Disney unwraps full details for the 2022 holidays at Walt Disney World - Jingle Bell Jingle Bam! and Castle Dreamlights do not return

Oct 04, 2022 in "Holidays at Disney's Hollywood Studios"

2021 Holiday Decorations at Disney's Hollywood Studios
Posted: Tuesday October 4, 2022 4:36pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Disney has released more information about the 2022 holiday season line-up at Walt Disney World, confirming the entertainment offerings at each park.

Notably, Jingle Bell, Jingle Bam! does not return to Disney's Hollywood Studios, neither do the Cinderella Castle Dreamlights at Magic Kingdom. Instead, theme park icons will continue to transform into Beacons of Magic in between showings of glittering holiday-themed displays. 

Here is an overview of the holiday season across Walt Disney World for 2022.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

  • A Merry Menagerie of life-sized, artisan-sculpted puppets of winter animals bring Discovery Island to life as they interact with guests alongside serenading musicians.

  • After dark, watch the Tree of Life awaken as a series of wintry tales emerge from within, complemented by holiday-inspired music.

EPCOT

From Nov. 25 through Dec. 30, 2022, guests will find holiday magic throughout the entire park.

  • EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays presented by AdventHealth returns Nov. 25 through Dec. 30, 2022.

  • “Candlelight Processional” takes place nightly at America Gardens Theatre and features celebrity narrators retelling the Christmas story accompanied by the Voices of Liberty a cappella ensemble, a 50-piece live orchestra with herald trumpets, and glorious massed choirs comprised of Disney cast members and Central Florida community groups. Learn more about Candlelight Processional.

  • “JOYFUL! A Celebration of the Season,” a stirring and uplifting performance of music in celebration of Christmas and Kwanzaa, returns with multiple performances daily.

  • Holiday Kitchens will cook up treasured recipes and festive drinks from around the globe, as well as an eye-popping selection of treats to satisfy nearly any sweet tooth.
    New savory offerings include an Impossible™ Chorizo Tamale, a Plant-based Cotija Cheese and Spicy Red Chile Sauce found at Nochebuena Cocina Holiday Kitchen.
    Returning guest-favorites include the Maple Bûche de Noël found at Holiday Hearth Holiday Kitchen. This sweet treat features Maple Mousse and Cranberry rolled in Gingerbread Chiffon Cake.

  • The Holiday Cookie Stroll offers guests the opportunity to embark on a sweet scavenger hunt and visit different booths and purchase an array of cookies. Those who complete the scavenger hunt are rewarded with a completer cookie.
  • Santa will be greeting with guests inside the Odyssey Pavilion as he gets ready for the big day.

  • Heartwarming performances around World Showcase include Canadian Holiday Voyageurs, Las Posadas with Mariachi Cobre, the Chinese Lion Dance and holiday storytellers.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

  • Sunset Seasons Greetings brings holiday magic each evening as the iconic Hollywood Tower Hotel transforms into myriad scenes including a “Toy Story” toy hotel, a snowy corner of Arendelle and more.

  • The Santa Claus Merry Motorcade features jolly St. Nick himself cruising down Hollywood Blvd. in his candy-apple red convertible stuffed full of presents.

  • Olaf stars in a festive finale to “For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration” that delights guests with performances of celebratory songs of the holiday season.

Magic Kingdom

  • Holiday cheer will fill Magic Kingdom Park as Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party returns on 24 select nights Nov. 8-Dec. 22, 2022. The separately ticketed event will invite guests to an evening of unforgettable merriment. Learn more about Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.

  • Mickey Mouse and his pals appear on Cinderella Castle stage for a Christmas extravaganza – “Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration.” The show features singers, dancers and surprises all choreographed to nostalgic and modern medleys of holiday music.
    Minnie Mouse orchestrates a sparkling nighttime spectacular with dazzling fireworks, castle projections and seasonal songs in “Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks.”

  • Santa Claus joins Mickey Mouse and friends in the must-see “Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade.”

  • Partygoers can indulge in complimentary cookies and hot cocoa at locations throughout Magic Kingdom.

  • Select Magic Kingdom attractions get a jolly holiday overlay with Jungle Cruise transforming into Jingle Cruise, and special holiday makeovers of Space Mountain, Tomorrowland Speedway, Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor and Mad Tea Party.

  • Guests can join Buzz Lightyear, Mike Wazowski, and Stitch for the out-of-this-world holiday stage show, “A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas,” on the Rockettower Plaza Stage.

  • New to this year’s party, attendees have three jolly new Disney PhotoPass opportunities and they will receive a special 50th Anniversary commemorative keepsake themed to the holidays.

  • New sweet treats this year include Texas-sized Sweet Potato Pie with Marshmallow Meringue and Candied Pecans found at Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & Café to go along with returning favorites like the Mickey-shaped Cinnamon Roll with White Icing and Holiday Sprinkles at Main Street Bakery.  

  • On nights when Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is not held, Cinderella Castle transforms to take on a magical holiday look complete with special projection effects, festive colors and a rotating series of designs including a whimsical Christmas sweater, a jeweled castle look and more.

