40 magical photos of Disney parks during Christmas

Courtesy DisneySnow White and the Prince wave to attendees of Disney’s annual Christmas parade.
  • There’s no better place to celebrate the most wonderful time of year than at one of the Disney theme parks.
  • From fun concerts featuring your favourite Disney characters to extravagant firework displays over Cinderella’s Castle, the most magical place on Earth truly comes alive during November and December.
  • These photos show why during the holidays is the absolute best time of year to visit one of Disney’s many theme parks.
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It’s the most wonderful time of the year at the most magical place on Earth.

Christmas at Disney is just as glittery and gorgeous as you’d think. Classic characters glide on floats during the annual parade, choirs in the shape of Christmas trees sing carols, and the famous Cinderella Castle shines in lights of every hue.

Whether you’re walking around the park with a steaming mug of hot chocolate or watching the incredible fireworks displays, you can’t go wrong with spending the holidays at one of the Disney parks.

Keep scrolling to see 40 of the most magical photos of the Disney theme parks at Christmas time.

There’s no such thing as a Disney Christmas without “Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade.”

Courtesy Disney‘Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade’ at Magic Kingdom.

The famous parade is part of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party – a night of fireworks and stage shows at Magic Kingdom in Florida. It runs on select nights in November and December.

Of course, Mickey and Minnie make an appearance.

Courtesy DisneyMickey and Minnie Mouse on their float.

The parade features a series of elaborate, Christmas-themed floats that ride down Main Street, U.S.A.

Anna and Elsa from “Frozen” ride along, too — and they love the snow flurries.

Courtesy DisneyAnna and Elsa from Disney’s animated film, ‘Frozen.’

Mickey’s parade is complete with (faux) snow flurries to get spectators into the Christmas spirit – despite being in Florida.

Wreck-It Ralph’s gingerbread float practically glows.

Courtesy DisneyWreck-It Ralph’s parade float.

Everyone’s favourite Disney characters participate in the holiday fun, from Goofy and Donald Duck to Pinocchio and Alice in Wonderland.

Courtesy DisneyA lineup of classic Disney characters at the parade.

But Santa is always a crowd favourite.

Courtesy DisneySanta Claus in his sleigh during Mickey’s parade.

The parade also happens during the daytime, if you prefer to be tucked up at home come nighttime.

Mark Ashman/Disney Parks via Getty ImagesDonald and Daisy Duck during Mickey’s parade.

Mickey and his friends love walking down Main Street as confetti shoots through the air.

Richard Harbaugh/Disney Parks via Getty ImagesThe cast of the all-new Club Mickey Mouse.

When the parade isn’t going on, Main Street is still a festive place to be.

Gerardo Mora/Getty ImagesMain Street at Christmas.

The streets are lined with lights, holiday decorations, and festive vendors.

Gerardo Mora/Getty ImagesMain Street at Christmas.

Disney offers a delicious lineup of holiday food items, like this frozen eggnog.

Disney ParksDisney’s frozen eggnog.

Or this Olaf’s Frozen Hot Chocolate Cake, available daily at Main Street Bakery.

Disney ParksOlaf’s Frozen Hot Chocolate Cake.

Over at Epcot, there’s a beautiful “Candlelight Processional” ceremony.

Courtesy DisneyThe ‘Candlelight Processional’ at Epcot in Florida.

The annual ceremony features a celebrity narrator who retells the story of Christmas, accompanied by a choir and 50-piece orchestra.

Last year, Chris Pratt narrated the story of Christmas.

Joshua Sudock/Disney Resorts/Getty ImagesChris Pratt narrating the story of Christmas at the ‘Candlelight Processional’ at Epcot in Florida in 2018.

Here’s the schedule for this year’s list of narrators, from Neil Patrick Harris to Whoopi Goldberg.

The coolest part? The choir is positioned in the shape of a Christmas tree.

Courtesy DisneyThe choir at the ‘Candlelight Processional.’

Tickets for the show are available in November and December.

Everywhere you look, there’s an element that adds to the Christmas ambiance — like this horn player.

Courtesy DisneyA horn player accompanies the choir at the ‘Candlelight Processional.’

And if you can’t get tickets to the Processional, the view from Spaceship Earth — Epcot’s signature attraction — is just as beautiful.

