The holidays at Walt Disney World offers so much to do! While you may think that getting a ticket to Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party is necessary, let us help set that record straight. With many holiday activities included in the price of a park ticket or absolutely free there's no reason to go off-budget unless you want to. Here are 10 fun things to do during the holidays at Walt Disney World.
Flurry of Fun at Hollywood Studios
Flurry of Fun at Hollywood Studios includes three elements of the holidays right on Sunset Boulevard. Sunset Seasons Greetings is a digital show on the Tower of Terror featuring festive holiday projections like the building of a gingerbread house, or tumbling Christmas gifts. You can also grab some cocoa and watch the street side billboards showcase new holiday stories. From classic holiday Mickey cartoons to the Muppets these gigantic billboard televisions will transport you to the good old days. And we couldn't call it a flurry without a little bit of snow. Snow falls nightly on Sunset Boulevard to set the holiday mood.
The Cookie Stroll at Epcot
The Epcot International Festival of Holidays features 12+ food kitchens offering holidays foods from around the world. As part of the festivities many of the kitchens feature a cookie that can count towards your Cookie Stroll. Collect 5 cookie stamps, one for each cookie, and you'll get a complimentary cookie and a free glass of milk when you turn it in.
International Festival of Holidays at Epcot
The International Festival of Holidays at Epcot is included in the price of a park ticket and gets you close to the holiday action. Find Holiday Storytellers in each country sharing tales of the culture of the season. From La Befana in Italy to Lion dancers celebrating the New Year in China, there are so many stories to hear. Add in the Holiday Kitchens across Epcot to help get your fill of favorite holiday foods from different countries.
Holiday Decorations Resort Tour at Disney Resorts
Starting late November, Disney Resorts get dressed up for the holidays. Every resort on property features a tree specially themed to that resort. Hawaiian decorations at The Polynesian, a life-size Gingerbread House at the Grand Floridian and a nature inspired tree at Wilderness Lodge. No park ticket is necessary to make a day touring the resorts. So, it's a great way to spend your non-park day during the holidays and escape the crowds.
Christmas Tree Trail at Disney Springs
The Christmas Tree Trail at Disney Springs is another free activity perfect for the holidays. Come to see Christmas trees themed to your favorite Disney films and characters and be prepared to be inspired. We love this experience early in the season to help us get ideas for our own trees.
Jingle Cruise on the Jungle Cruise in Magic Kingdom
One of our favorite rides, Jungle Cruise, gets a holiday overlay at Walt Disney World every year. With decorations scattered throughout this exotic cruise, you'll also get a slew of new holiday stories. Jingle Cruise Skippers journeying home for the holidays share tales of holiday mayhem and family drama. Complete with a holiday lineup of pun-filled jokes.
Dream Lights on Cinderella's Castle
Decorated with lights in early November, Cinderella's Castle sparkles with over 200,000 lights. Not just part of Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, the lights are lit each evening by Elsa in A Frozen Holiday Wish and stay lit throughout the night.
Candlelight Processional at Epcot
An evening show at Epcot during the Festival of Holidays, the Candlelight Processional presents the story of The Nativity. Read by celebrity speakers, the greatest story of all time also gets background music to set the mood. Featuring trumpeters, an orchestra and choir singers this show is an unforgettable experience. And a great way to start the season, perfect for the whole family. Seats fill up fast at the American Gardens Theatre and the latest show is always the less crowded, so get there early or plan to stay late.
Wintry Tales on the Tree of Life
This year Animal Kingdom finally welcomes the holidays with new decorations, shows and more. As part of the festivities this digital show on the Tree of Life gets a winter overlay. This new show showcases woodland animals, a holiday music score and shimmering magical scenes that honor nature and the spirit of the season.
Olaf's Special Holiday Finale at Hollywood Studios
Olaf's Special Holiday Finale comes just in time for Frozen 2 with a whole new adventure! You can find this special show over at First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing Along. Plan to see Olaf and all the Frozen characters navigate the holiday.
Hopefully this list of fun activities for the holidays at Walt Disney World gets you started with planning your own Disney vacation during the holidays. It truly is the most magical time at the most magical place on earth.