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Guide to the ~Hoppiest~ Holidays at Disneyland 2022

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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 (and theme park reservations) to your holiday wish list too! Holiday Time runs Nov. 11, 2022, through Jan. 8, 2023.

Christmas at Disneyland - Holiday Castle

Overview of the Holidays at Disneyland

Christmas at Disneyland is back to its normal magical self, with full entertainment, decor and holiday fun. Just note that theme park reservations are required to visit, which means you'll need to plan ahead, purchase tickets and reserve your days to visit early.

Otherwise, the good news is that the holiday season at Disneyland in 2022 will include all of the holiday favorites, such as Believe ... in Holiday Magic fireworks, snowfall and World of Color — Season of Light! During the holiday season, all entertainment is offered every day and night. It's such a great time to visit! All of the holiday shows, parade and entertainment is available daily during normal park hours.

Christmas at Disneyland -Mickey shows off his new outfitThere is SO MUCH to do at Disneyland Resort this merry season. If you want to experience all the holiday hoppenings there is no way to do it all in one day or even two days. If you want to hit it all and go on rides and enjoy other park experiences besides the holidays, you'll need about four days to really feel like you got the full experience. We hopped about Disneyland and Disney California Adventure on opening day of the holiday season, and we barely scratched the surface when it comes to characters, food and holiday entertainment available with your admission. Our only ride of the day was "it's a small world" Holiday and we were there almost from open to close! So set priorities when you visit and give yourself enough time to hit your must-do items.

There is so much to see and do, we cannot fit it all in one post. Here are a few other Disneyland holiday posts you might want to check out:

What's New?

Christmas at Disneyland - Minnie twins with a park guest

Mickey Minnie and pals appear in all-new vintage-inspired red and green outfits in Town Square this year too! (You can catch them in their regular clothes near "it's a small world" if you want a timeless photo.)

Christmas at Disneyland - Goofy and Pluto teach people to dance

This year, a nightly holiday dance party with characters is back in Tomorrowland. Though not completely new, it returns from 2019. Lily loves these character dance parties so much that it's hard to pull her away.

Christmas at Disneyland - world of color

In other big news, World of Color — Season Of Light has returned to Disney California Adventure this year! (And it interacts with MagicBand+!)

And, finally, Holiday tours are back! The Holiday Time at the Disneyland Resort Guided Tour has returned with new surprises! This 2.5-hour walking tour shares holiday traditions and includes a ride on "it's a small world" Holiday, treats and reserved viewing for A Christmas Fantasy Parade.

Best Time to Visit Disneyland During the Holidays

Christmas at Disneyland -Disney California Adventure entrance at night

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. Holiday Time kicked off Nov. 11, 2022, and lasts through Jan. 8, 2023!

Most of November and the beginning of December are quiet in the parks. Well, they usually are. This season is a lot busier than last year when capacity was lower. Expect the highest crowds during Thanksgiving week and on Veterans Day, which is the start of the season. But we have found the holidays to be quite manageable up until it gets closer to Christmas. Don your holiday spirit early with visits before Thanksgiving week or during the first two weeks of December for the lowest anticipated crowds. Expect Fridays and weekends to be busier than Tuesday through Thursday. That being said, the less-expensive weekdays also sell out lately, so crowds are more evenly dispersed with the new theme park reservation system.

The weeks of Thanksgiving, Christmas and the New Year are usually very busy. New Year's Eve in particular is one of the busiest days of the entire year! Don't let fear of crowds scare you away — just make sure to adjust expectations for your time in the parks and expect longer delays in parking, security and lines when visiting at peak times.

Reserve your days early this year! Regular 1-Day through 5-Day ticket holders can reserve up to 120 days in advance. Magic Key holders can reserve up to 90 days in advance. If you're traveling from afar and purchasing tickets, we recommend buying and reserving as early as possible for the best selection, especially if you're visiting on peak days (when kids are off from school) and holidays. Get your theme park tickets and reservations before you get flights and hotels. Here's a hop tip: If you do stay on-site at the Disneyland hotels, link your hotel reservation to your app or Disney account and you may see a better pool of park reservation choices. If you normally spend three days at Disneyland, add an extra day so you can get it all in.

Even if you need to visit during more crowded weeks, you're 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 showtimes on our crowd calendar.

Christmas at Disneyland - Santa and reindeer in parade

It's always possible that holiday filming could take place in November. In 2019, the holiday filming of A Christmas Fantasy parade took place Nov. 13 and 14 at 11 a.m. There was filming for a special throughout the day and evening on those days. We saw filming at the base of the Christmas Tree on Main Street, U.S.A., in front of the Millennium Falcon and by "it's a small world." We saw a holiday filming sign on Nov. 16, 2021, and some celebrity performances (Gwen Stefani and Pentatonix!) on Nov. 17-18, 2021. Toadally cool! We can't wait to see what 2022 holds.

