The Holidays Start November 6 at Walt Disney World – 2020

It should come as no surprise that the holidays will look a bit different at Walt Disney World this year. With all other major events canceled since COVID-19 hit in March, many were awaiting the news to hear if Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party would be victim to the virus. Alas, it is. At least for 2020. But that doesn’t mean the holidays won’t be celebrated with style at all four parks. Continue reading to learn what you can expect if visiting the parks this season.

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Holiday Festivities Across Walt Disney World Resort

Beginning November 6 through December 30th, Guests will be able to enjoy festive décor, themed merchandise, seasonal food & beverage offerings and entertainment all across Walt Disney World Resort.

Check out my printable Disney Parks Holiday Treat & Drink Guide! You won’t want to miss out on these delectable treats offered across all four parks!

For the complete guide to tasty treats at Magic Kingdom, click HERE.

Magic Kingdom

  • Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is canceled
  • Character cavalcades will take on a special holiday twist, with Christmas friends on festive floats in their holiday finest. Don’t miss the Gingerbread Men, Elves and Reindeer!! And our beloved Toy Soldiers will join the Main Street Philharmonic as they march through Magic Kingdom Park, bringing musical holiday cheer for all to hear.  
  • Castle Dream Lights not happening this year. Instead, various holiday projections will light up Cinderella Castle throughout the evening, and serve as an amazing backdrop to all your holiday photos.


  • Candlelight Processional is canceled
  • On November 27, EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays returns! Holiday kitchens will return to the World Showcase promenade highlighting holiday favorites.

Visit here for my guide and all you need to know!

Hollywood Studios

  • Enjoy the merry motorcades at Hollywood Studios
  • Minnie Mouse will be hosting a yuletide gathering at Hollywood & Vine, featuring Santa Goofy and many others in their holiday best.

Animal Kingdom

  • At Animal Kingdom, Guests will be delighted by the sight of festive flotillas

Disney Springs

  • The traditional Christmas Tree Trail is canceled, however you can see decorated Christmas Trees scattered throughout Disney Springs.
  • In the evening, guests visiting areas within Town Center, West Side and The Landing will encounter a magical snowfall, adding an extra touch of wonder to their holiday shopping.
  • Jock Lindsey’s will turn into Jock Lindsey’s Holiday Bar, complete with holiday decor and special limited-time menu.

Disney Resort Hotels

  • The resort lobbies will be adored with holiday decor and Christmas Trees
  • The famous gingerbread displays will not return this season due to social distancing restrictions.

For even more holiday magic, visit Disney’s “Everything Holidays” section on the Disney Parks Blog and a peek at some of the Disney magic to come.  

Although the season will look different from years past, there is no doubt Disney continues to deliver the magic in spite of these tough times. This years reimagined holiday season at Walt Disney World will bring you joy, wonder and delight like never before at the Most Magical Place on Earth!

Hi there! I'm Marnie, a dynamic and creative writer and blogger with 5+ years experience writing SEO-optimized content for Walt Disney World-related travel websites, with the added bonus of 20+ years corporate experience in communications and training. My ultimate passion is simplifying today’s Walt Disney World planning complexities and equipping my readers with pro information and knowledge for designing a perfectly magical vacation. Happy travels!

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