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The Holidays Have Arrived at Disney Springs: Photos & Review Here!

If you need to get into the holiday spirit, Disney Springs is a great place to do it. There are decorations around every corner. There is festive music in the air. Even if the weather is warm, it still feels like Christmas.

 

The Christmas Tree Trail is not taking place this year because of social distancing concerns, but there is a great alternative. This year you can experience the Disney Springs Christmas Tree Stroll presented by AdventHealth. You will discover many of the trees that were part of the Christmas Tree Trail last year, but they’re spaced throughout Disney Springs. The spacing allows for people to stay apart. If you’re hoping for some great holiday pictures, consider going early in the day. The crowd at Disney Springs picks up as the day goes on.

There is more to the Christmas Tree Stroll than just seeing themed trees. Stop by Guest Relations and pick up a map for the Holiday Scavenger Hunt. The map has the locations of all the trees, and a strip of stickers. When you find a tree, mark it off of the map with the correct sticker. When you’re done, turn it in at Guest Relations or House of Blues. You’ll receive a special Christmas Tree Stroll 2020 button! The best part of all is that it’s free to participate in the Christmas Tree Stroll.

There is more to the holidays at Disney Springs than just trees and decorations. There is extra entertainment throughout the day. You could find stilt walkers, musicians, and more. There is often a DJ at the Waterside Stage to keep things festive. The live entertainment is free as well.

 

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Santa and Mrs. Claus will soon be arriving at Disney Springs, but it will be different than in the past. Instead of sitting on Santa’s lap, you will see the couple on a pontoon boat! It’s called Santa’s Winter Watercade. This will begin later this month, but the exact date has not been released. We’ve been told that Mrs. Claus has been trying to find the perfect outfit for the celebration.

If you’re looking for snow, you will find that at Disney Springs as well. Unlike the North where snow is more common, at Disney Springs it just snows in two areas. You will find flurries on and off throughout the day in Town Center as well as West Side.

The best place to find Disney themed holiday merchandise is at World of Disney. It has a little bit of everything, and there are extra decorations throughout the store. That isn’t the only place to find the perfect gift. Take some time and browse the other shops. There are holiday items almost everywhere, and you might be able to check everyone off of your Christmas list.

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and there are some great options for your holiday dinner at Disney Springs. If you’d like a turkey dinner with an Italian twist, try Maria & Enzo’s Ristorante or Enzo’s Hideaway. The Edison will serve a traditional prix-fixe Thanksgiving feast on November 26. A pan-Asian Thanksgiving meal will be available at Morimoto Asia. These are just a few of the delicious dining choices. Reservations are highly recommended for any full service restaurant.

If you are headed to Disney Springs, remember that it is still operating at limited capacity. That capacity is often reached these days, especially in the evening and on weekends. A dining reservation does not guarantee you admission to Disney Springs if capacity has been reached, so plan accordingly. As always, parking is free.

There is a lot to love at Disney Springs this holiday season. There are delicious treats, perfect gifts, festive entertainment, whimsical decorations, and Christmas trees; lots and lots of Christmas trees. Disney Springs would help even Scrooge to put aside his “bah humbugs” and start humming a Christmas carol (pun intended).

About PaulaK

I grew up in Western Massachusetts. When I was nine my family went to Disneyland and I was hooked. I grew up, attended New England College in Henniker, NH and eventually moved to Virginia. I worked as a disc jockey, married and became a full time mom when our daughter was born. Fast forward several years. In 2010 we moved to Central Florida and my Disney obsession grew. I now work as a freelance writer and spend my spare time in the parks. Under the name Paula Brown I penned the novels Dream Wanderers and The Coffee Cruiser. I also am a co-author of Dining at Walt Disney World: The Definitive Guide. I'm obsessed with Star Wars, so this is a good time to live in Central Florida. I've been a vegetarian for well over a decade, a choice that my daughter eventually made as well. While my husband still hasn't joined us fully he has given up most meats except for seafood. I was relieved to find that vegetarian dining is not difficult at Walt Disney World.