holiday dance party, partake in some pin trading and watch as a beautiful tree is lit nightly. The event is free to attend.

Are you excited about spending the holidays at Disney World? There are so many Disney World Christmas events that you may find it's hard to pack them all in! Still, it's so wonderful to try. Let us know what you are most looking forward to and any questions you have in the comments below!

Related: Guide to Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

Related: Guide to Epcot International Festival of the Holidays

Hoppy planning!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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Nov 8, 2019 at 5:56 p.m. Mimi Says...

Hello! I will be going to Disney Nov. 25-Dec 1 with my two little ones (almost 3 yo boy and 5 yo girl). Is there any particular holiday activities you could recommend we do (in parks or resorts)? I'll be solo with them, so looking for easy but fun things to do to enjoy the holiday cheer :) Thank you !!

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Nov 8, 2019 at 1:17 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mimi!

We think they would toadally love Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party! It's a great way to get into the holiday spirit and features lots of fun for littles (including all you can eat cookies!) All of the other parks have free (and super fun) holiday activities going on, but for tadpoles of your age, we'd suggest Animal Kingdom (for the decorations and the holiday tree awakenings) or Hollywood Studios (which will have more in the way of activities - two holiday-themed shows, Santa Goofy, snowfall and decorations). Since you'll be flying solo, we'd only suggest hitting the Grand Floridian to see the gingerbread house since it's on the monorail line to save you some transportation hassle :) Have fun!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 27, 2019 at 10:48 p.m. Kim Says...

Will any restaurants in Italy be offering the traditional 7 fishes Christmas Eve dinner?

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Oct 29, 2019 at 8:40 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kim!

We haven't heard anything just yet, but we've got our eyes and ears open!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 24, 2019 at 6:33 p.m. Catherine Says...

I have heard that one of the parks decorates overnight for Christmas. Is this the case and if so which one? What are your thoughts?

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Oct 25, 2019 at 9:25 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Catherine!

That's correct! Magic Kingdom's holiday decorations go up magically overnight to be ready for the first Mickey's Very Merry Christmas party of the year.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 20, 2019 at 1:57 a.m. April Johnson Says...

We are not going to be Disney guests but would like to see the different resorts for Christmas. How can we do this?

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Oct 21, 2019 at 8:41 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi April!

You can still resort hop, even if you aren't a Disney World resort hotel guest! You can either use ride share service (like Lyft) to get you from your hotel to the property you'd like to start at, or you can take a bus, boat or monorail from Magic Kingdom, depending on which resort you'd like to start with. Most of the Deluxe's are on the monorail line or have boat access, so hopping around from there should be a breeze :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 13, 2019 at 12:32 p.m. Jennifer Williams Says...

My family is coming to Florida for Christmas this year and we are wanting to come to

Disney between Dec 26-30... We live in Jacksonville and are a military family....Can you tell me what deals you have and all the festivals that will still be going on??

Thanks

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Oct 15, 2019 at 9:38 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jennifer!

You can see all of our current deals here. At the time of your visit, many holiday events will be going on (which we're sure you read all about in the post above!). The Epcot International Festival of the Holidays will be going on, which is included in your Epcot admission. Have a wonderful visit!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 12, 2019 at 2:55 p.m. Amanda Says...

Looking for info on special parades and dance parties in the parks (not during parties) at Christmas.

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Oct 8, 2019 at 12:48 a.m. Pam Says...

When is the first day for the gingerbread house at Grand Floridian and Contemporary? Also the Chocolate Carousel? Thanks

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Oct 8, 2019 at 3:21 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Pam!

The exact dates haven't been released for this year just yet, but last year, these were ready mid-November. We'll update as soon as we hear more!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 23, 2019 at 10:57 p.m. Jamie Says...

We will be at WDW around the 16th of November...will all the resorts have their Christmas trees up? We love looking at all the beautiful trees in the deluxe resorts and hoping we won't be there too early to enjoy them.

