Guide to the Hoppiest Christmas at Disneyland 2019

by Mommy Frog on August 15, 2019 59 Los Angeles

Our tadpoles' wish lists for Santa always start with "VACATION TO DISNEYLAND!"  We can't blame them, and we certainly won't complain. It's a gift that the whole family can enjoy. Falling right on the heels of Halloween Time, Disneyland Resort transforms from a fall festival to a winter wonderland for the holiday festivities. After reading this Guide to the Hoppiest Christmas at Disneyland, you'll want to add Disneyland tickets on your holiday wish list, too!

Guide to the Hoppiest Christmas at Disneyland 2019

Disneyland Christmas 2019 - Christmas Decorations

The Frog Family loves hoppin’ around the many Christmas trees at the Merriest Place on Earth. We know the best times to visit Disneyland and beat the crowds without missing any of the fun. Holidays at Disneyland 2019 begin November 8 and last until January 6, 2020!

Crowds During Disneyland Christmas 2019

Disneyland Christmas 2019 - Festival of Holidays at Disney California Adventure Entrance

Most of November and the beginning of December are incredibly quiet in the parks. However, higher crowds are expected during Thanksgiving week and on Veterans Day. Don your holiday spirit early with visits before Thanksgiving week or during the first two weeks of December for lowest anticipated crowds. Expect Fridays and weekends to be busier than Tuesday through Thursday. The Candlelight Ceremony and Processional, a musical retelling of the story of Christmas, is likely to be held twice nightly on a weekend in early December. This can put parades and other events on a special schedule, so plan accordingly!

Disneyland Christmas 2019 - A Christmas Fantasy Parade

The weeks of Thanksgiving, Christmas and the New Year are very busy. New Year's Eve is one of the busiest days of the entire year! Still, that doesn't mean you shouldn't experience the holidays at Disneyland. Just make sure to adjust expectations for your time in the parks and expect longer delays in parking, security and lines. Even if you need to visit during more crowded weeks, you are in for a merry good time. The great news is that during busy times, the parks are open for longer hours and offer more entertainment. You can see Disneyland park hours and show times on our crowd calendar.

When Does Disneyland Decorate for Christmas?

Disneyland Christmas 2019 - Trolley

The holiday decorations start going up in October, even before Halloween. The snow on Sleeping Beauty Castle is the first thing to arrive in late October. As soon as Halloween ends, the Halloween decorations begin to come down, and a flurry of Christmas decorations begin to appear, day by day. I'll let you in on a Frog Family secret: The period between Halloween time and Disneyland Christmas is one of the best times to visit the Disneyland Resort. The crowds are low, and the weather is usually mild. It's exciting to to see the transition between Halloween time and Disneyland Christmas time!

The start of Disneyland Christmas is usually about the second or third weekend in November, but it can vary slightly. The first day of Disneyland Christmas in 2019 begins on Friday, Nov. 8. That means many decorations will be mostly complete for that Wednesday and Thursday leading up to it, with Christmas carols being played throughout Main Street U.S.A. and few trimmings being touched up before the official first day arrives. The festive foods and ride overlays will not be available until the official first day of the season, though, except for Haunted Mansion Holiday, which runs through both Halloween time and the Christmas season. So how and when does Disneyland decorate for Christmas with park guests about? Much of the decorating appears overnight when the park is closed. Each morning leading up to to holiday time is like Santa has magically visited overnight to leave new decorations while taking away bits of Halloween.

Disneyland has been decorating for Christmas since the very first Christmas the park was open in 1955. The parks have sure come a long way since the first few wreaths were hung and the sparse stands of garland dressed the castle! The first Christmas tree was placed in the Hub (instead of Town Square). Today, the Christmas season is breathtakingly beautiful at Disneyland with the twinkling lights, snowfall, a sprinkling of magic and décor that all guests can enjoy.

Disney California Adventure opens up the holiday celebrations with a cultural nod to various ways to celebrate Christmas, as well as many other winter holidays beyond Christmas. More holidays to share and new foods to try — hooray! The wintry celebrations are more seasonal than religious, although the Candlelight Processional in Disneyland is the exception to that. The Disneyland Christmas decorations bring festive fun and excitement into a time of year when the days are shorter and colder. All of the lights warm and brighten the otherwise dark evening hours and spread holiday cheer. Plus, we think it’s a great excuse to try all the festive foods!

