When the Holiday season begins in Walt Disney World, this breathtaking display of over 200,000 lights on Cinderella Castle is just one of many special events to celebrate the season!
(Please note: Dates have been updated to reflect the 2013 celebrations as available per the Walt Disney World website.)
Cinderella Castle Dream Lights Castle Lighting Ceremony (at the Magic Kingdom, starting November 5, 2013):
The Fairy Godmother magically decorates Cinderella Castle in shimmering “icicles” in the presence of Cinderella, Mickey and Minnie, and a few other Disney Pals. This nightly show runs about 8 minutes (check your Times Guide for the start time, typically 6:15 pm). You can see the result above , but no photo can prepare you for the sight in person.
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party (at the Magic Kingdom select nights November 8 – December 20, 2013)
Special holiday fireworks, a parade, hot cocoa, character meet-and-greets in their holiday finery, and SNOW falling on Main Street U.S.A. are just a few of the treats in store at this special ticket-only event. Find more information here.
Candlelight Processional (at EPCOT November 29-December 30, 2013):
Celebrity narrators read the Christmas Story, accompanied by a full orchestra and choir singing beloved Christmas carols. You can find the full list of celebrity narrators for 2013 here, and can read about my experience at the Candlelight Processional here.
Holidays Around the World International Storytellers (at EPCOT November 29-December 30, 2013):
Travel around World Showcase and encounter Father Christmas and storytellers sharing holiday traditions from around the world.
Illuminations: Reflections of Earth, Holiday version (at EPCOT November 29-December 30, 2013):
EPCOT’s nightly evening firework spectacular is given an extra special “holiday tag,” including even more stunning fireworks and a special holiday message.
Mickey’s Jingle Jungle Parade (at Animal Kingdom November 9, 2013 – January 2, 2014)
A holiday spin on Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle Parade!
The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights (at Hollywood Studios, November 8, 2013-January 5, 2014):
Literally millions of festival holiday lights “dance” in synchronization to Christmas music—an unforgettable treat for the eyes and ears! From the Walt Disney World website: “Jennings Osborne and his family set up an elaborate collection of holiday lights and over the years, the collection of lights grew, and grew… and grew! In 1995, the Osborne family decided to share their magic with the world, and Walt Disney World Resort happily offered to become the new permanent home for this exceptional exhibition of holiday cheer.” You can see images of this amazing display here.
Festival of the Seasons (at Downtown Disney, November 15-December 29, 2013):
Enjoy live music while you take care of your holiday shopping, AND meet the Big Guy himself. No, not Mickey Mouse… SANTA CLAUS!
LET THE CELEBRATION BEGIN!!!