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Where to Have Christmas Dinner at Disney World

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From baking cookies and singing carols to waiting for Santa and opening gifts, the Christmas season is filled with magic, and nowhere is more magical than Walt Disney World. So, for those planning to spend their holidays at The Most Magical Place on Earth, you’re probably wondering where you can find another yuletide treasure: the food! No matter where you are at Disney World, there is no shortage of Santa-approved eats and treats to enjoy. And, of course, it wouldn’t be the holidays without a sumptuous feast shared with family and friends. Happily, you’ll find a buffet of tantalizing options for your Disney Christmas dinner, whether you’re craving cozy classics like turkey and mashed potatoes or a heaping plate of festive fettuccine.

Wondering what else you can do for Christmas at Disney World besides eat? Check out our guide on going to Walt Disney World for the holidays, where we unwrap the many special events to experience this festive season. For even more holiday cheer, don’t miss our wrap-up on how to see the Walt Disney World Christmas decorations. (Updated November 18, 2023)

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Things to Know Before Your Christmas Dinner at Disney World 

From the overnight flurry of holiday decorations and merry soundtrack to the menu of seasonal eats, sweets and sips, Christmastime is arguably the most magical time of year at Walt Disney World. In fact, it’s downright jolly. And, for many people, the pièce de resistance of the yuletide season is Christmas Day dinner. Disney World theme parks have many options for your holiday feast, but not all of them are created equal. Fortunately, we’re here to break down which restaurant is best for you and your clan of hungry elves, including which eateries will be offering special Christmas Day menus especially for the occasion. 

If you’re looking for a complete sit-down meal, one of the table-service restaurants at Disney World is for you, as many are offering unique menus specifically for the occasion. Of course, if you can’t snag a reservation or simply don’t have the time, many Disney World quick-service restaurants can be a worthwhile alternative, with festive savory snacks inspired by the Christmas season that are perfect for a fast and easy holiday meal.  

If you choose a sit-down meal, an Advance Dining Reservation is recommended, or else you could be left scrambling to find something else if there is no walk-up availability. Additionally, you’ll also need to have a valid Disney World Park Pass Reservation in order to gain entry to a park. So, while park hopping can be made available later in the day, keep in mind that this is based on availability. As such, be sure to secure a park reservation for the theme park where your dining reservation is located to ensure you don’t miss your reservation. Reservations can be booked up to 60 days in advance. At the time of writing, many dinner time slots were still available, including for the restaurants on our list. Can’t get a reservation at your preferred restaurant at Walt Disney World? Never fear! Since last-minute cancelations do happen, we recommend you check the My Disney Experience app in the days leading up to Christmas, particularly two-to-three days before. Of course, if you still aren’t able to reserve a table, remember that Disney World quick-service restaurants offer delicious eats with no reservation required. 

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Where to Go for a Disney Christmas Dinner in the Walt Disney World Theme Parks

If you’re planning on a Disney World vacation for Christmas this year, chances are that you’ll spend most of the holiday in at least one of the theme parks rather than back in your hotel room. So, whether you’re going to Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios or Animal Kingdom, if you need a spot for your holiday feast while out conquering the parks, read on for the best places to have Christmas dinner at the Disney World theme parks. Remember that many of the options listed below are exclusively available on Christmas, so be sure to plan your trip accordingly. That said, many of the items below are available all year long, meaning that you don’t have to visit on Christmas Day to tuck into some delicious Disney Christmas dishes. 

Magic Kingdom Park

From the festive takeover of Main Street, U.S.A. to the seasonal snacks popping up around the park, Magic Kingdom is a downright enchanting place to spend Christmas. Aside from the crowds, that is. So, for your own private slice of the holidays, indulge in merry Magic Kingdom Christmas food offerings at these restaurants. 

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Liberty Tree Tavern | Liberty Square

While Liberty Tree Tavern is known for serving up a Thanksgiving feast every day of the year, we’ll be the first to admit that there’s a lot of crossover between what constitutes Turkey Day or Christmas eats, making it the perfect candidate for your Christmas dinner. After all, who doesn’t love comfort food classics like roast turkey, mashed potatoes and stuffing? Can’t imagine Christmas without cranberries? Although they aren’t on the menu, the kitchen does often have some of the sweet stuff on hand, so feel free to ask your server if any is available. 

