Christmas at Walt Disney World: Decorations at the Contemporary and Wilderness Resorts

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Updated for 2017!

Christmas holidays can be an absolute zoo at Walt Disney World, between larger crowds to longer waits to traffic jams. But the Christmas decorations are absolutely fantastic. You can stay at one of the resorts, and you can also “Resort Hop,” but either way you are in for a real treat.

Let’s head over to the…

Contemporary Resort


The Contemporary Resort has a gingerbread display that has changed through the years. The 2016 display has been around since the height of Frozen popularity.





Chef Mickey’s at the Contemporary has one of the most adorable decorations found in any resort, this cute Christmas wreath. The spoons add such a nice touch.


The 70-foot-tall tree outside the Resort entrance features nearly 35,000 white LED lights.

Contemporary Resort outdoor Christmas tree

Christmas tree Disney Contemporary Resort

Wilderness Lodge


Wilderness Lodge has some of the most fantastic Christmas decorations on Disney property. A 50 foot tree is placed in the lobby of this resort every year. 





Whispering Canyon Cafe at Christmas

Mickey and Minnie pop in at night for photos.


Wilderness Lodge bridge over creek at Disney World


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