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Our Festive Guide to Disney's Hollywood Studios Christmas ~Hoppenings~

by Mommy Frog on November 15, 2023
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Put the holly in Hollywood with all the festive hoppenings at Disney's Hollywood Studios beginning Nov. 11, 2023! Festive decorations line the park — even dinosaur Gertie typically celebrates the season. Experience a special holiday finale to the Frozen Sing-Along and witness the Sunset Seasons Greetings projections and "snow" along Sunset Boulevard. Enjoy seasonal treats throughout the park and dine with characters in festive outfits with Minnie's Holiday Dine. Plus, don't miss the brand-new separately ticketed event, Disney Jollywood Nights!

Holidays at Disney's Hollywood Studios — Echo Lake at night

 

Overview of the Holidays at Disney's Hollywood Studios

The offerings at Disney's Hollywood Studios, kicking off Nov. 11, 2023, capture all of the magic of the holidays with a fun, modern twist, featuring some of your favorite characters. We're hoppy that the Sunset Seasons Greetings projection show returns this year, as well as Minnie's Holiday Dine at Hollywood & Vine and the Frozen Sing-Along Celebration with a festive finale. Plus, we're excited to experience the brand-new Disney Jollywood Nights!

We're here to share all the hoppin' happiness available for your enjoyment during the holiday season at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

Christmas Decorations at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Disney's Hollywood Studios has a bunch of fun holiday decor sprinkled around the park (though you won't typically find any in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge). From Santa Gertie to the red and white stars that line Sunset Boulevard, the park deserves a Hollywood star for its festive flashiness.

Hollywood & Sunset Boulevard

As soon as we arrive on Hollywood Boulevard, the old-timey decorations made of sprinkling tinsel, colorful bells and festive bows make us feel like we’ve just stepped onto a 1930s Christmas movie set. Of course, the old-fashioned Christmas tunes playing along the strip add to the yuletide charm. Don’t be surprised if you see Mommy Frog dancing the Charleston all the way down Hollywood Boulevard! One of our favorite design elements is how the bows of garland are strung across the entire street, creating a gorgeous canopy of glowing lights that make you feel as if you’re truly walking in a winter wonderland.

While Hollywood Boulevard delivers in a big way, Sunset Boulevard is decorated just as beautifully. The lamp posts lining the street are adorned with red and white stars, all aglow. Garland made of tinsel, vintage toy figurines, twinkling lights and ribbon are strewn atop the shops and dining venues along the street. The pinnacle, of course, is the Hollywood Tower of Terror donning its holiday projections complete with "snow" flurries beginning at nightfall. Talk about being merry and bright!

Center Stage

Hollywood Studios Christmas - Peppermint Girls

Peeking out from the landscaping and shrubbery around the center stage area, you’ll find life-sized vintage Christmas figurines reminiscent of the ones Grandma Frog used to decorate with each year. We ADORE finding these holiday icons every Christmas season! You can typically find the three peppermint girls on the Brown Derby Lawn, while the pink spaghetti poodles sit right outside Disney’s Hollywood and Vine restaurant. These holiday charmers are the perfect conversation starter and double as a must-have photo-op. Have your camera ready!

Echo Lake

You won’t want to miss the park’s enormous 65-foot Christmas tree found right in the middle of Echo Lake. While the tree is gorgeous any time of the day, once the sun goes down, this beauty toadally begins to shine — literally! Just look at that crystal-clear reflection shimmering across Echo Lake. In addition, giant glowing Christmas ornaments float at the foot of the tree. Our best dino gal, Gertie, really gets into the holiday spirit with her festive Santa hat and shiny ornament hanging from her mouth.

Toy Story Land

You know Toy Story Land wouldn’t miss out on the holiday decorating fun! The larger-than-life Christmas lights found year-round are even more beloved during the happiest season of all. Woody welcomes guests with a giant holiday, "Howdy!" while wearing his red and white striped scarf! Keep your eyes peeled for even more Christmas touches, such as the popcorn garland, Rex wearing his cardboard antlers, green alien ornaments and giant sugar cookies! You'll want to take a spin on the Alien Swirling Saucers attraction. The soundtrack gets a little upgrade — the holiday edition!

Disney Jollywood Nights at Hollywood Studios

Halfway to the Holidays - Jollywood Nights

New this year, Disney Jollywood Nights is a separately ticketed event taking place from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. on select nights from Nov. 11 to Dec. 20, 2023. This brand-new event combines the holidays with the glitz and glam of the past. Don your festive dapper best for an enchanting night!

The event will feature the return of the fan-favorite "Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM" nighttime spectacular, plus even more special entertainment such as a DJ Dance Party, Latin Street Fair, sing-along at the Hyperion Theater and a holiday special at Theater of the Stars hosted by Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog (you know we frogs will be there!). There will also be two new limited-capacity entertainment areas at the Hollywood Brown Derby and the Hollywood Tower Hotel Courtyard.