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Sep 24, 2019 at 9:37 p.m. Dawn Says...

No, they will have fall decorations.

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Sep 24, 2019 at 8:28 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jamie!

The parks will be decorated by the time that you go, but the resorts are a little more difficult to predict. The decorations at the resort hotels can go up at different times and in different orders each year, but we think there's a very good chance that most (if not all!) will be ready by the time your trip comes around! We'll be sure to update as soon as we know more. Have a wonderful trip!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 22, 2019 at 3:17 a.m. Mary Says...

Hi - will be at WDW 12/21 to 12/25 for the first time with 19 yr old and 16 yr old boys. Any suggestions what holiday activities we should not miss out on? Thanks

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Sep 23, 2019 at 3:38 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mary!

We'd definitely suggest checking out Animal Kingdom - their holiday decor is brand-new this year, and even Pandora will be taking part! Outside of that, we think that the cookie stroll at Epcot could be fun if they are into sweets, and a trip to Mickey's Very Merry might be a good skip-the-lines option :) Have fun!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 5, 2019 at 9:41 p.m. DJ Says...

When are the times for the holiday events usually released? I want to make dining reservations but have no idea when some of the light shows will take place.

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Nov 5, 2019 at 7:34 p.m. Dawn Says...

Hi, will the park hours and EMH's be longer than what is showing on MDE right now?

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Sep 1, 2019 at 11:08 a.m. Elisha Says...

My family of 11 will be at Disney World December 12th to the 22nd. In our party will be 7 children. Twin 6 year olds ( one with Autism), a 5 year old, a 3 year old, and triplet 9 month olds. No I promise we are not crazy. ???? We go to Disney annually but never at Christmas time. With the ages of the children, in your opinion, would you do MVMCP? I want to, but TH doesn’t want to spend the money knowing 5 of the 7 will be asleep by 9 pm at the latest.

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Sep 3, 2019 at 8:26 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Elisha!

That is a tough one, but we definitely don't think you're crazy! :) Would the tadpoles be able to stay up a little later if the daytime were a no park day with a long nap? If that's a hard no, and there's no chance that they'll get a second wind (and/or sugar high ;) ) during the party to be able to take advantage of the fun, then we might try to find a way to make it a special night with the older two and yourself while TH stays with the littles. If not doubling up on the cost of a park ticket that day sways your husband into giving it a try, maybe he can hop back with the littles once they get heavy-lidded? Crossing our frog fingers for you!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 26, 2019 at 11:22 p.m. Ashley Says...

Hello,

My family and I are planning on taking a trip to DisneyWorld around Nov 19th. I was wondering if the gift shops would have regular, non-holiday themed merchandise as well or if it will all just be Christmas themed. I would like a bit of both. Thanks

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Aug 27, 2019 at 9:08 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ashley!

You'll be able to find both holiday-themed and non-holiday merchandise. Enjoy!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 25, 2019 at 9:37 p.m. Lauren Wood Says...

Hi! Hoping you can help :) we are in Florida for Christmas week (coming over from England for once in a lifetime holiday) and are travelling around but we’re hoping to spend 1 day at a Disney park. I was going to book the 1 day tickets through your website but have been told on a forum that we won’t get into the parks that week even if we pre book our tickets for the day as they turn away the 1 day ticket people first? Is this true? Surely they can’t not let you in if you have paid for and booked that day? Any advice you can give would be great as I don’t want to pay all that money and then be turned away. Thanks so much x

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Aug 28, 2019 at 8:11 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lauren!

What an exciting time for you and your family - be sure to hop back and let us know how it goes! That is correct, though, that one day ticket holders and cast members are the first phase to not be admitted if they reach capacity. However, the closure is generally temporary; as more people exit, more are admitted in. If you're hitting the parks on a super busy day (like on Christmas Day itself at Magic Kingdom, which is notoriously the busiest day of the year), be sure to get there ahead of park opening so that you can be there for rope drop.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 23, 2019 at 12:20 a.m. Robin Says...