What Can You Expect During the Disneyland Christmas Festivities?

Disneyland Christmas 2019 - Main Street Christmas Decorations

You’ll find holiday decorations all around the Disneyland Resort. The characters are all dressed up in their holiday attire for special seasonal photo opportunities. Holiday music will entertain you, and certain attractions will be especially festive or even covered in snow! Foodie froggies love that special holiday treats are available during the holidays — we certainly can’t resist! Holiday time also brings seasonally-themed items into the stores (merchandise is usually available late October), making shopping merrier. Perhaps ‘tis the season to get some holiday shopping done!

Special Ride Overlays During Holidays at Disneyland 2019

Disneyland Christmas 2019 - It's a Small World

Some of our favorite parts of Disneyland at Christmas time are the special holiday attraction experiences. Certain rides receive a festive makeover to really get your frog family into the spirit of the season.

Be sure to take a trip on "it’s a small world" holiday. The seasonal overlay of this Disneyland classic features special decorations and music to get everyone in the spirit. The dolls add “Jingle Bells” and “Deck the Halls” to their traditional song list.

"it's a small world" offered FASTPASS distribution during the holidays last year. We highly recommend taking advantage of it, as lines are significantly longer than the rest of the year. FASTPASS Distribution is located near Matterhorn Bobsleds.

You'll definitely want to take time to bask in the glow of the festively-lit exterior at night and catch one of the projection shows. Be in front of "it's a small world" for the awe-inspiring nightly lighting of the exterior lights with a projection show and music — check the entertainment calendar or ask a cast member for the time, but expect the first one at about 5:15 p.m. (but sometimes at 5:00 p.m.) and then every thirty minutes throughout the evening after the 6:00 p.m. showing. “it’s a small world” has snowfall whenever the castle does, plus an extra flurry here and there, so be sure to ask a cast member for snowfall times so you do not miss it! While viewing the magical exterior requires special timing, you can ride anytime — don’t worry, the inside is the same, day or night.

Jack Skellington and his crew take over the Haunted Mansion throughout the holiday season. The Nightmare Before Christmas Haunted Mansion Holiday overlay takes about a week and a half weeks to deck the spooky halls of the Haunted Mansion. Therefore, the Haunted Mansion will be closed Aug. 26-Sept. 5, 2019. By holiday time, Haunted Mansion Holiday will already be in full swing as it runs through Halloween Time straight into Christmas. It will be brimming with scary Tim Burton-esque Christmas spirit. Be sure to check out the gingerbread house featured in the ride; it’s different each year!

Haunted Mansion will close for another few weeks after Holidays at Disneyland 2019 ends to remove the overlay. Haunted Mansion Holiday attracts much scarier wait times than the classic Haunted Mansion, so we recommend that you visit this ride in the first hour of opening or use FASTPASS to reduce the wait. Another fun tip: Jack and Sally greet guests in New Orleans Square all through the holiday season. It’s a joy meeting these unique characters! Jack is delightfully “horrible.”

Meeting Santa During the Disneyland Christmas Celebration

Disneyland Christmas 2019 - Meeting Santa at Disney California Adventure

You can find the big man himself at two locations. Santa Claus typically greets guests at Critter Country in Disneyland Park and at the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail area, along with his mischievous elves, at Disney California Adventure. After Christmas Eve, Santa must hop on his sleigh, so Santa Goofy takes over at Disney California Adventure for the rest of the season. Santa also greets guests at Disneyland Resort hotels closer to Christmas.

Expected Entertainment During Disneyland Christmas

Holidays at Disneyland Park

Disneyland Christmas 2019 - Aurora and Prince Phillip

A Christmas Fantasy Parade makes its return during Disneyland Christmas 2019, with Mickey, Minnie and a variety of Disney characters to celebrate the holidays alongside Santa Claus. Show times are typically 3:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. but can vary the week of Christmas, so be sure to the check the Entertainment Guide. Sleeping Beauty's Winter Castle will be back, and is the perfect backdrop for your annual holiday card — be sure to ask a PhotoPass photographer to add a little magic to some of your photos. In 2018, they put us in a snow globe!

