Holidays at the Disneyland Resort

by Nov 13, 2022

The Holidays at the Disneyland Resort are the most magical time of the year at the Happiest Place on Earth! From special ride layovers and treats to the beloved holiday parade, you don’t want to miss any of it! We share our top reasons for experiencing the Holidays at the Disneyland Resort. Then, we have all the details about this wonderful time of year to help you plan!

Reasons to Love the Disneyland Resort During the Holiday Season

There are so many reasons to consider a visit to the Disneyland Resort. This is the case at any time of the year, but especially during the holidays! Here are a few reasons to love the Holidays at the Disneyland Resort

1.) Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle

Each holiday season, Sleeping Beauty is transformed with beautiful decorations and icicle lights. It’s beautiful to see during the day and at night when it is all lit up!

2.) Holiday Entertainment

The holiday entertainment at the Disneyland Resort is a wonderful addition to your Disney vacation experience! “A Christmas Fantasy” Parade at Disneyland Park features many beloved Disney characters, holiday friends, and Santa Claus himself!

In addition, the nighttime shows can’t be missed! From a special fireworks show at Sleeping Beauty Castle to a holiday version of “World of Color”, each one is sure to fill you with the holiday spirit.

3.) Holiday Treats and Festival of the Holidays Kitchens

The beloved Mickey Gingerbread cookie is one of the many holiday treats that guests look forward to each year. In addition, check out the menus at the Festival of the Holidays and many other treats throughout the parks and the Downtown Disney District.

4.) Ride Overlays 

Throughout Cars Land and at the Haunted Mansion, the holiday season brings special overlays to the different attractions. In addition, the classic attraction “it’s a small world” is completely transformed with Christmas lights and includes nightly lighting, a beloved tradition.

5.) Merchandise, the Perfect Gift Options

Are you looking to do some holiday shopping? The Disneyland Resort is the perfect place to get it done! You will find a variety of gifts for everyone in your family while exploring the Downtown Disney District or the shops in each of the theme parks!

Disneyland Park

Feel the magic of the holiday season from the moment you arrive at Disneyland Park. As you enter the park, feast your eyes on the 60-foot-tall Christmas tree on Main Street, U.S.A. as well as festive décor all over the park.

In Town Square, be on the lookout for some of your favorite Disney characters. Some of them will even be decked out in their holiday best including new outfits!


During the holiday season, two beloved attractions at Disneyland Park experience epic festive transformations.

“it’s a small world” Holiday

This park classic gets a merry makeover as the children’s chorus sings the theme song “It’s A Small World (After All)” and traditional holiday favorites. The façade of the attraction is decorated with hundreds of lights for the season. Don’t miss the lighting each evening!

Haunted Mansion Holiday

This classic attraction receives a merry makeover that may still have you screaming! Each fall, the Pumpkin King, Jack Skellington, gets busy decorating the Haunted Mansion. He adds festive holiday touches inspired by Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. The citizens of Halloween Town are waiting for you including Sally, Oogie Boogie, and more!

A Christmas Fantasy Parade

Join Santa Claus and many beloved Disney characters on a merry jaunt down Main Street, U.S.A. Featuring marching toy soldiers, gingerbread friends, and of course Mickey and Minnie Mouse, you won’t want to miss this parade celebrating the most magical time of the year!

Be sure to grab a seat early, especially if you plan to watch from Main Street, U.S.A. The parade starts near “it’s a small world”. Please note that showtimes are subject to change. Check the Disneyland mobile app for dates and showtimes.

“Believe…In Holiday Magic”

Look to the skies and witness the magic of the holidays during this festive firework show featuring pyrotechnics, holiday music, and snow!

Fireworks will fill the skies as Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle sparkles with over 80,000 twinkling lights and “icicles”. Then, enjoy a wintry snowfall as you walk down Main Street, U.S.A., or over to “it’s a small world” Holiday.

Please note that this show is subject to cancellation without notice due to weather or other conditions. Be sure to check the Disneyland mobile app for dates and showtimes.

Disney California Adventure Park


Mater’s Jingle Jamboree

Mater junkyard gets a festive makeover. As you twirl around in your holiday-themed tractor, listen to him singing some classic holiday tunes!

Luigi’s Joy to the Whirl

Luigi and his family are ready for the holidays! Head over for a merry spin in an Italian classic car in his festive backyard as Luigi sings and the cars dance along to the songs!

World of Color – Season of Light

Watch the wonder of water, light, Disney stories, and songs combined with holiday magic during this seasonal show. Blending Disney classics such as Cinderella with contemporary favorites like Frozen, all of your favorite Disney moments are brought to life! This delightful show is the perfect way to end your evening in the park and is sure to be a part of your family’s holiday tradition for years to come!

Disney Festival of the Holidays

This festival celebrates the holidays around the world with diverse cultural festivities including music, food, and more.

Highlights of this festival include:

  • Mickey’s Happy Holidays: a dance party featuring Mickey and his pals, along with Holiday Toy Drummers
  • Disney Characters: Meet beloved Disney friends including Mirabel from the Disney animated film Encanto
  • Live Music: Live performances celebrating the diversity of Southern California
  • Festive Foods Marketplace: Enjoy sips and bites inspired by cultures and holidays around the world. Stay tuned for more details and full menus.

Disney ¡Viva Navidad!

Enjoy authentic holiday music, dance, and décor at this lively celebration of Hispanic culture combined with a little bit of Disney magic. From a street party featuring cultural traditions from Mexico and Brazil with live performers to a special event celebrating Three Kings’ Day, you won’t want to miss this celebration taking place in Paradise Gardens.

Downtown Disney District and the Hotels of the Disneyland Resort

Head to the Downtown Disney District to enjoy beautiful décor and fun photo opportunities. There will be musical entertainment and special offerings from various shops and restaurants. You are sure to find holiday gifts for the whole family when you browse a full range of boutiques and shops.

Then, you won’t want to miss an opportunity to check out the three hotels of the Disneyland Resort. Each resort hotel will feature beautiful Christmas tree displays, carolers, and visits from Santa Claus.

In addition, the annual gingerbread house display will once again be brought to life at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel and Spa.


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