The Holidays Are Here at Disneyland Resort

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Disneyland Holidays

November 10 kicks off the official holiday season at the Disneyland Resort and it’s the most festive time of the year! This year, there’s going to be some fun new additions mixed in with the standby favorites.

First, this year will mark the debut of new seasonal transformations in Cars Land! Due to the success of Haul-o-ween, Mater and Luigi have put a holiday spin on their attractions. In addition, there will be new delicious eats and great new merchandise, and Disney characters in their holiday finest. Here’s what you can expect:


  • Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle features shimmering icicles and more than 50,000 twinkling LED lights. Oh and you don’t want to miss the fireworks spectacular “Believe … in Holiday Magic” as it features a magical snowfall finale
  • The “A Christmas Fantasy” Parade will return with daily performances. The parade will feature favorite Disney characters who will join Santa Claus to spread holiday cheer along with marching tin soldiers, gingerbread cookies, dazzling floats and lively holiday music.
  • Guests can meet Santa at his special location in Critter County
  • There will be a gigantic  60-foot Christmas tree with nearly 1,800 ornaments that will welcome guests to Main Street, U.S.A.
  • “it’s a small world” has been transformed into “it’s a small world” Holiday to celebrate children around the world and the holiday traditions of their countries. FastPass will be available for this attraction.
  • Of course, you don’t want to miss Haunted Mansion Holiday which celebrates the collision between Christmas and Halloween with Jack Skellington and his friends from “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas.”

Disney California Adventure

  • The residents of Radiator Springs have decorated with festive fun in the past, but new this year, two Cars Land attractions will transform for the first time. Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters becomes Luigi’s Joy to the Whirl and Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree becomes Mater’s Jingle Jamboree.
  • The Festival of Holidays is back with diverse cultural festivities inspired by Christmas/Navidad, Hannukah, Diwali, Kwanza and Three Kings Day. Guests will experience:
    • Holiday Sunset Concerts: New for this year, there will be fun dance parties featuring performing groups Phat Cat Swinger (Friday-Monday) and Mariachi Divas (Tuesday-Thursday) at Paradise Park
    • The Sound, a new soulful a capella group will join returning holiday performances by Mostly Kosher, Blue13 Dance Company and the Holiday Toy Drummers
    • Disney ¡Viva Navidad! will take place again with with authentic music, dance, décor, crafts. Guests will also get to meet special Disney characters, including Princess Elena of Avalor
    • Festive Foods Marketplaces: These kiosks will serve multicultural holiday fare including a range of flavors like beef corn tamale a la plancha with spicy rojo sauce, braised lamb cheeks with Mediterranean cauliflower, sweet potato pie and fruit and nut rugelach
    • Fun family activities: These include holiday arts and crafts, face painting and cookie decorating
    • Three Kings Day Celebration from January 4-7
  • The nighttime spectacular, World of Color – Season of Light will return and it will celebrate the spirit of the holidays as the show combines classic holiday songs with memorable moments from treasured Disney animated films.
  • “a bug’s land” will transform for the holidays with over-sized lights and ornaments
  • At Santa’s Holiday Visit found  at the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail, guests will be able to play festive Elf Games, enjoy cookie decorating and meet Santa Claus
  • Carthay Circle along Buena Vista Street features a 1920s-inspired holiday theme to emulate Los Angeles as it appeared when Walt Disney first moved to California, including a stunning, 50-foot Christmas tree that features vintage-style ornaments. In addition, the surrounding buildings are adorned in old-fashioned seasonal decorations.

There will also be holiday festivities at Downtown Disney and all three Hotels of the Disneyland Resort with twinkling lights and ornaments, holiday displays, special entertainment and special dining with themed menus. Guests can also the lobby of Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa to find a big treat – a giant gingerbread replica of the hotel itself.

At Disneyland Resort during the holiday season traditions are shared, memories are made and new experiences make the spirit of the season shine even brighter. Tis the season to be merry!

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Rikki Niblett

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4 thoughts on “The Holidays Are Here at Disneyland Resort

  • November 3, 2017 at 9:43 pm

    I am trying to figure out how much time to set aside in my touring plan for seeing Santa at the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail because it is not an option I can select and add. Do you know how long I should estimate to see Santa and play the games.


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