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7 Reasons Why Disneyland is a Must for the Holidays

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7 Reasons Why Disneyland is a Must for the Holidays


“It Is The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.” Whether you have the opportunity to celebrate the holidays on the east or west coast, no other theme park celebrates the Christmas season quite like Disney does.

At Disneyland Resorts, the holidays are celebrated beginning November 8, 2019 and run through January 6, 2020. Here are our top 7 favorite Christmas celebrations found at Disneyland.

1. “A Christmas Fantasy” Parade

This special parade is in place of the traditional afternoon parade. This is a “must-see” and I enjoyed it just as much as the parade during the Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party but the viewing of this parade is included in your normal admission price.

It was wonderful to see Mickey and Minnie dressed for the holidays, the gingerbread dancing, princesses dressed in holiday gowns, and even Santa Claus arriving at the end. This parade can be seen on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday at 3:30 pm and 6:00 pm during the holiday season. On Wednesdays and Thursdays this parade is only at 4:00 pm.

Mickey starts the “A Christmas Fantasy” Parade

2. Haunted Mansion

Jack Skellington does some re-decorating during the holidays at the Haunted Mansion. This attraction can be enjoyed from September 6, 2019 to January 6, 2020 and has additional decorations added throughout this timeframe. From the long Sandy Claws list draped from the roof to the specialty themed gingerbread house inside to even Oogie Boogie giving you a final farewell in the end, this special holiday theming was well worth the visit. Unfortunately, Disney World does not offer a Christmas overlay to this classic attraction.

Haunted Mansion decorated by Jack Skellington

3. it’s a small world

The entire front of this ride is illuminated at night and even offers special projections and light shows every 30 minutes. Also found inside this ride you will be greeted by dolls wearing holiday outfits representing their native lands.

As you take the “happiest cruise that ever sailed” you will be greeted by vibrant lights, holiday music intermingled with the classic ride song, and smells associated with some of the lands such as cinnamon (South Africa), coconut (South Seas), and cherry blossoms (Asia). This ride is a must to be enjoyed both in the day and night. It is sure to put you in the holiday mood.

“it’s a small world” ride themed for the Christmas season
Nighttime projections on “it’s a small world”

4. Mickey and Minnie in Festive Attire

You can still meet Mickey and his gang in Toontown during the Christmas season, but on Main Street, Mickey and Minnie can also be found in their Christmas sweaters.

Minnie Mouse in Christmas Sweater on Main Street

5. Wintertime Enchantment at Sleeping Beauty’s Castle

Each evening, stop by Main Street to see the lighting of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle. The music, lighting, and snow make you forget that you are in California. To fully enjoy the lighting be sure to stand between the Partner’s statue and the Refreshment stand.

Check Character Locator for showtimes.

Sleeping Beauty Castle

6. “Believe… in Holiday Magic” Fireworks Spectacular

This is a beautiful fireworks display that is set to favorite holiday songs. This show does not include projections on the castle like at Disney World, so these fireworks can be enjoyed on Main Street, Rivers of America, and “it’s a small world.” All of these viewing locations also include snow.

Disneyland Official Site Photo

7. Special Holiday Snacks

My favorite snack from Disneyland was the Gingerbread Mickey from the Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe. It was AMAZING! It was almost too cute to eat, but it was surprisingly soft with a wonderful gingerbread flavor.

Gingerbread Mickey

I hope you enjoyed a few of my favorite Christmastime offerings at Disneyland. I hope it makes you want to attend Disneyland during the holidays! Which was your favorite?


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