We will be there Dec 1-7 and are looking at doing the Very Merry Christmas party on Tues Dec 3 or Thurs Dec 5 Is there anyway I can tell which day would be best?

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Aug 23, 2019 at 1:21 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Robin!

According to our Crowd Calendar, Tuesday Dec. 3 will be a better bet for you. Rise of the Resistance (the new ride in Galaxy's Edge) is set to open Thursday, so crowds will pick up then.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 20, 2019 at 1:41 p.m. Brandy M Pascazio Says...

Hi ! Excited to hit WDW from December 20-24th. Only eating and pin trading and taking in the Holiday decorations. (We have always done parks from gate drop to gate close- never visiting Disney springs) I have two kids 11 and 13 who have recently become interested in pin trading. What are the non park spots where they should trade, activities non park related going on that is a must and non buffet restaurants that still have a Disney feel to it? Especially for Christmas Eve Breakfast or Lunch. THANK YOU!

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Aug 20, 2019 at 10:25 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brandy!

Disney Springs is a great place to trade pins, and will be where you can find the best non-buffet options to dine, as well. Specials will likely be announced a little closer to the holidays, and we'll update this post as soon as they're announced! Many of the resorts (including Pop) have a special meal for the day as well.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 18, 2019 at 6:26 p.m. Mayte Says...

Where and when you could have the schedules for the Christmas party of 2019 .... We will go on November 21 and we are excited !!! We would like to take a good plan from home

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Aug 19, 2019 at 8:15 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mayte!

You can find a complete list of dates in this post about the party itself or on the Crowd Calendar. Have fun!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 25, 2019 at 3:18 p.m. Viviana Says...

I am thinking of taking a quick trip Jan 1-5, 2020. Will the parks still be running holiday decorations/fireworks/ shows? Thanks!

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Aug 15, 2019 at 12:53 p.m. Brandy Says...

I did the same time frame for 2019. We went Jan. 1-6. All the holiday lights were still up and the temperature was amazing! I was overthinking the packing and had lots of warm and cool clothes, but we only wore pants one day during that week. This year we are doing Dec. 19-25, I know it will be way more crowded, but I am excited to see the Hanukkah events they have in Epcot.

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Aug 17, 2019 at 10:36 p.m. Whitney Says...

Hi! How were the crowds that first week of January?? Of course, no Christmas party, but do you feel you got a good Christmas experience? We've been all the holidays except Christmas, but thinking Jan might be best for us.

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Jul 25, 2019 at 12:22 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Viviana!

The parks should still be decorated through the first week of January, and you'll be able to catch Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!, Hollywood Studios' holiday nighttime spectacular through Jan. 5. Holiday fireworks at Magic Kingdom only hoppen during Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party events. Have fun!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 20, 2019 at 12:49 p.m. Linsey MacMillan Says...

Hi,

Thanks for the great information! Do you know if any Disney parks will be offering the After Hours options the week between Christmas and New Year? I'd love to get to a Disney park but can't face the crowds!

Thanks

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Jul 22, 2019 at 8:41 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Linsey!

Thanks for hopping by! At this time, After Hours events have only been announced through summer. We'll keep our eyes and ears open!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 10, 2019 at 1:14 p.m. Roe Says...

I will be at WDW Nov. 13 to 19 (not my choice of dates). What Christmas events will take place during those dates? I so wanted to see and do the EPCOT event but it starts after Thanksgiving. Why doesn't Disney offer this event at the beginning of the Christmas season. Disappointed!

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Jul 10, 2019 at 8:36 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Roe!

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party will be taking place during that time on select nights. You can learn more about the event here. Have fun!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 6, 2019 at 10:25 p.m. Chantal Says...

HI,

I'm traveling alone from Dec 23rd to Jan 3rd. Where is the the best place to be on 24th, 25th, 31st and Jan 1st?

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Jul 8, 2019 at 1:56 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Chantal!