Be sure to catch snowfall during the Wintertime Enchantment at Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle at 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. each day and immediately following the "Believe … in Holiday Magic" fireworks show. Pro tip: Snow does not fall right in front of the castle. We recommend hanging back near the Jolly Holiday Bakery and Plaza Inn or in the middle of Main Street U.S.A., which offers projection on the buildings during snowfall and the fireworks, as well as a view of the castle. Pick a spot with a nice castle view. You can view the fireworks and enjoy the snowfall that follows at four locations: the castle (snowfall is a bit farther back), Main Street U.S.A., “it’s a small world” and Rivers of America. If you need help finding the correct viewing area, just follow the snowflakes on the park map.

You can encounter snowfall along Rivers of America closer to New Orleans Square in the evenings. Times may vary, but in years past this has happened around 5:50, 6:50 and 7:50 p.m. on nights without Fantasmic! The Jambalaya Jazz play from a raft on Rivers of America, and when they get to White Christmas, be ready for some snowflakes! Snow also falls after fireworks. We recommend the Main Street U.S.A. (for extra projection) or hub location to view the dramatic castle lighting, as well as the snowfall. There are multiple snowfalls near “it’s a small world” at the same time as castle snowfall and after fireworks. If fireworks get cancelled due to wind or weather, the snow falls in place of the fireworks show.

You can expect other musical entertainment around Disneyland. The Dickens Yuletide Band performs throughout the day along Main Street U.S.A. The Dapper Dans are likely to include holiday songs in their barbershop quartet selections. Goofy and his pals had a holiday dance party at Tomorrowland Terrace on select nights from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m in 2018, and we are hopful they’ll return to rock around the Christmas tree again come Disneyland Christmas 2019!

Holidays at Disney California Adventure Park

Holidays at Disney California Adventure - Cars Land

Disney California Adventure is the place to be during the holiday season. There are decorations throughout the park, including Buena Vista Street and Cars Land. Every address along Route 66, including Flo's V8 Cafe, Fillmore's Taste-In, Cozy Cone Motel and Luigi's Casa della Tires, gets a holiday makeover. Two Cars Land rides get seasonal overlays — Luigi’s Joy to the Whirl and Mater’s Jingle Jamboree! There are also frogtastic food offerings at the Festival of the Holidays, with 12 festival marketplaces offering delish dishes and delectable desserts from around the world. The Paradise Garden Grill gets a whole new menu, as well, during the Festival of Holidays, and restaurants throughout the parks sell special holiday treats.

Disneyland Christmas 2019 - Disney California Adventure Festival of Holidays - Tres Caballeros

This can't-miss celebration will delight you with diverse cultural celebrations, including the popular ¡Viva Navidad! Holiday street fiesta and Princess Elena’s Musical Grand Arrival. Enjoy lively Mexican music, face painting, storytelling, crafts, festive foods, photo ops with favorite characters and tasty Mexican specialties. Three Kings Day, a traditional festival celebrated in Mexico, Central and South America, will run Jan. 3-6, 2020.

Elana of Avalor - Disneyland Christmas 2019 - Disney California Adventure Festival of Holidays

Our holiday tip for this park is to know where to stand to watch the ¡Viva Navidad! dancers, along with the Three Caballeros, Mickey and Minnie. For a front row, straight-on view of the float, you'll want to stand near the Paradise Gardens area, halfway between the Jumping Jellyfish ride and the Silly Symphony swings on the water side of the street (across from the middle entrance to Paradise Gardens). Consult the Entertainment Guide for show times and get in place about 15 minutes early. There is a better spot to be front and center for Elena’s Musical Grand Arrival. Get in place with your back to the Jumpin’ Jellyfish ride, across from the entrance to the Viva Navidad main entrance to Paradise Gardens (across from Goofy’s Sky School). Elena’s float stops right there and you can see her and the dancers perfectly. Look for a taped line on the ground and stand just behind that.

Holidays at Disneyland 2019 - Kwanzaa Festival of Holidays Crafts

During the Festival of Holidays, you can typically decorate cookies at Treats for Santa (for a fee) or do free crafts related to many holidays including Hanukkah, Christmas, Diwali, Kwanzaa and Navidad. Your little princesses can also design a tiara from Elena of Avalor. There are some interesting meet-and-greets to find throughout the parks, as well. Chip 'n' Dale are in Redwood Creek awaiting acorn gifts. In the Paradise Gardens festival, you can meet Goofy, Mickey, Minnie and the Three Caballeros. Elena also greets her guests in that area.

