Christmas at Magic Kingdom: Quick Reminders Parents Need to Know

The most popular theme park in the world, Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World, tops everyone’s list during the holiday season. If your family is big on holiday traditions, you’ll love strolling down Main Street, U.S.A. at Magic Kingdom Park – just one of the many highlights of the holiday season at Walt Disney World.

Whether you choose to visit Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party or visit the park during regular hours, there is so much to see.

By the way, if you’re wondering which experiences are worth your time see which Mistakes to Avoid During the Holidays at Walt Disney World.

Christmas Decorations at Magic Kingdom 2022 cinderella castle
Christmas Decorations at Magic Kingdom 2022 Dani Meyering

Here’s a quick look at how the holiday season and Christmas are celebrated at Magic Kingdom.

Debuting November 7, 2023! Elsa, Anna, Olaf, Kristoff, and the Snowgies in front of Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom for “Frozen Holiday Surprise,” a brand new “Frozen”-inspired entertainment experience that will illuminate the castle in a whole new way.

Christmas at Magic Kingdom

The holiday season and Christmas festivities at Walt Disney World begin as early as November 2 at Magic Kingdom and continue to roll out through mid November, and ending in early January.

Christmas Tree at Magic Kingdom image by Dani Meyering

The holiday MVP at Magic Kingdom is Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, which returns for the 2023 holiday season – on select nights, Nov. 9 – Dec. 22, 2023.

During this ticketed event, which has a cost in addition to normal Disney park tickets, guests can stop for sugar cookies and hot chocolate throughout the night while experiencing special holiday entertainment and character interactions.

Plus, since not as many people purchase tickets, there are lower wait times for the park’s attractions. 

But you don’t need a ticket to the Christmas party to experience the holiday entertainment at Magic Kingdom. Usually starting the week of Christmas itself, the following will be available daily in the park for all guests. Plus, the Jingle Cruise is available during regular park hours from November 2, 2023 until early January.

  • Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration
  • Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade
  • Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks

Holiday Enhancements to Rides

Don’t miss the Jingle Cruise, a Christmas-themed version of the Jungle Cruise that’s sure to get you in the holiday spirit. This holiday version is available during regular parks hours as well as during the Christmas party.

Boat and Tiki Hut at Jingle Cruise at Magic Kingdom
Jingle Cruise at Magic Kingdom image by Dani Meyering

Also in years past other Magic Kingdom rides joined the Christmas and holiday festivities. Usually these enhancements are only available during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. But in years past the week of Christmas itself provides the chance for guests to enjoy holiday enhancements across the park during the day.

Rides with holiday enhancements

  • Space Mountain
  • Mad Tea Party
  • Monsters Inc Comedy Laugh Floor
  • The Jungle Cruise (themed to The Jingle Cruise – holiday version)
  • Tomorrowland Speedway
Tomorrowland Speedway with Christmas Decorations at Magic Kingdom
Tomorrowland Speedway with Christmas Decorations image by Dani Meyering

2023 also marks the return of the Walt Disney World Railroad. This classic train ride is a great way to rest your feet, and fun for the whole family.

Christmas Decorations at Magic Kingdom Train Station
Christmas Decorations at Magic Kingdom Train Station 2022 Dani Meyering

Closer to Christmas itself you can see Santa Claus at Magic Kingdom. But one of our favorite places to see Santa Claus in Orlando is actually at Disney Springs thanks to the virtual queue.

While you’re at Magic Kingdom for the Christmas season create your own Monorail Christmas Decorations Tour at Disney World Hotels.

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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.