Keep in mind that if you choose to wait for a performance, you may be waiting for a while and may not get to find out who the performers are for musical acts until the last minute. All that waiting may keep you from enjoying other aspects of the park. Also, you may not get your iconic views or photos that day due to filming. Dress festively if you wish to participate! You might even get some props if you're in the right place at the right time.

Tips to Maximize Time and Avoid Crowds During the Holidays

Christmas at Disneyland - MagicBand lights up during snowfallHere are a few ways to make your day easier and avoid the crowds at holiday time:

  • Use a MagicBand+ to stay off your phone, save time and be able to interact with nighttime entertainment, certain rides, smaller shows and even snowfall!
  • Look at the park hours before your visit (Disney California Adventure closes at 5 p.m. on Nov. 16 and at 9 p.m. on Dec. 7)
  • Arrive before park opening to get a head start on rides with short wait times. If staying on-site, take advantage of Early Entry.
  • Dress for the weather. Layers are key this time of year with cold mornings and nights but possibly warm sunny days.
  • Get a locker to store warm clothes or umbrellas when you aren't using them.
  • Pack hats, scarves, thin gloves and extra layers instead of bulky items.
  • Utilize Genie+ to skip ride lines.
  • Use Mobile Order to skip the lines at restaurants.
  • Make dining reservations 60 days in advance, or use the Walk-Up list.
  • Check the show times to identify must-see entertainment.
  • Visit during the week in November or early December.
  • Add an extra day to your visit so you can enjoy all the extra food and entertainment along with the rides.
  • Take a break midday so you can stay until closing. The park is beautiful at night and the crowds drop after the fireworks.
  • Visit Haunted Mansion Holiday or "it's a small world" Holiday early in the day (or use Genie+).

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 see the transition between Halloween Time and the holidays! Keep in mind there may be less entertainment and earlier closing hours to watch out for.

Disneyland Christmas Decorations

Holidays at Disneyland - Sleeping Beauty Castle in the Daytime

All of Disneyland Resort is beautifully decorated for the holidays. The holiday decorations start going up in October, even before Halloween. The snow on Sleeping Beauty Castle is the first thing to arrive in mid-October. The fringes of the park get decorated before Halloween, so we see decorations going up in Critter Country, New Orleans Square and Toontown in October. As soon as Halloween ends, the Halloween decorations begin to come down and a flurry of Christmas decorations begins to appear, day by day.

Each park has a large Christmas tree, and each hotel lobby gets one too! Mickey garland is strung across Main Street, U.S.A. Sleeping Beauty Castle is decked out in icicles and shimmering lights.

The start of the holiday season at Disneyland is usually about the second or third weekend in November, but it can vary slightly. The first day of Disneyland Christmas in 2022 is Friday, Nov. 11. The festive foods and ride overlays become available on that official first day of the season, except for Haunted Mansion Holiday, which will already be open. It runs through both Halloween Time and the Christmas season. Also, the festival booths usually soft-open two days before, so keep that in mind for next year. You can get a lot of those holiday foods out of the way before the event kicks off. Sip and Savor passes are not for sale until the event officially starts.

Christmas at Disneyland - Cars Land

Disney California Adventure Park 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. Garland and poinsettias appear around the park and festival booths line the parade route.

Christmas at Disneyland - Christmas tree on Main StreetSo how and when does Disneyland decorate for Christmas with park guests out and about? Many of the decorations appear overnight when the park is closed. Each morning leading up to holiday time is like Santa has magically visited overnight to leave new decorations while taking away bits of Halloween. A few decorations go up a bit later once the holiday season is underway. The tree usually appears the Monday before Holiday Time starts.

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 Park opens up the holiday celebrations with a cultural nod to various ways to celebrate Christmas, as well as many other winter holidays beyond Christmas, at Disney's Festival of Holidays. More holidays to share and new foods to try — hooray! The festivities tend to be more seasonal than religious, with the exception being the Candlelight Ceremony. 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 of the festive foods!

Fun Facts About Disneyland Christmas Decorations

Holidays at Disneyland - Grizzly Peak Bear in Sweater

  • There are 3,500 colored lights, 1,500 Victorian-inspired ornaments and 100 faux candles on the 60-foot-tall Disneyland Christmas tree!

Christmas at Disneyland - Carthay Circle Christmas Tree

  • The Carthay Circle Christmas tree in Disney California Adventure is nearly 50 feet tall! It's decorated with vintage-style ornaments.
  • Disneyland pumps Christmas-y smells into a treat section of “it’s a small world” during the holidays. Get your sniffer ready to identify new scents in "it's a small world!" We caught peppermint, cherry blossom, and coconut. You'll also notice a gingerbread aroma in Haunted Mansion Holiday. Note the yummy smells that accompany snowfall, as well.
  • Disneyland also pumps holiday scents into Main Street during the holidays. We kept getting whiffs of pumpkin spice or perhaps gingerbread last year.
  • “it’s a small world” Holiday glows with over 50,000 lights and video projections.
  • It takes almost three dozen cast members 35 days to install the glittering lights on the facade of "it's a small world." Plus it takes nearly 18 days to decorate the interior.
  • Sleeping Beauty's Winter Castle is illuminated with over 126,000 twinkling LED lights and icicles.
  • The Main Street, U.S.A. exterior is decorated with about 220 garlands, measuring more than four miles long! About 80 wreaths and 120 bows bring the seasonal charm to life.
  • More than 80,000 ornaments are used to decorate Main Street!
  • Take some extra time to check out the holiday decorations in Downtown Disney.
  • If you're staying at one of the Disneyland Resort hotels, you can plan ahead for 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 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! Be sure to check the holiday cart hours, which are generally later afternoon and evening.