If Liberty Tree Tavern is full but you still have a hankering for turkey and gravy, head just down the road to The Diamond Horseshoe, where the same menu is served with Wild West-inspired names instead like the Saloon Feast or Plant-based Cowpoke Platter.

Christmas & Other Holiday Eats:

  • Patriot’s Platter – Roast Turkey Breast, Pennsylvania Pot Roast, and Oven-roasted Pork with Mashed Potatoes, Seasonal Vegetables, Herb Stuffing, and House-made Macaroni & Cheese; served with Declaration Salad and Oooey Gooey Toffee Cake
  • Plant-based Tavern Keeper’s Feast – Plant-based Meatloaf with Mashed Potatoes, Mushroom Gravy and Seasonal Vegetables; served with Declaration Salad and Johnny Appleseed’s Warm Apple Cake

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Tony’s Town Square Restaurant | Main Street, U.S.A. 

Though the Italian-American tradition of Christmas Eve pasta has its origins in the Italian celebration of the Feast of the Seven Fishes on December 24, it got its pop-culture credibility when Kate Winslet’s character offered to make a Christmas Fettuccine in the film ‘The Holiday.’ Of course, there’s no better holiday pasta than creamy Fettuccine Alfredo, so order a plate this Christmas at Tony’s Town Square Restaurant. 

Christmas & Other Holiday Eats:

  • Fettuccine Alfredo – Herb-grilled Chicken Breast with Fettuccine and Alfredo Sauce

Columbia Harbour House | Liberty Square 

Another yuletide tradition celebrated by Italian Americans is the Fest of the Seven Fishes, making the seafood-heavy Columbia Harbour House an excellent choice for those in need of a speedy holiday meal. Although you can find an oceanful of dishes at this quick-service restaurant, it is also offering a limited-time dish with one of the season’s most popular flavors: maple. (Available November 9 to December 31, 2021)

Christmas & Other Holiday Eats:

  • Maple-Mustard Glazed Salmon – Served with green beans and rice (New!)

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Epcot

A veritable perpetual international food festival, Epcot is a delightful destination for your Christmas dinner. Whether tucking into traditional favorites like turkey and stuffing or sampling global-inspired holiday dishes at the International Festival of the Holidays, there is an array of Epcot Christmas food items to satisfy picky eaters and gourmands alike. 

Garden Grill Restaurant | The Land Pavilion at World Nature

Like Liberty Tree Tavern in Magic Kingdom Park, Garden Grill Restaurant also hits the sweet spot between Christmas and Thanksgiving cuisine. So, if you prefer a hearty Christmas dinner with a bit of a twist, then Chip ‘n’ Dale’s Harvest Feast is for you. 

That’s right, not only do you get to enjoy bottomless, family-style dishes (many made with ingredients grown right there in The Land Pavilion). But, as a Disney character meal, you’ll also get to spend some time with Mickey, Pluto and that mischievous chipmunk duo, all dressed up in their farmer gear. 

Christmas & Other Holiday Eats:

  • Chip ‘n’ Dale’s Harvest Feast – Barbecue-roasted Chicken, Grilled Beef with Chimichurri, Southern-style Spoon Bread, Creamy Mashed Potatoes, Macaroni & Cheese, Seasonal Vegetables and Berry Short Cake

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Tutto Italia Ristorante | Italy Pavilion

When most people think of a classic Christmas Day dinner, Italian cuisine isn’t what typically comes to mind. Now, Christmas Eve, however, is a whole other matter. Thanks to the Feast of the Seven Fishes, which Italians celebrate on December 24 and features a whole lot of pasta (and seafood, of course), holiday fettuccine has become a popular Christmas Eve tradition with families throughout the United States, and not just Italian Americans. So, go straight to the source – or at least as close as you can get without a passport—at Tutto Italia Ristorante in Epcot’s Italy Pavilion. 