You can count on the residents of Radiator Springs to be decorating again for Holidays at Disneyland 2019. Be sure to experience the ride layovers — Mater’s Jingle Jamboree and Luigi’s Joy to the Whirl. At dusk, check out the Cars Land lighting. There is a nightly Christmas tree lighting on Buena Vista Street.

Along the Festival corridor and near the entrance to Paradise Pier, keep a lookout for the highly entertaining toy drummers. Their show is short, sweet and definitely worth catching. There are stages with live entertainment from such acts as Mostly Kosher, Blue13 Dance Company, The Sound, Mariachi Divas and Phat Cat Swinger.

Back in 2018, snow began to fall in Disney California Adventure every 20 to 30 minutes after dark near the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail. The area is decorated for the holidays and we loved the new addition of snowfall along the peaceful walkways.

We are thrilled that World of Color has finally arisen from the deep waters of refurbishment, so we expect the holiday version, World of Color — Season of Light, to return for Disneyland Christmas and the Festival of Holidays 2019. The holiday show is electrifyingly magical. There is usually a special World of Color New Year’s Eve countdown with fireworks on Dec. 31.

Dining During the Holidays at Disneyland 2019

Holidays at Disneyland - Turkey Dinner

If you are planning to visit Disneyland in 2019, especially around Thanksgiving or the school winter break, expect heavier crowds. If you plan to eat at any table service restaurants in the parks, Downtown Disney or the Disneyland Resort hotels, we recommend making reservations up to 60 days in advance through the Disney Dining Reservations System. There are dining plans that offer preferred viewing for Fantasmic! and World of Color.

Reservations open 60 days before Thanksgiving Day and fill up quickly. Practically every restaurant is offering a special seasonal dish, and some present a full spread. The Disneyland Hotel may offer its fall harvest buffet in the ballroom from noon to 6 p.m. again in 2019. This included carved roasted turkey breast, prime rib, homemade stuffing, sweet potato soufflé and so much more in years past. Yum!

There are Christmas dinners at the hotels and special New Years Eve celebrations that also fill up quickly throughout the Disneyland Resort, so set your calendar to make reservations 60 days in advance.

Fun Facts about the Holidays at Disneyland

Holidays at Disneyland 2019 - Hanukkah

  • You can typically find the Menorah and Hanukkah decorations in the window of Julius Katz & Sons on Buena Vista Street in California Adventure. There is usually a menorah in a second-story window on Main Street USA. Can you find it? We also spotted a menorah across from the stroller parking near The Little Mermaid ride.
  • Enjoy Hanukkah music throughout the Festival of Holidays, as well as Mater’s take on the Dreidel Song (“Oh, tractor, tractor, tractor, I love to watch ‘em spin; and when they get all tired, they stop and then I win”).

Holidays at Disneyland - Main Street Christmas Tree

  • There were 3,500 colored lights, 1,500 Victorian-inspired ornaments and 100 faux candles on the 60-foot tall 2018 Disneyland Christmas tree! What will 2019 bring?

Carthay Circle Christmas Tree - Disneyland Christmas 2019- Disney California Adventure Festival of Holidays

  • The Carthay Circle Christmas tree in Disney California Adventure is nearly 50-feet tall! It's decorated with vintage-style ornaments.
  • Each park has a tree lighting at 4:55 p.m.
  • Disneyland pumps Christmas-y smells into a treat section of “it’s a small world” during the holidays, and a gingerbread aroma into Haunted Mansion Holiday. Note yummy smells that accompany snowfall, as well.
  • “it’s a small world” Holiday glows with over 50,000 lights and video projections.
  • Disney ¡Viva Navidad! at California Adventure is an authentic Latino street fiesta, featuring musicians, dancers and storytellers.
  • Disneyland also pumps holiday scents into Main Street during the holidays. We kept getting whiffs of pumpkin spice or perhaps gingerbread last year!
  • Historically, 1.4 miles of ribbon have gone into making bows in the parks each year!
  • During seasons of Christmas past, more than 79,000 ornaments have been used to decorate Main Street! Perhaps this year there will be even more?
  • If you are staying at one of the resort hotels during Disneyland Christmas 2019, you can plan ahead for the personalized holiday in-room celebrations and decorations to make your trip extra special.
  • Disney's Grand Californian Hotel lobby hosts a giant gingerbread replica of the hotel, created with over 500 pounds of gingerbread and 60 gallons of frosting and icing. Hop in to enjoy it and bask in the glow of the beautiful Christmas tree, along with some of the delicious cookies, treats and beverages near the crackling fire. Perhaps you’ll even get a chance to tell Santa what you’d like for Christmas!

