Christmas at resorts
  • On Jul 6, 2022
    David from PR Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We are thinking of coming for the week after Christmas. When do they take down the Christmas decorations and when do the Christmas parade and special nights end in December?

    Seasons greetings, David!

    Welcome to planDisney, and thank you so much for stopping by to ask us this very merry question! I am so excited that you are planning to visit the Walt Disney World Resort during the holiday season, as there is truly nothing quite as magical as the view of snow falling on Main Street, USA. Plus, as Minnie would say, "that's the kinda magic that only happens when we're all together," and there's no better place to get the family together! 

    Now, let's talk about some important dates! The last Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party will be held on December 22nd, 2022. Still, there have been some instances in the past where Disney sprinkled some extra holiday magic and made the holiday parade available during regular park hours. However, there is no way to know in advance whether this exception will be made, so I highly recommend you keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog for all Disney Parks news! As for the decorations, they are usually taken down progressively throughout the first week of January. If you plan on visiting the theme parks during Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, make sure that you purchase your special event tickets in advance, as they are required to attend the party and are subject to availability.

    Similarly, other holiday offerings throughout the theme parks have different end dates. For example, the EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays will be starting on November 25th, 2022. While end dates were not announced, this festival typically lasted through the end of December in the past years. Similarly, the Candlelight Processional usually had showtimes on most nights in December, including Christmas day, but the official showtimes will be announced later in the year. However, the Holiday fun does not have to stop once you exit the theme parks! One of my favourite things to do at the Walt Disney World Resort during the holiday season is to visit the gingerbread displays at select Disney Resort hotels. My personal favourite is always the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa's, as they sell gingerbread cookies inside their gingerbread house! If you want to learn more about how they make these displays, I highly recommend checking out "Decorating Disney - Holiday Magic" on Disney+.

    I hope this was helpful, David, and that you and your Ohana will have the best day ever on your next Disney vacation. If you have any other questions in the time leading up to your visit, please don't hesitate to reach out. Answering your questions also helps me count down the days until the holiday season! 

    Have a happy, merry, holly, jolly day!

    Ariane
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Meet the Panelist: Ariane, Quebec

Hello humans! My name is Ariane and I am a French-speaking Walt Disney World Resort lover from Montreal, Canada! Since the cold does bother me (sorry Elsa!), the Walt Disney World Resort has become my second home. If you need any help planning the most magical vacation from Canada or finding the most Instagrammable spots and treats, I'm your gal! I cannot wait to help you chase the wind and touch the sky on your next Disney vacation! Learn More About Ariane

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