Christmas & Other Holiday Eats:

  • Fettuccine – Homemade Fettuccine Pasta and Parmesan Cream Sauce

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San Angel Inn Restaurante | Mexico Pavilion

In Mexico, folks celebrate the season by wishing each other “Feliz Navidad” and decorating with colorful papel picado garlands. The Mexico Pavilion is no exception, which receives a merry makeover for the holiday. Located inside the pavilion’s Mesoamerican-inspired pyramid is the San Angel Inn Restaurante, which enjoys gorgeous views of the festively decorated zocalo, making it a great choice if you’re on the hunt for a holiday meal with plenty of atmosphere. Although you won’t find tamales on the menu here, a Navidad favorite, you can enjoy a selection of beef and pork dishes, which are also popular during the holidays. 

Christmas & Other Holiday Eats:

  • Carne Asada – New York Strip with Chipotle Butter, Grilled Queso Fresco, Nopales Relish, Plantains, Queso Cotija and Crema Mexicana
  • Osso Buco Con Mole Negro – Slow-braised Pork Shank over Rice with

Nine Dragons Restaurant | China Pavilion

Since many restaurants are closed on Christmas, Chinese food has become the unofficial meal of Christmas for many, especially those in the Jewish community. To carry on the tradition, make a reservation for the Nine Dragons Restaurant in Epcot’s China Pavilion. While there, dine on celebratory dishes perfect for the impending Chinese New Year, including dumplings, noodles and spring rolls. 

Christmas & Other Holiday Eats:

  • Vegetable Spring Rolls
  • Sichuan Chicken Dumplings
  • Chicken Pot Stickers
  • Spicy Honey Crispy Chicken
  • Salt and Pepper Shrimp with Spinach Noodles

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Other Spots for Holiday Dishes and Christmas Dinner at Epcot

Epcot is known for its round-the-year festivals. At Christmastime, that means the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays. With holiday kitchens sprinkled around World Showcase Lagoon, you can even create your very own yuletide Epcot foodie tour. Get a taste of traditional Christmas flavors at the American Holiday Table booth near the American Adventure Pavilion, snack on latkes from the  L’Chaim! Holiday Kitchen between the Morocco and France Pavilions and much more. Check out the full foodie guide here. (Available November 24 to December 30, 2023)

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Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Although there aren’t any restaurants at Hollywood Studios this year offering a specific Christmas Day menu, you will find a fair amount of festive food items throughout the park, as well as a number of worthy possibilities for your holiday dinner. 

Hollywood & Vine | Echo Lake

With its seasonal dishes and Disney characters in holiday attire, Minnie’s Holiday Dine is a must for guests looking for a Christmas dinner to please the younger members of your group. Indulge in an assortment of bottomless, yuletide-ready eats, from roasted pork to creamy mashed potatoes, as you hobnob with the likes of Minnie, Mickey, Pluto and Santa Goofy. (Available November 8, 2023-January 4, 2024)

Christmas & Other Holiday Eats:

  • Roasted Pork with Spicy Mustard Sauce
  • Roasted Beef Strip Loin with Horseradish Cream
  • Oven-roasted Turkey Breast
  • Oven-roasted Herbed Chicken
  • Slow-roasted Crispy Pork Belly
  • Seared Salmon with Beurre Blanc
  • Sour Cream and Chive Whipped Potato
  • Caramelized Brussels Sprouts
  • Roasted Mushroom Farro Risotto (plant-based)
  • Macaroni & Cheese with Shrimp and Bacon
  • Olive Oil Herbed-Crushed Potatoes

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50’s Prime Time Café | Echo Lake

Christmas is all about family and friends, and many a holiday dinner has been had from the comfort of a kitchen table. So, while there isn’t a dedicated menu for Christmas Day, the homey ambiance and homespun dishes make the 50’s Prime Time Café a fun place for your holiday feast this year. 

