Christmas at Disney World: A Complete Guide for 2020

The holidays are a magical time of year. Most folks are in a merry mood, and the decorations, music, and activities are all geared toward glad tidings and good cheer.  Goodness knows we could all use some good cheer this year! Check out my complete guide to Christmas at Disney World in 2020.

Magic Kingdom decorations at Christmastime

Complete Guide to Christmas at Disney World

While visiting Disney World during the Covid-19 pandemic has altered many typical experiences, there is still holiday cheer to be found in 2020. Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party has been cancelled, as has Epcot’s Candlelight Processional.

See Cinderella Castle frozen by Elsa during Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party.

However, don’t give up on your Disney holiday plans just yet! The holiday season begins November 6, 2020, which gives you plenty of time to plan your trip. I hope my guide to Christmas at Disney World helps you and your family make the most of this magical time together!

Christmas in the Parks

While there are no fireworks or special dessert parties in Magic Kingdom this year, Cinderella Castle will be decked out in style. Castle lights and projections such as festive red, gold, and green overlays will be seen at the end of the day when fireworks would normally occur.

Christmas at Disney World is a magical time of year!

Shop for fantastic, holiday-themed merchandise. Enjoy seasonal food and beverages. Take special photos in front of the massive tree on Main Street! The possibilities are endless when it comes to holiday cheer!

In Epcot, while there will be no Candlelight Processional this year, Taste of Epcot International Festival of the Holidays will take place November 27-December 30, 2020. JOYFUL! will perform in the World Showplace singing R&B, Gospel, contemporary and traditional holiday music. Additionally, the Voices of Liberty will be at America Gardens Theatre stage singing favorite carols and songs of the season.

Festival kitchens will allow you to sip and savor your way around the World Showcase. The Holiday Cookie Stroll will return this year as will the complimentary cookie for completing the stroll.

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New this season is “Olaf’s Holiday Tradition Expedition.” Similar to other hide-and-seek experiences, purchase a map to search for Olaf and receive a prize upon completion of your quest!

Finally, Minnie will host a yuletide gathering for guests who dine at Hollywood & Vine in Hollywood Studios. Socially distanced appearances by Minnie and friends in their holiday best will also include Santa Goofy!

Hollywood Studios entrance at Christmastime

Christmas Outside the Parks

Each park will be decorated for the holidays, but so will the resorts! I am usually busy enjoying holidays in the parks and forget to visit the resorts’ holiday displays.

Traditionally, resort lobbies showcase elaborate gingerbread displays, but those will not be available this year due to social distancing restrictions. However, guests will be able to see trimmed trees and other festive decor.

At Disney Springs, the Christmas Tree Trail will instead feature trees spaced out throughout the property. Look out for a magical snowfall in the evening hours that will be sure to delight!

Holiday Character Experiences

As with all things 2020, character experiences will be altered this holiday season. Instead of waiting in line to meet your favorites, guests will be treated to “pop up” character experiences.

Holiday Mickey and Minnie at Animal Kingdom

In Epcot, Queen Anna and Elsa will participate in the “Frozen Holiday Promenade.” Mickey and the gang will participate in the “Mickey and Friends Holiday World Tour” around the World Showcase.

Santa will also be making appearances at Magic Kingdom and Epcot via parade floats or horse-drawn carriages.

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Animal Kingdom will continue to have characters on flotillas. Hollywood Studios will have “merry motorcades” of characters throughout the day.

Decorations at Hollywood Studios during Christmas at Disney World

However you choose to spend the holidays at Disney World, there will be no shortage of festive fun! It may look a little different this year, but don’t let that stop you from experiencing glad tidings and good cheer!