Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party returns to the Magic Kingdom in 2022!

by Susan and Simon Veness

It truly will be the “most magical time of the year” as Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party returns on select nights from November 8-December 22, 2022, for the first time in two years.

mickey's very merry christmas party
Photo by Kent Phillips

The Disney Parks Blog has announced the fan-favorite event will light up the Magic Kingdom this Christmas season, along with additional holiday magic across the Walt Disney World parks.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

On 24 select nights, Mickey Mouse will once again be throwing his very merry Christmas party, a separately-ticketed evening event at the Magic Kingdom park. Highlights include:

  • Mickey and his pals perform in the extravaganza, “Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration” at the Cinderella Castle stage, featuring both nostalgic and modern holiday music and colorfully costumed performers.
  • Minnie Mouse plays a role too, as she coordinated the “Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks” spectacular, including castle projections, seasonal songs, and a fireworks extravaganza.
  • Santa Claus and his reindeer make their way through the park along with Mickey and his pals in “Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade.”
  • Guests at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party are invited to enjoy complimentary cookies and hot cocoa at locations throughout the park.
  • Select attractions get the Christmas treatment as the Jungle Cruise once again transforms into the Jingle Cruise, and Space Mountain, Tomorrowland Speedway, Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor, and the Mad Tea Party each get a holiday makeover.
  • Join an intergalactic dance party at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café, along with special visitors from the North Pole, and dance the night away with Disney characters during “A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas” holiday show on Tomorrowland’s Rockettower Plaza Stage.
  • Mickey’s youngest guests and their grownups can enjoy the dance celebration of “Disney Junior Jingle Jam” as Disney Junior characters hold a dance party in Storybook Circus.
  • New in 2022, three new holiday photo opportunities will be available during the party in honor of Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary celebration. Guests will also receive a holiday-themed 50th Anniversary commemorative keepsake.
mickey's once upon a Christmastime parade
Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade
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Event dates are:

November: 8, 10, 11, 14, 15, 17, 18, 20, 22, 27, 29

December: 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, 16, 18, 20, 22

Tickets range from $149 – $199 per person, with online sales starting June 30 for guests staying at select Walt Disney World resorts, and on July 7 for the public.

Where to see Santa Claus

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Photo by Kent Phillips

Santa Claus will make special appearances at Walt Disney World Resort, as follows:

Magic Kingdom – Watch for the Jolly Old Elf as he pays visits to the park.

Epcot – Santa joins storytellers from around the world at various World Showcase pavilions during the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios – St. Nick will be seen cruising down Hollywood Boulevard in his candy-apple red convertible during the “Santa Claus Merry Motorcade.”

Disney’s Animal Kingdom – Pay attention to festive flotillas as they journey along Discovery River, and you’ll see Santa waving a seasonal greeting.

Disney Springs – Guests can pose for photos and tell Santa their wish list during meet-and-greets, on select dates.

Christmas across Walt Disney World Resort

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Photo courtesy of Walt Disney World

All four theme parks will feature Disney PhotoPass photographers eager to help guests enhance their Disney vacation photos with holiday-themed Magic Shots. At Disney Springs, the Disney PhotoPass Studio will make use of the new Disney PhotoPass Lens and virtual backdrops. 

Epcot will celebrate the return of its annual “Candlelight Processional” at the American Gardens Theatre during the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays, which starts on November 25.

Also at Epcot, the new Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind roller coaster will receive a Christmas overlay set to seasonal on-ride music.

“For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will feature a festive finale starring Olaf, the lovable snowman from the movie, “Frozen.”

A Merry Menagerie of life-size, artisan-sculpted puppets themed as winter animals will return to the Disney’s Animal Kingdom during the holiday season.

Disney Springs’ Town Center will be the site of magical “snowfalls” that bring the spirit of the North Pole to Central Florida, and the Disney Springs Christmas Tree Stroll will also return, creating a pathway of Disney character-inspired Christmas trees.

Watch for artisan-made gingerbread displays at select resorts, and holiday merchandise collections at select retail outlets across Walt Disney World Resort.

Savor the season

mickey's very merry christmas party food

Epcot will see the return of its sweet-treat Holiday Cookie Stroll scavenger hunt, plus Holiday Kitchen menus inspired by celebratory dishes from around the world during the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays.

Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar will transform into Jock Lindsey’s Holiday Bar, with yuletide décor and festive food and drinks.

More holiday treats will be announced in the coming months.

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom

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