Disneyland at Christmas Time

Disneyland at Christmas Time

Guest Post brought to you by: Susie Chadwick, Family Travel Writer for Photo Jeepers

Susie likes hiking, theme parks, the beach, and exploring Southern California. She has four kids, and wherever she goes, they follow, making travel a family affair. They have been dragged them from coast to coast, all over Asia and into Europe, with stops at every Disney park along the way.

Disneyland at Christmas is magical. The Happiest Place on Earth transforms during the holidays.There are so many exciting things to see, eat and do in Disneyland. We share tips to help your family navigate the holiday crowds in order to more fully enjoy the entertainment and rides at Disneyland.


Disneyland, Disney California Adventure, and Downtown Disney are decked out in holiday decorations. Each land has themed decorations that appeal to all ages.


Disneyland’s holiday parade is musical entertainment for all ages. Favorite characters like Mickey and Friends, Disney Princesses, Pooh and Friends, and Santa himself are part of the parade, as well as holiday characters like reindeer and gingerbread men.

                               Tip: A good parade viewing spot is along the It’s A Small World mall. If you go to the first parade viewing, you can stay in your spot to watch the It’s A Small World lights turn on shortly after the parade. Remember to pack a blanket to save seats and sit on.

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Fireworks Show:

The “Believe…In Holiday Magic” Fireworks Spectacular features dazzling fireworks, stirring music and a delightful sprinkling of snow. You can find good seats on Main Street, to the right of the Partners statue.

Tip: Make sure you can see the castle walls so you don’t miss the projections!

World of Color: Season of Light:

A special version of World of Color is shown at night during the holiday season at California Adventure. The show features clips from Disney and Pixar classics, telling a story of love and light with music, lights and a water display.


Everyone loves to meet and greet the characters in holiday outfits. Goofy wears a Christmas Sweater and Mickey a Santa suit!

Holiday Rides:

It’s a Small World Holiday will have you singing Jingle Bells instead of its usual tune from mid-November until mid-January. Jack Skellington takes over the Haunted Mansion in a wonderful all-out holiday overlay from mid-October until January. This less-scary version of the Haunted Mansion is a must-ride.

Holiday Food:

The holiday foods at Disneyland are wonderful. Enjoy beautifully decorated caramel apples, cake pops, krispy treats and cookies available in the treat shops (Pooh’s Corner, Candy Palace, and Trolley Treats). The Festive Foods Marketplace at Disney Festival of Holidays in Disney California Adventure offers holiday foods from all over the world. The Mickey-Shaped Beignets, available at the Mint Julep Bar in Disneyland, come in seasonal flavors during the holidays.

Avoid the Crowds:

The holidays are the most crowded time of year at Disneyland. From the week of Thanksgiving through New Year’s, attendance is up and lines are long. The best time to go during this period is early December, and weekdays in particular.

Go early:

Getting to the park before it opens is absolutely the best way to make the most of your time. Even on the most crowded days, Disneyland will have shorter lines during the first few hours of the day. Be at the gate, with your tickets, 30-45 minutes before scheduled opening for the best impact.

We know your family will have an unforgettable experience at Disneyland with all of the holiday cheer.

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49 thoughts on “Disneyland at Christmas Time

  1. Cool blog. thanks for sharing

  2. Oh I’d love to visit Disneyland at Christmas time! Thanks for sharing your magical experience! 🙂 Your kids are so lucky!
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  3. what a fabulous holiday!! We live in Australia and it is a huge dream of my son’s to visit Disneyland 🙂

  4. Awe! What a fun blog!

  5. I had no clue that Disney changed so much for the holidays! I live near Disney World and wonder if they do the same thing!

  6. It seems like the most magical place, especially during the holidays! I’d love to go before kids, too!

  7. Oh yes, Disneyland is always a good idea! We’ve never been there during Christmas and from your post I know it’s a brilliant idea!

  8. Not only children would be so happy for this xmas treat, the whole family as I see in your photos. the place is great.

  9. I love Disney, but I’ve never been during the holidays. ‘s love to go just to see the decorations… I bet they are simply magical!

  10. So many people have told me that this is the best time to go, that it’s not as crowded as it is during the summer months and that the festivities of christmas are fantastic.

  11. We are also planning a Disney vacation soon. I was worried about the crowds in the holiday season but you have given an excellent tip here. Will try to reach the parks before the scheduled opening time!

  12. I always wanted to go there during Christmas with my family… hopefully one day

  13. This is a great post! I have always wanted to go to Disney. I’ve always heard this time of year is great to go as it isn’t so busy.

  14. I wouldn’t expect anything less from Disney around Christmas time! the decorations alone are beautiful!

  15. This looks amazing. I have only been to Disneyland during spring so I would love to visit over Christmas, I bet it’s so magical.
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  16. Looks like you had a fantastic day in Disneyland I would love to spend my Christmas there. Such a great experience. I really love Disney so much.

  17. You are really happy with your kids. I like the experience like this at Christmas. Your blog is interesting!

  18. I think Disneyland is for any time of the year but definitely xmas has its own magic with the deco and the spirit!! I love the parades

  19. This sounds so wonderful, I would love to visit Disneyland during Christmas. I am sure it would be a great experience. Thank you for sharing this, I am adding this to my wish list.

  20. Good to know that early December, and particularly weekdays, are the best. I actually used to think summers were more crowded, so it’s also good to know holidays are actually worse. Sounds like a super fun time!!

  21. DIsney at Christmas sounds like a magical dream. That is awesome and I hear it is amazing during this time of year!!!

  22. My ultimate dream is to take my kids there. Oh it looks Awesome

  23. Awww! How fun! Going to Disney At Christmas time has been on my bucket list. It looks like you guys had a blast 🙂

  24. We went to Disney on the 26th last year. I will never go again at that time. There was a record number of 85,000 people there. Maybe at the beginning of December to be in the Xmas spirit, but not the xmas crowds!

  25. How Exciting! I can only imagine how amazing it must be to visit Disneyland this time of the year, my children would be over the moon!
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