Holidays at the Disneyland Resort

The Happiest Place on Earth is even jollier this time of year as the Disneyland Resort prepares for the holidays.  Mickey sure has decked the halls!  My family and I were fortunate enough to begin our holiday season at both Disneyland and Disneyland’s California Adventure.  As we are annual passholders, we get to experience the park throughout each of the seasons.  We all agree that Christmas at the resort is truly the most magical.

disneyland christmas tree

Here are some of the things you shouldn’t miss this holiday season:

The decorations: Upon entering the park, you’ll see it has been transformed into a wonderland.  Inside the gates is a gigantic tree, decorated with thousands of ornaments.  Helpful photographers snapped our family photo with my camera and theirs.  Photos get added to a Photo Pass card so you can view your gallery whenever convenient – at the park or at home.  I was gushing over a sweet couple taking a pregnancy announcement photo on an opposite side of the tree.  I can only imagine how many families’ holiday card photos will be captured at Disneyland any day this month.

As you enter each unique land, note how the decorations change.  I adored the rustic pine cone elements of Frontierland and the white wreaths with brightly colored toys in Fantasyland.

Sleeping Beauty’s Castle: Garland sways line Main Street, leading visitors to the iconic Sleeping Beauty castle.  For the winter, this lovely castle glistens under a blanket of snow.  The castle literally sparkles thanks to icicle lights and over 80,000 LED lights.  Its grandeur is breathtaking, and even regulars like my family can’t help but gasp when seeing it for the first time.

Sleeping Beauty Castle

It’s A Small World: Year round, this attraction is my favorite.  During the holidays, the world’s children sing their choruses of the famous song “It’s A Small World” with rounds of holiday tunes.  The animatronic figures are dressed in festive apparel and share elements of the holidays from around the globe.

santa at disneyland

Jingle Jangle Jamboree: This is one of my favorite recent additions to the resort.  Visit Santa, Mrs. Claus, the reindeer, and some other Disney characters in their western attire over in Frontierland.  While we were visiting, my girls decided to take advantage of the crafts and games.  Guests are invited to color complementary reindeer masks or purchase cookie decorating kits.  We could have spent all day here!  The girls worked diligently on their cookies, and were over the moon thrilled when Mrs. Claus came to share baking secrets.  Perhaps she and Paula Dean are friends because Mrs. Claus says the secret ingredient for her cookies is butter.

mrs clause at disneyland

There’s also plenty of entertainment between country bands and the local talent invited to perform at the park.  Once you’ve finished your massive cookie, try some of the “Reindeer Games.”

Christmas Fantasy Parade:  Your favorite Disney characters appear in the merriest parade alongside gingerbread people and dancing snowflakes.  We were most excited about the princesses who waltzed their way throughout the park, but seeing Mickey and Minnie skating was a sight to see also.  Santa serves as the grand finale to a spectacular celebration of holiday cheer.

cars land at disneyland

California Adventure’s Carsland:  New to California Adventure is the complete recreation of Radiator Springs, from the Disney/Pixar Cars movies.  Lightning and Sally will be so impressed with the automotive-themed decorations, like the tinsel-y oil can adorning the lightposts.  After snapping your photos with “Snow Mater,” make sure to check out the highlight of this new land, Radiator Spring Racers.  I recommend getting a fast pass early in your day to ensure you have time to enjoy all that California Adventure has to offer.

cars land at disneyland

Like Disneyland, California Adventure is draped in gorgeous decorations.  Tour Buena Vista Street, modeled after the California of the 1920’s and 30’s that Walt Disney first experienced upon his arrival in the Golden State.

buena vista st at disneyland

This time of year is so busy for all of us mommies, but I am so grateful I had this day to spend with my family and get us into the holiday spirit.  The Disneyland Resort will be celebrating from November 12 through January 6, 2013.  Grab your mouse ears and fa-la-la-la-la your way to the Happiest and Merriest Place on Earth.

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My name is Melanie. I love glitter, my family, and making lists.


  1. 1

    I love Disneyland. My family and I will be there on Monday!

  2. 3

    I so want to visit Disneyland one day see how it compares to DisneyWorld

  3. 5
    Jenn @TheRebelChick says:

    I really want to go to Disneyland – one day I will get there!

  4. 6

    We went for Halloween this year – but next year I’d love to go for Christmas!

    • 7

      The Halloween Party is so much fun! I love the option for the kiddos to get something other than candy. Those Disney imagineers think of everything!

  5. 8

    I can’t wait for our visit to Disney Land next year.

  6. 10

    I have been to Disney a few times. I really want to take the family at Christmas time to see all the pretty lights.

    • 11

      It really is breathtaking. Get some hot chocolate and watch everything come aglow on Main Street or Buena Vista.

  7. 12

    Oh Disneyland!!! One of my favorite places on Earth, besides DisneyWorld. I can’t wait to go back and take my kids. I bet it’s amazing in person during the holidays.

  8. 13

    Oh my gosh I want to go!!! I can’t wait to take my daughter!

  9. 14

    I would love to go to Disneyland for the holidays!!

  10. 15

    I have never been but when I do it will be the holiday time. Beautiful photos!

  11. 16

    I have always wanted to visit Disneyland during the holidays. It looks like so much fun.

  12. 17

    So fun! We have never been to Disneyland, but just got back from Disney World and their Christmas festivities were awesome!

  13. 19

    I’ve never been to Disneyland, but would love to visit!

  14. 21

    I would love to visit one day!

  15. 22

    Looks like an even bigger blast for the holidays!

  16. 23

    it’s been YEARSSS since I’ve been to Disney Land. It looks so different than Disney World that I must go and take my family soon

  17. 24

    We were able to visit Disneyland last year, and though we were surprised how much smaller it is than Disney World, we loved it! We live in FL, so go to Disney World quite a bit, and it is so spread out. It was nice to be able to cover the whole park, which we can never do at Disney World. The weather was perfect in CA, too. I’d love to go back!

  18. 26

    Wow, that all looks so fun, and these pictures are gorgeous!

  19. 27

    Mickey knows how to decorate, doesn’t he?

  20. 29

    Both Disneyland and WDW do such an outstanding job of decorating. Beautiful!

  21. 30

    I would love to visit Disneyland anytime of the year but I bet it is just something special during the holidays.

  22. 31

    It looks like so much fun… someday.

  23. 32

    I’ve never been to Disneyland, but there is nothing like Dismey!

  24. 34

    No one does it like Disney.

  25. 35

    Love the pics! It looks like you all had a blast!

  26. 37

    My sister and I are already in to works on coordinating a family trip during the holidays next year. We all can not wait!!

  27. 38

    Amazing!!! I hope to be able to make it to Disney one of these years during the holidays.

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