No matter how you choose to celebrate the holidays at Disneyland, expect to make magical holiday memories. What questions do you have for us about this year's event?

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Hoppy holidays!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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Sep 1, 2019 at 10:33 p.m. Aubrey Durkin Says...

Last year the food was available the day before the official date. We were so excited because we were heading home on the official day and it was a nice surprise with low crowds. And we took advantage of single rider options. Many popular rides have it.

Aug 6, 2019 at 5:29 p.m. TIFFANY Says...

If I come in November, will all the lights be up? Or is it a special date when everything will be up? I don't wanna miss anything, so basically what day is the best day to come on?

Aug 6, 2019 at 1:43 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tiffany!

The holiday season at Disneyland officially starts Nov. 8 - so anytime thereafter you should be able to catch the decorations! Have fun!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Jun 30, 2019 at 8:28 p.m. Debra Bradford Says...

We are taking 23 family members. I want

To make sure to get dinner reservations for

Christmas Dinner at Bay By Blue I know there’s a 60

Day wait to book. Is there any way to book sooner? Also my friend said there’s a Christmas Party you can buy tickets for like the Halloween Party where do I find the info for that?

Jul 1, 2019 at 8:24 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Debra!

Sixty days is unfortunately the soonest that you can book. Be sure to call right away at the 60 day mark to try to secure reservations, as it books up very quickly! There are Christmas festivities that are included with general admission at Disneyland (no separate ticket needed), though Disney World offers a separately ticketed party called Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Jun 20, 2019 at 6:12 p.m. Jill Says...

Hi! We are hoping to visit Disneyland in the first week of December for my son’s birthday. We are really hoping to see a parade and fireworks while we are there. Are the parades and fireworks typically only offered on weekends, or could we go on a weekday?

Jun 26, 2019 at 9:31 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jill!

There is typically a Christmas Fantasy Parade every day. There may be fireworks every day at that time, as well. You can check the entertainment schedule up to 6 weeks in advance to find out. It’s a great week to visit!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Jun 7, 2019 at 1:49 a.m. Sonya Says...

Planning a family trip this year during the holiday season. Preferably November. Having the hardest time finding a hotel, is this typical for hotels to be booked in June?

Jun 7, 2019 at 12:42 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sonya,

Hotels are booked out pretty early, especially the on-site Disneyland hotels, but you should still be able to find some availability for them and more for the nearby off-site hotels. Here is a link to search:

Keep hopping!


Nov 29, 2018 at 4:53 a.m. Wendy Says...

Family is coming out after the park less crowded New year's day or the day after? Than before New year's? Jan1-5 we are planning 2 out of those 5 days to go..what's best?

Nov 29, 2018 at 9:55 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Wendy!

You'll find the answers you're looking for on our Crowd Calendar :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Nov 10, 2018 at 7:56 p.m. Rene Says...

Does Disneyland still have their candle lite parade?

Nov 13, 2018 at 2:48 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rene!

Yes - it looks like it will be taking place Dec. 1 and 2 this year :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Nov 8, 2018 at 1:53 a.m. Andrew Says...

Hi Mommy Frog,

Thanks so much for your blog.

We are visiting Disneyland from the 27-29 December as a family with two children aged 10 and 7. Can you please provide some tips as to how to manage this period?

Best wishes


Nov 8, 2018 at 10:37 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Andrew!

We recommend checking out our Tips to Maximize Your Time at Disneyland. This will be super helpful as you are visiting during a busy time. You'll have SO much fun enjoying the holiday festivities in the parks :) Enjoy.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Oct 17, 2018 at 9:08 p.m. Mike Says...

It appears Christmas will be in full swing on Nov. 9. What will I miss if I'm there on Nov. 8?

Oct 26, 2018 at 7:55 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mike!