Most of the holiday events happen daily, so we'd recommend checking out our Crowd Calendar to see the recommended park each day, as well as park hours and lists of any events going on. Magic Kingdom often hits capacity early on Christmas Day, so if you can swing it, we'd recommend hitting another park that day.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 19, 2019 at 3:47 a.m. Erin Says...

Hey!

We will be on Disney from December 25-29. WE have two boys one will be 2 and the other 1. She we end Christmas day with the fireworks show at Magic Kingdom or Epcot?

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Aug 3, 2019 at 11:31 a.m. Patsy Carrotte Says...

Although it's exciting, please have realistic expectations of crowds at this time of the year. You will barely be able to move around firework/all events and your little ones may fall asleep or be frightened by the bangs (take earmuffs) or the crowds around them.

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Jun 21, 2019 at 1:19 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Erin,

That's a tough choice, but ultimately it's up to you! Magic Kingdom's fireworks show is one of our all-time favorites. On the other hand, Epcot's new nighttime spectacular, Epcot Forever (which is replacing IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth in October), will be showing by then. Also to keep in mind, Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party ends Dec. 22, but Epcot's International Festival of the Holidays will still be hoppening! So, if you're seeking a more festive atmosphere on the day of Christmas, Epcot has a slightly better edge over the other (and you can always hop over to Magic Kingdom the next night). But of course, you can't go wrong with either!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 4, 2019 at 9:14 p.m. MIA Says...

ARE THE HOURS BETWEEN CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEARS PRETTY TYPICAL FROM YEAR TO YEAR?

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Jun 4, 2019 at 4:16 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mia!

These may vary slightly, but they tend to be pretty similar from year to year.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 23, 2019 at 5:31 p.m. Rebecca Says...

We will be at Magic Kingdom on Christmas Eve this year! Is Do they have a fireworks dessert party on Christmas Eve? We would love to do this!

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Sep 11, 2019 at 8:33 p.m. Dianne Says...

Dessert party reservations are open - and yes, they have them for MK for Christmas Eve.

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Sep 11, 2019 at 3:42 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Thanks Dianne! Rebecca, as Dianne mentions, fireworks dessert parties are available for Christmas Eve, and specially themed dessert parties during Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party are available on select nights (though not Christmas Eve). Enjoy!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 23, 2019 at 3:28 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rebecca!

Those dates haven't been released just yet to know for certain whether it will or won't be offered this year on Christmas Eve, but we've got our eyes and ears open!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 8, 2019 at 7:32 p.m. Alina Says...

I can only take my vacation the last two weeks of December and I am debating Disneyworld versus Disneyland (flying from YVR.) Leaning towards Disneyworld as there are 4 parks to explore but any idea on the crowds in early morning and late at night? Is bus transportation efficient or will there be long waits? I will be travelling alone with a 2.5 year old. Looking at Disney Century Pop or Arts of Animation due to the new skyliner option in addition to the buses. I don’t plan on going to the parks full day (either early morning or late at night) and not NYE either (maybe just in the early morning.)

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May 8, 2019 at 3:55 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alina!

That time of the year tends to be very busy at both parks (the parks sometimes reach capacity). The bus system at Disney World is efficient, but you should expect a wait regardless and it may take a couple of buses coming by before you're able to board. If transportation is the make or break for you, you have a couple of options. One would be springing for a Minnie Van or Uber if you find yourself with a long wait at Disney World. Another would be to head to Disneyland and stay at a Good Neighbor hotel within walking distance (there are many!) Walking to your hotel at Disneyland also means to folding and unfolding a stroller as you get on and off of transportation, which is always a plus.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Feb 17, 2019 at 1:03 a.m. Shelley Says...

My family will be arriving in Disney on November 6-11. Will there be any Christmas decorations up?

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Feb 20, 2019 at 10:58 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Shelley!

No official dates have been released yet for the holidays, but decorations generally go up shortly after the last Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party (which is Friday, November 1 this year), so we're estimating that Christmas decorations will be up around November 8th -- so odds are good! :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Dec 17, 2018 at 9:25 a.m. ohfrock Says...

