30 magical photos of Disney parks during Christmas

Courtesy DisneySnow White and the Prince.

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.

Keep scrolling to see 30 of the most magical photos of Disney 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.

Wreck-It Ralph’s gingerbread float practically glows.

Courtesy DisneyWreck-It Ralph’s parade float.

Everyone’s favourite Disney characters are there…

Courtesy DisneyA lineup of classic Disney characters at the parade.

From Goofy and Donald Duck to Pinocchio and Alice in Wonderland, classic characters participate in the holiday fun.

But Santa is always a crowd favourite.

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

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.

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.

Also 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.”

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 this year are “Star Wars” and “Haunted Mansion” trees, 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 — becomes part of 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 can’t be helped — 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 carol.

Courtesy DisneyParade of the Wooden Soldiers.

The Rockettes do a version, too.

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.

Like this candy cane theme.

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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