Tips For Spending Christmas 2022 At Disney World

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Did you know Disney World is open on Christmas day? Yes! You don’t need a Christmas miracle to spend Christmas at Disney; you just simply need a park ticket. Spending your time at the most magical place on earth during the most magical day of the year is absolutely the most amazing thing. Of course, there will be extra special things to see and experience on Christmas Day at the parks, so here are some tips on spending Christmas 2022 at Disney World!

Christmas Parade at Walt Disney World
Christmas Parade at Walt Disney World. Photo by Jeff Kern (CC BY 2.0)

Make Your Reservation EARLY

No doubt, Christmas day is going to be busy at Disney World. You will need to plan and reserve your trip well in advance. If you haven’t for this Christmas 2022 yet, don’t lose hope yet. Keep trying and looking for open spots. But it is already a good time to start planning for 2023.

Be prepared for big crowds. On Christmas day it is expected to be at capacity at Magic Kingdom before noon. Even with a reservation arrive at the parks early, early, early! Be prepared for long lines for attractions, shows and food. You may want to make a mid-day reservation at a sit-down restaurant just to get away from the crowds momentarily. Bring your own food if you want to avoid some lines but reserve some energy for at least one special holiday treat line, that is well worth it!

Christmas at Magic Kingdom
Christmas decor at Magic Kingdom. Photo: Emily Murray

Don’t Miss The Parade

Disney Christmas Parade
Even if you aren’t at the parks for Christmas Day, you can catch Magic Kingdom’s infamous parade on ABC. Photo by Eric A. Soto (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Every year Magic Kingdom puts on a special Christmas Day parade called, Mickey’s Once Upon a Time Parade. It features your favorite characters such as the main crew; Pluto, Donald Duck, Goofy, Minnie Mouse and Mickey Mouse himself. A Christmas parade wouldn’t be complete without St. Nicholas, so of course he joins in as well. Even if you won’t be in Magic Kingdom on Christmas Day, the parade is televised every year on ABC. If you will be in the parks, be sure to get your spot for this epic, festive parade the minute you get there. This parade comes once a year, and you won’t want to miss your chance of being first row.

A Special Fireworks Show For Everyone

The Fireworks show on Christmas day is a special treat that doesn’t require a special ticket. Minnie’s Wonderful Christmas Fireworks are usually only available special ticketed events during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, but on Christmas Day the entire park can enjoy this magical Christmas firework show.

EPCOT has an extended firework show that has a special Christmas twist on the night of Christmas day. Hollywood Studios does their Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! fireworks show just before park closing. There is not fireworks show at Animal Kingdom for the safety of the animals, but on Christmas day the Tree of Life has a special holiday theme along with you can see holiday flotillas on the water.

Disney World Christmas Fireworks
Magic Kingdom’s Christmas Fireworks. Photo: Emily Murray

Visit The Hotels

The parks are not the only festive places to go on Christmas day, but the resorts themselves. Every resort on Disney property is decked out for the holidays. On Christmas Day there are special pool parties, every cast member is in an even more jolly mood, unique dinning is usually offered, special events and more! Resort hopping is something fun to do on Christmas Day and will be less crowded than the parks.

Christmas at the Boardwalk
Christmas at the Boardwalk. Photo: Emily Murray

The most important tip for spending Christmas Day 2022 at Disney World is to take the time to soak it all in! The decorations, lights and the magical feeling during the holiday season at Disney is truly out of this world. Getting to the parks early, scoring a spot to the fireworks show and getting your favorite holiday treat is just the icing on a Mickey Mouse holiday cake! Enjoy the most magical day at the most magical place on earth!

Written by

Erin Bonsall

Contributing Writer

Erin is mom of 4 little boys and a pre-school teacher, from outside of Charlotte, NC. She remembers one magical Disney trip at a young age, but having children made her want to bring her own kids to the happiest place on earth! One trip 7 years ago started a love for everything Disney! Now her family visits Disney World as much as possible and it is their favorite place to make magical memories!

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