Elevating your holiday dinner, these Christmas dining experiences are sure to create memories you’ll cherish for years to come. Fun for all ages, Disney Christmas dining options bring a little extra joy and magic during your holiday visit. From the festive decorations to seasonal food options, Disney holiday dining is a must-do.
Ale & Compass Restaurant
Found in the Yacht Club Resort, the Ale & Compass Restaurant normally serves up fresh-caught fish and seafood meals. It also has a delicious breakfast and brunch buffet throughout the year. On Christmas, the brunch and dinner buffets feature holiday favorites like carved ham, turkey, mashed potatoes and stuffing. Plus, you’ll love the nautical twists on the pretty Christmas decor that put you right in the holiday spirit.
If Epcot is on your Disney itinerary, don’t miss the Christmas lunch and dinner menu at Biergarten. Along with the authentic German fare it’s known for, the restaurant offers special holiday treats like apple strudel on the extensive buffet. The restaurant is set up similar to a traditional Oktoberfest setting, with communal tables and an exciting oompah band. During the holiday season, the band mixes up the German tunes with beautiful German Christmas carols. The band also shares stories about German Christmas history.
Rose & Crown Pub & Dining Room
Invoking feelings of a cozy English pub, the Rose & Crown Pub & Dining Room brings your favorite British dishes across the pond to Epcot. Decked out in holiday finery, the restaurant serves up British classics for Christmas during lunch and dinner. Don’t miss the potato leek soup, fish and chips, mushy peas and decadent dessert trifle. Your belly will be warm and full and so will your Christmas spirit with a piano player tickling the ivories and singing your favorite carols.
Other Holiday Dining Events
Throughout December, take part in Minnie’s Holiday Dine at Hollywood Studios’ Hollywood & Vine. Offered at lunch and dinner, the holiday dining event includes Minnie, Donald Duck, Daisy and Goofy dressed up in their holiday finest. The T-Rex Cafe in Disney Springs offers an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet with a Santa and Mrs. Claus meet-and-greet. Todd English’s bluezoo features a Christmas Eve and Christmas Day special each year, as well as a holiday buffet. And, a trip to Disney isn’t complete with a sweet treat and at Christmas, Disney pulls out the stops. Visitors love the specially-made candy canes, pumpkin and holiday fudge and red and green Dole Whip. Some of the resorts even have cookie decorating, so you don’t miss out the holiday staple.
Additional Counter Services
During the busy holiday season, Disney opens up several restaurants that normally aren’t available for meals. If you’re a long-time Disney fan, the holiday season is a good chance to eat at places like Tomorrowland Terrace in Tomorrowland, Tortuga Tavern in Adventureland and the Diamond Horseshoe Saloon in Frontierland.
Part of Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Sanaa serves up Indian and African dishes throughout the year. All the tables overlook the savanna, giving you a different view of some of the exotic animals that call Animal Kingdom home. The Christmas menu includes a vegetarian options, as well as holiday go-tos like prime rib with mashed potatoes and root vegetables. No matter what entree you order, you must try the naan with nine different dipping sauces. Sanaa is open for lunch and dinner at Christmas.
Whispering Canyon Cafe
On a normal visit, the Whispering Canyon Cafe is a root-tootin’ good time with a rowdy and fun atmosphere and yummy Western fare. At Christmastime, the fun hits a new level with cool holiday decor and lots of Christmas spirit. The restaurant offers special holiday lunch and dinner menus with down-home dishes, all served family style. Diners will enjoy staples like cornbread, turkey, beef, ham, mashed potatoes, stuffing, green beans, sweet potatoes, gravy and cranberries. After your meal, burn off some of the calories wandering through the Wilderness Lodge, also decked out for Christmas.
Disney Candlelight Processional
All of the above restaurants are part of Disney’s candlelight processional dining plan. A must-do holiday favorite, the candlelight processional features a retelling of the Christmas story. The story is told by a rotating list of celebrities that changes each year; this year narrators include John Stamos and Neil Patrick Harris. The event also includes a 50-piece orchestra and choir. The dining plan includes a guaranteed spot in the restaurant to see the processional, as well as lunch or dinner.
All of Casiola’s rentals come with fully-equipped kitchens so that you can also enjoy a home-cooked holiday meal in the comfort of your vacation rental. They are also conveniently located near grocery stores so stocking up for your Christmas feast is a piece of cake (or slice of pie depending on your dessert preferences!).
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