What About Hanukkah Decorations?

You can find some Hanukkah decor in both parks. At Disneyland Park, you can typically find a menorah in two spots on Main Street, U.S.A. There is one in a window above the jewelry store (typically during Hanukkah, which is Dec. 18- 26, 2022). The other is in a window to the left of the fruit cart when facing the locker area. Listen for "Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel" during fireworks.

At Disney California Adventure, look for the menorah and Hanukkah decorations in the window of Julius Katz & Sons on Buena Vista Street in California Adventure. 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”). We always enjoy musical performances from Mostly Kosher and try all the different holiday foods at the Festival of Holidays. There is usually a take on latkes. Look for a Kwanzaa kinara in a window across from The Little Mermaid.

Christmas Festivities & Entertainment at Disneyland Park

Christmas at Disneyland - Toy Soldiers March in parade

You’ll find holiday decorations all around the Disneyland Resort. The characters in Town Square or Buena Vista Street are all dressed 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 will love that there are so many yummy holiday treats and foods at Disneyland during the holidays — we certainly can’t resist! There's a nightly Christmas tree lighting at about 5 p.m. Holiday Time also brings seasonally-themed items into the stores (merchandise is usually available in late October), making shopping merrier. Perhaps ‘tis the season to get some holiday shopping done!

Christmas at Disneyland - Park guest enjoys snowfall

We are so hoppy that all of the usual holiday entertainment has returned! Let's first look at the holiday at Disneyland Park. This is where you will find big entertainment, such as fireworks, a parade, ride overlays and characters in special holiday outfits.

Special Ride Overlays During Holidays at Disneyland

Christmas at Disneyland - Small world is lit

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! You can enjoy special holiday versions of "it's a small World" and Haunted Mansion. They are very popular, so you'll want to visit early in the day or book a Lightning Lane with Genie+.

Christmas at Disneyland - Small World interior

"It's a small world" added the holiday version in 1997. That means "it's a small world" Holiday is celebrating 25 years in 2022. Can you spot the 25 in every room? Some of them are pretty tricky! We had to ride twice to find them all! A nice surprise this year is that when the ride reopened for the holidays, two new dolls who use wheelchairs are in the ride! Toadally awesome to see that inclusion. Can you spot them in the Latin America room and the final room?

Keep in mind that some nights the ride closes an hour before fireworks and reopens about 15 to 20 minutes after fireworks end. We were able to hop on with a short wait after it reopened following fireworks.

Jack Skellington and his crew take over the Haunted Mansion throughout the holiday season. The Nightmare Before Christmas Haunted Mansion Holiday overlay usually takes about a week and a half to deck the spooky halls of the Haunted Mansion. The Haunted Mansion will be closed Aug. 15 to Sept. 1, 2022, to make this transition. Expect a closure in January to return it to its normal state. By holiday time, Haunted Mansion Holiday is already in full swing, as it runs from Halloween Time straight into Christmas.

The holiday overlay is brimming with scary Tim Burton-esque Christmas spirit. Check out the gingerbread house featured in the ride; it’s different each year!

Haunted Mansion Holiday attracts much scarier wait times than the classic Haunted Mansion attraction, so we recommend that you visit this ride in the first hour of park opening or book a Lighting Lane through Genie+.

"it's a small world" Lighting and Projection Show

Christmas at Disneyland - Projection show on Small World

Don't miss the sparkling lights in the facade of "it’s a small world." 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 lighting of the facade at about 5 or 5:15 p.m., and then projections about every 30 minutes throughout the evening starting at 6 p.m. While viewing the magical exterior requires special timing, you can ride anytime. And don’t worry — the inside is the same, day or night.

Christmas at Disneyland -Mickey and Donald wave from parade floatCharacters During Holiday Time

Mickey, Minnie and pals are dressed in holiday clothes around Town Square (and usually Toon Town, when it is open). Jack and Sally greet guests in New Orleans Square all through the holiday season. Jack sometimes dons his Sandy Claws attire for certain days. It’s a joy meeting these unique characters! Jack is delightfully “horrible.” At dusk, keep an eye and ear out for the Haunted Mansion lighting each evening.

A Christmas Fantasy Parade

A Christmas Fantasy parade takes place in the afternoon and evening with Mickey, Minnie and a variety of Disney characters. They celebrate the holidays alongside Santa Claus. Showtimes are typically 3:30. and 6:30 p.m. but can vary the week of Christmas and during the Candlelight Ceremony days (which are Dec. 3 - 4, 2022), so double-check the entertainment calendar.

