When is Christmas at Disney World in 2013?

by Scott
(Wilmington, NC, USA)

Thank you for your wonderful website…it has already answered so many questions.

I checked your Christmas at Disney World page…when are the approximate dates that the Christmas decorations go up? We are tentatively looking at November 1-7.



26 days till Christmas at Disney World

Any day is a good day to visit Christmas at Disney World – Photo by Tom Bricker

Dad’s what a wonderful time Answer


The first week of November is a fabulous time to visit Walt Disney World. Maybe the best time ever (however it ranks number 2 on Dad’s 5 best weeks to visit Disney World). There will be so much going on you won’t be able to take it all in.

First, the last Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party will probably be November 1. What a great way to start off your trip. (Just be sure to get your tickets early. That one will sell out.) I’d be a little jealous. That Hallowishes firework show is amazing. I can still hear the music running through my head. (I won’t bore you with my singing again.)

Dads’s Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party page

Next, you have the last few days of the Food and Wine Festival. You can get some really great grub and enjoy some good music. We had a ball. Mrs. Mom can’t wait to go back. I know I’m not usually one for park hopper passes, but if you can set up your plan to be in EPCOT a couple of nights, you won’t be sorry.

Now as to Christmas in 2013, when will it start. Unfortunately, officially it will probably start on November 8. Typically Disney kicks off Christmas at Disney World on Friday night. But, that doesn’t mean you won’t see any of the decorations. You will see most of them. It takes Disney several days to transition from Halloween to Christmas and to get all the decorations up. That is usually complete by Thursday. (Disney usually has a big private celebration that Thursday night.) All the decorations should be up before you go home.

If you want to be sure to see the Christmas shows, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party and everything else, you might want to move your dates back a week. Then you would be golden.

Dads’s Christmas at Disney World page

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Scott, the first of November is a great time to see Walt Disney World at it’s finest. The Food and Wine Festival, the transition from Halloween to Christmas, the magic of fall … It just doesn’t get any better.

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