Celebrate the Holiday Season at the Disneyland Resort Starting November 9th

Everything you need to know about the Holiday Season at Disneyland!

The holiday season at Disneyland kicks off this year at the Disneyland Resort starting November 9th and will continue through January 6, 2019.  You can expect to see all of the great holiday decorations, lights, parades and enjoy the festive atmosphere, as similar to years past, at Disneyland, California Adventure, Downtown Disney and at each of the Disneyland Hotels.

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Disneyland:
During the holidays, Disneyland Park comes alive with fanciful decorations and enchanting attractions.  In addition to all of the classic attractions Disneyland has to offer, be sure to check out some of the below attractions getting a holiday twist:

Wintertime Enchantment at Sleeping Beauty's Winter Castle: Sleeping Beauty Castle is decked out in icicles, wreaths, and festive decor.  Each evening, gather to watch as the castle shimmers to life with snow and thousands of twinkling lights and music filling the air.


A Christmas Fantasy Parade: A holiday parade featuring all of your favorite Disney characters, Santa Claus and classic Disney holiday music.



'It's a small world' ride holiday version: Sail through the world and see joyous yuletide traditions and messages of goodwill from around the globe set to classic Disney holiday music.  Be sure to see the outside facade during night as the holidays lights are fantastic.


Haunted Mansion Holiday: Tour the haunted mansion featuring a Christmas makeover courtesy of Jack Skellington from Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas.


Believe...In Holiday Magic Fireworks: Watch on Main Street for the best views and for the "snow" at the end of the fireworks

Disney California Adventure:
Disneyland Park isn't the only place getting a holiday makeover.  Be sure to check out Disney California Adventure as well for all of the holiday events, decorations and Festival of Holidays treats.


Some attractions and events to check out include:


World of Color - Season of Light: The nighttime spectacular water and light show is not to be missed.


Disney ¡Viva Navidad!: Delight in a holiday celebration filled with authentic music, dance, decor and Disney magic


Festive Foods Marketplace: Sample foods and beverages from 12 different kiosks


Visits from Princess Elena, Santa and Goofy:

Santa’s Holiday Visit at Redwood Creek Challenge Trail: From November 9 through December 24, visit Santa Claus and his elves for yuletide activities and special surprises.


Then, after St. Nick returns to the North Pole, enjoy a fun, festive meet-up in this same location with Santa Goofy from December 25 through January 8.


Princess Elena’s Grand Arrival: Witness the pomp and pageantry as Elena of Avalor is officially welcomed to Disney California Adventure Park. Then get ready to meet Elena in person for pictures, autographs and more royal fun!


Cars Land Holiday Makeover: Enjoy the spirited seasonal celebration going on in Cars Land


Disneyland Resort Hotels
With festive sights, sounds and aromas all around, it’s easy to catch the holiday spirit and create lasting memories when you stay in the middle of the magic at one of the Disneyland hotels.  


Each hotel gets in the holiday spirit with grand holidays decorations throughout the hotels!  Be sure to stop by and see the awesome decorations.  


For more information on each of the Disneyland Resort hotels, be sure to read my reviews of each hotel below:

The Grand Californian is the most luxurious and expensive option of the three, but the location of it and convenience cannot be overlooked, as this hotel has the best location of any hotel in and around Disneyland.  Look out for our updated 2018 review of the hotel coming soon in December!


The Disneyland Hotel, located at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, features nostalgic themes of the original Disneyland Park with a sprinkling of pixie dust in everything at the sleek modern designed hotel. 


Disney's Paradise Pier hotel, located at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, is themed to a beachside boardwalk of the 1920's.  The old-fashioned, yet modern hotel, is the furthest away from the Disneyland main gate and is considered to be the value hotel of the three Disney hotels onsite, with room rates typically the cheapest here throughout the year. 


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