The best source for Disney World ticketsWhen it comes to an immersive holiday atmosphere, Christmas at Disney's Hollywood Studios is one of the best. Billed as a "Flurry of Fun," Christmas at Hollywood Studios mixes the Christmases of yesterday with high tech shows, festive music, themed foods, and LOTS of decorations.

Here's everything you can find:


Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!

One of the best parts about the holiday offerings at Hollywood Studios is that nearly everything Christmas related is included with your park ticket, including this adorable show.

Jinglel Bell, Jingle BAM

Shown nightly from November 8 - January 6, 2019, Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM mixes seasonal music, spectacular special effects (like snow!), and super bright lasers to create a fun and festive holiday spectacular on the front of the Chinese Theater and the surrounding buildings.

Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM fireworks

This show is a definite "must do" and since it is typically shown just once nightly, it is worth it to make plans to see it.

Much like with Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular, the space for the best views is limited so we recommend snagging a spot about 45 minutes before the show starts.

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Jingle Bell Jingle Bam Viewing Area

A special "Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!" dessert party is also available. More info on that below.

Sunset Season's Greetings

In this show, Disney masterfully transforms the front of arguably one of the most terrifying things at Hollywood Studios into the backdrop for an assortment of magical holiday vignettes.

sunset seasons greetings

It's adorable.

This show uses projection technology, and since the Tower of Terror sits up on a fairly high hill, there's really not a bad view to be found.

The entire show lasts about 15 minutes long, and it is shown continuously from dusk until park closing so you can pop in whenever to catch it.

Sunset Seasons Greetings

Each holiday vignette begins with a brief video on the billboards along Sunset Boulevard, so you'll want to position yourself so that you can see one of those and the Tower of Terror.

Sunset Season Greetings video

Holiday Character Greetings

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

Plan to budget around 20-30 minutes each for Santa and Buzz, and allow about 40-60 minutes for Santa Goofy and Woody & Jessie.

santa claus wait times

Note: the week of Christmas those wait times will likely increase with the crowds.

Santa Claus

santa clause at hollywood studios

The big man himself meets at Once Upon a Time which is on Sunset Boulevard near the entrance for the Beauty and the Beast - Live on Stage show.

Once upon a time santa

While you wait, Cast Members have everything you need to write a letter to Santa.

letter to santa supplies

Of course, on December 24 Santa gets a little bit busy, so from December 24 - December 31, Santa Goofy steps in to help here.

Santa Goofy

You can catch Goofy dressed up as Santa during the day.

santa goofy meeting people

From early November until December 23, he is on Grand Avenue (sort of across from BaseLine Tap House). Then, on December 24 until December 31, Santa Goofy takes over the real Santa Claus at Once Upon a Time on Sunset Boulevard.

Santa Goofy also is available to meet at the Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Dessert Party and Minnie's Holiday Dine, so if you are planning on attending either of those you could skip meeting him in the park.

Santa Goofy's schedule can change, so check the Times Guide or the My Disney Experience App for appearances.

Buzz and Woody & Jessie

You can meet Buzz and Woody & Jessie in their holiday attire over in Toy Story Land.

If your goal is to hit up both, Woody & Jessie tends to have a longer line than Buzz so plan accordingly for that.

Buzz typically meets just inside the entrance to Toy Story Land along the fence and Woody & Jessie meet across the way from there by the queue for Toy Story Mania.

woody and jessie christmas


When it comes to winning the contest for the best park-wide decorating for the holidays, Hollywood Studios is one of the top contenders for first place.

Hollywood studios christmas decorations

Drawing on the Old Hollywood vibe of the park, the decorations (aside from Toy Story Land) and seasonal music all have that fun 1950s feeling.

Hollywood studios christmas decorations

To catch all the details, you'll want to be sure to spend some time exploring the park both during the daytime as well as at night. And since Hollywood Studios often closes relatively early, there isn't a whole lot of time between sundown and park closing, so be sure to plan your evening activities to maximize the time you have.

Hollywood studios christmas decorations

The crown jewel for the park is the stunning tree at Echo Lake.

Hollywood studios christmas decorations tree at echo lake

This fabulous tree is joined by Santa Gertie as the beloved resident giant dinosaur of Echo Lake gets her own decorations, as well as a collection of large brightly-colored ornaments floating in the water.

Santa gertie

Even some of the more permanent holiday touches in the park take on a 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 don't forget to say "hi" to this Santa over by the fire station:

santa in grand avenue

Toy Story Land

Andy and his toys love Christmas, and in preparation of the big day they've added lots of cute holiday touches here, too.

Even if you aren't planning on riding any of the rides in Toy Story Land, it is still worth a walk through. For the best effect, wait for the sun to go down.

Green army men christmas toy story land

Here are some of the holiday touches to look out for:


Not only does Woody get a red and white striped scarf, you'll also notice the audio has been updated for the holidays as well.

