Full Guide to Celebrating Christmas and Winter Holidays at Walt Disney World in 2022

If you’re ringing in the holidays this season at Walt Disney World, we’ve got a full guide to every dish, drink, decoration, and more around the resort.

Magic Kingdom

Decorations

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The park gets decked out for the holidays early, with the first decorations arriving the day after Halloween. You can find special touches everywhere in the Magic Kingdom, from Main Street, U.S.A. all the way to the Tomorrowland Speedway.

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Window displays telling the story of “Mickey’s Christmas Carol” are on Main Street, U.S.A.

Photo Ops

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Step-in photo ops at Magic Kingdom are inspired by Enchanted Tiki Room, “Lilo & Stitch,” and Mickey and friends.

Food & Beverage

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Entertainment

Jingle Cruise

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Jingle Cruise brings new jokes and puns to the river as the Skippers make the best of holidays stranded in the jungle.

Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade

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Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade will be performed from December 23 through December 31, 2023, at noon and 3:00 p.m. During those dates, Disney’s Festival of Fantasy Parade will not be performed.

Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks

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Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks will be performed at 10:00 p.m. nightly from December 23 through December 29. Disney Enchantment will not perform on those dates.

Castle Projections

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When the sun goes down, Cinderella Castle is given a holiday makeover thanks to some projection mapping. These special patterns can be seen between Beacons of Light presentations.

Santa

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A schedule for Santa at the Magic Kingdom has not been released yet, but Cast Members said they anticipate his arrival this month.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

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Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is a separately ticketed event taking place at Magic Kingdom on select nights from November 8 through December 22. We’ve put together a full guide of everything at the party, from food to fireworks to character greetings.

EPCOT

EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays

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EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays takes place through December 30. Check out our separate full guide to everything at the festival, including special food and entertainment.

Christmas Tree

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The EPCOT Christmas tree is in World Showcase Plaza.

Entertainment

Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind Holiday Remix

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For its first holiday season, Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind has a special holiday music overlay.

Living with the Land – Glimmering Greenhouses

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The Living with the Land holiday overlay, including lights and other decorations, has returned with a new name.

Journey Into Imagination with Figment

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This ride doesn’t have a proper holiday overlay, but Figment does get his own “ugly” EPCOT sweater.

Characters

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Aurora, Donald, Pluto, and Winnie the Pooh are wearing holiday accessories at EPCOT.

Gingerbread Display

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There are three gingerbread houses inside The American Adventure. Check out our resort section further down for the rest of the gingerbread displays at Walt Disney World Resort.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Decorations

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‘Tis the season for Santa Gertie! Decorations take over nearly all of the park, including special displays at Toy Story Land.

Food & Beverage

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Santa Claus Motorcade

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Old Saint Nick cruises around the park in style during the Santa Claus Motorcade, platooned by Pluto, a pair of reindeer, and a team of excited elves.

Characters

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Buzz, Woody, and Jessie have special holiday accessories for the season.

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So do Chip and Dale, who appear in front of Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway sometimes.

Sleigh

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For some musical entertainment, Sleigh performs a capella renditions of holiday classics and modern favorites five times a day on the stage in front of Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway.

Sunset Seasons Greetings

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Nighttime turns The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror into a spectacular holiday display thanks to projections that transform The Hollywood Tower Hotel into a snowy village, wrapped gift, gingerbread house, and more!

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Decorations

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Much of the decorations on Discovery Island are themed to the Merry Menagerie, with artistically-designed animals scattered around the land. DinoLand U.S.A., on the other hand, takes a kitschier approach.

Food & Beverage

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  • Flame Tree Barbecue, Pizzafari, and Restaurantosaurus: Menagerie Cupcake
  • Creature Comforts: Holiday Mousse Dome (begins December 19)
  • Isle of Java: S’mores Hot Cocoa, Sea Salt Caramel Hot Cocoa, and Peppermint Hot Cocoa
  • Satu’li Canteen: Peppermint Cream Cheese Mousse (begins December 22)
  • Tiffins: Horchata Mousse (begins December 24)
  • Tusker House: In Holiday Fashion

Merry Menagerie

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Large animal puppets and musicians delight guests as they travel around Discovery Island, making for a wondrous winter backdrop.

