Winter Holiday Season at the Walt Disney World Resort Begins November 5 at the Magic Kingdom

By Traci

The winter holiday season officially starts November 5 at the Walt Disney World Resort.

As soon as the jack-o-lanterns have been removed from the Magic Kingdom the garland and wreaths go up and it’s time for Christmas celebrations.

Queen Elsa will be lighting Cinderella Castle this year during the nightly Castle Dream Lights celebration. The castle will be decked out  in 200,000 sparkling lights giving it an icy glow.

Other Magic Kingdom holiday offerings include ‘A Frozen Holiday Wish’ stage show, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, and Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade.

The first Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party takes place November 7 and the party runs on select nights through December 19. Guests must purchase a separate ticket for this event.

Epcot’s holiday celebration includes the Candlelight Processional – the telling of the Christmas story by a celebrity narrator accompanied by an orchestra and choir. The narrators for this year are:

  • Jodi Benson: November 28-29
  • Neil Patrick Harris: November 30-December 2
  • Jonathon Groff: December 3-4
  • Whoopi Goldberg: December 5-6
  • LeVar Burton: December 7-9
  • Edward James Olmos: December 9-11
  • Joe Morton: December 12-14
  • Chita Rivera: December 15-17
  • Ana Gasteyer: December 18-20
  • Marlee Matlin: December 21-23
  • Isabella Rossellini: December 24-25
  • Blair Underwood: December 26-27
  • Steven Curtis Chapman: December 28-30

The Candlelight Processional is presented at the American Gardens Theater at 5 p.m., 6:45 p.m., and 8:15 p.m. on the scheduled nights. Show times on December 7 are 6:45 and 8:15 p.m. only.

Other special events at Epcot include the Gingerbread Village inside The Land pavilion, a special ending for IllumiNations, and special food and beverage items throughout the park.

Guests visiting Disney’s Hollywood Studios can enjoy the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights each night from November 7 through January 4, 2015.

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