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Christmas at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

It is no secret that we think that Hollywood Studios provides one of the best holiday experiences out of all 4 parks.

From the decorations to the music to the entertainment, we love it all!

2022 holiday offerings

Although the decorations will be up much earlier, the “official” start date for the holidays is November 11. Here’s what you can find:

Minnie’s Holiday Dine

Guests can dine with Minnie Mouse and friends at Minnie’s Holiday Dine at Hollywood and Vine.

Minnie's Holiday Dine

This is an extremely popular reservation – and they only place you can dine with the characters dressed up for the holidays.

Santa Goofy Hollywood and Vine

In 2022, the buffet will be back (instead of ordering off of a regular menu).

Minnie Mouse Christmas Costume Hollywood and Vine

Minnie’s Holiday Dine runs from November 8 – early January.

Holiday-Themed Motorcades

Hollywood Studios hasn’t had a parade for years (even pre-pandemic), but since reopening, they have incorporated short cavalcades.

Cavalcades are like mini parades, and at Hollywood Studios those take the form of “motorcades”.

Santa Motorcade Hollywood Studios

Outside of the holidays, the Hollywood Studios motorcades feature some of the most beloved characters, such as the gang from your favorite Pixar movies.

And during the holidays, in addition to those, Santa gets his very own motorcade complete with a candy-apple red convertible and a crew of elves.

And don’t be surprised if you see some of your favorite characters in their holiday finest, too!

Sunset Season’s Greetings

One of the best parts of the holidays at Hollywood Studios is the fact that the holiday entertainment is all free. And that includes the Sunset Season’s Greetings projection show.

Sunset Season's Greetings

With the same projection technology you can find being used on Cinderella Castle and the Tree of Life, during the holidays, the Tower of Terror is anything but scary as it gets transformed into fun holiday vignettes.

Trust us: these are cute little shows with the Tower of Terror being changed into things like a Muppets’ gingerbread masterpiece, a Toy Story toy hotel, a snowy corner of Arendelle, and a Dickensian village from Mickey’s Christmas Carol.

Sunset Seasons Greetings

There’s even “snow” (aka snoap) and music and lasers.

Snoap snow

And since the show is nearly continuous (alternating with the 50th Anniversary Beacon of Magic), we recommend grabbing a nearby snack or beverage and just enjoying the sites and sounds.

Santa

Meeting Santa is always a fun part of the holidays at Disney World.

This year will look a bit different, though. Guests can also expect to see Santa in his motorcade, but you won’t be able to meet him. 

Frozen Sing-Along with holiday finale

Running through the end of the year, this special finale at the Frozen Sing-Along highlights some of the exciting holidays and traditions found throughout the world.

Frozen Sing Along with holiday ending

Note: this special ending adds 5 minutes to the show time.

Decorations

The decorations here are a-ma-zing.

Think vintage Hollywood Christmas with a dash of sparkle.

Mickey Mouse christmas hollywood studios

One of the highlights is the giant replicas of vintage figurines:

Hollywood Studios christmas lefton

I mean, look at these spaghetti poodles!

Spaghetti poodles at Hollywood Studios

Even some of the more permanent holiday touches in the park take on an extra-festive feeling during the holidays, like this area around the It’s a Wonderful Shop on Grand Avenue:

Hollywood studios christmas decorations its a wonderful shop

And of course, Hollywood Studios gets in on some of that fun 50th Anniversary decor, too. Look for little touches like the addition of the “50” painted on the ball suspended from Gertie’s mouth:

Gertie with 50th ball in mouth Christmas
Photo Credit: Natalie Engle

Toy Story Land decorations

Evem Toy Story Land gets in on the fun. Typically you’ll see touches like a scarf on Woody:

Toy Story Land holiday entrance

And in the past, Rex joined in with some festive “cardboard” reindeer ears, too:

Rex with christmas ears

In previous years, Alien Swirling Saucers also received a holiday enhancement with a fun new soundtrack for the holidays:

Sometimes you can also find other seasonal decorations in Toy Story Land, like giant popcorn garland, alien ornaments, and this cute Hamm sugar cookie:

HAMM sugar cookie

PhotoPass and Other Seasonal Photo Opportunities

Keep your eyes out for seasonal PhotoPass opportunities!

Photographers are typically stationed around Echo Lake and along Hollywood Boulevard as you enter the park.

christmas holiday photopass hollywood studios

You can also find them on Sunset Blvd.

Holiday treats

Disney puts out a Holiday Foodie Guide every year with details on all the seasonal sweets, treats, and beverages you can find in each of the parks.

