The Best Photographs of Christmas in Walt Disney World

Christmas is my favorite time of year!  (Although if you ask our son, he will let you know that Disney Halloween is first and Christmas is a close second.)  The holiday decorations at Walt Disney World go up overnight, and they change an already magical landscape into a winter wonderland. This article features the best photographs of Christmas in Walt Disney World.

Christmas in Walt Disney World

Our Favorite Snaps of Christmas in Walt Disney World

Autism and the holiday season in Walt Disney World have their unique perks and drawbacks.  The first thing to keep in mind is the crowd level.  Ensure you visit Guest Relations as soon as you step foot in any theme park to get the Disability Access Service. 

With the Disability Access Service, you can wait elsewhere for the big-ticket attractions.  Our post about the DAS describes how to best use it with family members who have autism.

See our post about how the Disability Access Service benefits those with autism.

The Magic Kingdom for the Holidays

Our favorite decorations are in the Magic Kingdom.  Walt Disney World truly goes all out- even the popcorn courts are decked with holiday decor.  They don’t just add poinsettias to the planters. Instead, they fill them with hundreds of poinsettias.

Popcorn stands for Christmas in Walt Disney World

Walking down the middle of Main Street is a magical experience.  If you spend time on Main Street USA during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, you will experience snowfall (soap suds).  Every inch of every building has some festive greenery, bows, or lights.

Main Street during Christmas in Walt Disney WorldIf you’ve never seen a Walt Disney World Christmas tree, it is truly a sight to behold!  Each theme park and resorts features unique trees that are giant, reaching heights of 70 feet.  The ornaments, garlands, lights, and stars differ depending on the tree’s theme that varies by location.  Christmas tree in Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom The lamp posts along Main Street have a jolly  Mickey Wreath.  My children insisted on taking photos with these non-hidden Mickeys!  Mickey Mouse Christmas lamp posts in Walt Disney World

The Jingle Cruise Overlay for Christmas in Walt Disney World

Our all-time favorite holiday Disney decoration comes from the holiday overlay of the Jungle Cruise, now know as the “Jingle Cruise.”  As always, the best part is the skippers.  And the Jingle Cruise jokes do not disappoint- they are hilarious per usual!


The boats’ holiday update includes the Fruitcake Zelda, formerly known as Zambezi Zelda, or the Nile Nellie’s transformation to Noel Nellie.Fruitcake Zelda on Jingle Cruise in Magic Kingdom

The khaki decor has a holiday theme, down to the “Here We Go A-Wassailing” sign prominently displayed.Here we go a wassailing in Magic Kingdom's Jingle Cruise

I still can’t figure out what the khaki sign says  (some version of Jugeal the way??)  If you know- please leave it in the comments.  We’ve been googling and scratching our heads for days!Jugeal the way on the Jingle Cruise by the docks

Even the hut on the river has a holiday twist with its decorations and Christmas tree.  This waterfront home has never looked better!Christmas shack on the river for Disney World's Jingle Cruise

The Queue at the Jingle Cruise

Netting filled with holiday ornaments dangles from the rafters as you make your way through the attraction queue at the Jingle Cruise.Christmas ornaments in the queue on Magic Kingdom's Jingle Cruise

The glass window that appears to allow “ticket purchases” for the Jungle Cruise features pine boughs and colorful Christmas lights.  There is even a white mini Christmas tree (although who supports white Christmas trees??)Jingle Cruise lights with evergreen bough and christmas tree in cruise operators. There is also a lovely tree made from wooden dowels.  It’s my favorite tree every year, and I eagerly look for the decor in the queue as we wait!wooden christmas tree in queue at Jingle Cruise

Below is another Christmas tree on display in the line for the Jingle Cruise.Jingle cruise Queue with christmas tree

As you traverse the rainforests of the world, giraffes pull Santa’s Sleigh.giraffes with sleigh and santa

Even the hat rack gets red bows and candy canes!  My favorite part of Walt Disney World has always been the attention to detail.  For our son with autism, our struggle with Jungle Cruise is that even the Fastpass line can endure quite the wait.  We play games where we count Christmas trees (or bows, or whatever your family likes!)  It helps to keep his focus off the crowds and the wait.candy cane, wreaths, and poinsettias adorn the walls of the Jingle Cruise (Jungle) queue during Christmas


Hollywood Studios Holiday DecorHollywood studios Christmas in Walt Disney World

As you stroll down Sunset Boulevard, look up!  All of the buildings have gorgeous decorations hanging from the buildings.  I love how every theme park has different decorations to match the overall ambiance.  While the Magic Kingdom is warm and nostalgic, Hollywood Studios is glitzy and showy.  Boughs of evergreen over Hollywood studios' Sunset Boulevard for Christmas in Disney World

During the holiday season, many of the characters have bright costumes. Dale is rocking a cute Christmas scarf and Santa hat in the picture.Chip dressed as an elf for Christmas in Walt Disney World

The Resort Decorations for Christmas in Walt Disney World

Even the resorts have amazing holiday decorations! Our favorite Christmas displays in Walt Disney World are in the deluxe resorts. The Grand Floridian has a beautiful gingerbread house. Disney’s Beach Club features a gorgeous Gingerbread Carousel.

Our favorite holiday snaps of all time are from the retired Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights that ended following the 2015 holiday season. While we always love making new memories, our nostalgia is strong for those twinkling musical lights!

What is your favorite Christmas in Walt Disney World experience? Drop them in the comments!

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  1. Brice Brandenburger
    Brice Brandenburger

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  2. Love this! I would love to go someday! Thanks for sharing! 😉

  3. Great post and perspective, I’d love to see Disneyworld decked out for Christmas! Halloween was awesome, I can only imagine Christmas being spectacular!

  4. I so love Disney World at Christmas! It is somehow even more magical than usual. I love how everywhere is totally decked out with holiday decor and the lights show they projected on the castle before fireworks was so amazing when I was there a few years back! 🙂

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