Courtesy DisneySpaceship Earth at Christmas.

Epcot’s Spaceship Earth – the geometric sphere that serves as the park’s landmark and premiere ride – is lit with festive colours and a Christmas tree.

Epcot also highlights various different cultures’ celebrations during its “Holidays Around The World” event.

Courtesy DisneyFiesta de Navidad.

In the Mexico pavilion, la Fiesta de Navidad is brought to life through traditional dances and mariachi music. Other countries at Epcot are featured too, along with storytellers and holiday-themed entertainment unique to each nation.

For instance, under the China pavilion, the Chinese Lion Dance celebrates the Lunar New Year and the Lantern Festival.

Courtesy DisneyA traditional Chinese Lion Dance at Epcot.

There are countless special events and performances, like the “Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!” at Hollywood Studios.

Courtesy DisneyThe ‘Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!’ show.

This event features spectacular light projections, special effects, and fireworks.

The “Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season” fireworks, part of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, are also a magical sight to behold.

Gerardo Mora/Getty ImagesHoliday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season fireworks.

Special performances from all of your favourite Disney characters are constantly happening.

Gerardo Mora/Getty Images

At Hollywood Studios, audiences can sing along with Anna, Elsa, and Olaf.

Courtesy DisneyThe characters of ‘Frozen.’

“For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration” is a live performance featuring “Let It Go,” among other “Frozen” classics. This Hollywood Studios fixture also includes songs from Disney’s new short, “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure.” Guests can also enjoy “Frozen” inspired desserts, fireworks, and a ride on the Frozen Ever After attraction at the Frozen Ever After Dessert Party at Epcot.

At Disney Springs, each neighbourhood is transformed into its own “holiday wonderland.”

Courtesy DisneyA child sits on Santa’s lap at Disney Springs, part of Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

While there, you can stroll along the Christmas Tree Trail — featuring over 25 custom-decorated trees.

Courtesy DisneyA family gazes at ‘The Little Mermaid’-themed Christmas tree along the trail.

The trees are decorated according to Disney characters, films, and themes. New “Star Wars” and “Haunted Mansion” trees were added in 2018, among others.

Feel free to ogle all you want.

Courtesy DisneyA boy is enchanted by a Christmas tree on the trail.

Every last bit of Disney Springs seems to be sprinkled with the Christmas spirit.

Courtesy DisneyTwo people dressed as elves at Disney Springs.

Even Dinosaur Gertie — Echo Lake’s main resident — joins in the merriment.

Courtesy DisneyDinosaur Gertie statue, part of Echo Lake at Disney Springs.

Even though they’re on the waterfront, Disney Springs doesn’t let it stop them.

Courtesy DisneyThe main Christmas tree at Disney Springs.

Disney Springs is the spot for shopping, entertainment, and dining at the Walt Disney World Resort.

Florida’s palm trees may not be as quintessentially festive as traditional Christmas trees, so Disney turns them red and green for the holidays.

Courtesy DisneyDisney Springs.

Back on Main Street, glistening wooden soldiers are on parade.

Courtesy DisneyParade of the Wooden Soldiers.

It’s like a living, marching Christmas card.

Courtesy DisneyParade of the Wooden Soldiers.

Snow White and her Prince enjoy the festivities in front of a frosty Cinderella Castle.

Courtesy DisneySnow White and the Prince on Main Street, Magic Kingdom.

And Mickey and Minnie lead the way.

Courtesy DisneyMinnie and Mickey Mouse on their parade float.

Here, the Cinderella Castle turns bright pink to accompany Cinderella in her pumpkin-turned-carriage.

Courtesy DisneyCinderella in her iconic carriage.

In fact, during the holidays the park’s famous castle is decorated with ever-changing lights, colours, and backdrops.

Courtesy DisneyThe castle decorated with red and white snowflakes.

Icicle-like lights adorn the castle, making it sparkle at night.

Gerardo Mora / Contributor/GettyLit-up Cinderella Castle.

This candy cane theme is also exceptionally festive.

Courtesy DisneyCandy cane-coloured Cinderella Castle.

And this vibrant blue one, which evokes a night sky and Christmas trees.

Courtesy DisneyThe Cinderella Castle in blue.

Disney truly is magical — especially at Christmas.

Courtesy DisneyThe fireworks display, finishing off Mickey’s parade.

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