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Disneyland always offers some froggerific treats during the holiday season, and this year many new tasty treats (and beverages) have joined the lineup at both Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure. Holidays in the plural refers to international holidays and traditional American treats relating to Christmas/Navidad, Diwali, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and Three Kings Day. By now, you know I've got a sweet tooth, so you know I just had to do some research for you;) If you want the full scoop on Holidays at Disneyland, we've got that too.
Here's the Lowdown on Holiday Treats at Disneyland!
Let’s start with the traditional holiday treats you can find at Candy Place and Pooh’s Corner in Disneyland, at Trolley Treats in Disney’s Californian Adventure, and Marceline’s Confectionary in Downtown Disney. Of course, they still offer their gourmet decorated caramel apples (my favorite treat of them all).
- Jack Skellington in a Santa hat
Other holiday treats:
- Gingerbread Mickey Crispy Treat
- Santa Mickey Crispy Treat
- Jack Skellington Cake Pop
- Snowman Cake Pop
- Snowflake Cake Pop
- Gingerbread Mickey Cookie
- Snowman cookie
- Peppermint Bark
- Peppermint Fudge
- Packaged holiday treats such as toffee, popcorn, crispy treats, peanut brittle and chocolate-covered pretzels
It seems that each holiday the churros get more and more decked out for the holidays. You can find these colorful and flavored churros throughout both parks. Here are a few fun options in Disneyland:
- Sour Apple Churro in Tomorrowland
- Crushed Pretzel and Peppermint Churro in Frontierland
- Gingerbread Churro near Sleeping Beauty’s Castle
- Sugarplum Candy Churro near Haunted Mansion
- Churro sundaes at Hungry Bear Restaurant and The Golden Horseshoe
Holiday Churros at Disney California Adventure include:
- Peppermint Churro with chocolate and vanilla icing near Redwood Creek (stop by at night to catch snowfall while you enjoy your churro)
- Gingersnap Churro and Pumpkin Spice Churro at Cozy Cone Motel
- Red and Green Holiday Churro near Goofy’s Sky School.
At the outdoor vending carts you can find Apple Cotton Candy, Snowflake Cotton Candy and Cinnamon Caramel Corn. Disney California Adventure also has Hot Chocolate Cotton Candy. Food accessories are a huge hit at Disneyland. You can pick up your super popular Santa Alien Popcorn Buckets at the popcorn carts or your snowman ornament beverage steins at various snack carts in the parks.
Limited-Time, Hand-Pulled Candy Canes at Disneyland
People line up for the opportunity to purchase a hand-pulled candy cane. They are made fresh and only offered at Candy Palace and Trolley Treats on select dates. To purchase, you must get a wristband at park opening, and each guest needs to show the wristband to buy one candy cane each. These candy canes are like the must-see concert of the Christmas candy season. Candy Cane dates at Candy Palace in Disneyland are:
Nov. 23, 26, 28 and 30
Dec. 3, 5, 7, 10, 12, 14, 17, 19, 21 and 24
Candy Cane dates at Trolley Treats Disney California Adventure are:
Nov. 24, 27 and 29
Dec. 1, 4, 6, 8, 11, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22 and 25.
Disneyland has been making these special candy canes since 1968, and because they make a limited amount each day, you’ll want to line up an hour before park opening, and when they open the park about 30 minutes early, make your way to the candy shop and line up for a wrist band with a return time to purchase. They give out only 120 wristbands each day. If you miss the morning wristband window, they will sell the candy canes that are not picked up by 4 p.m., so be in line at 4 p.m. just in case. Whether you get a candy cane or not, it’s fun to watch them making the candy canes through the shop windows.
Holiday Desserts at Disneyland Restaurants
Each of the restaurants add seasonal treats to their menus to make the holidays even more merry! Most of these treats are available through Jan. 6, 2019.
Disneyland Park Restaurants' Holiday Dessert Items
Gibson Girl - Peppermint Ice Cream (a secret menu item sold only during holiday time until supplies run out) with a crushed candy cane cone and the Peppermint Holiday Sundae. You can get a Snowman Ornament Mug with your choice of Sundae.