Toy Story Land holiday entrance

Slinky Dog Dash

Even Rex joins in with some festive "cardboard" reindeer ears:

Rex with christmas ears

Alien Swirling Saucers

Alien Swirling Saucers gets a fun new soundtrack for the holidays with 2 new songs, like this one:


Finishing touches

Yes, these lights are up year-round, but we think they look extra-festive during the holidays:

Toy Story Land lights

You can find other fun decorations, like giant popcorn garland, alien ornaments, and this cute Hamm sugar cookie:

HAMM sugar cookie

PhotoPass and Other Seasonal Photo Opportunities

All of the seasonal character meets have PhotoPass photographers.

You'll also find PhotoPass photographers near the Green Alien ornaments in Toy Story Land:

green alien ornaments toy story land

And near Echo Lake, photographers are positioned to take photos of the tree (both during the day and at night):

Echo lake photo pass flurry of fun christmas at Hollywood studios

In addition, many of the other PhotoPass photographers can do seasonal Magic Shots, so be sure to ask!

magic shot flurry of fun hollywood studios

Seasonal food and beverage offerings

Holiday Meal

Minnie's Holiday Dine

Minnies holiday dine

Minnie, Mickey, Daisy, Donald, and Goofy all get decked out in their best holiday attire for this fun holiday party.

Santa Goofy greets guests at the entrance and the other four circulate from table to table for photographs.

This buffet-style holiday meal is served up for both lunch and dinner from November 6, 2018 - January 7, 2019.

The cos is $52 per adult, $31 per child (plus tax) and the Disney Dining Plan is also accepted (1 credit).

You can book Minnie's Holiday Dine online or by calling (407 )WDW-DINE.

Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Dessert Party

The festive Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! nighttime spectacular has a special dessert party option.

Jingle Bell Jingle Bell Dessert party lanyard 1

Available November 6, 2018 through January 6, 2019, this fun addition is the perfect way to cap off an evening of holiday festivities.

Prices vary depending upon the date. You can book the Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Dessert Party online or by calling (407 )WDW-DINE.

  • November 6 to December 22, 2018: $79 per adult; $45 per child ages (tax and gratuity included)
  • December 23, 2018 to January 1, 2019: $89 per adult; $49 per child (tax and gratuity included)
  • January 2, 2019 to January 6, 2019: $79 per adult; $45 per child (tax and gratuity included)

Special holiday treats

You'll find lots of opportunities for seasonal treats throughout the park:

  • Gingerbread pop - Anaheim Produce, Churro Cart in front of the Chinese Theater, and the Coffee Cart at the entrance
    gingerbread pop flurry of fun hollywood studios christmas
  • Holiday popcorn - BaseLine Tap House and some of the popcorn carts in the park
    festive popcorn flurry of fun hollywood studios christmas
  • Mini shortbread cookies - Grand Avenue Cart and at Hollywood Scoops
    mini shortbread cookie flurry of fun hollywood studios christmas
  • Large shortbread cookie - Trolley Car Cafe
    Large shortbread cookie flurry of fun hollywood studios christmas
  • Santa belt macarons - BaseLine Tap House & Oasis Canteen
    santa belt macarons
  • Santa belt candy apples - Trolley Car Cafe
  • Olaf cupcake - ABC Commissary and Backlot Express
    olaf cupcake flurry of fun hollywood studios christmas
  • Strawberry Mint Verrine - Fairfax Fare
  • Spiced Cold Chocolate - Rosie's All-American cafe
  • Chocolate Chestnut Cone - Backlot Express
    chocolate chestnut cone flurry of fun hollywood studios christmas
  • Chocolate Mousse Present - Trolley Car Cafe
  • Caramel eclair - Dockside Diner
  • Prep and Landing cupcake - Rosie's All-American Cafe and Dockside Diner
  • Cinnamon and Apple Cranberry Lunch Box Tart - Woody's Lunch Box

Holiday beverages

  • Spiked hot chocolate flight - Fairfax Fare and Dockside Diner
    Spiked hot chocolate flight hollywood studios
  • Frozen hot cocoa (non-alcoholic) - ABC Commissary, Backlot Express, Rosie's All-American Cafe
  • Gumdrop - Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge and at the bar carts near Echo Lake and Hollywood Scoops
  • Holiday Mule - Holiday Brown Derby Lounge and at the bar carts near Echo Lake and Hollywood Scoops
  • Christmas on the Beach - Holiday Brown Derby Lounge and at the bar carts near Echo Lake and Hollywood Scoops
  • Frosted Gingerbread Martini - Backlot Express
  • Frostbite Cocktail - Dockside Diner and Backlot Express
  • Winterberry Margarita - ABC Commissary and Rosie's All-American Cafe