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The holiday season is well underway at Disney World in Orlando. Other Orlando theme parks and attractions will be starting their celebrations soon, however, Disney isn’t waiting. It is full steam ahead with the holidays and all that glitters, sparkles, jingles and glows!

Mickey’s Jingle Jungle Parade at Disney’s Animal Kingdom will take the place of the regular afternoon parade through January 2nd. The parade is filled with puppets, stilt walkers, tricked-out safari vehicles and more. Jingle along without spending a single ‘jingle’ more – the festivities are included in regular park admission.

The massive seasonal display of lights known as The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is underway nightly. ORLANDO TOURIST TIP: 2015 will be the last year for the light spectacle, so be sure to see them! This Orlando theme park continues to get the crowd involved with “Glow With the Show” ear hats and products. Each member of your family can purchase a Minnie Mouse Headband, Mickey Mouse Glove or a Sorcerer Mickey Wand and be a part of the show! These items sync up to the music and choreography, blinking in time and changing colors to add an entirely new experience during the nightly celebration. This seasonal experience features millions of lights – not to be missed. The holiday show is included in regular park admission and runs through January 3rd.

If you love Mickey and Christmas and Parades, stick around after normal theme park hours, pay a little extra during your visit to the Magic Kingdom and enjoy Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. You’ll get to experience a special parade, stage shows and fireworks. Looking for snow? Grab some hot chocolate and see the “snow flurries” on Main Street USA. Tickets run between $69 up to $74 and are available only on certain dates (check their web site for specific dates). ORLANDO TOURIST TIP: Tickets to this event often sell out, so purchase yours early!

Have you ever wondered how the holidays are celebrated in other parts of the world? Visit Epcot in Orlando, Florida to find out! Epcot is filled with warmth during the holiday season as Holidays Around The World begins officially on November 27 and runs through December 30, 2015. Experience diverse cultures, customs and celebrations from a host of other countries at this wonderful Orlando theme park!

If you will be attending Epcot after Thanksgiving, you’ll not want to miss Epcot’s Candlelight Processional. This holiday concert features a mass choir, live orchestra and a celebrity narrator sharing the Christmas story. Held nightly at the American Gardens Theatre this special holiday attraction begins November 27th and runs through December 30th. A Candlelight Dinner Package is available for an additional cost which will guarantee seating for the Candlelight Processional and VIP viewing of the special holiday edition of IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth at select restaurants within the Orlando theme park.

Other Orlando theme parks will be starting up their holiday festivities soon. Until then, enjoy it all a little early during your visit to Disney World. Holidays are magical, and Disney is a perfect place to celebrate the magic!