Disney Springs Christmas Holiday Events
Enjoy the hustle, bustle and good cheer of the holiday season in the Downtown Disney/Disney Springs area. Great shopping, live entertainment and a fantastic photo op with Santa himself make this the perfect one-stop, holiday shopping location. Check out the dazzling displays of holiday trees, lights and the special holiday window dressings that adorn the shops and restaurants. Feast your eyes and ears on the seasonal carolers, musical acts and holiday variety performers, including Toy Solider stilt walkers, Snowflake performers, a Kwanza Celebration, and Hanukkah medleys throughout the streets.
The Disney Springs area is truly a winter wonderland from November 14 through January 8.
New for 2017 will be more themed Chrstmas Trees at the Disney Springs’ Christmas Tree Trail. Guests will be able to wander through an enchanted wonderland and marvel at a stunning collection of custom-decorated trees — each of which has been designed to capture a popular Disney theme.
In 2016 there was the all new drone show where this holiday season, the idea of “wishing upon a star” will take on an even more magical meaning in the skies of Disney Springs. There is no word on if the drone show will be returning. Take a peek at what Guests were able to experience.
Santa at Disney Springs
Santa appears at Santa’s Chalet, located in across from Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop in the Marketplace section, daily through Christmas Eve. There is no charge to see Santa in this location.
Guests who wish to meet Santa will be able to pick up a pager upon check-in to secure their place in a virtual queue line. Upon arrival, you’ll receive a pager from one of Santa’s Helpers; when it’s time to take your place in line, you’ll be notified. Simply return to the podium within 10 minutes. In the meantime, you can shop, dine and enjoy holiday décor and festivities throughout Disney Springs! When it’s your turn to meet jolly old Saint Nick, you can use PhotoPass services or your own camera to capture photos with Santa.
Santa will be greeting guests through December 24 from 12:00 p.m. until 10:oo p.m.
Once Santa has headed back to the North Pole, Santa Goofy will then meet with Guests from December 25-30 during the same hours.
Every evening at 6:00 p.m., Guests will be able to experience a festive tree lighting ceremony where a family of the day will be chosen to illuminate the Marketplace signature tree in front of the Once Upon a Toy fountain play area. Guests will also be able to enjoy a holiday-themed DJ dance party, games and activities.
Guests will also be able to experience live entertainment, including toy solider and snowflake stilt walkers, pop carolers, acapella groups and more from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Or they will be able to pick up a delicious holiday-themed treat at one of the various dining locations or participate in pin trading.
Slated to start the day after Thanksgiving will be Stitch’s Holiday Gift Hunt. This fun-for-the-whole-family scavenger hunt-style activity will send you through all four neighborhoods of Disney Springs. Once complete, Guests should visit participating locations for a limited-edition completer button.
The Marketplace holiday celebration continues with a special Kwanzaa musical group appearing at the Waterside Stage December 26 – 27.
Disney Springs’ Christmas Tree Trail
This offering will put the spotlight on fifteen distinctly decorated trees, each themed to a beloved Disney character or story. This year there will be 25 trees in all. Many of them larger than last year. Trees will see the following themes:
- Mickey and Minnie Mouse
- Disney Villains
- Beauty and the Beast
- The Little Mermaid
- The Princess and the Frog
- Alice in Wonderland
- The Jungle Book
- 101 Dalmatians
- Mary Poppins
- The Muppets
- Sleeping Beauty
- Snow White
- Peter Pan
Guests will be able to begin their walk-through experience near the play fountain outside Once Upon a Toy in the Marketplace. Once there, you’ll spot an alluring pathway to explore. During this walk-through experience, you’ll wind through a lovely winter wonderland complete with a gentle snow fall, toy soldiers, singers and plenty of opportunities for photos!
Waterview Park gives guests the chance to learn about and experience the story of Hanukkah through music. Showtimes are scheduled throughout the evenings of December 24 through January 1.
Guests will be transported to a magical winter wonderland as they visit the West Side. The vibrant blue ornaments, beautiful white holiday lights, and contemporary Christmas trees will bring holiday cheer to all ages.
TheMouseForLess Disney Springs Tips
Disney Springs features holiday shopping adventures for every age and budget, including Once Upon a Toy, filled with exclusive playthings from Disney and Hasbro; World of Disney, the world’s largest character emporium, plus LEGO Imagination Center and Disney’s Days of Christmas holiday shop.
Guests can meet the Coca-Cola Polar Bear found the on the second floor of The Coca-Cola Store.
To top off your Disney Springs holiday shopping trip, be sure to stop by Ghirardelli for Sea Salt Caramel Hot Cocoa – it just doesn’t get any better!