Current operations update: Due to a regional stay-at-home order for Southern California, all restaurants in Downtown Disney are open for take-out only. Food and beverages are not allowed to be consumed on property. Select shops and retail locations remain open. You can still purchase holiday treats to-go at Marceline's Confectionery and Trolley Treats and find popcorn buckets and sippers at stores and vending carts (without food).
Disneyland always offers some froggerific treats during the holiday season, and this year, many new tasty treats, special menu items and beverages join the lineup at the Downtown Disney District. You can also find some of these holiday delights on Buena Vista Street (open for shopping and dining as an extension of Downtown Disney) as the theme parks and hotels remain temporarily closed.
Holiday Treats at Downtown Disney in 2020
Let's take a look at some of the holiday treats and eats at Downtown Disney and Buena Vista Street:
Black Tap — Chocolate Peppermint Cheesecake Crazy Shake (currently from the window)
California Churro — Peppermint Churro
Earl of Sandwich — Holiday Turkey Sandwich
Kayla's Cakes — Adorable snowman macaron
Wetzel's Pretzels — Holiday pretzel (a colorful rainbow with a crunch)
Salt & Straw — Try unique holiday ice cream flavors such as Dwanta's Teremana Spiked Eggnog, Cocoa and Peppermint Patties, Gingerbread Cookie Dough, The Great Cookie Swap and Almond Brittle with Salted Ganache. Or see if you can score some Thanksgiving leftovers from November's holiday flavors: Salted Caramel Thanksgiving Turkey, Sweet Potato Casserole with Maple Pecans, Roasted Peach & Sage Cornbread Stuffing, and Cranberry Juniper Sorbet (vegan). All ice cream is packaged to-go durn the Stay-at-Home Order.
Sprinkles — Holiday cupcakes
Starbucks — Santa Claus Frappucchino: Order this secret menu red and white holiday drink by asking for a Vanilla Bean Creme Frappucchino with strawberry puree in the bottom and another layer of puree in the middle, topped with whipped cream and red Christmas sprinkles temporarily closed)
Marceline's Confectionery and Trolley Treats — Caramel apples, cookies, marshmallow wands, crispy rice treats and more. So far we've spotted the following Disneyland holiday treats at the candy shops:
- Snowman caramel apple
- Minnie holiday caramel apple
- Minnie holiday crispy treat
- Santa Mickey cookie
- Santa gingerbread cookie
- Peppermint marshmallow wand
- Pecan pie crispy treat
- Holiday cupcakes
Note: You will not find the famous Disneyland handmade candy canes this year.
La Brea Bakery — Pair your entrée with festive cocktails such as the Merry Manhattan, the Tinsel-Tini, a Mistletoe Margarita, the Joyful Daiquiri or a Jolly Old Fashioned (temporarily closed).
Carthay Circle Lounge — Pumpkin Ice Cream Sundae and Apple Pie Sundae (temporarily closed)
Food and Drink Accessories — If you are looking for the Jingle Bell sipper, you can find it in World of Disney as well as at the vending carts, Award Wieners and Smokejumpers Grill at Buena Vista Street. The Jingle Bell glow cubes were at Award Wieners and Smokejumpers but are sold out for the season. And the Mickey peppermint candy bottle topper is at the vending cart past Carthay Circle (near Avengers Campus entrance). Look for the light-up popcorn buckets on Buena Vista Street at Grizzly Peak Airfield. The White Christmas tree is available at the cart and also at the World of Disney store (while supplies last). You have to have an annual pass to purchase the Jack Skellington bucket. It's available at the Grizzly Peak cart, Kingswell Camera Shop and at the Backlot Premier shop. If you purchase at the popcorn cart, the buckets come with popcorn. In store, the buckets cost a little less and do not come with popcorn.
Keep in mind that some locations may offer Mobile Order (such as Salt & Straw, Back Tap and Sprinkles) or have a mobile waitlist. Carthay Circle Lounge offers outdoor dining. You'll want to join the Mobile Wait List to enter Marceline's Confectionery or Buena Vista Street as soon as you arrive in case the wait is longer than anticipated. Hop over to our post with more of our top tips for visiting Downtown Disney this holiday season for all kinds of hopful advice.