Christmas at Disneyland - Sleeping Beauty twirls on float

If you don't want to spend time camping out for the parade, Plaza Inn offers a dining package that has a voucher for a reserved viewing area (although if you want a good spot in the viewing area, you'll still have to camp out). More on that in the food section. We loved our spot on Main Street for the second parade. It was an amazing view with the Christmas tree in the background.

Christmas at Disneyland - Start of parade

Holiday Cavalcade

In addition to the parade, be sure to catch showings of the holiday cavalcade in the early afternoon, usually 12:45 at Disneyland. Be sure to catch the other cavalcade, Mickey's Happy Holidays, with multiple showings at Disney California Adventure.

Fireworks and Snowfall

Enjoy a special nightly fireworks show: Believe ...  In Holiday Magic. You can view the fireworks and enjoy the snowfall that follows at three locations: the castle (snowfall is a bit farther back and to the sides), Main Street, U.S.A. and “it’s a small world." We also experienced snowfall at Rivers of America last year.

Fireworks are generally at 9:30 p.m. in 2022, but check the calendar when you visit. Pro tip: Snow does not fall right in front of the castle, but it does usually fall to the sides and on Main Street, U.S.A. We recommend hanging back near the Jolly Holiday Bakery and Plaza Inn or in the middle of Main Street, U.S.A., which offers projections on the buildings during snowfall and the fireworks, as well as a view of the castle. Pick a spot with a nice castle view.

We recommend Main Street, U.S.A. (for extra projections) or the hub to view the dramatic castle lighting, as well as the snowfall. but Rivers of America can be a nice and less-crowded area to watch the show.

There are typically special fireworks on New Year's Eve with not one but two fireworks shows. Our New Year's Eve post has the details. There is also a New Year's Eve parade viewing package available at Plaza Inn.

Christmas at Disneyland - Snow falls on Main Street

Sleeping Beauty's Winter Castle is the perfect backdrop for your annual holiday card with over 80,000 twinkling lights! Ask a PhotoPass photographer to add a little magic to some of your photos. They once put us in a snow globe!

Catch snowfall during the Wintertime Enchantment at Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle and on Main Street U.S.A., usually at 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. each night (but check the entertainment calendar). Snow will also fall immediately following the "Believe … in Holiday Magic" fireworks show over portions of Main Street, U.S.A. Take a big whiff. Is that a gingerbread smell wafting in the snowy air? Last year, we also saw snowfall at Rivers of America after the fireworks. Also, we got a bonus snowfall on Main Street at 11 p.m. when we visited. If the fireworks cannot go off due to weather, you'll get snowfall instead.

One of our favorite places to experience snowfall is by "it''s a small world." The snow falls there at the same times as one Main Street, but the audio is a little different. After fireworks, the snow comes down. We caught snowfall at 8:30 and we were treated to the projection show immediately after so that's one way to hit two experiences at once.

Musical Entertainment

You may expect other musical entertainment around Disneyland. The Dickens Yuletide Band usually performs throughout the day along Main Street, U.S.A. The Dapper Dans are likely to include holiday songs in their barbershop quartet selections.

Holiday Character Dance Party

You can put on your dancing shoes and join your Disney pals in Tomorrowland at the Disney Holiday Dance Party from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m on select nights. In past years, it has taken place on weekends and holidays in the beginning but often picks up more nights as the season gets underway, so check the calendar if you want to get your boogie on. The dance party takes a break during fireworks.

Candlelight Ceremony

The Candlelight Ceremony, a musical retelling of the story of Christmas, is held twice nightly on a weekend in early December. This year it's Dec. 3 and 4. In 2021, it was Dec. 4 and 5. The show can put parades and other events on a special schedule, so plan accordingly! The parade may run early at 12:45 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. on those days. (In 2018, Candlelight Ceremony was held Dec. 1 and 2 and featured narrator Chris Pratt! In 2019, the dates were Dec. 7 and 8, and the narrator was Lin-Manuel Miranda!) In 2021, the ceremony was hosted by Sterling K. Brown. The narrator is sometimes a surprise until the first show each year. The Candlelight Ceremony began in 1958 as a way for Walt Disney to thank the Orange County community.

Christmas at Disneyland - Candlelight Ceremony at Disneyland

Disneyland keeps quiet about the details (unlike its EPCOT counterpart) because the event is more intimate at Disneyland. The seats are for invited guests, such as Club 33 members, VIPs and some high-profile guests. You can usually see the setup for the event in Town Square during the day. You might be able to find some standing room on the fringes or catch sight of the ceremony as you walk by. Some park guests camp out early in the day for standby viewing. Sometimes cast members let people queue for it and fill in empty seats. The process may vary each year, so ask a cast member about it that day if you're interested in catching it. The later ceremony is much easier to see with lighter crowds.

