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A Holly Jolly Good Guide to Disney Springs at Christmas Time

by Mommy Frog on December 9, 2019 Orlando

Disney Springs Christmas - PinterestDeck the shops with boughs of holly … fa la la la la, la la la la! The Disney Springs Christmas decorations certainly give shoppers and diners a reason to be jolly. Many of the stores and restaurants have their own Christmas trees or garland on display in addition to the popular Christmas Tree Trail, making Disney Springs a must-see destination during the holidays.

From a live DJ dance party to a scavenger hunt with Stitch, we've made our list of special festivities at Disney Springs (and checked it twice) so that you can get in on the holiday fun, too.

Disney Springs Christmas Tree Trail

As the main holiday attraction at Disney Springs, the Christmas Tree Trail just keeps getting better each year! Walk through this winter wonderland, complete with 23 uniquely decorated Christmas trees, toy soldiers and falling “snow.” Each tree has a different Disney theme. Many of them are based off of movies, such as “Frozen,” “Tangled” or “Star Wars,” while others are based off of characters (there’s an entire tree dedicated to Disney Villains!) or even Disney World attractions, such as The Haunted Mansion. Among our favorites were the “Aladdin” and “The Lion King” trees — both are new this year!

The Disney Springs Christmas Tree Trail is open daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. until Jan. 5, 2020. It’s free to enter, and you can admire the trees for as long as you’d like. I’d suggest spending an extra minute at each one to comb through all of the details. Just be prepared to move out of the way if other frog families are waiting to take a picture! The trail is definitely a hoppin’ spot for the ‘Gram, as the tadpoles say. Go through the Disney Springs Christmas Tree Trail during the day AND at night for toadally different experiences. Also, pay attention to the posters and faux advertisements for an extra dose of holiday magic.

Now, let’s take a closer look at a handful of our favorites from the Disney Springs Christmas Tree Trail!

Walt Disney World

Disney Springs Christmas Tree Trail - Disney World Tree

As the first tree you see, this one represents all of the Disney World theme parks. The monorail cleverly wraps around the tree, passing by the Tree of Life and Spaceship Earth, while Cinderella Castle sits on top.

The Princess and the Frog

Disney Springs Christmas Tree Trail - The Princess and the Frog

This tree fully captures the New Orleans spirit with vibrant purple flowers, green lily pads and gold ornaments. Trumpets and colorful beads serve as the tree topper. And of course, we LOVE the frogs in Christmas hats!

Aladdin

Disney Springs Christmas Tree Trail - Aladdin Tree

Genie’s lamp sits on top with blue “smoke” billowing out of it, wrapping around the top half of the tree. Can you spot Jafar’s snake staff among the gold and blue ornaments and ruby red jewels? Don’t froget about the magic carpet underneath the tree!

The Lion King

Disney Springs Christmas Tree Trail - The Lion King Tree

Without a doubt, Baby Simba tops all of the other tree toppers. Isn’t this tree adorable?! We also love the animal-print ribbons, paw print ornaments and Mufasa and Nala masks.

The Haunted Mansion

Disney Springs Christmas Tree Trail - Haunted Mansion Tree

When you think of Christmas trees, you’re probably not envisioning dead leaves and tombstones. However, this Haunted Mansion tree has just that — plus, Constance Hatchaway in the dead center.

Meeting Santa at Disney Springs

Disney Springs Christmas Entertainment - Santa's Chalet

From now until Dec. 24, 2019, before he embarks on his annual journey, guests can meet Santa at his chalet at the end of the Christmas Tree Trail. Pose for a picture and tell him your Christmas wish list! You can catch him there daily between 11 a.m. and 11 p.m.

When you arrive at the entrance of the Christmas Tree Trail, there is a podium to check in to the virtual line for Santa’s meet-and-greet. You’ll give your name and phone number to Santa’s helpers in order to save your spot in line. Then, you’re free to shop or grab a snack while you wait. You’ll receive a text message when it’s time for your turn! Simply return to the podium in front of the chalet within 10 minutes for your turn to meet the big man (so don’t wander too far!).

Stitch’s Holiday Gift Hunt

Disney Springs Christmas - Stitch's Holiday Gift Hunt

Stitch needs your help! Lilo’s mischievous furry friend lost his holiday shopping list, and it’s up to you to track down the gifts for his ohana. Hop from clue to clue so Stitch can finish his Christmas shopping in time. Each of the 12 gift hunt stops features a hidden Stitch holding a present. You’ll have to match the correct gift sticker to its corresponding location on the map. Some of the hiding spots can be fairly easy to be spot, while others took us longer than it probably should have!

