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The Holidays Are Near at Disney Springs!

Darcy Clark

by , Disney Springs Marketing Manager

As someone who loves the holidays, I always have a hard time determining the “right” time to put up my Christmas tree. How soon is too soon? And how long can I leave it up? This year, I just might mirror the timing of our “Holidays at Disney Springs,” seasonal celebration which starts November 11 and runs through January 8, 2017 – that seems just about perfect to me!

There will be some familiar favorites making their annual return, and a few new additions to spice up the season. Below, a few of the holiday activities I’m most looking forward to:

Disney Springs’ Christmas Tree Trail – As I shared previously, this new offering will put the spotlight on fifteen distinctly decorated trees, each themed to a beloved Disney character or story. Add in a light dusting of snow and some holiday tunes and you’ve got yourself a winter wonderland in the Marketplace.

Nightly Tree Lighting Ceremony – Every evening at 6 p.m., experience a festive tree lighting ceremony where a family of the day will be chosen to illuminate the Marketplace signature tree. Nearby, look for life-sized toys, toy soldier stilt walkers, and Christmas-inspired treats.

The Holidays Are Near at Disney Springs!

Santa’s Chalet – He knows if you’ve been bad or good, so be good for goodness’ sake! Share your wish list with Santa and be sure to pose for a photo or two as Disney PhotoPass photographers will be on hand to capture the moment. (Tip: Visit early and use your family photo in this year’s holiday cards!) Like last year, you can pick up a pager upon arrival, allowing you to shop, dine or play while you wait for your turn in the queue line.

The Holidays Are Near at Disney Springs!

MAC Cosmetics’ Nutcracker Sweet Collection – To celebrate the launch of the new MAC Cosmetics holiday boxed sets, you’re invited to lose yourself in an eccentric ballet starring a handsome prince, the Sugar Plum Fairy, rosy-cheeked soldiers and other whimsical surprises. With multiple performances taking place daily from November 16 through November 19, 2016, there are plenty of chances to enjoy this spectacle. (Bonus: you’ll also be able to book a magical makeover appointment during this timeframe!)

Stitch’s Holiday Gift Hunt – Slated to start on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, this fun-for-the-whole-family scavenger hunt-style activity will send you through all four neighborhoods of Disney Springs. Once complete, visit participating locations for a limited-edition completer button.

With so much in store at Disney Springs, you might need to plan a few visits to take it all in. Of course, every corner will be decked out and evening entertainment will take on a festive flair alongside a special nighttime show that will be announced soon. (Did you catch the teaser, released earlier this week on the Disney Parks Blog?)

This is all in addition to the incredible holiday shopping now available at Disney Springs – ‘tis the season, right?


  • Just wondering if Stitch’s Holiday Gift Hunt cost anything to play

  • Hi, when will the new starbright show debut and at what time will the show be? Thanks!!

  • Where can I get more info about Stitch’s Holiday gift hunt? My daughter is obsessed with all things remotely related to Stitch.

    • We hope to debut Stitch’s Holiday Gift Hunt next week after Thanksgiving — visit the Welcome Center for more information. And happy hunting!

  • Is everything at Disney Springs open on Christmas day?

    • Yes — Disney Springs is open 365 days a year, including Christmas Day!

  • When does santa arrive?

    • Santa began greeting guests on November 11th and will continue to do so through Christmas Eve!

  • We’re coming in on Christmas Eve so will probably miss Santa Claus, but we will definitely stop by to see Santa Goofy!

  • Hi! Will Santa be at Santa’s Chalet through Christmas Week, or only before Christmas Day? Thanks.

    • Hi Mark! Santa will be greeting guests through Christmas Eve, 12/24. Starting Christmas day until 12/30, Santa Goofy will take over. I hope you’re able to visit Santa’s Chalet this holiday season!

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