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When are the Disney World parks decorated for Christmas?

by Nancy S.
(Michigan, USA)

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I have visited WDW during the first week of December, and the crowds have been light and the decorations are beautiful. This was 20 years ago, and I think that early December has gotten more crowded. Am I correct?

My question is- when do they put up the Christmas decorations? Is it possible to go before Thanksgiving, and see the parks decorated?


The new Green Alien Ornament Christmas decoration at Toy Story Land

This was taken yesterday in Toy Story Land – Green Alien Ornaments – Photo by Brett Svenson

Hi Nancy, I’m going to tackle that second question first because it’s easy.

Christmas has already started at Walt Disney World! Last night (November 8) was the first lighting of Cinderella Castle and the first Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.

Dad’s Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party page

Christmas at WDW is here…

Dad’s Christmas at Disney World page

This is not unusual. The Christmas decorations go up in the parks right after Halloween and they are all ready to go usually by Thursday of the first full week in November.

The decorations in the hotels take a little longer and are usually up around the 17th of November.

Let’s talk crowds

Yes, the crowds will be bigger, a lot bigger than 20 years ago. Not just the 1st week in December but all year long.

The first week in December has gone from a sleepy, fun, no crowds week to a moderate, fun, some crowds week. it’s a little busy but not crazy.

Dad’s December Disney World Crowds page

There’s no sugar coating it, the first week in December is has changed through the years, but it’s still one of my favorite weeks during the Christmas season.

Destinations to Travel

Dad’s Bottom Line

Christmas always comes to the parks in early November. It’s the most wonderful time of the year. A busy, but wonderful time.


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