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See the Disney World Christmas Lights at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Updated on April 6, 2013

Amazing Disney World Christmas lights display is worth a trip!

Every year, we look forward to seeing the Disney World Christmas lights at Disney's Hollywood theme park. Disney always puts on a good show and this is no exception. Each year this wonderful Christmas light display seems to get better and better.

As you would expect in a Disney theme park, the display is first class. Thousands of lights dance on and off to music. The crowd oohs and ahhs, takes pictures and enjoys the fake snow falling gently down in the 60 or 70 degree temperatures.

It's magical. Disney Hollywood, and all the parks, get really crowded at Christmas time, but everyone is happy, and being part of the crowd adds to the festive feeling. If you're going to see the Disney World Christmas lights this year, here are some tips on getting the most out of your trip.

(photos by Virginia Allain)


Find the Streets of America

Where the Light Display Will Be in Disney Hollywood Studio

The Disney Christmas light show starts as soon as it gets dark enough. People start gathering in the Streets of America area of Disney Hollywood Studios. The view is good from almost anywhere.

There are bigger crowds the last two weeks of December, so go in November when it's first up or in the first two weeks of December.

(Disney brochure)

Fake snow falling at Disney for Christmas
Fake snow falling at Disney for Christmas

Enjoy Falling Snow in Orlando

Even if the Temperatures Are in the 70s

Snow in Orlando? Yes, indeed! Disney magic is not deterred by the warm Florida winters. The artificial snow starts falling (from overhead snow machines) shortly before the light display begins. You can get photos of the snow by catching it silhouetted against the street lights.

Photo by Virginia Allain.

blue lights and lighted angels at Disney for Christmas
blue lights and lighted angels at Disney for Christmas

Music and Light Show

at Disney World at Christmas Time

Disney is known for its amazing animation, so this isn't a light show that simply has lots of twinkly lights. While the music plays, the lights pulse on and off in rhythmn to the music. After each song, there's a short break while the lights all stay on. You can use this time to move to a different vantage point further down the street or on one of the side streets. That way when the next song starts, you will see a different view.

Photo by Virginia Allain

Hidden Mickeys at the Spectacle of Lights
Hidden Mickeys at the Spectacle of Lights

Hidden Mickeys

They are hiding in the Disney light displays at Christmas

What's a hidden Mickey? It's a silhouette of Mickey's head and ears (usually represented by three circles) that is hidden in a ride, attraction, or other location at a Disney park.

In 2009, there were over 30 Mickey Mouse ears hidden among the thousands of lights. As you walk around, see if you can spot the hidden Mickeys. I think this snowman counted as one of them.

Photo by Virginia Allain

Blue tree at Spectacle of Lights - Disney
Blue tree at Spectacle of Lights - Disney

Tallest Christmas Tree at the Osborne Spectacle of Lights

It wouldn't be Christmas wouldn't a tree!

I think this tree, halfway down the streets of America, serves as a focal point for the lighting display. You can see it from different points, but for a really great view, be sure to get close enough to see the dancing soldiers in front of it.

Be careful not to lose family members in the crowd.

Photo by Virginia Allain


Lighting for Your Home

Bring Home the Disney Christmas Magic - Have yourself a Disney little Christmas

Want to Make Your Own Snow? - Who cares what the weatherman says?

Disney isn't the only one who can create snow where no snow clouds exist. With this handy little machine, you can create your very own snow, no matter what the weather forecast says.

American Dj Snow Flurry Snow Machine
American Dj Snow Flurry Snow Machine

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Video of the Spectacle of Lights

Plan Your Disney Trip

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    • Glenda Motsavage profile image

      Glenda Motsavage 5 years ago from The Sunshine State

      Absolutely love this Disney event - we try to go at least once every year (our annual passes are a beautiful thing!) Merry Christmas!

    • Virginia Allain profile image

      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      Stopped by to check when the lights start this year at Disney. Always a great show.

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      Cara 5 years ago

      I would love to visit Disney at Christmas. Maybe one day.

    • Virginia Allain profile image

      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      We make sure to go each year to see the spectacle of lights. I like the fake snowfall as the lights flash around us.

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      randomthings lm 5 years ago

      I have been to Disney at Christmas...probably 12 years ago. It was wild and beautiful lights. FUN