Celebrate Christmas in Florida’s African savannah

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Mickey's Jingle Jungle Parade

Mickey's Jingle Jungle Parade © The Walt Disney Company

Disney Vacation Guide to Christmas in the Animal Kingdom

In December, it’s not uncommon to see churches, homes, storefronts and mango trees in Africa. Many communities there get all decked out for the holidays with candles, bells and sometimes even fake snow. If you love celebrating Christmas and if you have an interest in the African culture, the holidays in Disney World’s Animal Kingdom will be a dream come true.

Every Christmas, the Animal Kingdom in Disney World is transformed into an even more magical place. Christmas trees are decorated with colorful ornaments in Disney-appropriate themes. There are lights and garlands. You may even see a gentle snowfall fitting for the season.

Enjoy festive live entertainment including a music-filled Jingle Jungle Parade where Mickey and friends celebrate the holidays in safari-style! Santa may even make an appearance (in one form or another). Add to the seasonal decor some African-inspired architecture and sprawling views of the savannah and you’ll have to pinch yourself that you’re actually in Florida.

Christmas at the Animal Kingdom Lodge

Christmas at the Animal Kingdom Lodge © The Walt Disney Company

Rest your head at the Animal Kingdom Lodge

If visions of sugar plums indeed can dance in one’s head, it’s most likely to happen during a Christmas vacation in Disney World. For the full Disney experience, spend your long winter’s nap in one of the park’s resorts like the Animal Kingdom Lodge.

On Christmas Eve, there’s more wildlife than reindeer around! Observe more than 30 species of animals roaming four savannahs among thousands of indigenous African grasses, trees and shrubs. Watch Zebras and Okapi, Waterbuck and White-Bearded Wildebeest. 4 tropical savannas, amid thousands of indigenous African trees, shrubs and grasses. On Christmas morning, your children will be interested in more than just gifts as you watch animals grazing from your room’s balcony.

A festive feast of African flavors

Have your Christmas dinner at one of two award-winning restaurants in the Animal Kingdom. At Jiko – The Cooking Place, feast on globally inspired dishes such as garlic chicken tagine with grapefruit and banana leaf-steamed Chilean sea bass with asparagus puree, apples and mushrooms. Or hit the buffet at Boma – Flavors of Africa where you can enjoy a mouthwatering spread of grilled meats and seafood, soups, salads, vegetarian dishes, African breads and a tantalizing selection of desserts.

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Have you ever traveled to a place like Disney World for your Christmas holidays? Did your family enjoy the experience?