5 Reasons to Visit the Disneyland Resort During the Holidays

The lights are hung and the tree is decorated.  Everywhere you look, you’ll see proof that Mickey Mouse loves Christmas as much as I do at the Disneyland Resort. I adore checking out how the Disneyland Resort celebrates each holiday.  We had such a blast last year, and I wanted to make sure we made visiting the resort a family tradition.

There’s so much to see and do, but I wanted to share with you my 5 Reasons to Visit the Disneyland Resort During the Holidays: 

  • The Treats. Dessert is my weakness year round, but there’s no stopping my sweet tooth when everything is offered in chocolate or peppermint.  We thought long and hard about which of the many offers from Trolley Treats would be our final choice.  If you haven’t had one of the candy canes made by the resort bakers, you are missing out.  Each time I’ve been, there’s been a line waiting for them.  But the over-sized treats are worth it.

Disneyland Desserts

  • Shopping. Did you know loving Disney is genetic?  I’m 99.9% sure it is because all of my family shares my affection.  My husband’s wardrobe is a timeline of Mickey tees and for the longest time I purchased him a new set of Disney ornaments each year.  Either would bring a smile to his face on Christmas morning.  I also adore this line of princess shoe ornaments, but think they’d be a better fit for my mom or one of my sisters.

Disneyland Shoe Ornaments

  • Jingle Jangle Jamboree. There are sooooo many holiday events and attractions, but our favorite remains the Western-themed Jingle Jangle Jamboree.  Listen to the strumming of Billy Hill and the Hillbillies, meet Mr. & Mrs. Claus, decorate cookies, or color a fun craft. Reindeer Pluto sat down to color for a little while, and although my daughter was unimpressed by his scribbling (she ended up coloring over it because it wasn’t pretty), it made for a great photo op.

Pluto at Disneyland

  • Holiday Traditions. There are traditions that we just can’t skip during the holidays.  Meeting Santa Claus, listening to carols, drinking hot chocolate.  All of these can be done at the resort, and there is something truly magical about sipping hot chocolate while strolling down Main Street.  I love that the setting for my children’s holiday memories are the Happiest (and the Merriest) Place on Earth.

Santa at Disneyland

  • Merriment All Around.  Each year those imagineers are hard at work creating something unique and special.  You’ll find something special throughout the resort.
      *Downtown Disney won’t have you saying “Bah Humbug” either with an Olaf ice skating rink, gigantic tree, great shopping, and opportunities to make adorable reindeer at the Build-a-Bear workshop.
      *Disneyland is at its merriest with highlights like the holiday transformation of It’s a Small World, “A Christmas Fantasy” parade, “Believe…in Holiday Magic” fireworks show, the snow-trimmed castle, and continuation of the Haunted Mansion holiday.
      *California Adventure features decorations with a vintage flair, a special presentation of “World of Color,” and the new party ¡Viva Navidad!, which celebrates the festive and colorful Latin holiday traditions.

Girls & Bicycle Lady at Disneyland

The holiday cheer at the Disneyland Resort is undeniable.  You can celebrate the holidays at the resort through January 6th.

How does the Disneyland Resort make your holidays merrier?

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  1. 1

    I love Disney at Christmastime; sadly, we didn’t make it this year.

  2. 3

    I have always wanted to go to DisneyLand! I really need to start planning a trip, maybe during the holiday season next year!

  3. 5

    I have always wanted to go for the holidays- maybe next year we’ll actually make it out! I love that they continue it for a couple of weeks after Christmas because my husband would never be able to take off of work until after the big day.

  4. 7

    I would absolutely love to visit Disneyland during the holidays. I bet it is just so amazing.

    • 8

      It is! Being from Southern California, a place where there isn’t a real change in seasons, going to Disneyland helps to denote the change from one season to the next. It makes it feel like it’s really Christmas!

  5. 9

    Goodness that looks like a nice time

  6. 10

    We’re planning on taking the kids next year and it seems that anytime is the perfect time for Disney.

  7. 11

    Um, yeah — I’d b e all over the treats too! Those cake pops look GOOD!

  8. 13

    It looks like such a magical place to visit.

  9. 14

    THis is the first time we haven’t visited Disneyland during the holidays in 5 years.

  10. 15

    We would love to go during the holidays. Maybe next year!

  11. 16

    We were lucky enough to visit Disneyland parks during the holiday season for the first time earlier this month. It was an amazing experience and combining the magic of Christmas with the magic of Disney was certainly something extra special.

    • 17

      I’m so glad! It sounds like you had a wonderful time. Did your family have a favorite attraction or part of the celebration?

  12. 18

    We’ve never been to Disneyland over the holidays but we have been to Disney World and on a Disney Cruise – I love looking at all the Gingerbread houses in WDW during the Christmas season and the fun topiaries in Epcot!

  13. 19

    I’ve never been before, but would so love to visit during the holidays one day!

  14. 20

    It looks wonderful. Sadly, we’ve never been able to go, but hope and wish to someday. :)

  15. 21

    Definitely some awesome reasons to visit though I don’t think I actually NEED any reasons LOL!

  16. 22

    I adore those Snow White and Cinderella shoes’ ornaments.

  17. 23

    Disney is so magical any time of the year!

  18. 24

    I love Disney during the holidays. It’s so magical and the treats are wonderful!

  19. 25

    Anytime is a great time at Disney, but Christmas is extra magical there. I love the ornaments in the stores there, so pretty!

  20. 26

    How cool that she got some one-on-one time with Pluto!

  21. 27

    I love Disney parks. I hope to visit during the Christmas season sometime so I can see all the decorations.

  22. 28

    If we ever go, I think the holidays would definitely be the most magical time to do :)

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