What better way to celebrate the season than to spend the holidays at Disney? The happiest place on earth offers all the magic and festivity that you can imagine during the Christmas season. Here’s a look at everything to see and do during the holidays at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim.
Holiday décor will adorn Disneyland and California Adventure throughout the holiday season. From wreaths and garlands to thousands of twinkling lights, take in the spectacular, magical sights. Don’t miss It’s A Small World, Sleeping Beauty’s Castle, Main Street USA, Buena Vista Street, Cars Land and much more!
Experience the holiday magic at Disneyland Resort and California Adventure Park November 10, 2023 through January 7, 2024.
Meet Santa at Disneyland Resort
Santa will be on-site to meet with guests from November 10 – December 24!
At Disneyland: Find Santa at Critter Country for festive photos and merry moments.
At California Adventure: Find Santa at Ahwahnee Camp Circle near the trail entrance for photos and a meeting with the man himself.
At the Hotels: Santa will be at Paradise Pier Hotel, Grand California Hotel & Spa, and Disneyland Hotel to visit with guests during their stay.
Disneyland Park Holiday Magic
A Christmas Fantasy Parade
The Disneyland Parade is joined by Santa and his reindeer, with toy soldiers, dancing gingerbread cookies, and all the beloved Disney characters on their march down Main Street, USA.
Believe…In Holiday Magic Fireworks Spectacular
The nightly fireworks show includes holiday music, festive fireworks, and magical snowfall. Here are places to watch the fireworks without a ticket.
Wintertime Enchantment at Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle
Sleeping Beauty’s Castle is transformed into a magical sight with lights, icicles, wreaths, and festive décor, with holiday music and falling snow.
Haunted Mansion Holiday
Season’s Screamings! Visit the macabre mansion and see its holiday transformation into a scene inspired by The Nightmare Before Christmas complete with Pumpkin King Jack Skellington and real holiday spirits.
California Adventure Holiday Magic
Disney Festival of Holidays
Celebrate cultural diversity throughout the season with festive music, activities, food, and fun. Includes festival celebrations for Christmas, Navidad, Hannukah, Diwali, Kwanzaa, and Three Kings’ Day. Highlights for the festival include:
- Mickey’s Happy Holidays – Dance with Mickey and pals to the merry rhythms of Holiday Toy Drummers
- Disney Character sightings, including Mirabel from Disney’s Encanto
- Mariachi Divas put a festive spin on classic holiday tunes
- Mostly Kosher honors Hanukkah with musical styles from klezmer and jazz to Latin and rock
- Blue13 Dance Company celebrates Diwali with traditional dances during a Bollywood party
- Phat Cat Swinger presents swinging holiday music selections with a fresh new twist
- The Mistletoes celebrate Christmas and Kwanzaa with a cappella vocal ensemble that reimagines holiday hits with rhythm and soul
- Tina and The Sounds of Celebration – Tina and her musicians from all over Latin America hype up the crowd with Salsa, Merengue, Caribbean and Latin Rock music
- Holiday Toy Drummers march to their own beat while drumming up smiles around the park
Disney ¡Viva Navidad! Street Party
Join The Three Caballeros at the ultimate fiesta for Navidad! Featuring exuberant performances, including authentic folklórico dancers, mariachis, Brazilian samba dancers, drummers and incredible 12-foot-tall mojiganga puppets of Santa and Mrs. Claus, with a special appearance by Mickey and Minnie in their festive fiesta best!
World of Color Season Of Light
See cherished moments from Disney and Pixar films as they are illuminated on a wall of mist. Hundreds of sky-high fountains dance in time to festive music as shimmering snowflakes fill the scene. See moments from classic films and enjoy seasonal music medleys.
Mater’s Jingle Jamboree
Enjoy a haul-iday tractor spin through Mater’s magically decorated junkyard while listening to classic holiday tunes with tow-riffic original lyrics.
Luigi’s Joy to the Whirl
Take a spin around Luigi’s festively decked out backyard in Cars Land with holiday dance tunes.
Festive, seasonal food and drink offerings can be found at various locations throughout both Disneyland and California Adventure. Make the most of these holiday options and purchase a sip and savor pass, which includes 8 entitlement tabs that can be redeemed for select food and nonalcoholic beverages at participating Festive Foods Marketplace kiosks and dining locations.
Disney on Ice
Down the road at the Honda Center there is also Disney on Ice. If you have little ones, Disney on Ice is a family experience you must do at least once. Join Mickey and friends at the Honda Center to see this timeless show.
Disneyland & California Adventure Information
Address: 1313 Disneyland Dr, Anaheim, CA 92802
Phone: (714) 781-4636
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Heidi Deal is the author of the Newcomers Handbook to Living In Los Angeles & Orange County, and a children’s book author specializing in history and human rights.