On Nov. 8, the day before it starts, the decorations will be up and they will likely have the Christmas music flowing. Last year they had the music and all the decor happening, but there are no seasonal parades or shows yet, and the ride overlays will probably not be open. Holiday food choices may not be out yet, but the trees and snow on the castle and sounds of Christmas will make you feel like it’s Christmas already. Nothing is guaranteed, but things were getting revved up early last year before the official start and you can at least count on most of the decor being done. Haunted Mansion Holiday is already open, so you won’t miss that.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Oct 15, 2018 at 4:37 p.m. JulesA Says...

Your holiday info says 2017, will you be updating for December 2018? What are the chances World of Color will be back for the Christmas show?

Oct 15, 2018 at 4:43 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

We will be updating soon. No word yet on whether or not World of Color will be returning, but we sure hope so!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Sep 16, 2018 at 4:38 p.m. angie Says...

I am visiting Jan 1-6. It looks clear that the parade, decorations and holiday overlays are still going. However, I read that Santa will be gone as of Dec 24th so it left me wondering if other things will end as well. I am hoping to see characters still dressed for the holidays.

Sep 20, 2018 at 4:22 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Angie!

The characters will still be dressed up. Santa is probably the only thing that goes ... he’s probably tired and isn’t taking requests for the next year yet! We have seen Santa Goofy move into his place at DCA in past years.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Dec 1, 2017 at 12:18 a.m. Jessica Campbell Says...

Universal is awesome!

Nov 26, 2017 at 11:50 a.m. DOMINIQUE DEVINE Says...

Disney is the best at Christmas.

Nov 22, 2017 at 7:45 a.m. Kari Jay Says...

What time are they filming the abc disney special on Nov 30th? We were considering coming that day but wanted to know what areas will be closed in the park

Dec 22, 2017 at 8:55 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kari,

So sorry for the delay in responding, but your comment ended up in our spam filter.

Hope you have a wonderful holiday.

Mommy Frog

Nov 16, 2017 at 8:42 p.m. Jackie Says...

We are planning on going to Disneyland and California Adventure on Wed Dec. 13 which according to the crowd calendar a green day. I heard Disneyland is normally slower on Thurs. which is the 14th. Is the Wed still a better day to go?

Thank you for this site! It's awesome and truly appreciated!

Dec 22, 2017 at 8:37 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jackie,

So sorry for the delay. You comment ended up in our spam filter. We hope you had a great trip and thank you!

Mommy Frog

Nov 13, 2017 at 5:13 p.m. Matt Says...

I am looking to visit Dec 18-20, but it looks right now like park hours are crazy short those days (DL closes at 9!). Why is that, considering it is open until midnight every single night before that in December?

Is there a chance those times might be extended? Seems really strange to me they would shorten the hours so close to Christmas…?

Nov 27, 2017 at 4:12 p.m. Yasmin Says...

Agreed! I'm also curious and was surprised by the hours. We have 5 day hopper tickets and will be there Dec. 18 to 22nd. It seems very odd.

Nov 10, 2017 at 7:57 a.m. Adi Says...

We are coming to L.A for two weeks in December and am eager to take my 13 year old for a Disneyland visit. Any discounted tickets for a mid week pre christmas visit? Thinking about Dec 6th... Thank you

Nov 17, 2017 at 2:31 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Adi,

Unfortunately, we do not yet offer Disneyland tickets. Have a great time!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Nov 9, 2017 at 6:58 a.m. JC Says...

Hi I have been before over Xmas and will be there this December again. I have been to Disneyland Hotel ballroom for Xmas lunch but cannot find any info this year. Any suggestions for a Xmas buffet Lunch for 14 ppl.

Nov 1, 2017 at 5:49 p.m. Aaron Says...

Hello, we will be going Nov 29-Dec 2. Do you know of any special parades or events only happening on that Saturday, Dec 2? Thanks!

Nov 1, 2017 at 3:42 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Aaron,

We don't see any exclusive activities scheduled Dec. 2. Have a good time!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Oct 18, 2017 at 1:14 p.m. Adrian Camacho Says...

Hi. Wondering if you can tell me the date when the christmas tree is turned on for the first time this year in Disneyland Main Street

Oct 18, 2017 at 8:17 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Adrian,

Disney does not publish an exact date, but it is usually up during the first few days of November.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Oct 18, 2017 at 1:33 p.m. Adrian Camacho Says...

Thanks a lot Mommy Frog

Oct 19, 2017 at 8:12 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Adrian,

You're very welcome!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Oct 3, 2017 at 6:18 p.m. Hilary Adams Says...

