Tips from the DFB Guide: Fun, Free Holiday Activities in Walt Disney World

It’s here — we are officially 181 days out from Christmas!! Woohoo! Have you started your shopping yet?

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Ha — me neither. But I do know that if I have any hope of scoring advance dining reservations for the uber busy holiday season at Walt Disney World, I need to be ready to book as soon as those lines open up tomorrow.

But how do I fit everything in that I want to do? By planning ahead, of course. And we want to help you do the same.

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Today, let’s explore

one of my favorite Tips from the Holiday Guide — Fun and Free Holiday Activities!

Cookie Decorating and Crafts

We all know that the gingerbread displays at Walt Disney World’s Deluxe hotels are always fun to explore. But did you know? In some instances, you can make little masterpieces of your own!

Final touches on the Carousel

Putting the Final Touches on the Carousel at Disney’s Beach Club Resort

Many of the resorts offer cookie decorating to small guests. After all, just because you’re on vacation, why should you miss one of the seasons most beloved traditions? Guests of Disney’s Beach Club Resort can enjoy decorating cookies with a big dose of icing during the weekends. Just be sure to confirm time and location with the concierge.

Christmas Cookies

Who Doesn’t Love Christmas Cookies?

Likewise, the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotels offer cookie decorating frequently throughout the holidays, with a schedule that alternates between the Swan and Dolphin lobbies.

Special Holiday Music Performances

Holiday music is always a great way to set the mood for a festive celebration. And at Disney World during the winter holidays, you’re bound to find lots of talented musicians sharing joyful cheer!

Many of the Deluxe resorts will feature carolers throughout the season. You’re likely to see them at the Grand Floridian, Wilderness Lodge, and Yacht Club.

In addition, the Grand Floridian Society Orchestra often provides jazz renditions of holiday favorites.

Grand Floridian Society Orchestra

The Grand Floridian Society Orchestra Plays Holiday Favorites with a Jazz Flair

You will also find carolers strolling the “streets” of Downtown Disney throughout the season. And On the Marketplace Dock Stage, watch for school choir groups singing festive songs.

Visits with Characters and Santa Claus

Holiday times are so busy that Disney pulls out all the stops to entertain the large number of guests. It’s quite common throughout Christmas week to find character meet and greets at Deluxe Resorts! Really — can you imagine anything more enchanting than Christmas Minnie and Mickey? Be sure to check with the concierge for more information on appearance times.

"Celebrate the Season" with Mickey and Minnie!

“Celebrate the Season” with Mickey and Minnie!

But it would hardly be Christmas for the little ones without a visit from Santa Claus. While you can spy him at various places throughout the parks and at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, he’s also available to hear your Christmas wishes at other spots. Downtown Disney hosts both Santa and Santa Goofy!

Santa's Tiki Hut

Santa’s Tiki Hut

And you’ll also spy the big guy in front of his Tiki Hut at the Swan and Dolphin — perfect for a Florida Santa photo op!

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Now I really want to hear from all of you! What’s your favorite fun free event when you celebrate the holidays at Walt Disney World? Leave a comment and tell me about it!


  1. Becca says

    I wonder how can I find out what days the holiday characters will meet at deluxe resorts? Do I have to physically be at the reaort to ask for the times???

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