Christmas Festivities & Entertainment at Disney California Adventure Park

Christmas at Disneyland - Santa Mater rolls down the street

There is so much holiday fun to be had at California Adventure. There are a number of musical acts that represent other cultures and holiday celebrations. And then there is the return of World of Color — Season Of Light! You can look forward to special character outfits and interactions, ride overlays and more.

Holiday Ride Overlays and Lightings 

Two Cars Land rides get seasonal overlays — Luigi’s Joy to the Whirl and Mater’s Jingle Jamboree! At dusk, check out the Cars Land lighting. There is a nightly Christmas tree lighting on Buena Vista Street at about 4:55 to 5 p.m. It hoppens pretty quickly.

World of Color — Season of Light

Experience heartwarming moments from Disney and Pixar films set to a score of holiday music as the scenes illuminate a giant screen of mist. See colorful fountains dance in time to festive music as shimmering snowflakes fill the scene. This show weaves classic films such as "Cinderella," "Lady and the Tramp," "Beauty and the Beast," "Toy Story" and "Fantasia" with modern classics such as "Frozen" and "Inside Out." Our favorite electrifying scene involves Goofy! This breathtaking is the perfect ending to your day at Disneyland. To see the show, join the virtual queue in the Disneyland app at noon. If you will not have entered a park by noon, consider a dining package. Follow our tips for viewing World of Color.

¡Viva Navidad!

Christmas at Disneyland - 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. Disney ¡Viva Navidad! at California Adventure is an authentic Latino street fiesta, featuring musicians, dancers and storytellers.

Enjoy lively Mexican music, 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, runs near the end of Holiday Time.

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 waterside of the street (across from the middle entrance to Paradise Gardens). Consult the Entertainment Guide for showtimes and get in place about 15 minutes early.

During the Festival of Holidays, you typically decorate cookies at Treats for Santa (for a fee) near the exit of meeting Santa. Your tadpoles can also do free crafts related to many holidays, including Hanukkah, Christmas, Diwali, Kwanzaa and Navidad. There are also free coloring pages in Paradise Gardens Park.

Christmas at Disneyland - Drummers

Holiday Toy Drummers

Keep a lookout for one of our favorite acts, the highly entertaining Toy Drummers. Their show is short, sweet and definitely worth catching. This year, they are back at the spot in front of the Obelisk by Pixar Pier.

Mickey's Happy Holidays 

Christmas at Disneyland - Mickey's Happy Holidays

In addition to their regular performances, the Toy Drummers join up with Disney and Pixar characters for a cavalcade procession. Catch Mickey's Happy Holidays about four times daily. The cavalcade travels from The Little Mermaid to Hollywood Land. Many characters are dressed to impress in their holiday best and Santa hats, and they dance in the streets. A great place to watch is in Hollywood Land in front of Off the Page.

Characters During the Holidays

There are some interesting character sightings to find throughout the parks, as well. Mirabel from "Encanto" returns to Paradise Gardens Park. Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and the Three Caballeros also greeted guests in that area. Chip 'n' Dale may be near the Redwood Creek area. Around Carthay Circle Fountain, the Disney characters show off their holiday clothes. Even the cars in Cars Land get into the holiday spirit! In 2022, the holiday stunt show is back with Hawkeye and Kate Bishop.

Some rare characters are out this holiday season, such as Carl from "Up" and Clara Cluck in Disney California Adventure.

Musical Acts

Guide to the ~Hoppiest~ Holidays at Disneyland - Mostly Kosher preforms

Catch the Holiday Sunset Concert series in the area in front of the water. The rock cover band, the Suffragettes, and Phat Cat Swinger take the stage in Paradise Gardens Park. You'll also find favorite returning acts at various smaller stages. Listen for live entertainment from such acts as Mostly Kosher, The Mistletoes, Blue13 Dance Company and Mariachi Divas as well as other smaller acts on various stages.

Meeting Santa During the Disneyland Christmas Celebration

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 Park. Santa also visits each of the hotels.

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. You might also get a chance to meet Mrs. Claus. She is so sweet! She roams around Critter Country and hands out recipes for her special cookies. And we all know how much her hubby loves cookies!

Festive Foods and Seasonal Flavors at Disneyland

Foodie froggies will love that there are so many yummy holiday treats and foods at Disneyland during the holidays — we certainly can’t resist! We always end our Disneyland holiday visits feeling a little bit like Santa. Our frog bellies are stuffed with so many cookies, holiday treats and festive foods from the Festival of Holidays. There are so many treats at the candy shops, special menu items at restaurants and tastes from the festival booths that we created a separate Guide to the Yummiest Holiday Treats & Foods at Disneyland Resort.

There are also frogtastic food offerings at Disney's Festival of Holidays. The festival marketplaces offer 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 and seasonal delights. The Sip and Savor Pass returns with eight tabs for eating your way around the festival booths. Our Disney's Festival of the Holidays post and holiday food post will have all of the delicious details.

