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Holiday Events and Christmas at Disney’s Hollywood Studios: Everything Parents Need to Know

Disney’s Hollywood Studios is the most glamorous Walt Disney World theme park during Christmas and the holiday season. Here’s a quick look at how the holiday season and Christmas at Disney’s Hollywood Studios are celebrated.

JUST ANNOUNCED! The return of Disney’s Hollywood Studios Christmas Party “Jollywood Nights”

Disney Hollywood Nights Hollywood Studios Event 2023

Disney Jollywood Nights – a new, separately ticketed event from 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. on 10 select nights Nov. 9-Dec. 21, 2024.

Get ready to dress in your holiday glam best or festive flair, dance the night away to merry mashups, indulge in divine treats and bubbling spirits, and snap selfies with iconic characters during this new festive event that returns for a second year in 2024.

For an extra dose of cheer, the party wraps with the return of the nighttime spectacular, “Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!” at 10 pm. You’ll be in fa la la la la la la la land before you can say Tinseltown!

Concept Map Disney Jollywood Nights Hollywood Studios Christmas Party Provided by Disney

MORE DETAILS: Disney Jollywood Nights announcement

Holidays and Christmas at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Usually, the holiday season and Christmas festivities at Walt Disney World begin the first Friday of November and continue to roll out through mid-November, and ending in early January.


30s-inspired holiday decor decks out this TinselTown-themed park, from the giant vintage ornaments on display to floating ornaments adorning Echo Lake. Even Toy Story Land gets a holiday overlay at Disney’s Hollywood Studios — including a Santa hat-wearing Hamm sugar cookie.

Christmas Ornaments Floating in Echo Lake Disneys Hollywood Studios Dani Meyering

Projection Show

In addition to glamorous holiday decor and fun themed holiday overlays, Disney’s Hollywood Studios goes all out by lighting the Hollywood Tower Hotel (home of the Tower of Terror attraction) with holiday magic that turns the structure into a Muppets gingerbread showpiece, a Toy Story toy hotel, a snowy scene from Arendelle, and a Dickensian village from Mickey’s Christmas Carol.

Santa Claus at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Santa cruises down Hollywood Boulevard in a red convertible during the Santa Claus Merry Motorcade, diners meet Mickey and friends in their holiday best during character dining at Hollywood and Vine, and “snow” falls from the sky periodically throughout the night.

Christmas at Toy Story Land

Toy Story Land is the most kid-friendly part at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and during the holiday season, the toys get into the spirit.

Extra embellishments added to the toys include Woody with a candy cane scarf, Rex wearing an antler headband, plus oversized ornaments with painted macaroni and alien faces, a giant Hamm cookie with a Santa hat, and a giant cranberry and popcorn garland.

Christmas at Toy Story Land Amy Smith photographer

In years past the Alien Saucer Spin ride provides intergalactic good cheer with special holiday songs and lighting.

And more…

You can also expect the holiday overlay at For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration to return, wherein Olaf ends the show by singing holiday songs.

Featured image provided by Walt Disney World Resort, Amy Smith photographer.

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Dani Meyering
Born and raised in the land of sunshine and dreams come true, Dani is a proud Orlando native. She loves sharing her hometown with others from the theme parks to Florida's natural beauty. With over 15 years of experience, Dani is thrilled to serve as our Managing Editor at Orlando Date Night Guide, Orlando Parenting, as well as Tampa Bay Date Night Guide.