Disney Springs is all spruced up for the holiday season, and the shopping, dining, and entertainment complex has much to offer.
With more than 100 retail locations, there are plenty of opportunities to find the perfect gift. My favorite is Basin, a store that offers inexpensive yet great holiday gifts. Their line of Christmas-themed soaps and bath bombs is sure to be a hit.
Another must-visit store is Disney’s Days of Christmas. This year-round temple to all things Christmas has the perfect ornament for any Disney enthusiast on your list, and there is always room for a new ornament on your Christmas tree, right?
Santa Once More Brings Lots of Holiday Cheer to Families Visiting Disney Springs
Santa has taken up residence at the Once Upon a Toy store. He is available for pictures from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. until December 14th. After that and through Christmas Eve, he will listen to wishes and take pictures from 10 a.m. until 11 p.m.
Physical distancing is in place for meeting Santa Claus and masks are required. To avoid waiting in line, guests join a virtual queue. When your turn comes for the big moment, you will get a message telling you that it is time to make your way to the Once Upon a Toy store.
The Christmas Tree Trail
Unlike in past years, the Christmas Tree trail, featuring 20 Disney-themed trees, winds throughout the neighborhoods of Disney Springs. Before you start exploring, make sure to pick up the Christmas Tree Stroll map. The free map and stickers are available at Amorette’s Patisserie, Basin, The Boathouse, City Works Eatery & Pour House, Planet Hollywood, and Under Amour Brand House. When you are done, you can redeem your map for a free pin at Amorette’s Patisserie, Basin, The Boathouse, City Works Eatery & Pour House, or Under Amour Brand House.
While several trees return yearly, such as the Frozen, The Lion King, Haunted Mansion, and Star Wars-themed trees, others are new.
Be on the lookout for these new additions: Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas, Black Panther, Raya and the Last Dragon, and a Disney+ tree, just to name a few. Enjoy the Christmas Tree trail through December 30th.
When strolling through Disney Springs, enjoy fun entertainment such as DJ tunes at the Waterside Stage. At night, be on the lookout for wandering performers, toy soldier stilt walkers, snowflake skaters, and even magical snowfall at Town Center and the West Side.
Holiday Cheer Also Found in the Many Eateries at Disney Springs
But what would Christmas at Disney Springs be without some holiday-themed food and treats? If all the shopping and entertainment makes you hungry or thirsty, check out Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar.
The Indiana Jones-themed Hangar Bar turned Holiday Bar has a Christmas overlay and features seasonal food such as Venison Sliders, C9 Light Deviled Eggs, or Lump of Coal Desert. When it comes to drinks, think Yule Mule, Elf Elixir, or Claus Mo.
For a more upscale experience, consider Morimoto Asia, The Oyster Bar of The Boathouse, or Jaleo by José Andrés. Last, but certainly not least, the fabulous creations of Amorette’s Patisserie will not disappoint.
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