Wondering where to start? Pick up a free Holiday Gift Hunt booklet that includes a map, clues and stickers at any of the following gift hunt stops:

  • Amorette’s Patisserie
  • Basin
  • Christmas Tree Trail – Mickey and Minnie Tree
  • Disney Chase Visa Kiosk
  • Disney's Wonderful World of Memories
  • MAC Cosmetics
  • Marketplace Co-Op
  • Once Upon a Toy
  • Rainforest Cafe at Disney Springs Marketplace
  • Sperry
  • Super Hero Headquarters
  • Wolfgang Puck Express at Disney Springs Marketplace

Disney Springs Christmas - Stitch's Holiday Gift Hunt

Once you’ve completed this merry mission, show your completed map to a cast member at one of the following redemption locations for a festive surprise:

  • Amorette’s Patisserie
  • Christmas Tree Trail (Mickey & Minnie Tree)
  • Disney’s Wonderful World of Memories
  • Marketplace Co-Op
  • Once Upon a Toy
  • Super Hero Headquarters

Lily and Tad filled out their own separate booklets so they could each get a prize. It’s the perfect activity to keep the tadpoles busy while one parent sneaks away to get some secret Christmas shopping done!

Disney Springs Christmas Entertainment

Disney Springs Christmas Entertainment - Toy Soldier Stilt Walkers

A nightly dance party takes place right outside of the Disney Springs Christmas Tree Trail entrance. A live DJ hosts the Kringle Mingle from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., and it’s a great way for the tadpoles to let loose and burn off energy before bedtime … that is, if all the shopping hasn’t already tired them out! The tadpoles may also enjoy taking a spin on the Marketplace Carousel — the horses are wearing festive Santa hats.

You can also catch roaming and pop-up entertainers, such as toy soldier stilt walkers, a capella groups and Christmas carolers. We also saw performers at the main Marketplace stage and the mini-amphitheater by the BOATHOUSE.

Special Holiday Dining & Shopping at Disney Springs

Jock Lindsey’s Holiday Bar

Disney Springs Christmas - Jock Lindsey's Holiday Bar

Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar is getting a festive makeover this year! Along with over-the-top decorations, the bar will have a limited-time menu with holiday eats and drinks, including Ugly “Sweeter” Bread, C9 Light Deviled Eggs, Santa Hat Mojito, White Christmas Margarita and Jock’s Holiday Nog. Be sure to stop by in your best ugly Christmas sweaters before Jan. 5, 2020.

Wine Bar George

Wine Bar George, which was recently honored by The World of Fine Wine for having a three-star wine list (the highest star designation), will be serving Christmas Day specials. Starting at 11 a.m. on Dec. 25, guests can order Santa Carota Short Ribs, Red Wine Braised Half Chicken and Chocolate Ginger Cake with house-made peppermint ice cream, alongside select items from the regular menu.

Specialty Holiday Sweets & Treats

You can find seasonal sweets and treats at a variety of spots, including Amorette’s Patisserie, The Ganachery, the Disney Springs Christmas Tree Trail and AristoCrepes. Indulge in a Holiday Petit Cake with Morello cherry, Chantilly cream, chocolate chiffon cake and dark chocolate mousse from Amorette's Patisserie, or a Reindeer Pluto Piñata (filled with reindeer chow) from The Ganachery. Looking for something a little more savory? The Daily Poutine has a special turkey holiday poutine with white and dark turkey meat, stuffing, gravy and cranberry relish, while B.B. Wolf’s Sausage Co. is serving up turkey sliders featuring turkey sausage patties with Munster cheese, gravy, cranberry relish and arugula.

Disney's Days of Christmas

Disney's Days of Christmas is your one-stop shop for Christmas ornaments, stockings and everything in between. In fact, each tree along the Christmas Tree Trail has a featured ornament hanging in a lantern. All of these special ornaments can be found at Days of Christmas.

What's your favorite themed tree along the Disney Springs Christmas Tree Trail? Got any Disney Springs shopping or dining tips for the holidays? Be sure to share in the comments below!

Related: The Complete Guide to Walt Disney World Resort Christmas Events

Hoppy planning!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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