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Christmas All Year ‘Round at Walt Disney World

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Every Christmas it takes more storage totes to put the decorations away

Today is the day that Christmas goes away in our house. The tree comes down.  The ornaments, garland, wreaths, candles, figurines, and other decorations all get packed away and stored until it’s time to bring them out the following holiday season.

It’s kind of depressing, actually.  I wish it could be Christmastime the whole year through.  Maybe that’s why I appreciate the fact that my favorite vacation destination has a few ways I can get my Christmas fix, no matter what time of year it is!

Winter Summerland

Santa’s License Plate on his “Winterbago” at
Winter Summerland Miniature Golf

As the story goes, one Christmas Eve Santa was flying over Florida and saw something he couldn’t believe: Snow!  He decided to build a retreat for his elves in this magical location, including an elf-sized golf course. The elves were divided on whether the course should celebrate the warmth of sunny Florida or the North Pole, so they built two: A Summer course and a Winter course.

Depending on your mood, you can choose to put through barbecues, swimming holes, and sand castles on the summer course, while listening to classic summer tunes with a sprinkling of The Beach Boys’ Christmas hits.  Or you could choose the cooler side, complete with ski slopes, frozen ponds, and snowmen!  If you’ve got the time, take advantage of the second round in a single day 50% discount and do both!

Disney Christmas Shops

It’s always Christmas where you find this snowman
in Disney Hollywood Studios

One of our favorite family traditions is to pick up a new Christmas ornament for our tree on every visit to Walt Disney World.  These make great souvenirs because when it comes time to decorate our tree, we pause as we take out and hang each ornament to reflect upon the magical family vacations we’ve had.

There are four Christmas Shops in Walt Disney World

  • Disney Days of Christmas Downtown Disney
  • Ye Olde Christmas ShoppeMagic Kingdom
  • It’s a Wonderful ShopDisney Hollywood Studios
  • Die Wiehnachts EckeGermany Pavilion, Epcot

3 out of the 4 require park admission, but Downtown Disney is free to enter, but leave your wallet behind if you don’t want to be tempted to buy!  Whether you want to escape the Florida sun for a bit and pretend it’s December, or if you want to pick up a holiday keepsake, or something Disney for your holiday decor, or to even get a unique holiday greeting card photo op, these Christmas shops are there for you, 365 days a year!

Want to read more about Winter Summerland, Disney Christmas Shops, and everything Christmas at Walt Disney World?  Then check out WDW Magazine!! They devoted an entire issue to the “Most Wonderful Time of the Year” at the “Most Magical Place on Earth”!

How does a little Christmas at Disney sound to you?

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