Hi! My fiancée and I are going for my 30th birthday :) wondering if we should do one day with park hopper or two days without park hopper to be able to see it all! Sounds like the events happen every night so maybe two days would be best?

- Hilary

Oct 4, 2017 at 8:19 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Hilary,

Go for two days. You'll have more time to experience things, rather than rushing between the parks.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Sep 24, 2017 at 2:56 a.m. Ana Says...

I plan on arriving at Disneyland on Dec 31st like around 7pm. Do you think there will still be tickets available for a group of 8? thank you!

Dec 3, 2017 at 4:46 p.m. Kathy Says...

We visit the Disneyland Resort every year at Christmas. Two years ago we decided to ring in the new year and held park hopper passes. The crowds were huge. DCA was not as busy as Disneyland Park but we were told to get back into Disneyland by 5PM because the park had a very high chance of reaching capacity. Crowds were shoulder to shoulder everywhere. There wasn't a seat available on any bench in the square or in front of the castle. We decided that while it was fun to ring in the New Year at Disneyland it definitely was a one time experience for us.

Sep 1, 2019 at 10:34 p.m. Aubrey Durkin Says...

We did the same thing in 2016. Never again! It was sooo busy and cold.

Sep 24, 2017 at 8:50 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ana,

It's possible, but the parks could close due to capacity. No tickets will be sold until the gates re-open.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Sep 21, 2017 at 4:54 p.m. Kelly Says...

Hi there!

We are going to be there December 3rd-8th! Can't wait!!! We usually go during Halloween time and love it! Excited to see what the Holiday Season is like! Have you heard who the narrator of the Candlelight Processional will be?


Sep 21, 2017 at 12:07 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kelly,

We haven't heard who the narrator will be. We'll update it when we know!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Nov 15, 2017 at 6:45 a.m. Kelly Says...

Thank you!

Sep 17, 2017 at 3:31 p.m. Sue Case Says...

We will be @Disneyland November 3-6th what will we see in the way of decorations?

Sep 18, 2017 at 8:37 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sue,

In previous years, you'd see the Christmas tree as well as many decorations on Main Street U.S.A. during that time frame. Other places will start to have decorations as well.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Nov 14, 2016 at 7:14 p.m. Ada Says...

Hi! We have booked Jan 3-5 at the Disneyland Grand Hotel. Will the timing be just right to catch some of the holiday stuff? Or are we going at a bad time? We have 2 year and will be his first time. Thanks!!

Nov 16, 2016 at 11:03 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ada,

The holiday decorations and entertainment go through Jan. 8.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Oct 13, 2016 at 4:01 p.m. Gina Payne Says...

Check out Catal Restaurant in Downtown Disney – they host a Breakfast with Santa event on December 10, 11, 17, 18, 19 and 23. It’s a great time for the entire family and includes a family-style breakfast, hot cocoa cart manned by an elf, personalized stockings for the kids, kid’s activities, carolers, cookies and milk station and pictures with Santa! You can buy tickets here and this is a great blog of the event we attended last year

Nov 11, 2015 at 10:58 p.m. Elle Says...

Add me to the list of folks bummed out that the Believe in Holiday Magic and snowfall will not be occurring this year.

Where can I get a list of this year's special holiday snacks? =)

Nov 6, 2015 at 9:31 p.m. PC Barnes Says...

Thanks for this great piece! Our family are Disneyland at Holiday Time vets, but I still learned new things. Especially appreciate the heads up regarding the filming of the ABC Disney Parks parade (which I want to avoid!). Thank you!

Nov 10, 2015 at 1:40 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi PC,

Thank you! We're glad you found it helpful. Have fun at the parks!

Mommy Frog

Sep 8, 2017 at 5:37 a.m. Tommy Says...

Does the ABC parade filming normally take place on a weekend or weekdays? In the parks Dec 4-7. Trying to avoid it. Thanks

Sep 8, 2017 at 7:52 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tommy,

The parade filming normally takes place on a weekend. We'll update the post when we know the filming dates.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Nov 5, 2015 at 4:17 p.m. Jann Says...

We are arriving at WDW January 3,2016!! Any knowledge of when Christmas decorations are no longer visible??? Thanks!

Nov 10, 2015 at 1:31 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jann,

Some of the decorations will still be up!!

Mommy Frog

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