Disney Jollywood Nights - Mickey Mouse

Guests will also be able to meet Mickey Mouse and friends, Powerline Max, Phineas and Ferb, Edna Mode and select characters from "The Incredibles." The party includes access to favorite rides such as Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance (with a virtual queue), Slinky Dog Dash, Rock 'n' Roller Coaster and more. Enjoy special PhotoPass stops and holiday-themed Magic Shots around the park, with PhotoPass digital downloads included with your event ticket! Be sure to save room for specialty food and drink offerings.

The events run from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., though you can enter at early as 7 p.m. without additional park admission or a park pass reservation. Here are the 2023 dates:

  • Saturday, Nov. 11
  • Saturday, Nov. 18
  • Monday, Nov. 20
  • Monday, Nov. 27
  • Wednesday, Nov. 29
  • Monday, Dec. 4
  • Wednesday, Dec. 6
  • Saturday, Dec. 16
  • Monday, Dec. 18
  • Wednesday, Dec. 20

Learn more about this separately ticketed event in our Jollywood Nights guide!

Christmas Entertainment at Disney's Hollywood Studios

There's lots of fun seasonal entertainment to enjoy at Hollywood Studios!

A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration Holiday Show 

Hollywood Studios Christmas - Frozen Sing-Along Show

Catch the Arendelle historians, Anna, Elsa and Kristoff recount the story of their kingdom and sing along to your favorite musical moments from the movie. The holiday edition features a special festive finale with a surprise appearance from a certain snowman and songs from "Olaf's Frozen Adventure."

Santa Claus at Disney's Hollywood Studios 

Hollywood Studios Christmas - Santa

Last year, Santa Claus made special pop-up appearances during the merry motorcade at Hollywood Studios. Dancing elves dressed in red and green lead the processional, followed by Santa’s reindeer. Pluto landed the role of Santa’s lead reindeer with his red jingle antlers!

But back in 2023, Santa has his very own meet-and-greet location! To meet Santa, head over to It's a Wonderful Shop on Grand Avenue. Santa will be greeting guests from Nov. 11 to Dec. 24. Be sure to check the My Disney Experience app for the latest times he'll be there during your visit.

You can also meet Santa Goofy! Just book a table at Hollywood & Vine for Minnie’s Holiday Dine. Santa Goofy will be there along with Minnie, Mickey and Pluto, all dressed up for the festivities.

Hollywood Studios Holidays - Sunset Seasons GreetingsSunset Seasons Greetings at Disney's Hollywood Studios

You know it's the holiday season when the Tower of Terror turns into The Hollywood Toy Hotel. Sunset Seasons Greetings lights up Sunset Boulevard with dazzling projections and more falling "snow" on both the street's billboards and the Hollywood Tower Hotel. Holiday scenes featuring Mickey, Minnie, Olaf, Woody, Buzz and more come to life with tons of captivating color. This show takes place intermittently most nights, so it's perfect to catch in passing on your way to or from Rock 'n' Roller Coaster.

Holiday Character Meet and Greets

Character meet and greets are always a popular favorite at Disney World. But when characters are dressed in their cutest holiday attire, we just can’t get enough! To find the specific meet-and-greet locations (at Hollywood Studios) for this holiday season, navigate to the characters list in the My Disney Experience app.

Hollywood Studios Christmas - Woody and Jessie

Lily found Woody and Jesse greeting guests outside of Toy Story Mania. She hopped over, got her autograph book signed and snapped a few photos with the Toy Story duo. Look how festive they look in their holiday vests! Woody is even sporting a candy cane in his holster.

Tad spotted Chip 'n' Dale squirreling around with guests on the Brown Derby lawn. Their winter hats and scarves are oh-so-adorable!

Hollywood Studios Christmas - Chip 'n' Dale

Seasonal Magic Shots with Disney PhotoPass

Looking for the perfect holiday photo for this year’s family Christmas card? Well, falalalala — you’re in luck! Disney's PhotoPass photographers will have you laughing all the way with this year’s seasonal MagicShots.

You will typically find PhotoPass photographers lined down Hollywood Boulevard, in front of Mickey & Mickey’s Runaway Railway and staked around the Echo Lake area.

Some of the MagicShots available include a snow globe, mistletoe, an elf hat, a JOY prop sign and Santa's nice and naughty list. Don’t be afraid to politely ask your photographer if you have a specific shot in mind.

Festive Food and Seasonal Flavors at Hollywood Studios

Some of the cutest holiday treats this season can be found at this holly-jolly park.

Minnie's Seasonal Dining at Hollywood & Vine

Minnie's Seasonal Dining at Hollywood & Vine - Mickey

Minnie Mouse is hosting a yuletide gathering for all her friends at Hollywood & Vine, held from November 5 to early January. Santa Goofy joins the celebration, along with Minnie, Mickey and Pluto in their holiday best. They are only available during lunch and dinner times (the Disney Junior Pals are at breakfast), so double-check your reservation time to confirm you have the right character experience. Check out our frog family foodie review for more details!

Holiday Treats

It wouldn't be the holidays without some festive food and drinks, right? Each year, there are lots of specialty offerings available for the holiday season.

