Holiday Events and Celebrations Announced for Disneyland Parks and Resorts

Disneyland is always a special place to be and see during the holiday season. This year is no exception. We’ve got a look at all of the ways you can celebrate this season in Disneyland’s Parks and Resort Hotels.

The celebration of the holidays begins in Disneyland on November 9, 2018 and run through January 6, 2019.

Disneyland Park Holiday Events

  • Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle
    During the day you’ll enjoy shimmering icicles and twinkling lights on the Castle. After dark, “Believe … in Holiday Magic” fireworks spectacular takes place with a snowfall finale.
  • “A Christmas Fantasy” Parade
    Mickey, Minnie, Disney Princesses and Santa celebrate the season in a daily procession with floats, music and marching “tin soldiers.”
  • A 60-foot tall Christmas tree
    This year, the tree includes new lighting and decor, with 3,500 multi-color lights, 1,500 Victorian-inspired ornaments and 100 faux candles that range from 12 to 22 inches tall.
  • Holiday Transformations
    • “it’s a small world” becomes “it’s a small world” Holiday with dolls and toys representing children around the world enjoying the distinctive holiday traditions of their countries.
    • Haunted Mansion becomes Haunted Mansion Holiday, with Jack Skellington and his friends from “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas” causing a collision between Christmas and Halloween.

Disney California Adventure Holiday Events

  • Disney Festival of Holidays
    Bring the spirit of the season to life as you enjoy special entertainment and delicious food at the Festive Foods Marketplaces, which features a mix of holiday dishes and beverages that bridge many diverse cultures and family traditions.

    • Festival of Holidays entertainment includes musical and dance performances by the mischievous Holiday Toy Drummers, Mostly Kosher, Blue13 Dance Company, The Sound, and the GRAMMY® Award-winning Mariachi Divas.
  • Disney ¡Viva Navidad!” Street Party
    Hosted by the The Three Caballeros and featuring folklórico and samba dancers, live musicians, and Mickey and Minnie in their fiesta best.
  • Princess Elena’s Musical Grand Arrival
    Welcome the adventurous and kindhearted Princess Elena of Avalor, her magical friend Skylar and royal dancers as they share the joy of the holidays in this charming musical celebration.

  • Cars Land Transformation
    The residents of Radiator Springs decorate for the holidays, too. Each address along Route 66 – Flo’s V8 Café, Fillmore’s Taste-In, Cozy Cone Motel, Luigi’s Casa della Tires and more – gets a holiday makeover that reflects the personality of its “Cars” character resident. Plus, two attractions put the holiday cheer into overdrive, transforming into Luigi’s Joy to the Whirl and Mater’s Jingle Jamboree.

  • Santa’s Holiday Visit
    Enjoy special holiday-themed activities with Santa Claus and his sleigh full of mischievous elves at  at the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail through Dec. 24. From Dec. 25 through Jan. 6, guests may encounter Santa Goofy in this festive location.
  • When night falls, guests may stroll through the Grizzly Peak area to experience a magical touch of winter, with an occasional snowfall!
  • A 50-foot Christmas tree
    Carthay Circle along Buena Vista Street is home to this tree. The tree and surrounding buildings, inspired by Los Angeles as it appeared when Walt Disney arrived in the 1920s, are decorated with vintage-style ornaments.

Downtown Disney and Resorts

The Downtown Disney District and the Hotels of the Disneyland Resort also join the holiday festivities with twinkling lights and ornaments, holiday displays, special entertainment and holiday-inspired eats and treats.

For special holiday offers and bookings, visit  or contact your travel agent. (We recommend, AllEars.Net’s preferred travel provider.)

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Sarah has built a career in communications and marketing that started when she was the editor of her high school newspaper. She has written for since 2018, and enjoys sharing Disney news and updates with the AllEars community. She's been a Disney fan ever since her first visit to Walt Disney World when she was 5, and has been known to arrange trips around visiting a Disney park!

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