Even though Buena Vista Street is technically inside Disney California Adventure, do not expect any characters or entertainment. The area is open for shopping and dining as an extension of Downtown Disney this holiday season. It will still be a treat to step inside the gates and enjoy the holiday decorations! The food carts will be open for churros, popcorn, ice cream and other Disneyland favorite treats!
If you are looking to enjoy some Thanksgiving treats and meals, hop over to our post on enjoying Disneyland at Thanksgiving for the yummy details.
Disneyland Holiday Treats for 2021
Now, unfortunately we're here to touch on the treats that are normally available in each of the parks. As you know, that's not hoppening this year. But, yes, we frogs can help you dream ... and plan for next year. Read on for a look at where to find the holiday treats at Disneyland when the theme parks and hotels are open. It's a look at what was available in 2019 and may return for 2021. But that green Jingle Bell sipper shown down below is available in 2020!
If you want the full scoop on Holidays at Disneyland in typical years, we've got that too. Holiday time at Disneyland Resort typically runs from early to mid-November through early January. Here's to hoping the event and parks are back in 2021!
Disneyland, Disney California Adventure and the Disneyland Resort hotels. Disney Festival of Holidays at Disney California Adventure brings special entertainment and festival booths with many tasty foods. The dishes are inspired by 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 ;)
Be sure to pick up a Disneyland Food Guide when you enter the park. The pamphlet has yummy details and pictures of food and novelties in both parks, as well as the Disneyland Resort hotels. For full descriptions and the most details for all of the holiday food in one place, you'll want to refer back to this blog post though, so save it to your favorites so you don't miss out!
Disneyland Resort Christmas Food and Beverages
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 California Adventure and Marceline’s Confectionery in Downtown Disney. Of course, they still offer their gourmet decorated caramel apples (my favorite treat of them all).
- Mickey Snowman Apple
- Minnie Santa Apple
- Snowflake Apple
- Mickey Elf Apple
Other Holiday Treats:
- Gingerbread Mickey Crispy Treat
- Wreath Crispy Treat
- Snowman Crispy Treat
- Santa Mickey Crispy Treat
- Holiday Minnie Crispy Treat
- Snowman Cake Pop
- Snowflake Cake Pop
- Christmas Tree Cake Pop
- Gingerbread Mickey Cookie
- Holiday Cookies
- Peppermint Fudge
- Abuelita Fudge
- Churro Toffee
- Snowman Cookie
- Peppermint Bark
- Peppermint Wand Marshmallows
- 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 colorful and flavored churros throughout both parks.
Holiday Churros at Disneyland Include:
- Caramel and Coconut Churro (Town Square Churro Cart and Churros Near Sleeping Beauty Castle)
- Santa’s Cookies and Milk Churro (Churros Near Casey Jr.) – Artisan churro rolled in cookie butter sugar and served with sweet milk dipping sauce
- Toffee-Flavored Churro (Tomorrowland Churro Cart) – Chocolate-almond or chocolate dipping sauces available as an add-on
- Turtle Churro (Frontierland Churro Cart) – Artisan churro rolled in chocolate sugar and served with caramel pecan dipping sauce
- Sugar Plum Candy Churro (New Orleans Churro Cart) – Sweet and tart churro
Holiday Churros at Disney California Adventure Include:
- Peppermint Churro (Churros Near Redwood Creek Challenge Trail) – Churro coated with crushed candy canes and chocolate and vanilla icing
- Pecan Pie Churro (Willy's Churros)
- Milk & Cookies Churro (Hollywood Land Churro Cart) – Churro with chocolate chip cookie and cookies and cream sugar with cookies and cream dipping sauce
- Sugar Cookie Churro (Cozy Cone Motel) – Churro rolled in sugar and topped with white icing and holiday sprinkles
- Horchata Churro with Condensed Milk (Churros Near Goofy’s Sky School)
At the outdoor vending carts, you may find Pink, Blue and Candy Apple Cotton Candy, Snowflake Cotton Candy and Peppermint Tree-Shaped Cotton Candy. Disney California Adventure also has Hot Chocolate Cotton Candy. You'll also find Peppermint Caramel Corn!
Sippers, Glow Cubes and Popcorn Buckets
Food accessories are a huge hit at Disneyland. You can pick up your super popular holiday popcorn buckets at the popcorn carts. The Mickey Christmas tree popcorn holder is this season's must-have item. It lights up! The new green alien in Christmas jammies and Pluto buckets are pretty cute, too. The other must-have items on everyone's list are the Mickey Jingle Bell Ornament light-up sipper and Mickey Jingle Bell glow cube (the glow cubes are sold out for 2020 but the sipper is sold in World of Disney and on Buena Vista Street).