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Dec 17, 2018 at 2:16 a.m. Mary Says...

Hi! You mentioned parking at beach club resort. Is the parking there free like at the Polynesian?

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Dec 17, 2018 at 10:41 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mary!

Yes! Simply tell the security that you are there to check out the decorations :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 29, 2018 at 7:31 p.m. Kari Says...

Christmas has to be my favorite time at WDW! Beautiful pictures making me wish I was there!!

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Nov 29, 2018 at 5:41 p.m. Kim Says...

Hi All,

I need and would greatly appreciate some planning help. My husband has been trying for 4 years to make it out to Disney during the Christmas Holiday, and every year we manage to make it a little closer. This year we’ll make it after Christmas but through the New Year. Christmas is his FAVORITE holiday. I recently lost my job and became a stay at home mom with our foster children, so we’re working with a tight budget. We will be traveling with 3 adults, 1 six year old, and 2 toddlers (23 months, 16 months). We are trying to figure out the must-see holiday attractions, parades, shows, etc. We’re fine just watching a Holiday parade/show at one of the Disney parks, Christmas and/or New Year’s. Are there any after 4:00 tickets, half-day tickets, or discounted tickets that would allow us to partake in the Disney holiday festivities, without costing a whole lot? I’m figuring that the wait time during the holiday will be super long, and maybe not worth the money. So, in summary, we’d like a nice Christmas AND/OR New Year’s Eve experience for my husband, and a fun- kid friendly experience for the kiddos. Sorry for the lengthy comment...

Thanks a Bunch!

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Nov 29, 2018 at 6:25 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kim!

There is a ton of holiday fun happening at the parks between Christmas and New Year's, don't worry! We definitely recommend checking out the special showings of Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade at Magic Kingdom ... it's our favorite. As for saving a couple bucks, hop on over to our discounted tickets for plenty of options to fit your budget :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 24, 2018 at 4:53 a.m. Courtney Says...

We walked up and were in like for Santa at dolphin and swan tonight right at 8. We were told right when we got up to see Santa with my 6 and 8 year old that the family before us was last. They were so unbelievably rude. Why would you have me wait in line and not tell me before the line that my kids couldn’t see Santa. The lady that is helping out is extremely rude. There was not many people there tonight at 8. They could have accommodated 1-5 more families to see Santa. Or close the line next time!!!

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Oct 25, 2018 at 2:53 p.m. Tia Says...

I'm taken my daughter 12/08/2018-12/11/2018 for her birthday and its a surprise! I hope all the Christmas decorations will be up. I haven't been since I was kid and this is my daughter and I first vacation.

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Oct 25, 2018 at 10 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tia!

No worries, all of the Christmas decor and fun will be in full swing! We recommend checking out Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party while you're visiting :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 23, 2018 at 1:37 a.m. Tasha Says...

Hi! We are going to Disney from dec. 9-15th. 2018. Do you think this is a good week for crowds? I saw that the calendar suggests going to the parks without extra magic hours, but we already have dining reservations, and I planned for us to visit parks with the extra magic hours. I’m pretty worried it will be so packed now! Do you think since we won’t be there during the busiest week that the crowds won’t be too bad at the park that isn’t recommended? Thank you so much!

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Oct 23, 2018 at 5:26 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tasha!

As long as you are staying on-site and taking advantage of Extra Magic Hours, that sounds like a great plan to us! Our Crowd Calendar predicts it won't be too busy.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 19, 2018 at 5:52 a.m. Andrea Says...

Hi there. We will be in Hollywood Studios on November 10th and wondering if it will be possible to catch both Fantasmic and Jingle Bell, Jingle Bam? If not, which would you recommend?

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Oct 26, 2018 at 7:57 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Andrea!

