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10 Ways to Celebrate the Holidays at Disneyland

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It is the most magical time of the year to bring your family to the Disneyland Resort. The entire resort is adorned with twinkling lights, majestic Christmas trees, and festive decorations. The holidays begin at the Disneyland Resort, and these are ten ways to celebrate the holidays with your family at Disneyland.

Watch a Christmas Fantasy Parade. The holiday parade is guaranteed to get your family into the holiday spirit. There are magical floats, festive music and a surprise visit from Jolly Old Saint Nicholas.

Be immersed in a magical world while taking a boat ride into it’s a small world. The attraction comes to life at night with a beautiful display of lights and inside families are introduced to holiday traditions from around the world.

Have a frightfully fun time experiencing Haunted Mansion Holiday. Jack Skellington and his friends have transformed the attraction for the holiday season. Don’t miss seeing the gingerbread house featuring a 7-foot-tall gingerbread Oogie Boogie, and the purchase a mini-replica to bring home from the French Market.

Capture a photo with your family in front of Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle. At night, the castle sparkles with 50,000 twinkling lights.

Your family is not going to want to miss seeing “Believe….in Holiday Magic” fireworks spectacular at Disneyland Park. While many families opt to see the fireworks in front of Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle, I recommend seeing it in front of it’s a small world. The attraction features a light show that goes along with the fireworks making it a fully immersive experience for your children.

Over at Disney California Adventure Park, Route 66 is all decorated for the holiday season. Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters has been transformed into “Luigi’s Joy to the Whirl,” and Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree becomes “Mater’s Jingle Jamboree.”

Savor the flavors of the holidays from around the world at the Festival of Holidays. There are crafts, face painting, cookie decorating, and delicious bites for your family to enjoy.

Get into the holiday spirit with your family while listening to holiday music with a beautiful view during the Holiday Sunset Concerts. The highly-acclaimed band Phat Cat Swinger will take the stage Friday through Monday, and the Mariachi Divas will perform Tuesday through Thursday.

Experience the nighttime spectacular “World of Color – Season of Light” at Disney California Adventure Park. Paradise Bay becomes illuminated with lights and water dances along to the music.

Don’t miss whispering your Christmas wish into Santa’s ear at “Santa’s Holiday Visit.” Santa and his elves are awaiting your children at Redwood Creek Challenge Trail. There are festive games, cookie decorating, and great photo opportunities.

Enjoy celebrating the holidays with your family this year at the Disneyland Resort until January 7, 2018. Purchase your tickets in advance online at

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One Comment

  1. I love when Disneyland gets into the Christmas mood! Did you most recently go on a weekday or weekend and how busy were the crowds?

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