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Christmas at the Disneyland Resort

November 10, 2016 - January 8, 2017

Celebrate the Holidays at the Disneyland Resort. From mid-November through the beginning of January, the Disneyland Resort in Southern California transforms into a Christmas wonderland with special parades, shows and entertainment that are sure to make this a memorable holiday season for your entire family.

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One of this season's highlights is "A Christmas Fantasy" parade, complete with tin soldiers, snowflakes and your favorite Disney characters.

Later in the evening is the Believe...in Holiday Magic fireworks.

Other favorite traditions are back at Disneyland Park. There's the 60-foot Christmas tree located in Town Square and the streets are trimmed with garland and wreaths with special events throughout the parks. The cast of Characters are ready for Christmas and are sure to bring holiday cheer.

Believe….In Holiday Magic Fireworks Spectacular

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During the Holidays, Disneyland’s spectacular Holiday Fireworks show ends with a White Christmas as snow start to fall on Main Street U.S.A, New Orleans Square and it’s a small world.

Haunted Mansion Holiday

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Join ‘Jack Skellington’ and his friends for a look at what happens when Halloween and Christmas collide in this spectacular transformation of ‘The Haunted Mansion’. The mansion has been taken over by the characters from Tim Burton’s ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ in this annual Disneyland tradition. “Sandy Claws,” a.k.a. Jack Skellington himself, welcomes guests to enter. Once inside, you will discover the mansion decorated for a "Scary Christmas" and fun for the entire family.


‘it’s a small world holiday’

Decorated with 300,000 dazzling lights especially for the holidays, this popular Disneyland attraction transforms into an international celebration of Christmas. Join in as ‘Jingle Bells’ is performed in many languages.


Jingle Cruise

In this seasonal storyline of the Jungle Cruise, the Skippers have grown homesick for the holidays, so they’ve added holiday cheer to the queue and boathouse with decorations that have been mailed to them from home (plus a few they’ve created themselves). The Skippers have also added a slew of new jokes to their tours that are the perfect way to get guests in the holiday spirit. Additionally, Jungle Cruise boats have been renamed with the holidays in mind, and if guests listen carefully, they may hear a holiday-themed radio broadcast playing in the background.

‘A Christmas Fantasy Parade’

Join Mickey and the Disneyland Characters for a celebration of Christmas along Main Street USA. This parade is a yearly tradition, delighting guests of all ages as they enjoy the antics of Disney characters dancing alongside gingerbread men, snowflakes, and other Christmas characters.

Disneyland's "Candlelight Processional"
December 3 - 4, 2016

This Disneyland holiday tradition takes place on Main Street U.S.A. and features a full Orchestra, Christmas Tree Chorus performing renditions of traditional Christmas songs and a retelling of the Christmas Story by a celebrity narrator.

The Holiday Time at Disneyland Tour

Guests are treated to an exclusive tour of Disneyland Park all decked out for the "Merriest Christmas on Earth". Tour includes exclusive collectible items, priority boarding on special holiday themed attractions and VIP seating for Disney's "A Christmas Fantasy" parade. 


Santa Claus

Guests can meet Santa Claus at a location in Critter Country.


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Disney California Adventure

Celebrate the Festival of Holidays at Disney California Adventure from mid-November through early January. Guests can enjoy food and entertainment inspired by holidays around the world, plus themed decorations around the park, from Bugs Land to Cars Land.

Vintage-style ornaments and the Community Bell Ringers are featured on Buena Vista Street.  You'll find a large Christmas tree in the plaza near Carthay Circle.

In Cars Land, the residents are decorating as only the "Cars" characters could.

World of Color - Season of Light

NEW FOR 2016!


World of Color - Season light will take guests through a sparkling winter fantasy and will inlude classic Disney songs and characters.


The show ushers winter in with the falling of the last autumn leaves as Mickey and his friends are decorating their homes for Christmas.  Guests see Lady and the Trap, Andy's family from Toy Story, Stitch, and The Three Caballeros.


In his typical over-the-top style, Goofy will design a holiday light display that overloads the circuits and leads into "Blue Christmas" by Inside Out's Sadness.


The grand finale will light up the lagoon with the spirit of peace, joy, and goodwill.

Festival of Holidays

NEW FOR 2016!

Enjoy 14 internationally themed food locations, special guest musical groups and favorite Disney characters, including Princess Elena of Avalor.


Elena of Avalor will make her Disneyland Resort debut with her royal dancers and magical friend Skylar during a new musical cavalcade.