ABC Commissary (available Nov. 11 - Jan. 1)

Hollywood Studios Christmas - Bundt Cake

  • Holiday Minnie Bundt Cake: Spice cake rolled in cinnamon and sugar with apple pie filling topped with spiced maple buttercream and salted caramel icing
  • Frozen Salted Caramel Hot Cocoa topped with mini marshmallows and chocolate sauce
  • Frozen Salted Caramel Hot Cocoa with Cherry Bourbon topped with mini marshmallows and chocolate sauce

Backlot Express (available Nov. 11 - Jan. 1)

  • Red Velvet Whoopie Pie: Red velvet cake, candy cane buttercream and holiday sprinkles
  • Frozen Salted Caramel Hot Cocoa topped with mini marshmallows and chocolate sauce (nonalcoholic beverage)
  • Frozen Salted Caramel Hot Cocoa with Cherry Bourbon topped with mini marshmallows and chocolate sauce

Hollywood Scoops (available through Jan. 1)

Hollywood Studios Christmas - Milkshake

  • Candy Cane Milkshake: Chocolate cake doughnut, mint doughnut icing and candy cane sprinkles

PizzeRizzo (available Nov. 11 - Jan. 1)

  • Melted Snowman Sugar Cookie: Sugar cookie with red and green sugar, white chocolate, marshmallow, dark chocolate top hat, raspberry-chocolate twigs, orange sprinkle and chocolate-covered cocoa nibs
  • Frozen Salted Caramel Hot Cocoa topped with mini marshmallows and chocolate sauce (nonalcoholic beverage)
  • Frozen Salted Caramel Hot Cocoa with Cherry Bourbon topped with mini marshmallows and chocolate sauce

Rosie’s All-American Café (available Nov. 11 - Jan. 1)

  • Santa Mickey Cupcake: Chocolate cake filled with mocha fudge and topped with red almond buttercream, white chocolate and dark chocolate Mickey ears
  • Frozen Salted Caramel Hot Cocoa topped with mini marshmallows and chocolate sauce (nonalcoholic beverage)
  • Frozen Salted Caramel Hot Cocoa with Cherry Bourbon topped with mini marshmallows and chocolate sauce

The Trolley Car Café (available Nov. 11 - Jan. 1)

  • Mickey Gingerbread Cookie 
  • Red Velvet Whoopie Pie: Red velvet cake, candy cane buttercream and holiday sprinkle

Woody’s Lunch Box (available Nov. 11 - Jan. 31)

  • Hot Chocolate Lunch Box Tart: Chocolate fudge filling, hot chocolate-marshmallow fondant and mini marshmallows

Dockside Diner, Outdoor Vending Carts Near Grand Avenue, the Tip Board and the Main Entrance (available through Jan. 1)

  • Holiday Mickey Brownie: Mickey-shaped chocolate brownie with holiday sprinkles

Have questions about Disney's Hollywood Studios or any of the Walt Disney World holiday events? Share them in the comments below! Ready to visit this holiday season? Pick the best dates to visit using our Orlando Crowd Calendar. Check out our Orlando planning timeline for a stress-free family vacation. 

Related: Complete Guide to Disney World Holiday Events

Hoppy planning!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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Jun 20, 2023 at 5:33 p.m.
Lainie H Says...

Does the Jollywood nights event work similarly to Mickeys Christmas Party in that daytime guests without a separate ticket will have to leave the park?

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Jun 21, 2023 at 9:02 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lainie!

Yes! If you do not have a Jollywood Nights ticket, you would need to leave once the park closes for daytime guests. The party is set to start at 8:30 p.m. which likely means 8:30 p.m. will be the latest time the park will remain open (though it could close earlier to allow for extra time between park close and the party — we do not know exact park hours yet, which are typically posted about six weeks in advance).

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Dec 4, 2021 at 4:49 a.m.
Kathy Says...

Going on the 16th of Dec will we see snow or snow?

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Dec 7, 2021 at 2:54 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kathy!

Yes, you will see snow :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 22, 2021 at 1:22 a.m.
Jb Says...

No snowman cookie or lasers at Hollywood. Just visited on 11/21. Reindeer mousse was good!

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Oct 23, 2021 at 5:49 p.m.
Jayne Says...

I’m surprised they haven’t confirmed that “Jingle Bell, Jingle Bam” will be returning. I can’t imagine why it wouldn’t?

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Dec 2, 2020 at 6:41 p.m.
Doriann Says...

Will Santa be there this year for Christmas pics and HS or Downtown Disney?

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Dec 2, 2020 at 2:54 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Doriann!

Santa is at all of the parks this year, but goes by either on a boat or in a motorcade (so only available for pics from a safe distance right now!).

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 5, 2016 at 6:30 a.m.
Jennifer Says...

Is there wheelchair sections available?

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Oct 20, 2016 at 5:32 a.m.
Karen Says...

Thank you for the great details! You mention that there will be reserved seating for the Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Holiday Dessert Party. Will there actually be seating, or will this be a stand-up affair? I find the stand-up parties at Epcot very tiring after a long day.

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Oct 20, 2016 at 9:50 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Karen,

We expect this to be a reserved viewing area but not seating.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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