Disney Springs, the shopping and dining mecca of Walt Disney World, offers some great free and budget-friendly activities. Here are my Top Budget-Friendly Disney Springs Holiday Things to Do.
What to do at Disney Springs at Christmastime
Beginning Nov. 10, the “bah-humbug” hassle of holiday shopping becomes a joyful family celebration at Disney Springs. Like nowhere else, the holidays come to life at this one-of-a-kind retail, dining, and entertainment complex complete with sparkling holiday décor, unique gift-giving (and gift-getting) ideas, tantalizing treats, special entertainment and more.
Only at Disney Springs at the Walt Disney World Resort can the entire family join together in the holiday shopping experience while also creating new family traditions and memories. There are more than 150 locations to explore. And around every corner, Disney Springs is wrapped and ready for the season with strolling carolers, living statues, themed stilt walkers and live music adding to the festive atmosphere.
1. The Christmas Tree Trail
To capture the spirit of the season, guests can stroll among an even bigger Christmas Tree Trail. Twenty-five custom decorated holiday trees, each dedicated to a popular Disney theme, will be on display. This includes 10 new trees inspired by Disney classics like Sleeping Beauty, Peter Pan, Snow White, and Dumbo.
My favorite trees were the 101 Dalmations tree, the Pluto tree, and the Cinderella tree. The Cinderella tree had a glass slipper tree topper, it was gorgeous! The Dalmations tree had the most details.
My least favorite tree was the villains, it was underwhelming. The Disney decorators could have done so much more.
It takes about 30-45 minutes to fully walk through the trees and admire all the details and to grab some pictures. Each of the trees has a featured ornament which you can find at the Disney Christmas store. Watch the video below for a quick walkthrough.
2. Santa’s Chalet
Santa Claus is accepting Christmas wish lists and welcoming guests to his chalet newly located by the Christmas Tree Trail Nov. 10 through 24. At the beginning of the Christmas Tree Trail, you can check in to meet Santa. Once Santa is ready to meet you, you will receive a text message saying you can get in line.
3. Disney Springs Portrait Studio
If you have Disney’s Memory Maker then head on over to the Disney Springs Portrait Studio for some beautiful and festive Christmas pictures. The pictures would make perfect photo cards that you could make with Mixbook.
4. Sitch’s Holiday Gift Hunt
Stitch returns to Disney Springs with an expanded scavenger hunt now featuring 16 stops, including a special stop at the even-bigger Christmas Tree Trail.
5. Meet and Greet with the Coca-Cola Bear
This huggable eight-foot-tall brand ambassador is available for holiday photos on the second floor of The Coca-Cola Store. You can take the photo with your own phone or if you have bought Memory Maker then the pictures are included.
6. Holiday Snacking
All throughout Disney Springs, you will find delicious holiday-themed snacks and meals. There is a holiday feast poutine at Poutine, special cupcakes at Sprinkles, and free Peppermint Chocolates at Ghiradelhi just to name a few!
If you are looking for a way to end your day with something special, take a bus to the Polynesian resort and watch the Magic Kingdom fireworks on the beach.
Which Disney Spring Christmas Activity are you most looking forward to?