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This year, Christmas will be different than others due to COVID-19, with the popular Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party at the Magic Kingdom and Candlelight Processional at EPCOT cancelled.

There will be festive food and merchandise, along with some modified offerings.

Here is a list of what's happening this year around the resort:

Disney's Animal Kingdom

Discovery River will have festive character flotillas, including special appearances from Santa.​


EPCOT will be fully decorated and have special holiday promenades (November 6 - December 30) as in previous years with no Candlelight Processional. 

Joyful! will return to EPCOT in the World Showplace offering R&B, Gospel, contemporary and traditional Christmas and holiday music and Voices of Liberty performing at the American Gardens Theater.

Starting on November 27th, a modified Festival of the Holidays will begin with holiday kitchen booths returning around World Showcase promenade with favorites like American Holiday Table featuring Slow-roasted Turkey with Stuffing and Bavaria Holiday Kitchen with dishes like Cheese Fondue in a Bread Bowl.

Disney's Hollywood Studios

At Disney's Hollywood Studios, there will be merry motorcades and a yuletide gathering starting November 6th at Hollywood and Vine, with a festive meal, Minnie and friends, including Santa Goofy.  

There is no word on Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! and Sunset Seasons Greetings shows (both presumably cancelled).

Magic Kingdom

Starting November 6th, the Magic Kingdom will be decked out for the holidays, with the popular Castle Dream Lights replaced with a special projection show on Cinderella Castle with such things as a Christmas sweater.

Special seasonal character cavalcades featuring gingerbread men, elves, reindeer, and Christmas friends, and the toy soldiers marching down the street with the Main Street Philharmonic.

There is no word on snowfalls on Main Street but they will occur at Disney Springs.

Disney Resort Hotels

Disney resort hotels will be fully decorated as in previous years, with no gingerbread displays.

Disney Springs

This year at Disney Springs, the full shopping district will be decorated with a COVID-19 modified Christmas tree trail, snowfalls (similar to Main Street during Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party) occurring in Town Center, West Side, and the Landing.   Santa will make appearances and Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar fully decorated with a festive menu.

New Year's Eve

This year, all four theme parks are scheduled to close prior to midnight.  Guests at Walt Disney World will not be able to ring in 2021 in a theme park.

WDW Christmas 2020: About
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