Limited-Time, Hand-Pulled Candy Canes at Disneyland
Every year, the Disneyland faithful line up for the opportunity to purchase a hand-pulled candy cane. The 18-inch canes are made fresh with pure peppermint oil and are 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.
The 2019 candy cane dates at Candy Palace in Disneyland were:
- Nov. 29
- Dec. 2, 4, 6, 9, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20 and 24
Candy Cane dates at Trolley Treats at Disney California Adventure were:
- Nov. 30
- Dec. 3, 5, 7, 10, 12, 14, 17, 19, 21 and 15
Disneyland has been making these special candy canes since 1968, and because the candy shops make a limited amount each day, you’ll want to line up an hour before park opening. When the park opens about 30 minutes early, make your way to the candy shop and line up for a wristband 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 and Special Menu Items at Disneyland Restaurants
Each of the restaurants add seasonal treats to their menus to make the holidays even more merry! Here is a look at last year's items, so you can get an idea of what to expect.
Disneyland Park Restaurants' Holiday Dessert and Special Menu Items
- Alien Pizza Planet - Green Alien Macaron in Santa hat, Bruschetta Poultrium Pizza, Alpha Broccolius Parfait (Layers of soft mint ganache, green cake, white chocolate mousse, cookies and cream streusel and whipped topping)
- Bengal Barbecue - Yellow Curry Rice Plate (Outback vegetable skewer and herb-marinated tofu served on a bed of jasmine rice with peas, green onions and a side of citrus-miso slaw)
- Blue Bayou - Gingerbread Crème Brulee with Chantilly Cream and Mini Gingerbread Man
- Café Orleans – Hot Chocolate Beignets
- Carnation Café - Fried Bologna Sandwich and Pork Chop TV Dinner
- 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.
- French Market Restaurant – Smothered Beef, The Wedding Cake and Blue Velvet Cake
- Mint Julep Bar - Candy Cane Beignets, Chocolate Dipping Sauce Add-On and Cranberry Julep – Cranberry-infused mint julep
- Harbour Galley - Holiday Pozole (Plant-based pozole with slow-roasted tomatillos, hominy and serrano chiles and served with limes, radishes and shredded cabbage) and Pumpkin Spice Cold Brew Coffee
- Galactic Grill – Caramel Pecan Brownie Parfait, Steakhouse Burger, Apple Pie Slush and Nova Coffee Slush (Chocolate-mint-flavored coffee slush)
- The Golden Horseshoe – Holiday Ice Cream Sandwich
- Hungry Bear Restaurant - Pineapple Upside-down Funnel Cake
- Jolly Holiday Bakery Café - Thanks-Mas Sandwich (Oven-roasted turkey, stuffing, gravy and cranberry sauce on rustic bread), Butternut Squash Soup, Snowman Shortbread Cookie, Santa Hat Macaron with white mint filling and chocolate ganache, Pumpkin Muffin (available through Dec. 1), Dutch Apple Cinnamon Muffin (available Dec. 1), Eggnog Latte Cheesecake, Holiday Cupcake, Holiday Brownie (topped with white chocolate mousse and sprinkles and finished with chocolate presents and a Christmas tree) and a Mickey Gingerbread Man
- Market House - Snowman Shortbread Cookie, Mickey Gingerbread Man Cookie and Holiday Strawberry Linzer Cookie
- Plaza Inn - Raspberry Mascarpone Yule Log, Holiday Bundt Cake (available Dec. 1) and Christmas Cake
- Rancho del Zocalo Restaurante – Frozen Abuelita Hot Chocolate, Pan Dulce Ice Cream Sandwich and Champurrado with Churro Bites, Chicken Mole and Caldo de Pollo (Hearty soup of chicken, vegetables and rice)
- Red Rose Taverne - Beast’s Forbidden Pastrami Burger, Pumpkin Spice Shake and Mickey Gingerbread Man
- Refreshment Corner - French Dip Sandwich
- River Belle Terrace - Burnt Ends Grilled Cheese Sandwich (Kansas City-style brisket ends tossed in barbecue sauce with pickle and pepperoncini relish and melted cheddar served on Texas toast)
- Royal Street Veranda - Blue Lump Crab Fritters with cocktail sauce
