“My family is considering a trip in November 2018. If we go the week before Thanksgiving, we will hit Veterans Day on Monday, and if we wait until the week after, it is still technically November, so will we see enough Christmas magic? Thanks.”
Nothing says Christmas better than the Toy Soldiers on Main Street – Photo by Cliff Wang
Lindsay, I love Christmas at Walt Disney World. Here we go sing along with me and Andy.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year!
It really is the most wonderful time of the year to be at Walt Disney World.
Christmas season starts the first week of November and runs through the end of the first week of January, sometimes into the second week of January.
The decorations at the parks start going up two days or three days after Halloween. Halloween decorations will come down at the Magic Kingdom depending on when the last Halloween party is. Right after the last Halloween party, the next night, the decorations come down. Christmas decorations start going up the next night, sometimes even the same night.
The storytellers in EPCOT are great – Photo by Laurie Sapp
You’ll see everything start being decorated around the 4th or 5th of November. By mid-November, all the decorations in the resorts, all the decorations in the parks, they’re all there. Christmas is in full swing by the second week in November. By Veterans Day, Christmas is in full swing.
After Veterans Day, everything is going, except the Candlelight Processional. It doesn’t start until the day after Thanksgiving. You can see all of the Christmas decorations, but it’s not until after Thanksgiving that you can go to the best Christmas show at Disney World.
If you’re going to go the week before Thanksgiving, if you’re going to go on that week of Veterans Day, you won’t get to see the Candlelight Processional.
Crowds will be small. All the decorations will be up either week. Some of the hotel decorations will go up the week of Veterans Day. You’ll get to see them all if you go later in the week, like the tree at the Grand Floridian, the Gingerbread Houses the Christmas Tree at Wilderness Lodge usually goes up that week too. Everything will start being decorated around that time.
Dad’s Bottom Line
If you wait and go after Thanksgiving, you’ll be able to see the Candlelight Processional, which is the Christmas story being read right out of the Bible and told in song. It’s a great show. I love the Candlelight Processional. Anyway, the answer is it really doesn’t matter. Either of those weeks, you’re going to be able to see all the decorations.