As for table-service dining, set a reminder for 60 days before your visit to book dining reservations. Reservations generally open at about 6 a.m. but it can vary. If you're planning to visit Disneyland 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 Reservation System. If it's too late to reserve, keep checking for cancellations that pop up or try checking for walk-up availability in the Disneyland app once you arrive.

Reservations open about 60 days before Thanksgiving Day and fill up quickly for Thanksgiving dinner. Reservations are limited and not announced. Practically every Disneyland restaurant offers a special seasonal dish, and some present a full spread. The Disneyland Hotel has not offered its fall harvest buffet in the ballroom since 2019. We are not sure if it will return. In 2019, it included carved roasted turkey breast, prime rib, homemade stuffing, sweet potato soufflé and so much more in years past. Yum!

There are Christmas Day dinners available at the Disneyland Resort hotels at Storytellers Café, Goofy's Kitchen and Napa Rose. The special New Year's Eve celebrations fill up quickly, so set your calendar to make reservations about 60 days in advance.

Dining Packages

Christmas at Disneyland - Dining Package food and lanyard

Plaza Inn offers a dining package that has a voucher for a reserved parade-viewing area. The dining package isn't offered on holidays (such as Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day). Reservations may also be unavailable in early December.

We tried it in 2021. The 2022 package includes Beef bourguignon (chicken tenders for kids), roasted vegetables, herbed mashed potatoes, forest yule log and a beverage. There are vegetarian options. After your meal, you can enjoy prime viewing for the merry mayhem of the second “A Christmas Fantasy” Parade.

The food was good, but keep in mind that if the package meal is not to your taste, you can substitute the fried chicken dinner instead. (It's a Frog Family favorite!) You'll receive a parade voucher lanyard and a ticket, which they will collect, so hold onto that. Continue to wear the lanyard while in the viewing area.

Christmas at Disneyland - Tiana and Aurora stand on a float

Where is the viewing area? It's across the street from the Main Street train station. We hopped by early to get a curb spot, so it did not really save us time compared to finding our own spot. The parade starts at Town Square for the second parade, so we were near the beginning of the parade.

The dining package is not cheap. And you'll still want to arrive early for a curb or bench, so it does not really save time. You can find your own parade spot for free and get in place about 90 minutes (depending on crowds) early if you want a good spot. We also like the raised area near "it's a small world" or seeing the afternoon parade near the castle's churro stand with the sun to our back and the Matterhorn in the background.

You might also consider dining packages for shows such as Fantasmic! and World of Color — Season of Light. They are not specific to the holidays, but they can save you time and help you secure a good viewing area.

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?

Related: Yummiest Holiday Treats at Disneyland

Related: Favorite Disneyland Holiday Treats

Related: Tips for Spending New Year's Eve at Disneyland

Hoppy holidays!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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Oct 3, 2022 at midnight Eddie Says...

You mention above that the Merriest Nights is not returning this year and that there will be no early closings. Today I found out that DCA will be closing at 6pm on Nov 12, of course the day that we are scheduled to go there. Any idea what this is about???? Im so frustrated because we have dining reservations and park reservations all set for that day. What could be going on??

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Oct 4, 2022 at 10:56 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Eddie!

Good news! We're seeing that DCA closes at 10 p.m. on Nov. 12.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 25, 2021 at 5:21 a.m. CJ Says...

We plan to be there just before Christmas, for years we have used and like the Fast Pass system. My understanding is that is now shut down, but the Genie system is not live yet. What does that mean at this time (no way to make ride reservations?) and where do you think things will be by Christmas? Thanks.

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Nov 26, 2021 at 8:21 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi CJ!

That's correct, with one caveat - there may be virtual queues in place for Spider-Man and Rise of the Resistance. We unfortunately don't have a date just yet for Genie+ at Disneyland, but we'll keep you posted if we hear anything!!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 22, 2021 at 6:01 a.m. Kimberly Says...

We’ll be staying at the Grand Californian from 12/19. In your post you mentioned we could plan ahead for personalized in room celebrations and decorations, is this a set package that can be purchased or is this something that we would need to plan with the concierge?

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Nov 22, 2021 at 2:35 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kimberly!

It is something you usually arrange in advance through Disney Floral and Gifts, though they may still be closed and are not taking new orders. We'd suggest calling to confirm and ask if there would be anything else available.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 10, 2021 at 12:34 a.m. Manny Says...

This is the most complete and informative amount of Holiday fun that I have ever seen...thank you.

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Nov 10, 2021 at 8:35 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Thank YOU for hopping by, Manny!

Hoppy holidays!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 31, 2021 at 10:18 a.m. Lara Says...

I thought I saw that the Xmas Parade is only running during the special holiday party nights (Merriest nights) and not general park hours like before.

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Nov 1, 2021 at 12:38 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lara!

A Christmas Fantasy parade runs twice on normal days, but on party days, it runs once in the afternoon for daytime guests and once in the evening for party guests.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 25, 2022 at 3:39 a.m. Leeann Jacket Says...

