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Disneyland Is Already Decking The Halls For The Christmas Holiday Season

Sleeping Beauty's Winter Castle
Brady Macdonald
August 2, 2023
August 7, 2023
Disneyland is already making plans for the holiday season in the middle of summer that will fill the Anaheim theme park this winter with seasonal parades, ride overlays, Santa visits, food and decor complete with Christmas trees, faux snow and shimmering icicles.

The winter holiday season returns to Disneyland, Disney California Adventure, Downtown Disney and the three Disney resort hotels from Nov. 10 through Jan. 7.

Here are all the details for the Christmas holiday season at the Disneyland resort — if you’re tiring of the summer heat and already daydreaming about whatever passes for “winter” in Southern California.

Disney California Adventure

Seasonal décor will fill Disney California Adventure with a 50-foot-tall Christmas tree on Buena Vista Street, automotive-themed bunting in Cars Land and holiday attraction overlays on Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters and Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree.

The “World of Color — Season of Light” nighttime spectacular returns to DCA’s Paradise Bay with scenes from Disney animated films set to holiday music.

The Viva Navidad street party in Paradise Gardens will feature Mexican folklorico and Brazilian samba dancers, mariachis, percussionists and giant mojiganga puppets while toy drummers will provide the beat for Mickey’s Happy Holidays character procession along DCA’s parade route.

The Disney Festival of the Holidays — celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Navidad, Diwali and Three Kings Day — turns DCA into a food festival with live entertainment. The Sip and Savor Pass, good for eight food and drink selections, will be back again this holiday season.

This year the Festival of the Holidays will expand to the Hollywood Backlot with marketplace food booths, music and dancing.

Dates and further details about the DCA Festival of the Holidays will be announced at a later date.


A 60-foot-tall Christmas tree will anchor one end of Disneyland’s Main Street U.S.A. while Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle glistens at the other end covered in twinkling lights and shimmering icicles.

Back again for another holiday run are A Christmas Fantasy Parade with marching toy soldiers, dancing gingerbread cookies and Santa, the Believe in Holiday Magic fireworks and projection spectacular with a faux snowfall finale as well as holiday ride overlays on It’s a Small World and Haunted Mansion.

Downtown Disney

The Downtown Disney outdoor shopping mall will also be filled with seasonal décor with seasonal musical entertainment scheduled throughout the holidays.

The Disneyland Hotel, Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel and Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel each get their own themed Christmas trees with regular visits by Christmas carolers and jolly old Saint Nick. The annual gingerbread house created by Disneyland’s culinary team will once again be back in the lobby of the Grand Californian.
Attractions Referenced

Haunted Mansion

It's A Small World

Sleeping Beauty's Winter Castle

Parades Referenced

Christmas Fantasy Parade

Lands Referenced

Main Street U.S.A.

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