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Disneyland Christmas Entertainment 2023 Style

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After a teaser released during “Halfway to the Holidays” week, Disney has let us know the full details of holiday entertainment and events at Disneyland. This year’s Disneyland holiday season will run from Nov. 10, 2023 to Jan. 7, 2024 and will feature parades, food, nighttime spectaculars, and the return of seasonal ride overlays. Read on for details!

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Mickey and his friends will be wearing all-new outfits in Disneyland Park to celebrate the season. Santa will also be visiting and you can pose for photos with him through December 24. There will be holiday shopping and dining in Downtown Disney, and live musical performances at the Downtown Disney LIVE! stage. The hotels will be all dressed up and will also feature live entertainment on select nights. As you might expect, most of the holiday celebrations will focus on the parks.

Mickey’s Happy Holidays

In Disney California Adventure, Disney’s Festival of Holidays returns. Food from a variety of ethnic backgrounds and seasonal traditions including Christmas, Navidad, Diwali, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and Three Kings Day will be featured, and this year entertainment expands to the Hollywood Backlot. In addition to music and dance performances, Disney and Pixar characters join the Holiday Toy Drummers in Mickey’s Happy Holidays street party.

Mickey’s Happy Holidays © Disney

The Sip & Savor Pass will be available at this year’s Festival, with eight tabs that can be redeemed for eligible food and beverages at participating locations. The pass is valid for the length of the Festival and can be shared among friends and family.

Disney ¡Viva Navidad!

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It’s not just the Festival booths that will be serving up holiday menus; this year you can taste your way through an all-new menu at Paradise Garden Grill. Folklórico, samba, and other traditional Latin American dances and instruments will join Mickey and Minnie in their holiday best for the ¡Viva Navidad! street party, one of several festivities that include live music and dancing in the Paradise Gardens Park area. Several Disney characters will also make special appearances, including Mirabel from “Encanto”.

Festive Ride Reimaginings and Other Decor

Of course you’ll know it’s winter when Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle appears, with glistening icicles and snow-kissed turrets. The Gingerbread House will return to the Grand Californian, Christmas Trees will be everywhere, and “snow” will fall nightly in Disneyland Park.

Ornaments, lights, and more will also embellish favorite attractions that get a special holiday overlay. In Disneyland, you’ll be

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In Disneyland Park, the fan favorite “it’s a small world” Holiday will swap out the regular earworm for a seasonal soundtrack and Haunted Mansion Holiday features a “hauntingly delightful gingerbread house”. Over in Disney California Adventure, two attractions in Cars Land will get a holiday makeover, spending a couple of months as “Luigi’s Joy to the Whirl” and “Mater’s Jingle Jamboree”.

Seasonal Spectactulars

At Disneyland Park, “A Christmas Fantasy Parade” features characters from Frozen, Toy Story, and many more. And the sky lights up at night with the “Believe…In Holiday Magic” show, a fireworks spectacle set amidst the occasional sprinkling of snow. Should you choose to “add even more holiday magic to your trip”, the Holiday Time at the Disneyland Resort Guided Tour is a $110 upcharge experience with seasonal offerings and reserved viewing for the parade.

At Disney California Adventure, “World of Color – Season of Light” will bring everyone the “spirit of togetherness and love”.

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If you’d like to arrange a trip to take in the holiday merriment, feel free to reach out to the folks at TouringPlans Travel for a free quote.

Have you been to Disneyland Resort for the holidays? What are your favorites? Let us know in the comments!

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Jennifer Heymont

Jennifer Heymont has a background in math and biology, but since she couldn't pick between the two she ended up in Data Science where she gets to do both. She lives just north of Boston with her husband, kids, and assorted animal members of the family. Although it took three visits for the Disney bug to "take", she now really wishes she lived a lot closer to the Parks.

5 thoughts on “Disneyland Christmas Entertainment 2023 Style

  • Holly

    We will be in the parks on November 8th and 9th. I know November 10th is the official start of the holiday season, but TouringPlans lists A Christmas Fantasy Parade, Believe…in Holiday Magic, and Mickey’s Happy Holidays as the entertainment for November 9th. Should we expect to see holiday shows on the 9th?

  • The Sip & Savor appears to be only available to Magic Key holders on the DL site…do you know if that is true? We are going to be there Dec 7-10 and wanted to take advantage of it if possible!

    • Jennifer Heymont

      Hi Lynne, according to Disneyland’s Festival of the Holidays page, the pass is available to all guests. The pass is available to Magic Key holders at a discount, and that may be what you’re seeing. Here’s the relevant page: https://disneyland.disney.go.com/dining/disney-california-adventure/festive-foods-marketplaces/ and the text:
      “Get the most holiday cheer out of the Disney Festival of Holidays with the Sip and Savor Pass—available for purchase to all Guests! The pass provides 8 convenient entitlement tabs that you can redeem for select food and nonalcoholic beverages at participating Festive Foods Marketplace kiosks and dining locations.”

      “Valid Magic Key pass and photo ID must be shown upon purchase of the Sip and Savor Pass to receive the special price and lanyard.”

      Have a great trip!

  • Robert Smith

    We are panning a trip to DL from Jan 7-10. Will we get to see one day/night of Christmas? Specifically the Haunted Mansion NMBC theme?


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