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Festive Events Occurring at Disney Springs This Holiday Season

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Are you ready to celebrate the holiday season at Disney Springs? The shopping and dining district will delight Guests with a festive atmosphere and family fun. Guests will be able to experience a multitude of special offerings from November 14 through January 8.

This year, Guests will be able to take part in a nightly tree lighting ceremony in front of the Once Upon a Toy fountain play area, as well as enjoy a holiday-themed DJ dance party, games and activities.


Holiday Events at Disney Springs
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For those looking to meet Santa Claus, they may do so at Santa’s Chalet. This charming cottage can be found across from Ghiradelli. Here Guests will be able to meet Santa Claus from November 14 through December 24. Then, because Santa has to fly back to the North Pole, Santa Goofy will be around to meet Guests from December 25 until December 30. 

In order to meet Santa, Guests will need to check in a the podium and receive a pager from one of Santa’s Helpers. While you wait for your turn to meet The Big Guy, you can shop, eat, and enjoy the atmosphere. When you receive notice that it’s your turn to meet Santa, you’ll have 10 minutes to return to the podium and get in line to meet Santa. For those who have Memory Maker, your photos will be included. Guests can meet Santa from 12:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.

There will also be lots of live entertainment to enjoy, including snowflake and toy solider stilt walkers, acapella groups, pop carolers, and more. These unique entertainment offerings will be available from 6:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. nightly. From December 24 through January 1, hear songs and stories that celebrate Hanukkah at the Waterfront Park in The Landing. There will also be special performances on the Waterside Stage in The Marketplace on December 26-27 that celebrates Kwanzaa.

©Rikki Niblett
©Rikki Niblett

In addition, Guests will be able to enjoy the Festival of Holiday Trees. Here you’ll get to wander through a stunning collection of custom-decorated trees–each with a popular Disney theme. You’ll be able to begin your experience near the fountain near Once Upon a Toy in the Marketplace.

Some of the shops will get in on the fun with elaborate storefront window displays. Stop and shop at some of the great stores to pick up the perfect present for your loved ones.

Finally, take advantage of special photo ops with over-sized toy sculptures located throughout Disney Springs.

A visit to Disney Springs during this holiday season is going to be a great place to catch the spirit of the season thanks to all these unique and exciting experiences.





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Rikki Niblett

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