Blue Bayou - Gingerbread Crème Brulee with Chantilly Cream and Mini Gingerbread Man
Café Orleans – Santa’s Lumps of Coal Beignets
French Market Restaurant – Dessert Trio (Jack Skellington Chocolate Cupcake and a Mini Coffee Éclair), Wreath and other Bundt Cakes, and a Haunted Mansion Gingerbread Zombie
Mint Julep Bar - Candy Cane Beignets (3 or 6 piece)
Harbour Galley - Haunted Mansion Gingerbread Zombie
Galactic Grill – S’mores Parfait
Royal Street Veranda - Cinnamon Spiced Fritters with Eggnog Dipping Sauce
Alien Pizza Planet - S’mores Parfait and Green Alien Macaron in Santa hat
The Golden Horseshoe – Churro Sundae
Hungry Bear Restaurant - Pineapple Upside-down Funnel Cake
Jolly Holiday Bakery Café - Caramel Apple Muffin, Eggnog Chessecake, Holiday Cupcakes, Santa Hat Macaron, Holiday Brownie
Market House - Snowman Shortbread Cookie, Gingerbread Man Cookie, and Holiday Strawberry Linzer Cookie
Plaza Inn - Chocolate Mint Yule Log, Holiday Bundt Cakes and Coconut Cream Pie
Rancho del Zocalo Restaurante – Dessert Nachos, Frozen Abuelita Hot Chocolate, Sopapilla Cheesecake
Red Rose Taverne - Snowman Shortbread Cookie and Gingerbread Cookie and Holiday Pastry Wreath
Disney California Adventure Restaurants' Holiday Dessert Items
Most of these items are available through Jan. 8, 2019.
Award Wieners – Stocking Stuffer Funnel Cake Fries (coated in peppermint and chocolate and whipped cream), Pumpkin Spice Funnel Cake Fries through Nov. 23 and Gingerbread Funnel Cake Fries starting Nov. 23)
Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta - Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake
Boudin Bread Cart - Candy Cane-shaped Bread, Snowman-shaped Bread, and Christmas Tree-shaped Bread
Carthay Circle Restaurant & Lounge - Holiday Cocktail with Bombay Sapphire, St. Germaine, Lillet Blanc, lemon juice, cherry bitters and Crème de Yvette garnished with a lavender sprig
Clarabelle’s Hand Scooped Ice Cream - Candy Cane Premium Cone, Chocolate Peppermint Ice Cream Sundae, Chocolate Peppermint Ice Cream Cone and Chocolate Peppermint Bar
Cozy Cone Motel – Santa Cone Hat Macaron (with cookies and cream filling) and Crushed Peppermint Road Gravel Topping
Fairfax Fruit Market – Snowman Sourdough
Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Cafe - Snowman Shortbread Cookie, Gingerbread Man Cookie and Holiday Brownie
Flo’s V-8 Café - Chocolate Peppermint Pie and Chocolate Peppermint Shake
Gourmet Coffee - Peppermint Mocha, Snowman Shortbread Cookie and Gingerbread Man Cookie
Lamplight Lounge - Special Holiday Cocktail
Pacific Wharf Café - Gingerbread Man Cookie, Candy Cane-shaped Bread, Snowman-shaped Bread and Christmas Tree-shaped Bread
Paradise Garden Grill - Buñuelos with Cajeta (two golden-fried flour tortillas dusted with cinnamon-sugar)
Mortimer’s Market - Snowman-shaped Bread and Christmas Tree-shaped Bread
Schmoozies - Peppermint Affogato, Peppermint Crunch Shake, Minnie Wreath Donut and Gingerbread Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich
Studio Catering Co. – Holiday Dessert Nachos and Holiday Frozen Horchata
Hollywood Lounge - Anchor 2018 Christmas Ale, Modelo Especial, Stone Delicious IPA, Anaheim Brewery Winter Wheat, Legends Cookie Galore Milk Stout, Wonderland Hot Chocolate: Hot chocolate, Schnapps, crushed peppermint, and whipped cream, Winter Hot Chocolate: Hot chocolate, whipped cream, and crushed peppermint (non-alcoholic), Fireside Cider: Spiced rum hot apple cider, Holiday Cider: Hot apple cider (non-alcoholic), Feliz Churro Cocktail: Frozen drink with churro-flavored alcohol and horchata and Mistletoe Mule: Cranberry-orange lemonade, ginger ale, and vodka
Disneyland Resort Hotel Holiday Dessert Items
Grand Californian Lobby - You’ll find Hot Chocolate (with rum and without) and Peppermint Hot Chocolate (with or without peppermint schnapps) or Hot Cider (with rum for the adults) and the most gorgeous sweet treats (like Peppermint Loaf, Cookies, Mickey Whoopee Pie or Truffles) to enjoy as you admire the giant Gingerbread Hotel.
Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel Surfside Lounge – Pumpkin Spice or Eggnog Latte and Peppermint Mocha
Disneyland Hotel Coffee House - Holiday donut, Pumpkin Spice or Eggnog Latte and Caramel Apple Muffin with Streusel. Hop into Trader Sam’s for fun holiday adult drinks.
The Disneyland Resort restaurants also have special seasonal foods added to their menus, so if you want to learn about where to find Turkey Pot Pie Soup in a Bread Bowl, Lamb Kofka or a Philly Cheesesteak Hot Dog (for real!) you can read more about these holiday menu items at the Disney Parks Foodie Guide.
Festival of Holidays Foods, Desserts and Holiday Beverages
And that brings us to the Festival of Holidays booths. Attention all foodies: The Festival has 12 festive food stands, offering regular bites of food, beverages, and treats. You might want to fill up on some of the foods at these booths before filling up on dessert. Everything we tasted was excellent.
Disney California Adventure Festival of Holidays offerings include:
- Vanilla and cranberry trifle
- Turkey and stuffing tamale with cranberry relish
- Lox & everything bagel nachos
- “Hot cocoa” marshmallow macaron
- Holiday punch with lime sherbet and punch (also available with sparkling wine and chandon brut)
- Pumpkin soup with maple cashew cream
- Chana masala with garlic naan
- Vanilla and cranberry trifle
- Pomegranate lemonade
- Chorizo queso fundido with tortilla chips
- Holiday ham shanks with brown sugar pineapple glaze
- Reuben potato tots with Russian dressing and rye toast
- Eggnog cocktail
- Curry cauliflower soup with braised lamb and mintchurri
- Shrimp and grits with Andouille sausage
- Mickey and Minnie cookies
- Cookie decorating
- Warm peppermint chocolate float
- Warm sticky toffee pudding with butterscotch
- S’mores frozen chocolate milk
- White chocolate cranberry blondie
- Eggnog wreath éclair
- Horchata fudge
- Braised pork belly adobo with garlic fried rice
- Cornbread cakes with collared greens and smoked bacon gravy
- Beef pot roast on a potato roll with horseradish
- Candied yams
- Gingerbread Mickey
- Nashville hot fried turkey with dill pickles
- Jalapeño latkes with chipotle crema
- Chocolate chipotle pot de crème pozole rojo beef with hominy polenta
- “Chicken-less” mole with rice
- Black forest yule log
- Roasted tuejry slider with cranberry sauce
- Holiday stuffing mac & cheese
- Milk chocolate candy cane pot de crème
- Many seasonal adult beverages including, beer, cider, sangria, margaritas, wine flights and mimosa flights
With so much to try, it is so hard to make a choice. Pick up a Sip and Savor Pass, which allows you to taste your way through the booths and try eight dishes or non-alcoholic beverages from the Festival Food Marketplaces. The Festival foods are available through Jan. 8, 2019.
Whatever you try this season, we are sure it will be tasty. Hop down to comments and tell us which holiday treats at Disneyland you are most excited to eat! And don't froget, if you're planning a holiday trip to the parks, check out our Disneyland Resort Park Plans to make the most of your visit!
Related: Guide to Holidays at Disneyland