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After-Hours events, the return of Santa Claus, Christmas Tree Stroll, Merry Menagerie, nighttime shows and more have been announced for Walt Disney World this winter.

Walt Disney World is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and the celebration is about to get a whole lot more jolly, with enchanting holiday entertainment and yuletide-themed decor!

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Disney Very Merriest After Hours at Magic Kingdom

Disney Very Merriest After Hours is a separately ticketed event at Magic Kingdom Park that take place on 24 select nights between November 8th and Dec. 21st in 2021.

Presented on the Cinderella Castle Forecourt Stage, the new “Mickey & Minnie’s Very Merry Memories” show features nods to classic Magic Kingdom holiday stage shows.

Disney Very Merriest After Hours attendees can enjoy lower wait times for their favorite attractions, plus there are some special attraction holiday overlays.

Additional entertainment will also be returning for this after-hours event, including:

  • It’s lovely weather for a sleigh ride down Main Street, U.S.A. in “Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade.” Santa Claus, elves, reindeer and other friends from the North Pole join Mickey Mouse and his pals for the happiest holiday parade.    
  • The skies above Magic Kingdom Park will sparkle to life with the return of “Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks,” where Minnie Mouse invites everyone to come together in a celebration of the magic of Christmas. The show features fireworks, projections and beloved holiday songs. 
  • Club Tinsel, located at Rockettower Plaza Stage in Tomorrowland, becomes the coolest place to get down when denizens of the North Pole drop by for the holiday cheeriest dance party in the whole Magic Kingdom!  
  • The Reindeer Wranglers bring their holiday hoedown to the streets of Frontierland, performing seasonal songs with a distinctive country flair.  

Before the after-hours event, regular guests can still enjoy the view, as Cinderella Castle takes on a festive appearance with special projection effects.

Santa Claus is Coming to Town

Guests will encounter Jolly Old St. Nick during special appearances across the Walt Disney World Resort through December 24th.

Catch sight of Santa driving down Hollywood Blvd in his candy-apple red convertible at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, or venture over to Disney’s Animal Kingdom to spot Santa voyaging across the Discovery River.

Santa Claus will also pay visits to Magic Kingdom, EPCOT and Disney Springs, where guests will have individualized time to wave hello and share their Christmas wishes.

Christmas Tree Stroll and More at Disney Springs

The Disney Springs Christmas Tree Stroll returns with elaborately decorated Disney Christmas trees throughout Disney Springs.

In the evening, guests visiting Town Center will experience a magical snowfall, bringing the spirit of the North Pole to Central Florida.

Plus, Jock Lindsay’s Holiday Bar is back by popular demand. This seasonal favorite has returned with yuletide touches alongside festive food and craft cocktails!

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The Merry Menagerie at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

As a part of this year’s yuletide entertainment, Discovery Island will spring to life with a Merry Menagerie of winter animals, realized in the form of life-size, artisan-sculpted puppets.

Reindeer, foxes, polar bears, penguins and more interact with guests, accompanied by serenading musicians as they create a whimsical display and playful atmosphere for guests of all ages to enjoy.

On nights when the park is open after dark, the Tree of Life awakens as a series of wintry tales emerge from within, complemented by a familiar and heartwarming holiday-inspired musical score.

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Sunset Seasons Greetings at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Sunset Seasons Greetings returns to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, where each evening holiday magic transforms the famous Hollywood Tower Hotel with multiple scenes featuring Muppets, Mickey and friends, and Frozen.

“For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration” will be adding a festive finale, featuring everyone’s favorite snowman, Olaf, and celebratory songs of the season. 

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Candlelight Processional Returns at EPCOT

Plus, the EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays features cultural holiday traditions, seasonal foods and costumed storytellers from the 11 nations around World Showcase, from November 26th through December 30th in 2021.

This year will mark the triumphant return of the popular Candlelight Processional, featuring the Voices of Liberty and a choir of Disney cast members, a live orchestra, and a retelling the traditional Christmas story.

See the lineup for this year’s celebrity narrators and dates in our previous story for more information.

And stay tuned for more news and updates for this year’s holiday events at Walt Disney World.