You answered my question I had about the parade but I was wondering about the fireworks. Every night, or just Merriest Nites?

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Jun 27, 2022 at 10:27 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Leeann!

Holiday fireworks take place nightly, except on nights when the park closes early for Merriest Nites (should the event return this year — it has not been announced yet).

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 24, 2021 at 12:07 a.m. Susie Says...

Hey there! We purchased tickets for Merriest Nights on November 11, 2021. I know Christmas decorations aren't officially up until November 12, but is it safe to assume that it will all be up and running for Merriest Nights? Thanks!

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Sep 24, 2021 at 11:03 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Susie!

Yes! :) All of the decor should be up and running for the party.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 18, 2021 at 2:27 p.m. Julie Says...

A couple questions maybe you can answer! I know the official holiday start date is the 12th...do they turn on the tree lights or Christmas music before then or do they leave everything off even though it's all sitting out? We're going the 10 through the12 and I'm curious if anything will at all be Christmas themed the first 2 days we go or if we'll have to wait till that last day. Also, do they ever open small world back up before the official holiday date? It's one of our favorite rides and we're a little bummed we will miss out on it the first two days. Thanks for any info you have!!!

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Sep 20, 2021 at 5:07 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Julie!

"it's a small world" does not usually open until Holiday Time starts. However, we have seen the tree and heard Christmas carols playing about a day or two early. But all the lights and other aspects of Holiday Time will officially kick off Nov. 12. Keep in mind the park closes early Nov. 11 for Disney Merriest Nites.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 15, 2021 at 4:05 p.m. Brittany Says...

So much great info!!! I love reading your detailed posts. I was wondering, when can we expect to see the full list of Christmas/holiday themed special foods that will be available throughout the parks?

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Sep 15, 2021 at 11:43 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brittany!

Thanks for hopping by and the kind words! It may still be a while — Disneyland usually releases foodie guides about a week or two before an event. We'll definitely share all of the delicious details in our holiday treats guide once we find out so stay tuned!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 10, 2021 at 7:22 p.m. Dari kotzker Says...

Hi. Do you know why the hours/schedule isn’t listed for early November? Also do you know when they’ll list the closure for it’s a small world as they prep for the holidays? Thanks!

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Sep 10, 2021 at 2:39 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dari!

Disneyland normally releases park hours in batches (about six weeks at a time) so we’d check back in a couple weeks or so! As for the “it’s a small world” holiday overlay, Disneyland hasn’t announced the dates for the closure just yet, but usually, the dates will show up on its ride page — though we think we should know relatively soon. The ride was closed from Oct. 21 through Nov. 7. in 2019, so that may give you an idea of when it may hoppen. We’ll also update our Refurbishments post once we find out, so stay tuned!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 12, 2021 at 2:45 a.m. Sarah Says...

Hey there!

My daughter and I are going on November 8.Hoping that holiday decor will be up!,

Do you happen to know?

Thank you!

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Jul 12, 2021 at 11:34 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sarah!

It's definitely possible that you could see some holiday decor. We don't know the dates quite yet, but usually the official holiday season starts around early November and decor pops up a few days before. Back in 2019, the Christmas tree was installed on Nov. 4, four days before the official Holiday Time began.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 22, 2020 at 2:24 p.m. Stacy Says...

Hello,

We are looking to reschedule our March 25th trip for November. I was thinking the first week of November but I would like to see the Christmas decorations and enjoy the Christmas festivities. What dates would you recommend in order for us to be able to do that?

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Mar 23, 2020 at 3:26 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stacy!

What a great idea! This year's holiday dates haven't been released just yet, but in 2019, the Holidays at the Disneyland Resort began on November 8th. This year's dates should be similar; we'd stick to the second or third week of the month to avoid the Thanksgiving crowd. Have a fantastic time!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Dec 9, 2019 at 8:17 p.m. Mercelena Vasquez-Funk Says...

What time do the Christmas Carolers Sing at the Grand Californian? on sunday?

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Dec 11, 2019 at 2:34 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mercelena!

Carolers do 30-minute sets Thursday through Sunday starting at 5:30 p.m.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 30, 2019 at 7:02 p.m. Stephanie Says...

Love your site so much, so much great info!! I wanted to ask about Fantasmic! and Believe...In Holiday Magic. On Sat.11/30 Fantasmic! will play at 9:00 and then Believe... will play at 9:30. If we have fastpasses for Fantasmic! can we keep standing there for the Believe... show or is everyone moved immediately? Fantasmic! also plays at 10:30 should we try for that one instead? Your article says Believe... can be seen from the Rivers of America or should we try for the castle area? Thank you!!

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Nov 4, 2019 at 7:58 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stephanie!

Thanks so much. We are so hoppy you like it! You can stay in place after Fantasmic! and watch Believe … in Holiday Magic from there. You will not have enough time to move after Fantasmic! since the shows are just minutes apart. If you end up getting FASTPASSes for the 10:30 show, you can watch from any of the viewing areas before hopping over to Fantasmic!. Have a wonderful time!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 9, 2019 at 9:31 p.m. Rob Says...

