40 magical photos of Disney parks during Christmas

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Snow White and the Prince wave to attendees of Disney’s annual Christmas parade. Courtesy Disney
  • 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.”

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

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.

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Mickey and Minnie Mouse on their float. Courtesy Disney

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.

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

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.

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Wreck-It Ralph’s parade float. Courtesy Disney

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

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A lineup of classic Disney characters at the parade. Courtesy Disney

But Santa is always a crowd favourite.

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Santa Claus in his sleigh during Mickey’s parade. Courtesy Disney

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

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

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

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

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

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Main Street at Christmas. Gerardo Mora/Getty Images

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

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Main Street at Christmas. Gerardo Mora/Getty Images

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

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Disney’s frozen eggnog. Disney Parks

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

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Olaf’s Frozen Hot Chocolate Cake. Disney Parks

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

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The ‘Candlelight Processional’ at Epcot in Florida. Courtesy Disney

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.

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

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.

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The choir at the ‘Candlelight Processional.’ Courtesy Disney

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.

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

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

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Spaceship Earth at Christmas. Courtesy Disney

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.

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Fiesta de Navidad. Courtesy Disney

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.

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A traditional Chinese Lion Dance at Epcot. Courtesy Disney

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

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The ‘Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!’ show. Courtesy Disney

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.

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

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

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

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The characters of ‘Frozen.’ Courtesy Disney

“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.”

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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Two people dressed as elves at Disney Springs. Courtesy Disney

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

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

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

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The main Christmas tree at Disney Springs. Courtesy Disney

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.

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Disney Springs. Courtesy Disney

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

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Parade of the Wooden Soldiers. Courtesy Disney

It’s like a living, marching Christmas card.

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Parade of the Wooden Soldiers. Courtesy Disney

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

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

And Mickey and Minnie lead the way.

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Minnie and Mickey Mouse on their parade float. Courtesy Disney

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

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Cinderella in her iconic carriage. Courtesy Disney

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

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The castle decorated with red and white snowflakes. Courtesy Disney

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

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Lit-up Cinderella Castle. Gerardo Mora / Contributor/Getty

This candy cane theme is also exceptionally festive.

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Candy cane-coloured Cinderella Castle. Courtesy Disney

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

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The Cinderella Castle in blue. Courtesy Disney

Disney truly is magical — especially at Christmas.

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The fireworks display, finishing off Mickey’s parade. Courtesy Disney