Disney Springs

  • A collection of elaborately decorated Disney trees is on display as part of the Disney Springs Christmas Tree Stroll presented by AdventHealth. Located throughout Disney Springs, these festively decorated trees are sure to spruce up the holiday atmosphere. Guests can even go on a scavenger hunt to find all the trees. Once completed, they can bring it to a redemption location for a special surprise.
  • Guests can walk in a winter wonderland, strolling through Town Center and the West Side as angelic flurries of snow add a touch of magic to holiday shopping.
  • Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar transforms into a Holiday Bar complete with jolly decorations to ring in the merry season. Guests can indulge in limited-time holiday-themed sips and snacks to get into the spirit of the season.
  • Guests will find Santa at Once Upon a Toy where they can take photos and share holiday wishes with him.
  • Enjoy new and returning festive food items throughout Disney Springs like the Olaf Hot Cocoa Surprise from The Ganachery.

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JohnD1 day ago

In a 2012 version, Silent Night is introduced with the story of its first writing. Joy to the World is introduced with One Solitary Life. Now in 2022, Silent Night is introduced by an entirely made up story of Mary and Joseph looking down at Jesus "sleeping peacefully in the manger" "wondering what the future would bring for them". Did that happen? We don't know. But that was made up out of whole swaddling cloths just to introduce Silent Night. I would have rather heard the true story of "Silent Night's" creation. Then we're told that Jesus was a nice man with an "earthly" heart who told us all to "love one another". So they removed the story of Silent Night and a decidedly Christian message in One Solitary Life and replaced that with Jesus where is just a nice prophet. I could get into more theology but that isn't Christian. It's just telling everyone he was nice and lived by the Golden Rule. It only took 10 years, but now we have a watered-down, less Christian Jesus.

JohnD1 day ago

You've never been to a Catholic or Anglican service. Christian aerobics every Sunday. Stand, sit, kneel, repeat.

JohnD1 day ago

I can imagine everyone being confused. Those brought up in Catholic or Anglican ("liturgy") traditions probably stand first. Others who don't know any better see this happening and stand themselves. Then liturgy guests hear Joy to the World so sit and the others follow suit again. Upon hearing again Hallelujah is when confusion ensues. LOL. I guess I would probably remain standing.

ToTBellHop2 days ago

It must be interesting counting down to midnight at like 6:37 pm on 12/30 but it’s a nice offering for kiddos!

DCBaker2 days ago

Here is the Magic Kingdom Holiday entertainment schedule for December 23rd through December 31st: Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration December 23-29 - 6:15pm, 7:25pm, 8:45pm, 10:15pm December 30-31 - 7:45pm, 9pm, 10pm Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade December 23-31 - 12pm and 3pm Minnie's Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks December 23-29 - 8:15pm Fantasy In The Sky Fireworks December 30-31 - 6:30pm and 11:50pm

MisterPenguin5 days ago

It's a great parade. Aside form the trumpeting toy soldiers, I didn't notice anything missing. But then again, I wouldn't have remembered if there were 6, 8, or 10 elves bouncing the Pixar balls. There is a new Green Army Men jeep with the Pixar group. The skiers were rollerblading and they were *fast*. They really seemed to enjoy themselves. The dance numbers are well choreographed. There's like a 2 minute routine before it repeats. Very well done considering many are CMs-who-move and not actual dancers.

wdwmagic6 days ago

View of MIckey's Once Upon A Christmastime Parade from Frontierland https://www.wdwmagic.com/attractions/mickeys-once-upon-a-christmastime-parade/gallery/01dec2022-mickey's-once-upon-a-christmastime-parade-2022---frontierland.htm https://wdwmagic.twic.pics/ElementGalleryItems/attractions/Fullsize/Mickeys-Once-Upon-a-Christmastime-Parade_Full_49571.jpg?twic=v1&twic=v1/resize=2260x1510

jrhwdw7 days ago

IDK if Radio City even uses One Solitary Life anymore. I remember hearing it before it's 75th but not after.......

Zummi Gummi7 days ago

Not exactly. He wandered way off the reservation while reading the One Solitary Life speech and took it as an opportunity to plug his film, The Passion of the Christ (“And like many of you saw in my movie, The Passion of the Christ, on the third day he did rise again and now sits at the right hand of the Father and will come again in the clouds of Heaven.”). After this he was never asked back, and the speech disappeared the following year.

Comped7 days ago

Because of his work on the passion of Christ? Or is there something more Disney specific I didn't know...

nickys7 days ago

The parade will revert to FoF on Jan 1st.

Zummi Gummi8 days ago

Those who liked it have no one to blame but Jim Cavaziel for its removal.

Comped8 days ago

Unfortunately, it seems like most people disagree with you. At least from folks I talk to, including a number of former Disney execs who hated the change. Personally, I'm surprised someone hasn't tried to read it since it got cut, especially the religiously or Disney-traditionally minded...

WDWBryan8 days ago

Anyone know if the Christmas parade will happen on the January 1st or 2nd?