I love Disneyland any time of year (especially the off-weeks during the year when the park isn’t that crowded). But Christmastime at the Disneyland Resort has to be my favorite time to visit the parks. The environment is so warm and welcoming, regardless of what the thermometer says. Wreaths, twinkling lights, snow, and the gigantic Christmas tree are all part of the magic.
During the holiday season, the magic is so thick in the air you can almost see it. Guests arrive super early for Disneyland’s famous candy canes (I, sadly, have never had one) and the scents of holiday-themed beverages wafts onto Main Street from Blue Ribbon Bakery. The holiday fireworks light up the night (and set off car alarms) all throughout the season. I’m lucky enough to be able to hear them from my house. They always let me know what time it is! And the falling “snow” at the very end is always fun. I turn to my left and see all the little ones twirling around and giggling, as if they were experiencing snowfall in the mountains a few hours away. I turn to my right and see happy couples laughing, smiling and embracing. It’s such a sweet moment.
I can’t forget about the decor. New Orleans Square is one of my favorite places to see decorated. I love the combination of traditional Christmas decorations mixed with colorful Mardis Gras beads and sparkling masks. (I don’t have the time or money to go to New Orleans, so this is the closest I will get for a while.)
The best view, though, has to be Sleeping Beauty’s Castle. The snow scattered on top has that special Disney magic, so it never melts, even if it’s 90 degrees outside. (And if you’ve lived in SoCal, you know that it does happen in the fall/winter from time to time.) Once darkness falls, the castle is engulfed by purpley-pink lights, and lit up with strings of icicle lights. I like to take a moment and stand in the hub (if I’m not being pushed over to move) and take in the scene. It’s a must-do.
The point of all this? Go to Disneyland. See the lights, the snow, the magic!
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