Santa Claus Flotilla

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Santa Claus can be found sailing on the Discovery River on a flotilla specially decorated for the big guy.

Holiday Tree of Life Awakenings

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After sundown, the Tree of Life hosts two different projection shows, which alternate over the course of the night. One tells the story of the first snow, while the other shows animal frolicking in a winter wonderland.

Disney Springs

Decorations

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World of Disney is set for the season, with festive holiday decorations matching the extensive merchandise collection being sold.

Food & Beverage

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Check out our review of the new holiday items at Jock Lindsey’s Holiday Bar, like the Here “We Come A-Croquetting” turkey croquettes, the Grandma’s Revenge Venison Sliders, and the Claus-Mo cocktail!

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The Kris Kringle and Krampus cookies are available at Gideon’s Bakehouse again this year.

Santa Claus

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This year, there’s a virtual queue to meet Santa, but once you’ve made it through, he’s always happy to meet guests in a traditional workshop setting at Once Upon a Toy.

Disney Springs Christmas Tree Stroll

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Grab a map and head out to explore the Disney Springs Christmas Tree Stroll, with new offerings this year themed to the Guardians of the Galaxy, the Disney Wish, Encanto, and Black Panther.

Disney’s Blizzard Beach

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Santa Claus has gone tropical at Disney’s Blizzard Beach, wearing a red Hawaiian shirt, shorts, and sneakers, along with a straw hat. He’s just one of the many special touches for the holidays at the water park, which include falling “snoap” and wreath-shaped inner tubes.

Walt Disney World Resort Hotels

Decorations

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Check out our reports on decorations from:

Gingerbread Houses and Displays

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What are the holidays without some gingerbread? Take a look at the gingerbread displays at:

Food & Beverage

Merchandise

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Most of the holiday merchandise is available at several shopping locations across Walt Disney World Resort, including the major stores of each theme park and resort hotel.

Hanukkah Merchandise

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A small collection of Hanukkah merchandise is available.

Gingerbread House Ornaments

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There are gingerbread house ornaments for Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, Saratoga Springs Resort, Grand Floridian Resort, Contemporary Resort, Beach Club Resort, and BoardWalk Inn.

Merry Menagerie Plush Puppets

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Guests can take home their own “Merry Menagerie” plush puppets again this year.

Christmas Tree Popcorn Bucket

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This Christmas tree popcorn bucket is returning from previous years.

“Toy Story” Holiday Popcorn Bucket

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This bucket was previously available at Tokyo DisneySea and Disneyland Resort.

Musical Tin Popcorn Bucket

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This special popcorn bucket is available at popcorn carts throughout Walt Disney World.

Mickey Snow Globe Sipper

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This snow globe sipper is available in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Gingerbread House Pins

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These pins match the ornaments, with designs inspired by the gingerbread displays at Walt Disney World resorts and EPCOT.

Walt Disney World Resort Hotel Holiday Pins

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There is one ornament-shaped holiday pin for every Walt Disney World Resort hotel.

Goofy Door Knocker

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This limited edition door knocker is inspired by a scene from “Mickey’s Christmas Carol.”

Other

Disney Fab 50 Character Collection

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Holiday sound effects have been turned on for several Disney Fab 50 statues. These sound effects can be activated with a MagicBand+.

Photo Ops

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Multiple photo ops and Magic Shots are available throughout Walt Disney World Resort.

Disney Vacation Club Exclusive Events

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Disney Vacation Club is hosting two exclusive holiday events for Members: “Holidays in Hollywood” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and “Bound to be Bad” at Disney’s Contemporary Resort.

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