Christmas & Other Holiday Eats:

  • Cousin Megan’s Traditional Meatloaf – Blend of Beef and Pork topped with Tomato Glaze served with Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans
  • Mom’s Old-fashioned Pot Roast – Slow-cooked ‘til fork-tender and served with Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Brown Gravy and garnished with Carrots, Celery and Onions

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Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano | Grand Avenue

If you’re heading to Hollywood Studios this Christmas Eve, consider booking dinner at Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano. Held on December 24, the Feast of the Seven Fishes is celebrated by Italians with lots of pasta and, you guessed it, seafood. And what better place to enjoy both of those things at Hollywood Studios than Mama Melrose’s? 

Christmas & Other Holiday Eats:

  • Crispy Calamari with Spicy Pickles, Spicy Aïoli and Fresh Lemon
  • Shrimp Campanelle – Sautéed Shrimp and Campanelle Pasta tossed in a Four-Cheese Sauce with Cauliflower, Sun-dried Tomatoes, Fresh Spinach and Sweet Onions

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park

Unfortunately, when it comes to Disney World holiday food specials, Animal Kingdom is about as stingy as it gets. So, while not quite at the level of a Scrooge or Grinch, you’ll only find a few different places with Animal Kingdom Christmas food items. Having said that, what is set to be here sounds like it will be well worth a taste. 

Tiffins Restaurant | Discovery Island

If you’re doing an adult Disney trip this Christmas, then there’s no better place for your Disney holiday feast than Tiffins Restaurant. An ode to the adventures that inspired Animal Kingdom Theme Park, this signature restaurant serves up an elegant atmosphere and sophisticated eats with global flavor, including a few decadent dishes perfect for a makeshift Christmas dinner.

Christmas & Other Holiday Eats:

  • Cardamom-spiced Veal – Grilled Veal Tenderloin, Braised Lentils, Fingerling Potatoes, Cherry Tomatoes, Hariss and Green Olive Vinaigrette, Goat Cheese and Pomegranate Jus
  • Surf and Turf – South African Braai Spiced Beef Tenderloin, Seared Scallops, Potato Pavé, Grilled Vegetables, Dhania Butter, Cola Demi-Glace
  • Tamarind-braised Short Rib – Brown Butter-Carrot Purée, Cipollini Onions, Medjool Date Jam, Roasted Heirloom Carrots
  • Lobster Macaroni & Cheese Cheddar, Sherry, Orecchiette Pasta

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Yak & Yeti Restaurant | Asia

Believe it or not, for some in the United States, particularly Jewish families and other non-Christians, Christmas dinner means heaping plates of Chinese food. In fact, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day tend to be the busiest days of the year for these Asian eateries. So, this holiday season, jingle all the way over to Yak & Yeti Restaurant for a festive feast filled with auspicious dishes that are sure to bring you luck in the New Year, such as pot stickers and egg rolls for wealth, fish for prosperity and noodles for a long life.

Christmas & Other Holiday Eats:

  • Pork Pot Stickers – Pan Seared or Steamed with a Soy Lime Dipping Sauce
  • Pork Egg Rolls – With a Chili Plum Dipping Sauce
  • Lo Mein – Available with Chicken, Shrimp, Vegetable or Combo
  • Miso Salmon – Miso-glazed Atlantic Salmon, Coconut-Ginger Rice and Stir-Fried Vegetables
  • Soy Herb Glazed Rib Eye – Grilled 14 oz. CAB Ribeye topped with Kimchi Butter and served with Stir-fried Vegetables and Mashed Potatoes

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Christmas Dinner at Disney World Hotels & Disney Springs

Without a doubt, Disney Springs and the resort hotels are home to some of the best restaurants at Disney World. Add to that some infectiously festive decorations, like massive holiday trees and faux falling snow, and you’ve got a Disney Christmas dinner to remember. And best of all, you don’t even need a park ticket. 

So, whether you’re a guest at one of the Disney World hotels or a Central Florida local looking for some pixie-dust-powered Christmas cheer, you’re sure to find a holiday menu to fit your tastes. Remember that while some of the items below are on the menu year-round, some options are exclusively available on Christmas Day, so be sure to plan your trip accordingly. 

