Happy holidays! Jeremy and I have been really enjoying all the special holiday extras in our new town. Next week, we’re enjoying a Harry Potter Christmas at Universal Studios. And more recently, we’ve geared up our holiday spirit at Walt Disney World. What I didn’t know beforehand about Disney’s holiday celebration is that it’s incorporated into all the parks and resorts. I thought I needed a special ticket to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas to enjoy it all, but it’s still oh-so-holiday-happily possible throughout all the parks. Here’s how we enjoyed getting into all the holiday fun!

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

A totally decked out holiday party at Magic Kingdom. This is a closed event and will cost you an extra ticket. With our annual passholder discount, we went on a Sunday night for $100/per person. Kind of pricey! There are a few things that make this ticket worth it:

Disney princesses and princes on a holiday float
  • A super cool, unique parade with characters you rarely see. There was even a mega float with all princesses accompanied with their prince.
  • It snows on Main Street!
  • Short wait times for your favorite rides. We waited only 10 minutes for Space Mountain!
  • Lots of photo opps with Christmas decorations and characters decked out in holiday gear.

Epcot’s Candlelight Processional

The entire choir form a Christmas tree in the center.

This is a large coordinated event with local school choirs, professional singers, and a guest celebrity narrator. Our guest was John Stamos… sigh. I was so starstruck! They’ve had this event for awhile but most people don’t know about until recently. It’s a very moving, beautiful and free event to look into.

John Stamos narrating in front of the choir
Photo by The Main Street Traveler.

Starting in late November and leading up to Christmas, there are a few showtimes to choose on select days. I’d recommend choosing one of the later time options for more candlelight effect as the sun has then set. I’d also recommend buying the dinner reservation promo for preferred seating, otherwise you’ll be waiting in a line for a couple hours. However, if you don’t want to make the extra purchase or wait in line, you can stand on the cusp of the theater to still enjoy the music from a distance. That’s what we did and it was still super awesome!

Enjoy the Holiday Treats

Green frosting and Mickey ears on a cupcake

There are special holiday treats in all the parks. On our holiday Disney weekend, I noticed cookies around the world at Epcot. At Magic Kingdom, they had treats throughout the park. Some were paired with a warm drink, like hot cider. I went to the treat shop on Main Street and had a deliciously moist Christmas tree cupcake. It was a great snack to munch on while waiting for the parade to start.

Take in the Holiday Decorations

Take a moment to look around and appreciate everything that went into creating the holiday season. There are little things everywhere to love, laugh, or admire. Like dressed up shop windows in all the parks, or holiday signs in each country in Epcot educating readers on that country’s holiday traditions, or themed garland based off its location. All the details makes you feel totally embraced in the joy of the holiday season.

Here are some of my favorites from Magic Kingdom, Epcot, and Hollywood!

Red and green Mickey shaped ornaments
Moving ornaments in a kickline!
Disney's Hollywood dinosaur holding a red ornament and wearing a Santa hat
Gingerbread lit Tower of Terror
Hollywood has a fantastic light show on the Tower of Terror from dusk to park close. And it snows!
Ornaments and a red holiday bow on a Fantasia broom with Mickey in the background
Woody wearing a scarf at Toy Story Land
Mickey and Minnie bushes with a holiday gift at Epcot

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