- Stage Door Café - Apple Pie Funnel Cake
Disney California Adventure Restaurants' Holiday Dessert and Special Menu Items
- Award Wieners – Gingerbread Funnel Cake Fries (topped with crumbled gingerbread, caramel, icing and whipped cream), Cheesy “Corn” Dog (Jalapeño-cheddar sausage, tangy corn-cheese sauce, chile-lime-dusted corn fritters, pickled fresno chiles and cilantro on a toasted potato bun) and Cheesy “Corn” Fries (Filmstrip fries topped with tangy corn-cheese sauce, chili-lime-dusted corn fritters, pickled fresno chiles and cilantro)
- Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta - Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake, Holiday Dinner Pizza (Roasted Turkey, mashed potatoes, turkey gravy, bacon, vegetables and cranberry sauce) and Mickey Gingerbread Man
- Boudin Bread Cart - Candy Cane-shaped Bread, Snowman-shaped Bread and Christmas Tree-shaped Bread (all plant-based)
- Carthay Circle Restaurant & Lounge - Sleigh Ride Cocktail (Premium gin, elderflower liqueur, fortified white wine, lemon juice, cherry bitters and berry liqueur 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 and Mickey Gingerbread Man Cookie
- Cocina Cucamonga - Horchata agua fresca and tamales plate
- Cozy Cone Motel – Green Peppermint Ice Cream Cone or Cup, Crushed Peppermint “Road Gravel” Ice Cream Topping, Crushed Candy Cane Ice Cream Topping, Holiday Sprinkles with a Sugar Star and Luigi’s Pesto Cone
- Fairfax Fruit Market – Snowman Sourdough
- Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Cafe - Mickey Gingerbread Man Cookie and Holiday Brownie
- Flo’s V-8 Café - Chocolate Peppermint Shake
- Gourmet Coffee - Peppermint Mocha, Snowman Shortbread Cookie and Gingerbread Man Cookie
- Hollywood Lounge - Specialty beers, Wonderland Hot Chocolate (Hot chocolate, Peppermint Schnapps, crushed peppermint and whipped cream), Honest Abe Apple Pie Hard Cider, Holiday Hard Cider (Honest Abe Apple Pie Hard Cider with spiced rum), Elf Nog (Non-alcoholic egg nog), Holiday Egg Nog (with spiced rum), Winter Hot Chocolate (with crushed peppermint), Mistletoe Mule (Cranberry-orange lemonade with ginger ale and vodka) and Sleigh-Ride Slush (Cranberry-apple lemonade frozen slush)
- Lamplight Lounge - Special Holiday Cocktail (Aged tequila, mezcal, agave, hibiscus and lemon juice)
- Pacific Wharf Café - Snowman-shaped, Christmas Tree-shaped and Candy Cane-Shaped Bread (all plant-based), Apple Fritter Bread Pudding, Pumpkin Soup, Sugar Cookie and Mickey Gingerbread Man
- Pacific Wharf Coffee Cart - Blueberry Apple Cider, Peppermint Mocha, Snowman Shortbread Cookie and Mickey Gingerbread Man
- 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 (both plant-based)
- Schmoozies! - Holiday Affogato, Peppermint Crunch Shake, Churro Shake, Minnie Wreath Donut, Cranberry Lemonade and Gingerbread Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich
- Smokejumpers - Loaded Latkes
- Sonoma Terrace - Merry Cherry Punch
- Studio Catering Co. – Plant-etarium Street Tacos (Brussels sprouts, salsa verde, pickled red onions and apple and pomegranate slaw) and Sleigh-Ride Slush (Cranberry-apple lemonade frozen slush)
- 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), non-alcoholic Winter Hot Chocolate (Hot chocolate, whipped cream and crushed peppermint), Fireside Cider (Spiced rum hot apple cider), non-alcoholic Holiday Cider (Hot apple cider), Feliz Churro Cocktail (Frozen drink with churro-flavored alcohol and horchata) and Mistletoe Mule (Cranberry-orange lemonade, ginger ale and vodka)
Disney Festival of Holidays Food, Desserts and Holiday Beverages
And that brings us to the Festival of Holidays booths. Attention all foodies: This annual treat has several festive food stands, offering regular bites of food, beverages and treats. Again, this is last year's menu. Everything we tasted was excellent!
