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A holiday parade makes its way through the (Credit: Nina Ruggiero)

A holiday parade makes its way through the Walt Disney World Resort's Animal Kingdom Park. (Dec. 8, 2012)

Walt Disney World celebrates the holidays

With holiday parades, festive decorations and even visits from Santa Claus, December is an especially magical month to visit the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla.

The entrance to the Disney World Resort's Magic
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The entrance to the Disney World Resort's Magic Kingdom Park is decorated for the holidays. (Dec. 6, 2012)

A holiday parade makes its way through the
(Credit: Nina Ruggiero)

A holiday parade makes its way through the Walt Disney World Resort's Animal Kingdom Park. (Dec. 8, 2012)

A Disney cast member greets visitors at the
(Credit: Nina Ruggiero)

A Disney cast member greets visitors at the entrance to the Disney World Resort's Magic Kingdom Park. (Dec. 6, 2012)

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Carolers put on a holiday show at the
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Carolers put on a holiday show at the Walt Disney World Resort's Magic Kingdom park. (Dec. 8, 2012)

Main Street USA is festively decorated at the
(Credit: Nina Ruggiero)

Main Street USA is festively decorated at the Walt Disney World Resort's Magic Kingdom park. (Dec. 6, 2012)

Special holiday treats are for sale at Walt
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Special holiday treats are for sale at Walt Disney World Resort gift shops. (Dec. 6, 2012)

A Christmas countdown stands in the Candy Cane
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A Christmas countdown stands in the Candy Cane Garden at the Walt Disney World Resort's Magic Kingdom Park. (Dec. 6, 2012)

Toy soldiers, candy canes, wreaths, trees and more
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Toy soldiers, candy canes, wreaths, trees and more decorate Walt Disney World Resort's Magic Kingdom park. (Dec. 6, 2012)

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The entrance to the Disney World Resort's Magic
(Credit: Nina Ruggiero)

The entrance to the Disney World Resort's Magic Kingdom Park is decorated for the holidays. (Dec. 6, 2012)

A holiday-themed trolley takes performers down Main Street
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A holiday-themed trolley takes performers down Main Street USA in the Disney World Resort's Magic Kingdom Park. (Dec. 6, 2012)

An animal-themed tree welcomes visitors to Walt Disney
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An animal-themed tree welcomes visitors to Walt Disney World Resort's Animal Kingdom Park during the holidays. (Dec. 6, 2012)

Dancers perform in a holiday parade on Main
(Credit: Nina Ruggiero)

Dancers perform in a holiday parade on Main Street USA in the Disney World Resort's Magic Kingdom Park. (Dec. 6, 2012)

Kids can spend time with Santa Claus at
(Credit: Nina Ruggiero)

Kids can spend time with Santa Claus at Candy Cane Garden at the World Disney World Resort's Magic Kingdom park. (Dec. 6, 2012)

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The entrance to the Disney World Resort's Magic
(Credit: Nina Ruggiero)

The entrance to the Disney World Resort's Magic Kingdom Park is decorated for the holidays. (Dec. 6, 2012)

Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe sells holiday ornaments, decorations
(Credit: Nina Ruggiero)

Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe sells holiday ornaments, decorations and more at the Disney World Resort's Magic Kingdom Park. (Dec. 6, 2012)

Red and white stars adorn the streets of
(Credit: Nina Ruggiero)

Red and white stars adorn the streets of the Walt Disney World Resort's Hollywood Studios along with special lights and decorations. (Dec. 7, 2012)

A Hollywood-themed tree marks the entrance to the
(Credit: Nina Ruggiero)

A Hollywood-themed tree marks the entrance to the Walt Disney World Resort's Hollywood Studios during the holidays. (Dec. 7, 2012)

Santa Claus meets with children at the Walt
(Credit: Nina Ruggiero)

Santa Claus meets with children at the Walt Disney World Resort's Magic Kingdom Park. (Dec. 6, 2012)

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Main Street USA is festively decorated at the
(Credit: Nina Ruggiero)

Main Street USA is festively decorated at the Walt Disney World Resort's Magic Kingdom Park. (Dec. 6, 2012)

Main Street USA is festively decorated at the
(Credit: Nina Ruggiero)

Main Street USA is festively decorated at the Walt Disney World Resort's Magic Kingdom Park. (Dec. 6, 2012)

Dancers perform in a holiday parade on Main
(Credit: Nina Ruggiero)

Dancers perform in a holiday parade on Main Street USA in the Disney World Resort's Magic Kingdom Park. (Dec. 6, 2012)

The entrance to the Walt Disney World Resort's
(Credit: Nina Ruggiero)

The entrance to the Walt Disney World Resort's Magic Kingdom Park is decorated for the holidays. (Dec. 6, 2012)

Cinderella's castle glows before a special holiday show
(Credit: Nina Ruggiero)

Cinderella's castle glows before a special holiday show with music and fireworks at Walt Disney World Resort's Magic Kingdom Park. (Dec. 5, 2012)

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