Since Fantasmic is at 8 p.m. and Jingle Bell, Jingle Bam is at 8:30 p.m., you have to choose to just see one unless visiting for multiple nights. These shows totally just depend on your style, but we do recommend checking out the Christmas entertainment to celebrate the season!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 10, 2018 at 4:09 p.m. Kim Says...

Will the first day of decorations at EPCOT

November 18th be more crowded? Trying to beat the Thanksgiving Week crowds.

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Oct 12, 2018 at 2:38 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kim!

Since it is the first day of Epcot's International Festival of the Holidays, it is likely to be a bit busier.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Oct 3, 2018 at 3:05 p.m. Mona Says...

Planning on a 1/1/19-1/6/19 visit. Will all the decorations be up at all the parks and deluxe resorts? There is conflicting information on when stuff comes down. I am happy to read anything official but can't seem to get concrete answers. I'n not as worried about the special Christmas parades or rides, but the sole purpose of the trip is the decorations at Christmas.

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Oct 4, 2018 at 11:46 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mona!

Great question. The park decorations definitely stay up through mid-January, and we would predict the resort decorations to stay up at least through the first week.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 23, 2018 at 11 p.m. Jonna Eggl Says...

Will there be any in-depth articles on the holiday doings at Disneyland Resorts?

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Sep 25, 2018 at 10:42 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jonna!

It sounds like you might find interest in our Top Five Disney World Resorts at Christmas :) Enjoy!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 22, 2018 at 12:02 a.m. Kristen Kocher Says...

Will Anna and Elsa still light up the castle on non party nights? And how different are the fireworks shows at Magic Kingdom in Dec from normal one to MVMCP one?

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Sep 25, 2018 at 10:58 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kristen!

Yes, A Frozen Holiday Wish usually takes place nightly on non-party nights as well. The usually nightly fireworks (Happily Ever After) are MUCH different from the Holiday Wishes. Both amazing shows!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 19, 2018 at 3:38 p.m. Wendy Says...

I know the parade will be during the day but what time is the Christmas stage show on the week between Christmas and New Years?

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Sep 20, 2018 at 4:27 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Wendy!

We have heard about the Christmas parade and fireworks sticking around the week between Christmas and New Years, but aren't sure about the stage show. We invite the Frog Pond to chime in if they have answers! :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 19, 2018 at 3:37 p.m. Carrie Says...

In looking at the park hours calendar, it appears that Holiday Wishes is the fireworks show nightly for the week between Christmas and New Year this year (excepting Dec 30-31). Has that been true in other years? We purchased tickets for the last MVMCP of the season to see the parade/show/fireworks (though I knew the parade happened during regular operating hours during Christmas week), and we also had booked the dessert party to see--what I thought would be--Happily Ever After on Dec. 27. Am I correct in assuming that Happily Ever After won't start up again until Jan. 1? Thank you so much!

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Sep 20, 2018 at 4:28 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Carrie!

We haven't heard official confirmation, but the Happily Ever After operating calendar implies that you are correct -- it will not be taking place the last week of the year.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 17, 2018 at 10:02 p.m. Debbie Tubbs Says...

My son is participating in the Disney Boys Soccer Showcase in Orlando, so we will be there 12/24-12/31, and his HS band was invited to march in the Rose Bowl Parade, so we'll be in CA from 12/31-1/4. Are there combo tickets that cover both Disney World and Disneyland since we'll be traveling coast to coast?

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Nov 12, 2018 at 1:06 a.m. Cat Says...

With all those dates you will be there at both parks coast to coast, you may want to buy an annual pass. That would cover all the parks

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Sep 17, 2018 at 11:54 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Debbie!

Unfortunately, Disney does not offer any combo ticket options for both Disney World and Disneyland. The good news is, we sell discounted tickets to both!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 17, 2018 at 2:26 p.m. Scott Mills Says...

We are trying to decide between the week before Thanksgiving and one of the first two weeks of December for our 201 9 trip. Other than the risk of hitting the Star Wars land opening, I am curious about Epcot holiday decorations. Will they all be up the week before Thanksgiving or is it safer to wait until the December weeks? Thanks!

