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A Holly Jolly Good Guide to Disney Springs at Christmas Time

by Mommy Frog on August 29, 2020 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 were new in 2019!

Instead of being in one central spot this year, the Disney Springs Christmas Tree Trail will be spread throughout the entirety of Disney Springs. I’d still 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!

Now, let’s take a closer look at a handful of our favorites from the 2019 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!


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

In 2019, guests were able to meet Santa at his chalet at the end of the Christmas Tree Trail. He won't be meeting individually, but keep an eye out — as you can still expect to see Santa greeting guests during special pop-up appearances in 2020.

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! We hope Stitch's Holiday Gift Hunt (or something similar) will return in 2020.

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

In 2019, a nightly dance party took place right outside of the Disney Springs Christmas Tree Trail entrance. A live DJ hosted the Kringle Mingle, and it was a great way for the tadpoles to let loose and burn off energy before bedtime … that is, if all the shopping hadn’t already tired them out! The tadpoles enjoyed taking a spin on the Marketplace Carousel — the horses wore festive Santa hats.

We also spotted roaming and pop-up entertainers, such as toy soldier stilt walkers, a capella groups and Christmas carolers, as well as 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 will be receiving a festive makeover again this year! Along with over-the-top decorations, the bar will have a limited-time menu with holiday eats and drinks. Be sure to stop by in your best ugly Christmas sweaters between Nov. 6, 2020 and Dec. 30, 2020.

Specialty Holiday Sweets & Treats

You can usually find seasonal sweets and treats at a variety of spots, including Amorette’s Patisserie, The Ganachery, the Disney Springs Christmas Tree Trail and AristoCrepes.

Last year, we indulged in a Holiday Petit Cake with Morello cherry, Chantilly cream, chocolate chiffon cake and dark chocolate mousse from Amorette's Patisserie and a Reindeer Pluto Piñata (filled with reindeer chow) from The Ganachery. The Daily Poutine had a special turkey holiday poutine with white and dark turkey meat, stuffing, gravy and cranberry relish, while B.B. Wolf’s Sausage Co. served 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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