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The Magic of the Disneyland Candlelight Ceremony

We visited as a guest of Disney

For the past three years, I have had the esteemed honor of attending the Disneyland Candlelight Ceremony as a guest of the Disneyland Resort. This year was very special to me because the ceremony was held on my birthday. After spending the day interviewing the cast of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, I got dressed up to attend the ceremony with one of my best friends, my daughter Ella.

Knowing how popular the traditional event is at the Disneyland Resort, we arrived early and had dinner at the Uva Bar in Downtown Disney before entering Disneyland Park. We enjoyed a delicious steak dinner paired with a fresh, crisp salad, and it was the perfect prelude to our magical evening.

Once the time had come, we entered the park and got in line to be seated for the ceremony. We were guided by the friendly hosts to our chairs where we would experience a magical evening full of magic, religion, and the true spirit of the holiday season.

We were surprised to learn that one of our favorite Marvel actors, Chris Hemsworth would be the master of ceremonies. He read the passages from the Bible beautifully, and it was like hearing the story of “The First Christmas” for the first time.

The music, the lighting, and ambiance was something that is hard to describe in words. It is one of the most special events at the Disneyland Resort and a tradition that Walt Disney started in 1958 to thank special groups and individuals for their friendship and support throughout the year.

The ceremony featured more than 600 choir members along with the Disneyland Orchestra that played beautiful music along with Chris Hemsworth narrating the story of the “The First Christmas.”

There is still a lot more to enjoy with your family this holiday season at the Disneyland Resort happening now until January 7th.

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