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Sep 17, 2018 at 3:46 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Scott!

We imagine all of Epcot's holiday decor will be on display in time for the first day of Festival of the Holidays on November 18. Hope this helps!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 17, 2018 at 11:04 a.m. mike Says...

I arrive in Florida on the 1 of January. Will any of the decorations still be up or any of the events on?

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Sep 17, 2018 at 10:34 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mike!

Yes, many of the decorations will still be up!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 7, 2018 at 12:03 p.m. Steve Says...

We arrive in Florida on 2nd January. Will any of the decorations still be up or any of the events on?

Many thanks

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Sep 7, 2018 at 8:07 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Steve!

The seasonal special events will no longer be taking place, but you're likely to see a good amount of holiday decor!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 27, 2018 at 3:30 p.m. STEPHANIE J SUMMERS Says...

im looking for info on rides during the special mickeys very merry xmas event. I see lots of info on shows and parades, are there any rides open?

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Aug 28, 2018 at 7:23 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stephanie!

You can check out our Very Merry Guide for info on what rides were open last year. We'll update once they're confirmed for this year as well!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 24, 2018 at 11:28 p.m. Ted Jennings Says...

No questions, just a comment. We have been to WDW 50 times and have planned trip #51 for 1/5/19 to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary. But, this time we will stay a couple of nights in the Polynesian Bungalows (and not do any parks, using all of our VC points - hehe), then cruising to Nassau on RCL.. But, my comment for your readers is this: we have purchased tickets from you (and other vendors) in the past; and, I just want to say that you have done the best job of any company that we have contacted. Thanks.

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Aug 25, 2018 at 2:38 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ted!

Your positive feedback made our day! We're so hoppy we can help you make magical memories and appreciate you taking the time to reach out. Enjoy your next adventure, and happy anniversary :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 14, 2018 at 10:41 p.m. Patricia Says...

Is there regular parade and fireworks on dec. 19, 2018? There is no very merry Christmas party on that day

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Aug 15, 2018 at 4:23 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Patricia!

The entertainment schedule has not been confirmed yet for December, but we don't see any reason why there wouldn't be usual fireworks and entertainment on this date.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 13, 2018 at 2:57 a.m. Manda Says...

Hi, 3 quick questions - what time does Sunset Seasons Greetings usually start? Is MVMCP merchandise only available for purchase during the party? Are the Christmas trees at Disney Springs in one area or spread out all over?

Thanks!! Can't wait for Christmas at Disney!!!

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Aug 14, 2018 at 10:24 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

Sunset Seasons Greetings takes place throughout the night after the sun goes down. While general Christmas merchandise is available at all times, Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party merchandise is available exclusively during the party. The Disney Springs Christmas trees are located all together in a trail!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 10, 2018 at 7:01 p.m. Lauren Brown Says...

Hi! We are planning a trip in November with two Magic Kingdom days. We plan to do MVMCP one of those days. We selected 11/25 as well for our second MK day, but that is also a party day so the hours are only 9-6pm. Is it worth it to go that day for the lower crowd level, or should we select another day with longer hours? Thank you for the help!

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Aug 14, 2018 at 11:01 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lauren!

We recommend going on another day without a party so that you can catch the regular nightly fireworks. Happily Ever After is our favorite!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 28, 2018 at 12:59 a.m. Melissa Says...

What park is the best to go to on Christmas Day? Does Christmas Day have special events etc?

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Jul 30, 2018 at 8:24 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Melissa!

The least-crowded park is usually Animal Kingdom. Magic Kingdom offers special holiday entertainment (usually including Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade!) but can reach capacity early in the day, so be sure to arrive ahead of park open!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 22, 2018 at 11:06 p.m. Maria G. Says...

Will there be a fireworks show during Christmas week?

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Jul 23, 2018 at 1:48 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Maria!

Of course! Unless something out of the ordinary comes up, Disney typically has fireworks shows every night at each of its four parks.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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