We don’t have 2022’s lineup quite yet, but here’s what was available in 2021:

ABC Commissary

  • Sugar Cookie Snowman – A tasty snowman made of white chocolate sugar cookie mousse, whipped lemon curd, and a holiday sugar cookie (available Nov. 8-Jan. 3)
  • Santa’s Belt Cookie – White chocolate-covered chocolate shortbread cookie (available Nov. 8-Jan. 3)
  • Frozen Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate – Salted caramel beverage syrup and frozen hot chocolate mix topped with marshmallows and chocolate syrup (available Nov. 8-Jan. 3)
  • Frozen Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate with Black Cherry Bourbon – Salted caramel beverage syrup, frozen hot chocolate mix, marshmallows, chocolate syrup, and black cherry bourbon (available Nov. 8-Jan. 3)

Animation Arch Bar

  • Christmas on the Beach – Coconut rum, blue curaçao, cranberry juice, and pineapple juice served with a souvenir glow cube (available Nov. 8-Jan. 3)
Christmas Sex On the Beach

Catalina Eddie’s

  • Santa’s Belt Cookie – White chocolate-covered chocolate shortbread cookie (available Nov. 8-Jan. 3)

Backlot Express

  • Red Velvet Whoopie Pie – Moist red velvet cake filled with classic cream cheese filling and festive sprinkles (available Nov. 8-Jan. 3)
  • Frozen Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate – Salted caramel beverage syrup and frozen hot chocolate mix topped with marshmallows and chocolate syrup (available Nov. 8-Jan. 3)
  • Frozen Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate with Black Cherry Bourbon – Salted caramel beverage syrup, frozen hot chocolate mix, marshmallows, chocolate syrup, and black cherry bourbon (available Nov. 8-Jan. 3)

The Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge

  • Holiday Bliss – Vanilla vodka, sour apple liqueur, caramel beverage syrup, and vanilla ice-cream mix (available Nov. 8-Jan. 3)

Rosie’s All-American Café

  • Frozen Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate – Salted caramel beverage syrup and frozen hot chocolate mix topped with marshmallows and chocolate syrup (available Nov. 8-Jan. 3)
  • Frozen Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate with Black Cherry Bourbon – Salted caramel beverage syrup, frozen hot chocolate mix, marshmallows, chocolate syrup, and black cherry bourbon (available Nov. 8-Jan. 3)

Oasis Canteen

  • Christmas on the Beach – Coconut rum, blue curaçao, cranberry juice, and pineapple juice served with a souvenir glow cube (available Nov. 8-Jan. 3)

Outdoor Carts

  • Holiday Brownie – Chocolate Mickey brownie with holiday sprinkles (available Nov. 8-Jan. 3)
Holiday Brownine

PizzeRizzo

  • Butterscotch Caramel Cannoli – Holiday cannoli filled with caramel cheesecake, butterscotch chips, and chocolate flakes (available Nov. 8-Jan. 3)
  • Frozen Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate – Salted caramel beverage syrup and frozen hot chocolate mix topped with marshmallows and chocolate syrup (available Nov. 8-Jan. 3)
  • Frozen Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate with Black Cherry Bourbon – Salted caramel beverage syrup, frozen hot chocolate mix, marshmallows, chocolate syrup, and black cherry bourbon (available Nov. 8-Jan. 3)
Cannoli Christmas hollywood studios

Rosie’s All-American Café

  • Reindeer Mousse – Spiced caramel cheesecake over peanut butter mousse atop a salty pretzel shortbread cookie (available Nov. 8-Jan. 3)

Sunshine Day Bar

  • Christmas on the Beach – Coconut rum, blue curaçao, cranberry juice, and pineapple juice served with a souvenir glow cube (available Nov. 8-Jan. 3)

Trolley Car Cafe

  • Red Velvet Whoopie Pie – Moist red velvet cake filled with classic cream cheese filling and festive sprinkles (available Nov. 8-Jan. 3)
  • Reindeer Mousse – Spiced caramel cheesecake over peanut butter mousse atop a salty pretzel shortbread cookie (available Nov. 8-Jan. 3)
Hollywood Studios reindeer mousse Christmas

Tune-In Lounge

  • Holiday Bliss – Vanilla vodka, sour apple liqueur, caramel beverage syrup, and vanilla ice-cream mix (available Nov. 8-Jan. 3)

Woody’s Lunchbox

  • Holiday Lunch Box Tart – Apple pie filled tart frosted with cinnamon icing, sugar snowflake, and holiday sprinkles (available Nov. 8-Jan. 3)

What about Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!?

Disney has been fairly closed lipped about the popular holiday-themed Jingle Bell, Jingle Bam!.

Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!

We are sad to say it, but it looks like Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! will not return for 2022.

Instead, we are hearing rumors that the long-awaited return of Fantasmic! will happen sometime during the holiday season.

But, those are just rumors so we’ll have to see what happens in November!

jingle bell jingle bam

Historical Information

Holiday Character Greetings – likely not available for 2022

Character meets at Disney World are always popular, and they become even more popular when the character is in cute holiday attire.

In the past there were several opportunities to meet characters dressed up for the holidays, including meets with Santa, Jessie, Buzz, Woody, Bo Peep, Chip and Dale, and Santa Goofy, 

santa clause at hollywood studios