12 Ways to Celebrate the Holiday Season at the Disneyland Resort

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The holidays at the Disneyland Resort are extra special this year with the dazzling Diamond Celebration and thrilling Star Wars Season of the Force. There are lots of ways to celebrate the holidays at the resort from delicious treats, commemorative merchandise, beautiful themed decorations and special experiences. Here are 12 ways you can celebrate the holiday season at Disneyland this year:

  1. Experience the Dazzle of the Diamond Celebration: Each night at Disneyland park, the all-new “Paint the Night” parade sparkles with more than 1.5 million twinkling lights and the “Disneyland Forever” fireworks spectacular illuminates the skies. There are three different viewing areas for the fireworks show- Main Street, U.S.A., “it’s a small world”, and the Rivers of America. During the show, animated sequences are projected onto the buildings of Main Street, U.S.A.; the façade of “it’s a small world”; the mist screens of Rivers of America; and the Matterhorn. Commemorative Diamond Celebration merchandise and treats will continue to be available during the holidays.
  2. Join the Worldwide Celebration at “it’s a small world” Holiday: “it’s a small world” Holiday is decked out, both inside and outside, in decorations that honor cultures across the globe and how they unite to celebrate the holiday season.
  3. See Two Holidays Collide at Haunted Mansion Holiday: The Hatbox Ghost joins Jack Skellington and his frightful friends from Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” as they host a “spirited” Halloween and Christmas celebration at Haunted Mansion Holiday.
  4. Revel in the Merry Magic of “A Christmas Fantasy” Parade: This seasonal parade has been a holiday tradition at the Disneyland Resort for more than 20 years. You’ll witness the spirit of the season sweeping through Disneyland as Santa Claus and classic Disney characters merrily march down Main Street, U.S.A.
  5. Snap a Picture with Santa: Between preparing for Christmas Eve and leading his reindeer in “A Christmas Fantasy” parade, Santa Claus visits Critter Country at Disneyland and Elias & Co. at Disney California Adventure Park. Be sure to visit jolly old Saint Nick and tell him your holiday wishes!
  6. Delight in Special Holiday Dishes and Treats: Dining locations across the Disneyland Resort add even more merriment with delicious food, beverages and desserts you can enjoy only during the holiday season. The classic peppermint bark and “snow-capped” dark chocolate peppermint gourmet apples may be found in the resort’s candy kitchens. And don’t forget about the handmade candy canes!
  7. Enjoy Two Different Shows at “World of Color”: This year, you can enjoy two versions of the amazing nighttime spectacular “World of Color,” at Disney California Adventure. “World of Color – Celebrate! The Wonderful World of Walt Disney” honors the Diamond Celebration and “World of Color – Winter Dreams” celebrates the holidays. Be sure to check the park calendar for show times.
  8. Dance and Dine at Disney “¡Viva Navidad!”: José Carioca and Panchito of “The Three Caballeros” team up with Donald Duck to host a lively seasonal celebration at Disney California Adventure. Experience traditional Latino holiday festivities and enjoy fun arts, crafts and storytelling, as well as a selection of unique merchandise.
  9. Have a Flurry of Fun at “Olaf’s Snow Fest”: Stage 17 at Disney California Adventure transforms into a winter wonderland during the holiday season. You’ll experience lively music, “Frozen”-inspired treats and an expansive play area with real snow. After you build your own snowman you can share a warm hug with Olaf!
  10. Take the Family to Downtown Disney Winter Village and “Olaf’s Frozen Ice Rink”: In the Downtown Disney District, the entire family may enjoy some wintertime fun skating at “Olaf’s Frozen Ice Rink.” The charming chalets in the Downtown Disney Winter Village offer holiday shopping, each with its own selection of seasonal gifts or treats. Admission to “Olaf’s Frozen Ice Rink,” including skate rental and helmets, is $17 for adults and $15 for children ages nine and under.
  11. Race Through the Star Wars Galaxy on Hyperspace Mountain: During Season of the Force the classic Space Mountain attraction in Tomorrowland is transformed into Hyperspace Mountain. You’ll be transported right onto the front lines of an exciting X-Wing battle and become part of the Star Wars universe.
  12. Become Immersed in the Star Wars Saga at Star Wars Launch Bay: Celebrate the Star Wars saga with fun interactive experiences, including encounters with Star Wars characters, at the Star Wars Launch Bay at the new Tomorrowland Expo Center in Disneyland.

The holidays at the Disneyland Resort are extra magical this year with the Diamond Celebration and Season of the Force. If you don’t already have a Disneyland vacation planned for the holidays, then it’s time to start planning! Email me at sarasolberg@worldofmagictravel.com for help with planning/booking your next amazing Disney adventure!



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