Last year, I offered ten reasons to visit Disneyland during the holidays. This year is no different. Every year we go, there is something new and exciting to share with you. However, I still have my can’t-miss favorites too. Disneyland during the holidays is full of holiday cheer, you won’t be disappointed.
Here are even more reasons why you need to visit Disneyland during the holidays. If you have FROZEN fans in your house, you’re in for a real treat this year.
Buena Vista Street
Buena Vista Street is new to Disneyland California Adventure. There’s a 50-foot Christmas tree in the middle of Carthay Circle along Buena Vista Street. The 1920s themed tree will be decorated with vintage-style ornaments, just as Walt envisioned. Santa will also be on Buena Vista Street. Children can visit him at Elias & Co., the main department store along this street.
Cars Land Holiday
Cars Land knows how to decorate for Christmas. One of my favorite spots in Disney’s California Adventure. A snowcar will welcome you at the entrance. Each location along Route 66 in Cars Land – Flo’s V-8 Café, Fillmore’s, Cozy Cone Motel, Luigi’s Casa della Tires – will be decked out for the holiday’s. The Cars characters will also be ready for the festivities.
Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle
For the holidays, Sleeping Beauty’s castle is draped in snowdrifts and icicles, and is one of the centerpieces of a beautiful evening light show and fireworks display. The best part is the snow that gently falls on Main Street toward the end of the show. If you live somewhere where you don’t see snow in winter months, this little bit of magic will put you right in the holiday spirit. If you’re elsewhere in the park, you might also see snowfall near It’s a Small World or New Orleans Square.
it’s a small world
This long-time Disney attraction becomes a huge favorite during the season. During the holidays, the facade features over 300,000 lights; truly a sight to be seen once the sun goes down. The children are all dressed in special, festive attire and a huge “Happy Holidays” sign, sculpted out of ice, changes colors.
Christmas tree in Town Square
It’s not every day that you can see a beautiful 60-foot-tall Christmas tree. The tree is brightly lit with over 60,000 lights, which get used for a special holiday light show. It’s the centerpiece of Town Square, you can’t miss it as you enter Disneyland. This spot has become a backdrop for many of our favorite family photos.
Jingle Jangle Jamboree
Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will be at Big Thunder Ranch in Frontierland. Get your picture taken and chat with St. Nick, meet Disney characters, and enjoy games, music, crafts and seasonal entertainment. If you’re craving a bit of old-fashioned, traditional Christmas, find it here at Big Thunder Ranch.
A Christmas Fantasy parade
The parade is a holiday tradition at Disneyland. You’ll see Santa, Mrs. Claus, and of course, Mickey and Minnie Mouse ice skating. I have to admit, Santa’s dancing reindeer are hilarious.
Haunted Mansion Holiday
This is where traditions of Halloween and Christmas collide. The Halloween decorations from Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas remain up throughout the holiday season.
Welcome Anna & Elsa to the Christmas Fantasy Parade
This year is the 20th anniversary of the Christmas Fantasy parade. With that, Anna & Elsa from Frozen will be leading off the parade. You can see all of your favorite FROZEN movie characters on the parade route.
Olaf’s Frozen Ice Rink
A temporary ice skating rink is open in Downtown Disney. You may remember it from last year when it payed tribute to Secret of the Wings. Located in the new Winter Village, the rink pays tribute to Olaf from FROZEN. This movie has become a big hit in our house, we’ll be stopping by the rink for sure. The best part about the rink? It doesn’t even require park admission tickets, so you can hit the rink on a day when you may not have park passes.
World of Color “Winter Dreams”
World of Color is amazing, add a touch of Christmas to it, and it’s unbelievable. This year music from the hit movie FROZEN has been added to the holiday spectacular. Keep the kids up a little later that night, it’s worth it.
Three Kings Day
Disneyland will celebrate Epiphany Day, also known as Dia de los Tres Reyes Magos, from Jan. 4-6, 2013, with special decorations, food, and entertainment that showcases this Latin American holiday tradition.
Disneyland during the holidays has become one of our family traditions. If you haven’t been, try to go at least once. It is a magical experience for the whole family. You can experience the holiday festivities and magic now through January 6.
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