Friday, December 30, 2011

Christmastime at Walt Disney World

Trip Report

Get ready for some pictures! While my recent trip to Walt Disney World was specifically to see the Carousel of Progress event put on by, it was also my first time visiting in December. Christmas was of course in full swing, and before I post my recap about the event, I thought I would share some of the many Christmas-themed pictures I took while down there. Enjoy!

Magic Kingdom and Area

View from the Contemporary

Wilderness Lodge reindeer

Wilderness Lodge tree

Cinderella's Castle

Disney's Hollywood Studios

The Hollywood Studios tree

Sunset Boulevard

Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights

More Osborne Lights

San Francisco Street during Osborne Lights

Epcot Area

Gingerbread Carousel at the Beach Club

Walkway from the Beach Club towards Crescent Lake

Epcot - Future World

Spaceship Earth

Mouse Gear

Pluto behind the Fountain of Nations

Mickey and Minnie,  across from Pluto

Epcot tree at dusk

Epcot - Holidays Around the World - World Showcase

Mexico: Los Tres Reyes Magos (the Three Kings) as they tell of their journey to the Posada and traditions today.

Los Tres Reyes Magos

Norway: The storyteller Sigrid who will tell you of the mischievous Christmas Gnome, Julenissen.

The Fjording, next to Maelstrom

Germany: Helga tells the story of the first Christmas tree and the tale of her first Nutcracker.


Germany Pavilion

Little German Train Village

Christmas stand in Germany

Pickle tree!

Pinocchio ornament

Italy: Italy’s good Christmas witch, La Befana, remembers the Epiphany and her first Christmas 2,000 years ago!

I didn't get to see La Befana, but I did snap a quick pic of the Pavilion.


American Adventure: Kwanzaa: Experience the spirit of Kwanzaa, a celebration of family, creativity and community.


Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus.

Hi Santa!

Voices of Liberty

Morocco: Taarji, as he celebrates the customs of Ramadan and Ashura.


France: Père Noël shares a letter from a little girl that recreates the magic of Christmas through the eyes of a child.

Père Noël talks about filling a shoe with treats

United Kingdom: Jolly Father Christmas makes traditions from Christmas past just as fun today!

Father Christmas

The Crown and Crest Shop gets festive

Canada: Nowell, a Canadian lumberjack, tells of his journey to find Santa at Christmastime.

Sadly I was unable to catch Nowell's performance. So I just snapped a pic of his stage.


Japan and China didn't offer Christmas-themed performances. Theirs revolved around New Year celebrations.

Also, IllumiNations had a special Christmas-themed ending. You can't tell by the pic, but most of the fireworks at the end were red and green, and it was very cool.

If you have never been to Walt Disney World during Christmas, I definitely recommend checking it out. The parks are beautifully decorated, you can see several Christmas-themed performances (without paying extra), and you even learn about how other cultures celebrate the most wonderful time of year. It was slightly chilly, but by no means freezing. December is possibly the time Disney World is at its prettiest, and I was happy to finally get to see it.

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