Disney Springs

Disney Springs is the destination for food lovers of all stripes, from snack fiends to foodies, and that’s especially true during the holiday season. And, since Disney Springs is open on Christmas Day, it’s the perfect spot for your family’s Christmas dinner or a holiday feast with friends. 

When you aren’t indulging in all manner of delicious yuletide fare, be sure to spend some time admiring the festive, themed evergreens during the Disney Springs Christmas Tree Stroll or the fresh, falling “snow” (it’s actually made from soap!).

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Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar 

Also known as Jock Lindsey’s Holiday Bar, the holly-jolly takeover of one of the best bars at Disney World offers a temptingly non-traditional holiday feast (re: apps and booze), making for one of the more spirited options on our list. 

Order a bunch of bites to split amongst your group for an appropriately communal meal. Lastly, an ugly Christmas sweater would be right at home among the merry makeover’s tinsel and twinkle lights, so be sure to don yours for an eminently festive selfie. (Most are available November 9-December 30, 2023)

Christmas & Other Holiday Eats:

  • “Naughty or Nice” Deviled Eggs – Naughty Deviled Eggs with Crispy Ham and Spicy Honey Glaze or Nice Deviled Eggs with Crispy Ham and Sweet Honey Glaze (New!)
  • Here We Come A-Croquetting – Holiday Croquettes with Turkey and Stuffing topped with Bacon and Cranberry Jam and Turkey Gravy on a Bed of Pureed Sweet Potatoes (New!)
  • O’ Ham N’ Cheese Trees – Puff Pastry, Cheddar Cheese, Pitt Ham, Garlic Herb Butter and Sugar Plum Jam (New!)
  • Jock’s Famous Pigs in the Blanket – Puff Pastry, Debreziner Sausage and Cranberry Mustard Sauce (New!)
  • Post-Flight “Milk” and Cookies – Coquito with Assorted Cookies (New!)

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Raglan Road

The best Christmas dishes come from family recipes made with cozy ingredients and a whole lot of love. While they may not be quite like how your grandma used to make them, we’re sure that with comfy favorites like Duck Fat Roasties, Roast Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Roast Turkey, you’ll still feel right at home. 

For a DIY Disney dinner show, make your reservation for the evening to enjoy live music and Irish step dancing. No official menu has been released yet for Christmas dinner at Raglan Road, but here’s what was served last year. (Typically available December 25, 2023)

Christmas & Other Holiday Eats:

  • Special Christmas Menu – Butter & Herb Roast Turkey, Roast Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Duck Fat Roasties, Honey-Glazed Carrots, Bacon-Braised Brussels Sprouts, Sausage Meat & Walnut Stuffing and Red Wine Jus with Cranberry Sauce 

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STK Orlando

Looking for a luxurious place to enjoy Christmas dinner at Disney World? To spend the holidays like a true Disney VIP, book your reservation for STK Orlando, a chic steakhouse that turns into a pulsing club as the night wears on, thanks to the in-house DJ. 

While the full menu has yet to be released, in past years, a complete feast with all the trimmings and trappings was offered on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. (Expected to be available December 24-25, 2023)

Christmas & Other Holiday Eats:

  • Roasted “Linz” Prime Rib – Roasted Prime Rib with Confit Fingerling Potatoes, Green Beans, Port Wine Shallots and Black Truffle Madera Sauce 
  • Roasted Free Range Turkey Breast – Roast Turkey Breast with Confit Turkey Thighs, Cornbread Stuffing, Sweet Potato Mash, Corn Pudding, Green Beans, Confit Fingerling Potatoes, Old School Gravy and Cranberry Orange Chutney
  • Apple Pie with Maple Crème Fraîche

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Terralina Crafted Italian

For many people, Italian Americans especially, Christmas Eve is all about pasta. So, whether dripping in alfredo sauce or laden with seafood in honor of the Feast of the Seven Fishes, make all of your festive fettuccine dreams come true this holiday season at Terralina Crafted Italian at Disney Springs. 

