Disney Shares Holiday Details, Including the Return of Jollywood Nights

Disney Shares Holiday Details, Including the Return of Jollywood Nights

Tomorrow marks the midway point to Christmas, and Disney is using the opportunity to share holiday news. Jollywood Nights is returning, as are all of your favorite holiday events.

Maybe it’s because I just completed a scorching morning walk with my dog, but I’m not feeling very festive. But the AC and ceiling fan feel pretty good, so maybe I’ll get there.

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Jollywood Nights

Disney announced that Jollywood Nights will return in 2024. This paid event didn’t have the best debut last year, but it improved throughout its run. Disney didn’t provide any details about year two’s offering.

Holiday shows like What’s This? Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas Sing-Along, Disney Holidays in Hollywood, and Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! will be returning. The Holiday Fiesta en la Calle is being moved to the Animation Courtyard. The Twilight Soirée at the Tip Top Club and Jazzy Holidays at the Hollywood Brown Derby will also be coming back. Finally, Hollywood Boulevard will be transformed several times a night as international champion skaters perform in an “awe-inspiring twist on the traditional ice show.”

Guests will be able to meet some iconic characters, including Phineas and Ferb, Santa Duffy, Santa Stitch, Bo Peep, Lotso,  Baloo, and King Louie from TaleSpin. PhotoPass digital downloads are included in the price of the event. 

2024 Jollywood Nights dates:

  • November 9, 13, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30
  • Decemeber 2, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21

Guests of select Disney Resorts hotels, Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin hotels, and Shades of Green can purchase tickets starting on July 2. All other guests can purchase starting July 10. Visit Disney’s Jollywood Nights webpage or call 407-934-7639 to book your party.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

Mickey and Minnie on a parade float during  Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. Copyright Disney.
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Unlike Jollywood Nights, there was little doubt Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party would be returning to the Magic Kingdom. And with it comes all your favorite party entertainment like Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade, Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks Show, and Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration castle stage show.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party runs from 7 PM to 12 AM on the following dates:

  • November 8, 11, 12, 14, 15, 17, 19, 21, 22, 24, 26, 27, 29
  • December 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20

Guests of select Disney Resorts hotels, Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin hotels, and Shades of Green can purchase tickets starting on July 2. All other guests can purchase starting July 10. Visit Disney’s MVMCP webpage or call 407-934-7639 to book your party.

International Festival of the Holidays

EPCOT’s beloved winter festival returns from November 29 through December 30. We’re going to miss it by that much! This festival is brimming with storytellers, delicious food, merchandise, and entertainment. Details about the Candlelight Processional, including its excellent narrators, will be announced at a later date.

Disneyland Resort

At Disneyland Resort, guests will be treated to holiday decor, ride overlays, and seasonal spectaculars starting on November 15. Disney California Adventure will once again host the Disney Festival of Holidays. Mickey, Minnie, and other characters will also have new outfits this year.

International Parks

Hong Kong Disneyland

Hong Kong Disneyland tree lighting. Copyright Disney.
“A Holiday Wish-Come-True” Tree Lighting Ceremony. Copyright Disney.

Hong Kong Disneyland will use the recently-opened World of Frozen as a backdrop for a holiday celebration from mid-November through January 1. Guests can also meet Duffy, attend the “Mickey and Friends Christmastime Ball”, and take part in the “A Holiday Wish-Come-True” Tree Lighting Ceremony.

Disneyland Paris

A lot is going on at Disneyland Paris, so I’ll just let Kaitlin from the Disney Parks Blog share those details:

Experience a winter wonderland at Disneyland Paris with new offerings and returning fan favorites from Nov. 9, 2024 through Jan. 6, 2025! Between the return of “Mickey’s Dazzling Christmas Parade,” “Let’s sing Christmas!,” the magical tree lighting and snowfall on Main Street U.S.A., encounters with Santa and beloved characters, plus delicious French comfort food found at the Christmas food markets in Walt Disney Studios Park and Fantasyland, Disney Enchanted Christmas is a must-see during the holidays. For the first time since its royal reopening, Disneyland Hotel will also be part of the celebration with magical surprises during your stay adorned with beautiful holiday decorations fit for the season.

Disney Parks Blog

Tokyo Disney Resort

Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea will host events from November 8 through December 25. More info will be provided in the future.

Disney Cruise Line

Mickey and Minnie Mouse in the holiday cruise outfits. Copyright Disney.
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We’ve taken a Disney Cruise during the holiday season. I highly recommend it. The ships look incredible. Well, they always do, but they’re amped way up for Christmas. Onboard winter activities include Mickey and Minnie’s Holiday Party, a tree-lighting ceremony, and carol singing. All the characters will be wearing their holiday best, as well.


I know nothing about running, so once again, I’ll let the Disney Parks Blog share the details.

‘Tis the RUNNING season! Merry miles are just around the corner with the return of the 2024 runDisney Virtual 12Ks of Christmas, sledding your way this holiday season. Whether you go dashing through the snow or running in a winter wonderland, enjoy a touch of holiday Disney magic with a series of 4K races, perfect for a holly jolly jog with friends and family. Get ready to cozy up for some yuletide fun as we unwrap a first look at the festive finisher medals coming your way soon!

Disney Parks Blog

Disney Holiday Merchandise

Starting in early September, you can buy Hanukkah mugs, adult onesie pajamas, and plenty of other holiday merchandise. Disney Parks Blog shared a sneak peek of all the merch.

Vinyl fans (I have one in my family) can purchase holiday record collectibles like The Nightmare Before Christmas Zoetrope and the Frozen Zoetrope starting today. Those are available at the Disney Music Emporium.

Disney Hanukkah mug. Copyright Disney.
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Disney holiday pajamas. Copyright Disney.
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I joke about not feeling festive in June, but Disney is doing the right thing with these announcements. People plan their Disney vacations months in advance, so this is good information for them to have. If Costco can put out Christmas displays in August, Disney can share holiday news in June.