Marketplace Booths


Heritage Cottage: Braised Beef Short Rib with smashed potatoes and sauerbraten sauce, Weisswurst Sausage & Sauerkraut with stone ground mustard and pretzel crumble, Vanilla Rice Pudding with apple compote and cinnamon streusel crunch

Making Spirits Bright: Wines by the glass and tasting flights, Warm Holiday Spiced Wine, Sparkling Apple-pomegranate Juice

Nosh & Nibbles: Brisket Potato Croquette with horseradish creme, Sweet Spiced Noodle Kugel, Reuben Potato Smash with Russian dressing and Rye toast

Good Fortune’s Feast: Adobo Pork Bao with shaved red onion and crispy garlic chicharron, Smoked Duck & Vegetable Spring Roll with cabbage and sweet plum sauce, Chilled Papaya Shrimp Salad with chili-garlic vinaigrette and crispy noodles, Winter Mint Milk Tea

Spice Salutations: Chicken & Potato Curry with Kefir cream and grilled naan, Carrot & Chickpea Fritters with coriander-almond sauce, Cardamom & Saffron Sweet Cheese Tart with mulled fruit, Mango Lassi

Brews & Bites: Local Seasonal & International Beers and tasting flights, Holiday Cheese Ball with crackers & pretzels

Mistletoe Morsels: Holiday Swedish Meatballs with creamy gravy and Lingonberry sauce, Classic Crab Cake with lemon tartar sauce, Shrimp Cocktail Martini with chili sauce and jalapeno olive, Holiday Eggnog Cocktail with whipped cream & nutmeg dusting, Merry Berry Sherbet Punch

Southern Home Holidays: Grilled Spicy Chicken Sausage with red beans & rice, Southern Mac & Cheese with jalapeno cornbread crumble, Sweet Potato Pie with candied pecans, Cranberry Sweet Tea topped with berry foam

Winter Sliderland: Roasted Turkey Slider with cranberry sauce and gravy, Kalua Pork Slider with pineapple jam and cider slaw, Praline & Bourbon Whoopie Pie, Sparkling Apple-cranberry juice

Fiesta en Familia: Green Chile Pozole with Vegetables, Red Chile Pozole with Pork, Fresh Fish Ceviche with chili-lime tortilla chips, Guava Agua Fresca

Yuletide Yummies: Mini Turkey Pot Pie with cranberry drizzle, Pesto Puff Pastry Twist, Gingerbread Bundt Cake with orange-vanilla sauce, Eggnog Cheesecake with spiced whipped cream, Mocha Yule Log with candied chestnuts, Raspberry Linzer Tart, Sticky Toffee Pudding with Brandied Cream, Frozen Chocolate Milk with whipped cream and sprinkles, Pumpkin Spiced Hot Chocolate with house-made cinnamon marshmallows

Mosaic Delights: Roasted Lamb with masala spice Basmati rice and poached raisins, Mini Falafel donuts with pickled vegetables & Tahini drizzle, Baklava with walnuts, pistachios & honey, Iced Moroccan Mint Tea

Abuelita’s Kitchen: Chicken Cilantro Tamale with roasted Tomatillo salsa verde, Beef & Cheese Tamale with red chili sauce, Chorizo Bean Sopes with Cotija cheese & fresh crema, Spiced Peanut Brittle, Pomegranate Margarita

Treats for Santa: Mickey Snowman Cookie Decorating Kit, Harvest Puff Pastry, Classic Panettone, Peppermint Bark, Pumpkin Seed Brittle, Walnut Fudge, Warm Bourbon Cider, White Hot Chocolate with house-made peppermint marshmallows, Holiday Fruit Punch


Special Entertainment


Blue13 Dance Company: Turn up the fun with traditional Indian dances that build to a Bollywood party

Mostly Kosher: Klezmer band that showcases an entertaining and eclectic musical tapestry weaving together jazz, Latin, rock and hip-hop

RAISE: A cappella R&B vocal group putting a new spin on popular holiday songs

Holiday Toy Drummers: Mischievous drummers that march to their own beat performing precision drills with holiday cheer

Stilt Circus: Strolling performers adding playful whimsy to the festival

Mariachi Divas: Grammy Award winners performing their signature repertoire

¡Viva Navidad!


Several times each day, a high-energy street party led by the Three Caballeros take over Paradise Gardens, along with musicians, dancers, 12-foot-tall majiganga puppets, plus Mickey, Minnie and Santa & Mrs. Claus.


Santa Claus


NEW FOR 2016!


At California Adventure, Santa will greet guests inside the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail


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Disneyland Resort Hotels and Downtown Disney

All three Disneyland Resort Hotels and the Downtown Disney District will spruce up for the holidays including visits from Santa, strolling carolers and live entertainment. Downtown Disney is the perfect place for all of your shopping needs.

Downtown Disney Winter Village / Olaf's Frozen Ice Rink

The Downtown Disney area between the AMC 12 Theatres and the ESPN Zone has turned into Olaf's Frozen Ice Rink, inspired by "Frozen".   Surrounding the rink is a holiday village, with themed chalets where guest can purchase seasonal gifts, plus a 30-foot tall Christmas tree.

Skates are available for rent, and helmets are provided and required for safety.


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