Christmas decorations at Disney Springs, part of Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando Florida

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The Walt Disney World Resort is an amazing place to visit during the Christmas season, and Disney Springs is no exception!

Disney Springs is a dining, shopping, and entertainment complex. (If you’ve been to CityWalk at Universal Orlando or Downtown Disney at Disneyland, Disney Springs is similar to those places.) Unlike the theme parks at Disney World, you don’t need a ticket or park reservation to visit Disney Springs.

Disney Springs at Christmas time is a lot of fun. There are a number of entertainment options – and some special Christmas food offerings as well!

We’re going to go over the holiday things to do and the different Christmas treats available. And then we’ll share our advice on the best places to stay if you’d like to visit Disney Springs this holiday season.

Disney Springs Christmas Activities

There are a number of fun things to do at Disney Springs during the holiday season!

Disney Springs Christmas Tree Stroll 2023

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In the past, you may have visited its previous version, the Christmas Tree Trail. Prior to 2020, all of the Disney Springs Christmas trees were located in one section so that you could walk down the trail and enjoy them all.

Now, the trees are located at various points throughout Disney Springs. There are 19 Christmas trees in all, each with elaborate, themed decorations. Those themes include:

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  • Encanto
  • Haunted Mansion
  • Moana
  • Star Wars
  • Disney World Annual Passholder
  • Frozen
  • Mickey & Minnie Mouse
  • The Lion King
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Wish
  • Toy Story
  • The Princess and the Frog
  • Coco
  • Disney Vacation Club
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Disney+
  • and more!

Disney Springs 2023 Christmas Tree Stroll Map with stickersYou can pick up a special map to help you find them all. These maps are distributed at the following locations:

  • Joffrey’s Coffee and Tea Company
  • City Works Eatery & Pour House
  • Planet Hollywood
  • The LEGO Store
  • Crystal Arts by Arribas Brothers

You can also see the map here, even before you visit Disney Springs.

How the map works is that once you find a Disney Springs Christmas tree, you place its corresponding sticker on the tree’s location on the map. When you’ve found all the trees, bring your map back to one of those 5 locations, and you’ll receive a special prize!

Meet Santa

Santa is at Disney Springs again this year!

You can meet him at Once Upon A Toy now through December 24, 2023. You’ll need to enter a virtual queue, which has been implemented to keep wait times down. You can join the virtual queue through the My Disney Experience app on your phone.

How it works is you’ll need to be in Disney Springs at 9:00 AM, 11:30 AM, 2:00 PM, 4:30 PM, or 7:00 PM. At one of those times, select the hamburger icon (the one with three lines) in the bottom right hand corner of the app. Then, scroll down a little to select Virtual Queues.

How to join a virtual queue using the My Disney Experience appChoose Join Virtual Queue, and then select Disney Springs to access the Meet Santa Virtual Queue.

Once you’ve joined the queue, you’ll wait for a push notification on your phone. (If you’re like me and you limit which apps can send notifications to your phone, make sure your permissions allow the MDE app to push notifications.)

The push notification will come when it’s your group’s turn. You’ll then need to get in line, but you should be able to spend a lot less time in line than if you had to wait at the toy store the whole time. You’ll also get a digital entry code with the notification. If you are having trouble finding your digital entry code, go back to the Virtual Queue part of the My Disney Experience app using the same steps you did to join it in the first place.

Please note that your group can have up to 10 people.

Christmas Shopping

If you’re looking for some special Christmas gifts for your friends and family, then you can choose from a number of seasonal merchandise collections:

  • Classic Christmas Collection
    • Includes 2023 Holiday Plushes of Mickey and Minnie Mouse
  • Hanukkah Collection
  • Munchlings Seasons Sweetings & Festive Fare
    • Includes Stitch Snowflake Cupcake Disney Munchlings Plush
  • Star Wars Vintage Holiday Collection
  • Holiday Homestead Collection
    • Includes Mickey Mouse and Friends Homestead Clogs
  • Homestead Collection
    • Includes a Fantasyland Castle Homestead Throw

You can find the festive merch at stores like Disney’s Days of Christmas, World of Disney and more.

Nightly Entertainment

See impressive holiday-themed stilt walkers (and maybe take some photos) in Town Center. A rollerblade duo will be roaming (well, rollerblading) around Town Center as well.

DJ Dance Party

Santa DJ Sleigh sign for Christmas nighttime entertainment at Disney Springs

Who doesn’t love an elf who’s also a DJ? And this elf plays music from a strolling DJ sleigh (naturally). You can join the dance party in the Marketplace.

Snow at Disney Springs

There is something so special about experiencing a snowfall in Florida! You can enjoy a nightly “snowfall” in Disney Springs Town Center near the Town Center tree. This happens every half hour beginning at sundown.

Other Entertainment

Disney Springs AdventHealth Waterside Stage sign showing Southbound performance times

Whether you visit during the day or at night, there will often be a musical act performing at some point at the AdventHealth Waterside Stage. (This is the stage across from the World of Disney store.) Check the sign behind the Stage’s seating for the day’s performance times.

Disney Springs Christmas Treats

If you’re looking for special Christmas food at Disney Springs, you’re in luck! There are a number of special seasonal snacks and menu items you can enjoy at some of the Disney Springs restaurants. This includes everything from holiday sandwiches to a seasonal rum punch to a sundae in the shape of a Christmas tree and more.

We go over the offerings in detail, including where to find them, in this Disney Springs Holiday Food Guide.

Where to Stay Near Disney Springs

My family loves staying at an official Disney World hotel in the Disney Springs area. You get to enjoy boat transportation to Disney Springs, which we find more peaceful and enjoyable than a bus ride.

There are two deluxe Disney resorts near Disney Springs:

If you’d like to stay at either of these hotels, we highly recommend using David’s Vacation Club to book your stay and have had great experiences using them. In fact, we just stayed at Old Key West a couple of weeks ago thanks to David’s Vacation Club! You can find great prices that are often more in line with what you’d pay at a value resort if you booked directly through Disney World.

The two moderate resorts close to Disney Springs are:

These are beautiful hotels that, like Old Key West and Saratoga Springs, have boat transportation to and from Disney Springs. Unlike Old Key West and Saratoga Springs, though, you cannot book them through David’s Vacation Club. We’ve used Undercover Tourist to stay at Port Orleans in the past as they also offer more affordable prices.

In addition to the official onsite Disney World resorts, there are a number of other hotels that are within walking distance of Disney Springs: