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When it comes to bucket lists, especially Disney bucket lists, it seems like everyone has at least one.  For me, I probably have a 100 or so bucket lists, each one different from the last.  However, at the top of my bucket list — my ultimate Disney bucket list — is celebrating Christmas at Walt Disney World!

When you start talking about things to do at Walt Disney World for Christmas, there are five main things that I want to tackle when I’m able to go with my family.  This list is in no particular order of importance to me, I want to experience all of these.

Magic Kingdom

First and foremost, I want to experience the splendor that is Main Street, U.S.A. in it’s Christmas finest.  Seeing the exquisite building lit up and decorated, catching the magical feeling that you have on Main Street, and hearing the songs from the performers, I can only imagine what it is like.  Additionally, I want to experience the different changes that the Cast Members employ on the various attractions.  An example of this is the Jingle Cruise.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

Another thing that I want to experience when I’m celebrating Christmas is Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.  This party is something that I absolutely want to do one time.  From what I understand, most people feel like experiencing it once is all you need, because this separate ticket experience is kind of pricey.  But for someone who’s never been there before, I definitely feel like it is something we need to experience.

Epcot’s Candlelight Processional

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Every year at the Epcot theme park, Walt Disney World unveils the incredible Candlelight Processional.  Located at the amphitheater outside of the American Adventure Pavilion, the Candlelight Processional is a special event that involves a guest narrator and special musical performers to tell the story of Jesus’ birth.  For this reason alone, I absolutely have it in my list of things I need to experience at Walt Disney World.

Holidays around the World

Coupled with the Candlelight Processional is the Holidays around the World exhibits at each of the Pavilions.  These special festivals tell the holiday traditions that you can encounter at each country.  Unique and charming, I believe that hearing these different variations on Christmas will leave a lasting impression with me, and would you also.

Resort Hopping

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One of the last things I want to experience at Christmas is an in-depth look at how the different resorts get setup for Christmas.  Pictured above, the Wilderness Lodge Christmas Tree is a striking example that I really want to see in person.  Additionally, taking a look at the Gingerbread House at the Grand Floridian and the Carousel at the Beach and Yacht Clubs really catches my attention.

The little things at Walt Disney World are what make it the premier vacation destination in the World in my opinion.  Tell me, how did I do on my list?  What have I left off that should be included?  Please let me know in the comments, and thanks for following along on one of our dreams!

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14 Replies to “Disney Bucket List: Celebrating Christmas at WDW!”

  1. Maybe you’ll get there over the holidays some day, Mike. But I’m not a holiday guy and I despise crowds so visiting the parks on any holiday turns me off! I have been just before the holidays and the lights look nice at night. Give me the off-season (if there is one anymore) anytime!

  2. Christmas at Disney is such a magical experience. Between the snow on Main Street, the Candlelight Processional, and all of the beautiful decorations, I’m not sure there’s a better way to celebrate Christmas than being at Disney!

  3. Christmas at WDW is my FAAAAAVORITE time to be in my favorite place. We used to go during the Christmas season every year until my kids were older, but don’t get to much anymore. I can’t wait for you to experience it, because you’re right – it’s so extra magical! I also love that you’ve included checking out the resorts. I think so often that’s overlooked, and they’re so specatcular – especially all decked out!

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  5. Christmas at WDW is definitely on of my bucket list! Disneyland during the holidays is my absolute favorite, so I can only imagine how magical WDW is! I agree with some of the other comments though: the crowds are probably crazy the last 2 weeks of the year, so we’ll just have to go in early December when the crowds haven’t yet descended on the parks!!! Great post!

    1. Thanks, Michaelyn! I agree, the best times I have heard for going to WDW for Christmas are right after Thanksgiving ends, like check-in on the Sunday after Thanksgiving.

  6. Mike, I cannot wrap my head around the fact that you haven’t seen the Candlelight Processional in person. If there’s someone who’d truly appreciate it it would be you! I can’t wait for a time for you to cross it off your bucket list!

    1. Believe me, Rosanne, I can’t wait for that time to happen either. I think I will enjoy it that much more when it happens because it’s been on my radar for so long.

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