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  • Writer's pictureElizabeth Perry

Celebrating the Holidays at the Magic Kingdom

The holidays are a magical time to visit Walt Disney World, and they possibly feel the most magical at the Magic Kingdom!

The Magic Kingdom’s biggest holiday event is Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, held on select nights from early November until just before Christmas. This event is a hard-ticket event, meaning that it requires a separate ticket from regular park admission. The party includes lots of exclusive entertainment and fills the park with a holiday atmosphere.

Don’t miss the amazing Holiday Wishes Fireworks – these are only once per party, so you’ll want to stake out a spot in advance. Twice nightly you can also see Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade, which also features snow on Main Street! As with most cases with two parades, the later on tends to be the least crowded. On the stage in front of Cinderella Castle, you can also catch Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration. There’s also the Totally Tomorrowland Christmas Show on the Tomorrowland Stage. Characters in their holiday best will be out to meet, including Santa Claus. You’ll also be treated to free hot chocolate and cookies throughout the party.

Because Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is an additional cost, you may be wondering if it’s worth it to visit. If your family really enjoys Christmas and wants to have something extra-special for your holiday visit, then Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party will be awesome for you.

Keep in mind that you can still see the decorations during the day outside of party times, and the Cinderella Castle Dreamlights are still illuminated on non-party nights. Also, you can catch the Cinderella Castle lighting ceremony, A Frozen Holiday Wish, which features Anna, Elsa, Olaf, and Kristoff and takes place every night. Even on party nights, it takes place before the party starts.

If you’re visiting during the week of Christmas, the Holiday Wishes Fireworks, Celebrate the Season show, and Once Upon a Christmastime Parade will be part of daily entertainment in the parks. Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party ends before the week of Christmas, so all of these performances are included in regular park admission. If you are visiting during this time of year, keep in mind that it will be extremely crowded, especially at the Magic Kingdom.

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