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Christmas at Walt Disney World

The holiday season at Walt Disney World is a special time. Since school is not in session, the crowds are typically greater. Nevertheless, Christmas at Walt Disney World can be a fabulous time to spend with your family. This is a wonderful option for families who are spread out around the country Walt Disney World holds several special events that make the holidays even more festive.

Walt Disney World puts up holiday decorations Thanksgiving night. It sometimes takes a few days for the entire property to reach its full Christmas splendor. Every Disney hotel has its own themed Christmas tree. The Wilderness Lodge and the Animal Kingdom Lodge have gigantic trees adorned with ornaments that compliment the hotel’s theme. In the Grand Floridian is a life-sized Gingerbread House that doubles as a candy store. Visiting the hotels to see the beautiful decorations can become a family tradition.

The Magic Kingdom is beautifully prepared for Christmas. Main Street is decked out, but it’s hard to ignore the crystalized castle in the distance. On select nights, the park closes early and has a special ticketed event, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. Guests can sip on hot chocolate while listening to carolers, watch a special Christmas parade, and even take holiday pictures with Santa Claus.

The Disney Studios is home to the Spectacle of Dancing Lights. This enormous light display covers a huge portion of the park. Several times each evening the Streets of America turn into a light show set to music complete with fake snow. This is an experience not to be missed.

My personal favorite is Epcot’s World Showcase. Each country has a storyteller that narrates the country’s holiday traditions. Music and decorations of the season are also on display. The Candlelight Processional is performed by a large choir on select nights. The narrators tell the Christmas Story while accompanied by the music. Guest narrators vary but most are famous actors or musicians. There is a dinner package for specific seating areas or you can get in the stand-by line. The stand-by line is usually very long and there is no guarantee that you will be admitted into the theater.

Christmas shopping around the Walt Disney World resort offers a unique experience. The variety of shops helps you find that perfect present for anyone on your list. There are Santa Mickey Ears, Pluto reindeer hats, and all kinds of holiday themed clothing. You can buy all sorts of Disney themed Christmas decorations to boost the holiday spirit at home.

While some families would rather spend Christmas at home, Walt Disney World is a wonderful place to celebrate the holidays. While the extra crowds create a bit of a challenge, the special celebrations are worth the inconvenience. Even the biggest Scrooge will be caught up in the spirit of the holidays at Walt Disney World.