Thanksgiving & Christmas

Florida is a truly magical place during the holiday season. Most theme parks start the holiday season at Thanksgiving and then continue on through Christmas to the start of the New Year.

The holiday season is one of the busiest times of the year in Florida so it is important to make sure you arrive at the parks early as often they will close when they reach capacity. It also makes sense to make dinner reservations well in advance.

Most of the Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations are free or included in the standard ticket admission, others are by separate ticket (as described).

Epcot Candlelight Processional 2017

Candlelight Processional [© Disney. All rights reserved]

The Candlelight Processional is part of the “Holidays Around the World at Epcot” and takes place in 2017 from November 24 every day until after Christmas on December 30.

Each evening at the America Gardens Theatre, there is a musical performance by a mass choir and a 50-piece orchestra retelling the Christmas story with the help of a special celebrity guest narrator.

Florida Black Friday Deals 2016

Three Kings Oasis at Busch Gardens

The day after Thanksgiving is known as Black Friday in the USA when a lot of the stores start their pre-Christmas sales. The following Monday is now known as Cyber Monday when a lot of software, electronics and tech gadgetry is on sale.

Several of the theme parks also offer special ticket deals around this time and 2016 is no exception. Whilst Disney do not do Black Friday deals, they have introduced a special ticket this year (see below).

This year, Thanksgiving is on Thursday, November 24, Black Friday falls on November 25 and Cyber Monday is on November 28.

Holidays at Disney Springs 2017

Starbright Holidays - An Intel Collaboration [© Disney. All rights reserved]

Disney introduced several new offerings for the holiday season in 2016 at the now nearly finished Disney Springs entertainment and shopping complex.

Dates for 2017 are yet to be announced are expected to run from mid November until early January. The rest of this page relates to the 2016 event.

Like Disney Springs itself, the entertainment is free.

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