10 Magical Cities for the Holidays

Vacation destinations that know how to celebrate the spirit of the season.

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Disney World

With the holidays approaching, places around the country are gearing up to put on a spectacular show. Here are 10 of the best to take your family to, so they can see and experience the magic!

Walt Disney World Resort, Florida

From early November through January 6, 2014, throughout the Walt Disney World Resort you'll find a dazzling array of holiday-themed attractions, decor and experiences that will enchant every member of your family. This is an extremely popular time of year for visitors to the parks and for good reason: the resort is dressed to the nines and ready to deliver unforgettable holiday memories. There are a few ticketed events, but most are available for all park visitors. From the hotels to the restaurants, rides, and attractions, holiday cheer abounds.

Don't miss:

 

  • Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party
    7 p.m. to midnight on select evenings from November 8 to December 20, 2013
    Magic Kingdom Park


    It's a magical night of special holiday entertainment including Castle Dream Lights!, an enchanting parade, and a night-time fireworks spectacular. The park's centerpiece, Cinderella's castle, will shimmer in "ice," courtesy of 200,000 individual lights that drape the turrets and towers of the magical fortress and come to brilliant shimmering life each night. A holiday-themed fireworks spectacular featuring brilliant bursts of color all set to favorite traditional holiday music and Disney music composed especially for this show.
     
  • The Osborne Spectacle of Dancing Lights
    November 8, 2013 -January 5, 2014
    Disney's Hollywood Studios


    Immerse yourself in the joy of the season as millions of blinking, twinkling lights "dance" to a high-energy holiday symphony. See twirling carousels, sparking snowflakes, heavenly angels, majestic trees, twinkling bells, colorful wreaths and Santa with his reindeer in the most opulent light display in the world (there's also a beautiful Chanukah section, too). The "dancing lights" moments occur every 10 minutes and last two to three minutes. Spontaneous dancing and singing has been known to happen among guests.
     
  • Holidays Around the World, IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth & The Candlelight Processional
    November 29- December 30, 2013
    Epcot


    Experience the fantastic celebrations the holidays have to offer! World Showcase comes alive with the diverse traditions of food, fun and entertainment from across the globe. Delight in the Candlelight Processional (5 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and 8:15 p.m., daily) as celebrity narrators  deliver a special retelling of the Christmas story accompanied by a phenomenal orchestra and a glorious mass choir. Enjoy a nighttime spectacular at IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth (nightly, 9:30 p.m.) with a grand finale just for this joyous time of year ... with the song "Let There Be Peace On Earth" at its center.
     
  • Mickey's Jingle Jungle Parade
    November 9, 2013-January 2, 2013
    Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park


    Mickey's Jingle Jungle Parade blends the joy and jive of Disney's Animal Kingdom park with the sights, sounds and spirit of the holiday season. Check out the holiday accessories Mickey and his friends have added to their safari costumes.

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