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Holidays at Disneyland Resort

Sleeping Beauty Castle is illuminated with more than 25,000 LED lights on sparkling 'icicles' and snow-capped turrets

November 10, 2023-January 7, 2024

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Disneyland Resort, comprised of two theme parks, free- admission Downtown Disney, and three hotels, is decked out for the 2023 holidays. Mickey & Minnie are sporting new costumes, and welcoming Christmas Fantasy Parade, It's a Small World Christmas-themed ride, Haunted Mansion's return of Jack Skellington with Nightmare Before Christmas with the unique Gingerbread House, Holiday Magic fireworks and a show-stopper light show with sprinklings of snow to close out the night.

The second, smaller theme park, California Adventure, celebrates holiday traditions with international foods, music & dance, and puts a quirky spin on Christmas with a whimsical tree and fun decor.


A Christmas Fantasy Parade

A Christmas Fantasy Parade is the longest-running holiday parade in Disneyland Resort history. It features seven units comprised of 16 floats, including two stand-alone Christmas trees and a Humdinger wind-up toy car. Originally debuted in 1995, this crowd favorite returns to Disneyland theme park in 2023-2024 to delight all ages with a daily musical procession of floats, marching toy soldiers, dancing gingerbread cookies,  Mickey & Minnie Mouse and  Disney characters in their finest holiday attire! 

It may be 80 degrees on those famous Southern California winter days but at Disneyland it's a Winter Wonderland.


It's a Small World

It may seem like elfin magic at the It's a Small World ride but here's what it takes to make it so great at Christmas time: 24 cast members work for 18 days (or 3,456 man-hours approx.) on interior treatments, while the exterior is transformed over eight weeks (56 days) with some stages taking place overnight when the park is closed.

  • 50,000 lights illuminate the facade of  It's a Small World Holiday
  • An additional 350,000 mini-lights brighten the trees, hedges and animal topiaries surrounding the attraction
  • Thousands of additional lights adorn the nearby shops and food kiosks
  • It's a Small World song by the  Sherman Brothers  is enhanced with Jingle Bells and Deck the Halls
  • Mermaids in The South Seas scene sing along to Jingle Shells, an adaptation of Jingle Bells  
  • Smell something nice during the ride? In Asia, guests enjoy the fragrance of cherry blossoms. South America adds a cinnamon scent, and in the South Seas there's coconut fragrance. European scenes fill the air with fresh pine and peppermint candy scents.
  • Holiday decorations seen throughout the attraction look like homemade crafts. That's done on purpose, complementing creator Mary Blair's original Small World design.


Viva Navidad! at Disney's California Adventure

Billed as a fun street party to celebrate Christmas in Latin American cultures, the back-story includes Three Caballeros along with Mickey & Minnie in attire that weaves elements of traditional Latin American fashion with holiday motifs through playful textured fabrics and vibrant floral embroidery.

  • 50-foot-tall Christmas tree in Buena Vista Street and automotive embellishment in Cars Land
  • Mexican folklorico dancers and mariachis, Brazilian samba dancers and percussionists and Latin performances from Grammy-winning Mariachi Divas de Cindy Shea.
  • Giant mojiganga puppets
  • Disney and Pixar characters marching to a festive beat of the Holiday Toy Drummers.
  • Three Kings Day celebration on January 6, 2024
  • Luigi's Rollickin' Roadsters becomes Luigi's Joy to the Whirl
  • Cruise on by for a holiday hoedown version of Mater's motorized square dance ride and its haul-idays spin 
  • World of Color - Season of Light nighttime spectacular with hundreds of fountains and light projection 
  • Sip and Savor Pass for  eight food or non-alcoholic beverage selections
  • Nightly holiday concerts at the Palisades Stage
  • Cars Land is adorned with holiday decor throughout Radiator Springs, reflecting the personalities of the Cars characters who live there.

Holiday Magic at Disneyland Hotels & Resorts

All three Hotels of the Disneyland Resort will display beautifully themed Christmas trees, feature performances from convivial carolers and visits from Santa Claus. The Disneyland Resort culinary team is also continuing its annual gingerbread house display at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa.

Events are not guaranteed. It is your responsibility to confirm before going.

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