Candlelight Processional 2023 Dates Announced for Disneyland

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Candlelight Processional

Candlelight Processional 2023 Dates Announced for Disneyland

The 2023 Disneyland Candlelight Processional dates have been announced! This holiday tradition is returning for one weekend in December.

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The Candlelight Processional will be returning to Disneyland Park for the holidays on December 2 and 3, 2023.

The event showcases a surprise celebrity narrator who shares the Christmas story amidst enchanting holiday songs performed by a massive choir. In contrast to Walt Disney World’s multiple celebrity narrators throughout the season, Disneyland’s Candlelight Processional is a brief, exclusive engagement lasting only a couple of nights. The identity of the celebrity narrator remains a well-guarded secret until the opening night of the event.


Reserved seating at the event is typically allocated to VIP guests, given the event’s short duration and limited seating capacity for the processional.

The event takes place on a stage positioned in front of the Disneyland Train Station, exclusively for a seated audience comprised of invited community members, elected officials, civic leaders, members of the media, and other VIP ticket-holders.

Annually, eager guests patiently queue, with some waiting all day, for the limited standing-room-only spots behind the seated section to catch a glimpse of the event. Those who prefer to skip the line can still enjoy the Candlelight Processional’s melodies resonating throughout Main Street, U.S.A.

While the park remains open to day guests during the show, a substantial portion of the area in front of the Disneyland Railroad Main Street Station is transformed into a stage with numerous chairs. As a result, adjustments are made to the park’s pathways, with backstage routes around the area typically remaining accessible. Additionally, certain attractions, such as the Disneyland Railroad, temporarily suspend operations to accommodate the event.

Will you be at Disneyland the weekend of the Candlelight Processional?

If you’d like to celebrate the holidays at the Disneyland Resort, contact me for a free vacation quote! I’m a travel agent with Destinations to Travel and my services are complimentary.


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