With so much to try, it is so hard to make a choice. Be sure to 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. Pick up a passport to help guide you through the booths and point you towards vegetarian, plant-based or kid-friendly choices. The festival marketplaces have allergy menus available, too. Just ask!
Here's a time-saving tip: If you can identify several items you want to eat, look for the booth with the shortest line and order all the food there. Then, take your receipt to each booth to collect the items. We did that and did not even have to collect it all at once. We could enjoy our bites and could skip the line to go straight to the pick-up window for the other items later. Skipping the lines is our jam.
Brews & Bites Marketplace
- Chorizo Fundido served with house-made tortilla chips
- A number of lagers and ales
- Festive Progressive Beer Flight – Rrëy Kölsch, Einstök Arctic Pale Ale, Alaskan Winter English Olde Ale and Sierra Nevada Celebration IPA
- Flavors of the Season Beer Flight – SLO Brew Cali-Squeeze Hefeweizen, Two Pitcher’s Nordic Jam Lager, The Bruery Or Xata Blonde and Karl Strauss 10 Beers for Breakfast Stout
Holiday Duets Marketplace
- Braised Pork Belly Adobo – With garlic fried rice
- Shrimp & Grits – With Andouille sausage
- Mickey & Minnie Cookies
- Cranberry Sangria
- Churro Toffee Cold Brew (Non-Alcoholic)
Grandma’s Recipes Marketplace
- Shepherd’s Upside-down Pie (Plant-Based)
- Curried Cauliflower & Chicken – With lemon tahini sauce and black garlic drizzle
- Crimson Pear Cocktail
- Modelo Negro, Dark Lager
- Navidad Punch (Non-Alcoholic, pictured below)
A Twist on Tradition Marketplace
- Reimagined Beef Wellington (pictured above)
- Reuben Potato Tots with Russian Dressing and Rye Toast
- Vanilla Pear Mule
- Skyside, Cabernet Sauvignon
Favorite Things Marketplace
- Glazed Ham Shanks – With Honey Crumble
- Holiday Stuffing Mac & Cheese
- Gingerbread Mickey Cookie
- A variety of bourbon cider, stouts, pilsners and more
- Beer Flight – Bell’s Brewery Lager of the Lakes, Kronenbourg 1664 Blanc, Modern Times Beer Space Ways and Legends Brewery Cookies Galore
Merry Mashups Marketplace
- Turkey & Stuffing Tamale – With Cranberry Relish
- Pork al Pastor Naan Taco – With Pineapple Pico de Gallo and Cilantro-Lime Crema
- Churros Yule Log
- House-made Horchata
- Habanero Hibiscus Margarita
- Non-Alcoholic House-made Horchata
Winter Sliderland Marketplace
- Fried Turkey Slider – With cranberry sauce (pictured above)
- Beef Pot Roast – Served on a potato roll with horseradish cream
- Bourbon Cranberry Cocktail
- Warm Peppermint Chocolate Float (Non-Alcoholic)
Making Spirits Bright Marketplace
- Caramelized Apple Cake – With Crème Anglaise and Salted Caramel Sauce
- Hot Cocoa Marshmallow Macaron (Gluten-Friendly)
- A variety of wines, mimosas and sparkling wines
- White Wine Flight
- Red Wine Flight
- Mimosa Flight
In addition to the festival marketplaces, you could stop by Viva Navidad at Paradise Garden Grill for tasty seasonal food from Latin America. Six restaurants also accept the Sip and Savor Pass for select holiday items:
- Paradise Garden Grill - Buñuelos with Cajeta (two golden-fried flour tortillas dusted with cinnamon-sugar)
- Sonoma Terrace - Merry Cherry Punch
- Capucchino Cart - Hot Blueberry Apple Cider
- Cocina Cucmonga - Pork Tamale and Seasonal Horchata Agua Fresca
- Pacific Wharf Cafe - Apple Fritter Bread Pudding, Pumpkin Soup
- Smokejumpers - Loaded Latkes
Whatever you try this season, we are sure it will be tasty. Hop down to comments and tell us which holiday treats and Disneyland Christmas foods 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! Save money on park tickets so you can have a bigger treat budget. Get a hoppin' deal on discounted multi-day Disneyland tickets through your favorite froggy friends at Undercover Tourist!
Related: Guide to Holidays at Disneyland