Christmas & Other Holiday Eats:

  • Christmas Day Special – Grilled Lamb Chops, Creamed Spinach and Artichokes, Wild Mushroom and Parmesan Risotto Cake, Mint and Basil Sauce, Crispy Leeks
  • Seafood Fettuccini – Fresh Mussels, Shrimp, Scallops, Spicy Lemon-Tomato Broth, Grilled Baguette
  • Fettuccini Shrimp Scampi – With Lemon Chardonnay Butter Sauce, Marinated Tomatoes, Toasted Garlic and Grilled Baguette
  • Terralina Penne Alfredo – With Chicken, Pancetta, Sun-dried Tomato and Peas

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Morimoto Asia

For some, particularly those in the Jewish community, dinner on Christmas Day has become synonymous with a Chinese food feast since these are often the only restaurants still open on the holiday. So, while you’ll certainly be spoiled for choice at Disney World this festive season, keep the Chinese food tradition going with a Peking roasted duck with all the fixings or dumplings from Morimoto Asia. 

Christmas & Other Holiday Eats:

  • Pork Dumplings – Pork, Napa Cabbage and Scallion
  • Morimoto Peking Duck – Carved House-Roasted Whole Duck served with Steamed Flour Pancakes, Apricot Sweet Chili, Hoisin Miso and Choice of Steamed White or Brown Rice

Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’

For many people, the dishes you’ll find at a holiday meal are comfort foods, and that’s just what you’ll find at Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’. Along with cozy classics like fried chicken and braised short ribs, as well as an amazing brunch, you’ll also be able to grab a seasonal sandwich during the holidays this year.

Christmas & Other Holiday Eats:

  • Homecomin’ Holiday Turkey Sandwich – Smoked Turkey, Signature Cornbread Stuffing, Sweet and Sour Cranberry Aioli

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The Polite Pig

A barbecue joint might be the last place you would think of to enjoy a Christmas dinner—unless you have a thing for perfectly smoked meats, that is. However, this Michelin-recognized quick-service restaurant will also be serving up its very own holiday handheld featuring festive favorites like turkey, cornbread and more. (Available November 15 to December 11, 2023)

Christmas & Other Holiday Eats:

  • Open-face Turkey Smash – Texas Toast, Mashed Potatoes, Cornbread Stuffing, Turkey Gravy and Cranberry Chutney

Earl of Sandwich

Merry mainstays like turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce are classics for a reason. Fortunately, you can enjoy these festive favorites all year long at Earl of Sandwich in the form of a humble handheld. Or, jingle all the way over this holiday season for a portable Christmas feast.

Christmas & Other Holiday Eats:

  • Holiday Turkey Sandwich – Turkey, Cornbread Stuffing, Gravy, Cranberry Sauce and Mayo 
  • Holiday Ham Sandwich – Ham, Sweet Potato, Cheddar Cheese and Cranberry Sauce

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Walt Disney World Hotels

Many of the hotels at the sprawling Central Florida resort are home to some of the best dining at Disney World. So, it’s no surprise that you can find some delicious Christmas dinners at Disney World resort restaurants, as well as a tempting array of holiday sweets and sips. 

Quick-Service Christmas Feasts

You don’t need to spend an hour or more (or a ton of money) to tuck into a delicious Christmas dinner at the Disney World hotels. From value hotels to deluxe resorts, many quick-service restaurants at resorts around Walt Disney World cook up a merry meal of all your festive favorites, serving a traditional turkey feast with all the trimmings, including cornbread stuffing, mashed potatoes with turkey gravy, seasonal vegetables and cranberry relish. 

Although they haven’t yet been announced for 2023, Disney World hotel restaurants that have offered Christmas dinner in the past include (Typically available December 25 only):

Lobby Christmas tree at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

With its delectable dining, fascinating art and architectural influences and savannas teeming with African wildlife, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is a must-visit for foodies, animal lovers and travel fans alike. Be sure to linger in the lobby and admire the resort’s towering Christmas tree. 