This is a great article thanks! It sounds like some decorations will be up when I'm there this year November 2-5th. Do they start playing Christmas music that early?

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Oct 10, 2019 at 12:15 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rob!

Thank you! We’re so hoppy you like it! You’ll see a lot of decorations going up day by day. We aren’t sure if Christmas music will be on that early. It’s more likely to play Nov. 6-7. Be sure to catch Mickey’s Mix Magic with fireworks on Nov 2 or 3!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 4, 2019 at 2:29 a.m. jasmine picanco Says...

Hi im planning a family vacation dec 20-26 ; whats the best way to reserve fast passes for fantasmic and world of color? and do you know if they have those shows everynight or just on the weekends?

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Oct 4, 2019 at 10:08 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jasmine!

Being that it is a peak time, we expect the shows to run every day. The best way to get FASTPASSes for those shows is to get MaxPass, and reserve those shows on your phone as soon as you enter a park that day. There are some dining packages that give you FASTPASS vouchers. We think the free FASTPASS for World of Color you can reserve on your phone is great. People really like the World of Color Dessert Party package, as well, which is the only seated option. However, the dining packages for Fantasmic! are the only way to get front and center. All three packages have great seated (on the ground) viewing, although with Blue Bayou, you do get a cushion to sit on. If you choose the free FASTPASS for Fantasmic!, be sure to arrive earlier than instructed so you can get a front view. The second showing of Fantasmic! can have decent stand-by viewing if you hop in place as soon as fireworks end.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 23, 2019 at 9:09 p.m. jasmine Says...

thanks ! also what kine of weather should i expect ? how should i dress my family? i heard it gets cold.

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Oct 25, 2019 at 9:13 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jasmine!

The best plan is to check the weather closer to your event. It could be warm, cool, cold or rainy. We’ve seen it all in December. Dress in layers with pants and a short-sleeved shirt if the temperatures are reaching the 70s. A long sleeved shirt is good if it is cooler. Bring heavy sweatshirts or light jackets for night, when it does get cold. Bring rain gear if rain is in the forecast. The average high is in the upper 60s (the sun makes it feel warmer during the day) and the average low is in the mid-40s at night that week. We get a locker to store sweatshirts and maybe a hat until we need them. But when you move around with all those people at Disneyland, you do keep pretty warm. Hope this helps!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 30, 2019 at 10:02 p.m. Lisa Says...

Hi!

Do you happen to know whether or not Fantasmic! will be on during this December? The last time we went at Christmas time it wasn't on, but I think that was when it was on hiatus.

Thanks!

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Oct 1, 2019 at 12:48 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lisa!

Fantasmic! should be showing during Christmas time! It was closed one season due to work on Rivers of America, but it usually runs during the holidays and peak times.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 17, 2019 at 5:55 p.m. Tracy Says...

Heading to Disneyland this November for the Holiday experience. Any restaurants you would recommend that are extra special during the holiday season??

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Sep 18, 2019 at 2:16 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tracy!

There are so many yummy things to eat during the holidays. Each restaurant and food stand has something special to offer. If you want fine dining, go for Napa Rose or Steakhouse 55. There may be a nice afternoon tea on select days at Steakhouse 55. Otherwise, you can get a lot of different tastes by simply hopping around the festival booths at Disney California Adventure. If you are looking for a special holiday meal (say Thanksgiving dinner) be sure to reserve 60 days in advance.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 16, 2019 at 1:45 p.m. Gretchen Says...

Any thoughts as to which weekend Candlelight will be? I know it’s usually the first weekend, but with December 1st falling on a Sunday, I wasn’t sure if there was a chance they’d have it Nov 30/Dec 1 rather than Dec 7/8. I’ve been saving all year to go see Candlelight - I’d hate to show up the wrong weekend! :-)

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Sep 17, 2019 at 2:58 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Gretchen!

No news on exactly when Candlelight will hoppen this year, but we've got our eyes and ears open!

Hoppy planning!

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.

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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?

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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

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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?

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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

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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?

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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

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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?

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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: https://www.undercovertourist.com/los-angeles/hotels/

Keep hopping!

Leap

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

Family is coming out after Christmas..is 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?

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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

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

Does Disneyland still have their candle lite parade?

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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

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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

Andrew

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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

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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?

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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

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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?

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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

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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.

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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

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

Universal is awesome!

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

Disney is the best at Christmas.

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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

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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

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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!

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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

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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…?

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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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!

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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

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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

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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

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

Thanks a lot Mommy Frog

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

Hi Adrian,

You're very welcome!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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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

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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

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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

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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?

Thanks!

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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

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

Thank you!

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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?

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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

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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!!

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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

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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 http://bit.ly/29fBIyv and this is a great blog of the event we attended last year http://bit.ly/1UFZbr2

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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? =)

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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!

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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

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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

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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

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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!

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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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