We started a new tradition this year. My new sister-in-law and her mom love everything Disney as much as my family does, so we decided to go together to Disney Springs for our first annual girls Christmas shopping day!
We really love Disney springs for so many reasons. They totally remodeled it a few years ago and it is gorgeous. It’s so clean and so nice.
They have so many new stores and dining options. It’s really fun to walk around and check everything out. Plus the world’s largest Disney Store is located at Disney Springs and it is amazing!
It’s free to park and walk around. We always end up spending money on some shopping and food but it’s still really nice that there’s this option to give your wallet a little break.
And if you go at Christmas time it’s even more beautiful because of all of the decorations and things they have going on for the holidays. So here is what they are offering this Christmas season:
Holiday Gift Hunt
There is a scavenger hunt going on from November 8th through January 5th all throughout Disney Springs. It is Lilo & Stitch themed and each time you spot Stitch in a store or restaurant holding a holiday gift you use the complementary scavenger booklet to mark that item off the list.
There are stickers in the middle of the booklet that you use to place on each page when you find the clue. There’s also a map in the booklet to help you find the clues.
Once you completed the holiday scavenger hunt, you can return your scavenger hunt booklet to a redemption location for a little, festive gift.
The redemption locations for the scavenger hunt at Disney Springs are:
- Disney’s Wonderful World of Memories
- The Christmas Tree Trail
- Once Upon a Toy
- Marketplace Co-Op
- Amorette’s Patisserie
- Super Hero Headquarters
A little clue when looking for Stitch in each location is to look up. He is almost always high up. Also, any of the cast members that you see will be glad to help give some clues as to where you can find Stitch. They were all very helpful to us.
We loved the scavenger hunt. It was a lot of fun and gave Maggie something to do while I shopped.
Disney Springs Christmas Tree Trail
The Christmas tree trail was a big surprise for us. We didn’t even know it was going on. When you enter the “trail” you walk through a path with 27 different Christmas trees decorated for various Disney characters and movies and Disney themes in general. It was so neat!
And to add to the excitement, it snows along the trail. Pretend snow of course, but still for us Florida people it was very exciting!
These were some of our favorite Christmas trees along the way…
I loved the Simba on top of the tree! So cute! We love Lion King so this was one of our favorite trees!
They even had a Haunted mansion themed Christmas tree! So cool! For all those Halloween folks out there, this is the Christmas tree for you. We thought maybe we should do this to our Christmas tree next fall!
The monorail was the garland on this Christmas tree! I mean, seriously, how cute is this?! They are so clever! Loved this tree!
And each tree had a special lantern ornament with a character from the movie that the Christmas tree is themed from. It was fun to try to find the lanterns. Check out Rapunzel’s lantern and her hair is the garland on this Christmas tree!!!
You can also see Santa in the Christmas tree Trail. What I liked about the line was that you could leave your name and come back at a designated time instead of just standing in line for hours.
Don’t forget to look for a clue from the Lilo & Stitch scavenger hunt inside the trail.
Of course, the shopping is a huge reason why we love Disney Springs. And that was the whole reason we visited this time. Christmas shopping at Disney Springs is so much fun and there are so many things to choose from.
With all of the variety of different shops you’ll be sure to find something for everyone.
It is so beautiful this time of year at Disney Springs. They have decorations everywhere. Giant ornaments, garland, Christmas lights, and of course the Christmas tree Trail. It’s absolutely gorgeous to visit this time of year.
We had such a great time on our first annual Christmas shopping trip to Disney Springs. I highly suggest making a tradition like this. And depending on what part of Southwest Florida you live in, it’s not that far of a drive. We left around 8 and got there around 10:30 and stayed until late afternoon and drove back home.
It was definitely doable in one day. But if you want to stay overnight I have some great suggestions for where to stay near Disney.
For other information about Disney during the Christmas season click the picture below….