Jiko – The Cooking Place

For an adventurous yet elegant Christmas dinner at Animal Kingdom Lodge, don’t miss Jiko – The Cooking Place. With its flame-kissed meats, fragrant spices and savanna-inspired setting (lighting in the eatery mimics a fiery African sunset), this signature restaurant is a delicious departure from the usual. Last year, Jiko offered a festive feast from Christmas Eve through New Year’s Eve. However, it has yet to be announced for this year.

Christmas & Other Holiday Eats:

  • Holiday Feast – Bone-In Ribeye, Preserved Lemon and Almond Haricot Verts, Herb Roasted Potatoes, Roasted Radicchio and Tart Cherry Wine Reduction
Sanaa

Savor global-inspired flavors of the holiday season at Sanaa as you watch giraffes and zebras roam by just outside the window for one Christmas you won’t soon forget. (Offered last year on December 25, 2022)

Christmas & Other Holiday Eats:

  • Celebrate the Season Dinner – Roast Prime Rib with Jus Lie, Mukimo, Fall Vegetables with Fig Butter and Mushroom Conserva 

Christmas decorations at Disney's Boardwalk Inn

Disney’s BoardWalk

One of the most charming corners of Walt Disney World, Disney’s BoardWalk offers a smorgasbord of dining options in a nostalgic setting styled after turn-of-the-century Atlantic City. If that doesn’t sound ideal for your Disney World Christmas dinner, we don’t know what does. While you’re there, stop into Disney’s BoardWalk Inn to see the resort’s life-sized gingerbread carousel.

Flying Fish

Craving surf and turf for your Disney World Christmas dinner? Then Flying Fish is for you. Befitting its waterfront location, Flying Fish serves up sophisticated seafood fare with seasonal ingredients and stunning views of Crescent Lake. (Available last year on December 24, 25 and 31, 2022)

Christmas & Other Holiday Eats:

  • Chef’s Holiday Special – Oak-Grilled Filet Mignon and Coldwater Lobster
Trattoria al Forno 

Like elsewhere in the world, Christmas in Italy is a festive, food-filled affair. From antipasto and lasagna to panettone and semifreddo, people dine on layered and filled pasta, richly braised meats and seasonal sweets. While Lasagna al Forno is offered all the time, Trattoria al Forno at Disney’s BoardWalk is also offering a special addition just for your holiday feast. (Available last year on December 24, 25 and 31, 2022)

Christmas & Other Holiday Eats:

  • Steak al Forno – With Yukon Potatoes, Cipollini Agrodolce and Chianti Reduction

Gingerbread castle at Disney's Contemporary Resort

Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Whether you’re doing a little resort hopping or stopping by for Christmas dinner (or brunch!), Disney’s Contemporary Resort is a must this holiday season. Each year, the hotel’s A-frame lobby is home to a giant gingerbread display, making for an especially festive view on your next Monorail trip to the Magic Kingdom

California Grill

The glittering twinkle lights of Main Street, U.S.A. are downright enchanting. For a dreamy view from above as you tuck into Christmas dinner, make a reservation for California Grill. Located on the hotel’s 15th floor, the restaurant dishes up seasonal Californian cuisine. 

Christmas & Other Holiday Eats:

  • Fire-Roasted Venison – With Sweet Potato Fondant, Roasted Root Vegetables and Sour Cranberries (Available last year on December 25, 2022)
Chef Mickey’s

What could be more fun than a Christmas dinner with friends, family and some of your favorite Disney characters? Chef Mickey’s is one of the most popular character meals at Disney World and features tableside visits from Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy and Pluto. (Available last year on December 18 to 25, 2022)

Christmas & Other Holiday Eats:

  • Holiday-Inspired Family Style Offerings – Apricot and Gruyere Stuffed Pork Tenderloin with Apricot Demi, Classic Stuffing, Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Haricot Verts with Stewed Tomatoes 
Steakhouse 71

Christmas meals are all about cozy family favorites eaten with people you love, making Steakhouse 71 an ideal location for your holiday feast, specifically Christmas brunch. The restaurant takes its inspiration from Walt Disney World’s opening day, cooking up old-school vibes and some of Walt Disney’s most-loved dishes.  

