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Annual Events at Walt Disney World in Orlando

Winter Events

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party
very merry christmas parade
When: Nov. 9 - Dec. 30, 2017
Where: Magic Kingdom®
Celebrate the magic of the season with Mickey, Minnie, and special guest, Santa Claus at Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party! Enjoy cookies and hot cocoa as you make your way through the Magic Kingdom, visiting with your favorite characters, attending festive shows, and strolling through the snowfall on Main Street, USA! Don't miss Mickey's Once Upon A Christmastime Parade featuring elves, gingerbread men, and your Frozen friends. Then turn your attention to the skies at dazzling fireworks light up the night and Tinker Bell flies in from overhead.

Holidays Around the World
holidays at epcot
When: November 24 - December 30, 2017
Where: Epcot®
Take part in Christmas traditions from across the globe during Epcot's special event, Holidays Around the World! Celebrate Christmas as only Santa can as you travel the world in one day, exploring different cultures. Learn about the Christmas Gnome in Norway, hear the first tales of Father Christmas in the United Kingdom, and even meet a kind-hearted, gift-giving witch in Italy. Also be sure to drop by the American Adventure for a visit with Santa.

Candlelight Processional
hotel near disney's candlelight processional
When: November 24 - December 30, 2017
Where: Epcot®
Hear the story of Christmas nightly each weekend from November 24 through December 30, at Epcot's Candlelight Processional. More than a dozen celebrity narrators will read the biblical story aloud throughout the holiday season, accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra and a massive choir.

New Year's Eve at Disney World
new years fireworks
When: December 31
Where: Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, or Epcot®
Choose to ring in the New Year in one of three parks: Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, or Epcot. See the Magic Kingdom light up in a shower of sparkles with dozens of fireworks. In Hollywood Studios, celebrate the stroke of midnight with a unique cocktail, live music, and of course, fireworks! Or choose to take part in New Year's traditions from around the globe in Epcot, all ending, in a special showing of IllumiNations.

Epcot International Festival of the Arts
paint brushes on a canvas
When: Opens January 2018
Where: Epcot®
Epcot's Festival of the Arts will return in January 2018 for the third year in a row and will run until the start of Flower and Garden Festival in March. You'll enjoy six weekends of visual, preforming, and culinary arts during the Epcot® International Festival of Arts. Discover Broadway shows with some of the most popular Disney Characters from Aladdin and The Lion King.

Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend
disney marathon
When: January 3 - 7, 2018
Where: Epcot®
Race through the happiest place on Earth during the Disney Marathon Weekend! This race is for runners of all skill levels (including the kids), which means the whole family can join in on the action! Be on the lookout for some of your favorite characters cheering you on throughout the course. Not a runner? Support your friends and family with the ChEAR Squad! Enjoy exclusive viewing sites and more when you join.

Spring Events

Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival
topiaries at the international flower and garden festival
When: March - May 2018
Where: Epcot®
Transport yourself into a complete flower wonderland. Discover topiaries shaped like Mickey Mouse, Bambi, Snow White, and your other favorite characters, as well as, gardening seminars, live entertainment, and more.

Central Florida Fair - Exposition Park
kids on central Florida fair merry-go-round
When: March 2018
Where: Exposition Park
Enjoy some good old fashioned fun at the 106th annual Central Florida Fair! Your family will be entertained for hours with the rides and games at the Midway. Take time to visit the nearly 2,500 live animals in the livestock barns and stay energized for a full day of activities with some of the fair's finest fare.

Star Wars™ Half Marathon - The Dark Side
kids playing with light sabers
When: April 22, 2018
Where: Epcot®
At the Star Wars™ Half Marathon – The Dark Side, Imagine racing through Epcot® with your entire family while Stormtroopers cheer you on! Whether you’re an experienced runner or choose to participate in the 10K, 5K, or kids race, may the Force be with you!