Christmas & Other Holiday Eats:

  • Holiday Brunch – Menu Highlights Include Walt’s Prime Rib Hash, Floridian Eggs Benedict, Bacon & Eggs and French Onion Soup (Available last year on December 18 to 24, 2022 and December 26, 2022 to January 8, 2023)

Christmas tree at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort

Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort

While it might not be a main destination on your Christmas resort-hopping tour of Disney World, Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort still deserves a stop along the way. With its elegant Christmas tree and festive, red-and-green lighting, it’s subtle, sophisticated and brimming with holiday cheer. 

Toledo – Tapas, Steak & Seafood

Another rooftop restaurant at Disney World, Toledo – Tapas, Steak & Seafood serves up savory meats and flavorful sides alongside sweeping resort views. Opt for one of the steakhouse’s regular Spanish-style dishes, such as Filet of Beef with a holiday-appropriate date jam or go for a Christmas classic with a South American twist. 

Christmas & Other Holiday Eats:

  • Toledo Christmas Dinner – Prime Rib of Beef, Potato Silk, Pearl Onion-Tomato Confit and Chimichurri (Available last year on December 25, 2022)

Ornaments on Christmas Tree at Disney's Grand Floridian

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

One Disney World hotel you can’t miss at Christmastime is Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. The resort’s culinary team works hard as elves to create a ginormous gingerbread house big enough to sell goodies out of. To make the lobby smell as good as the sweets taste, they even pipe the scent of cinnamon and cloves out of the cottage’s chimney. 

Cítricos

Several restaurants around Walt Disney World have gotten a makeover or even a full-on reimagining recently, including this fine-dining option at the Grand Floridian, which received a bright and airy update styled after Mary Poppins Returns. Here, you can dine on contemporary American cuisine with Floridian and Mediterranean flair. (Available last year on December 25 and 31, 2022)

Christmas & Other Holiday Eats:

  • Chipotle-Maple Glazed Dry-Aged Pork Chop – With Squash Au Gratin, Swiss Chard, And Almond Mole

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Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside

One of our favorite hotels at Disney World, Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside oozes Southern charm. For an especially romantic Christmas dinner (holiday date night, anyone?), consider going on a horse-drawn carriage ride before or after your meal. 

Boatwright’s Dining Hall

For Christmas dinner with a Southern comfort food twist, go to Boatwright’s Dining Hall. Designed to look like a boat-building workshop, this underappreciated Disney World eatery is a cozy spot for your family’s holiday meal. (Available last year on December 25, 2022)

Christmas & Other Holiday Eats:

  • Christmas Dinner – Dijon-Rubbed Pork Loin with Bourbon Sweet Potato Purée, Crispy Brussel Sprouts and Apple Fennel Chutney 

Disney's Wilderness Lodge Christmas tree

Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

Though a little off the beaten path, you’ll be handsomely rewarded for a trip to Disney’s Wilderness Lodge during the holidays. With the debut of its very own gingerbread “log” cabin back in 2019 and its towering Christmas tree, the deluxe resort has become a must-visit destination along the holiday resort hopping trail. 

Whispering Canyon Café 

For a rowdy Christmas dinner the whole family will love, dash on over to Whispering Canyon Café. Between the kid-friendly dishes, lively atmosphere and lovely view of the hotel’s Christmas tree, this is one holiday feast you won’t soon forget. (Available December 25, 2023)

Christmas & Other Holiday Eats:

  • Holiday Skillet – Moonshine-Glazed Ham, Slow-Smoked Pulled Pork, Western-Style Sausages, Maple-Chipotle Pork Ribs, Apple-Cornbread Stuffing, Sautéed Green Beans, Buttered Corn and Smashed Yukon Potatoes

Disney Springs Christmas decorations

Well, folks, that wraps up our guide on where to have the best Christmas dinner at Disney World. Have you spent Christmas at Walt Disney World? Where is your favorite place for a Disney Christmas dinner in the parks? How about the hotels or Disney Springs? Let us know in the comments below! 

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