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Disneyland Christmas Fantasy

Christmas at Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure

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Christmas at Disneyland

A Christmas Fantasy at Disneyland

Photo by Paul Hiffmeyer, courtesy of Disneyland Resort
Every year the Disneyland Resort becomes a Christmas fantasy as the holiday decorations adorn the parks from mid-November through the first weekend in January. The parades, shows, fireworks, children's activities and even some of the rides take on a Christmas theme. The parks also extend their hours so you have more time to enjoy the festivities.

Note: Not all holiday activities begin on the same date. Check the Disneyland website for current details.
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View Photos of the Disneyland Christmas Fantasy Parade.

At Disneyland

Main Street USA is strung with lights and a 60-foot Christmas tree adorned with thousands of ornaments takes pride of place in Town Square.

Rides: The Haunted Mansion becomes the "Haunted Mansion Holiday" with characters based on Tim Burton's Nightmare Before Christmas, mixing the traditions of Halloween and Christmas. The other big ride makeover is "it's a small world," which becomes "it's a small world Holiday," adding Christmas traditions from around the world to it's small figures and over 300,000 lights to its façade.

Fun and Games: Santa and Mrs. Claus hang out with their live reindeer at "Jingle angle Jamboree" in Frontierland. In addition to visiting Santa, kids can create souvenir crafts, play games and see holiday shows.

Parade: When Santa's not at the Reindeer Roundup," he's riding his sleigh down Main Street in the "Christmas Fantasy" parade. Traditional Disney characters are joined by marching nutcrackers, toy soldiers and dancing snowmen.

Fireworks: The nightly musical fireworks display also takes on a holiday theme. It is topped off with snowflakes falling on Main Street.

Disney's California Adventure

At California Adventure Santa takes up residence at his Seaside Pavilion on Paradise Pier.

"a bug's land" is decorated with giant Christmas lights, super-sized ornaments and even bigger candy canes. The gaily lit Christmas tree at California Adventure can be found in Paradise Bay, where palm trees and other California natives are also festooned for the season.

World of Color presents holiday-themed light and music fountain show.

Phineas and Ferb's Holiday Dance Party happens multiple times throughout the day at Paradise Pier.

Mad T Party Holiday Dance Party takes place every night on the Mad T Party stage in Hollywoodland.

Disney Viva La Navidad! is a Latin-themed celebration with mariachis and samba musicians and dancers led by the Three Caballeros: Donald Duck and his amigos Panchito from Mexico and Jose Carioca from Brazil. Look for the giant 12-foot Santa and Mrs. Claus puppets.

Three Kings Day, or Día de los Reyes Magos, is celebrated Friday through Sunday the first weekend of January as the culmination of the Viva la Navidad! celebration. Scenic displays of the holiday rituals from Spain to Mexico will be exhibited in pictures and statues. Themed crafts and treats are available for kids.

Downtown Disney

Downtown Disney has a Disney themed ice skating rink surrounded by a Winter Village of snow-covered shopping chalets, and the whole area gets decked out with lights and decorations. Music and dance performances on and off stage, as well as strolling carolers entertain visitors.

View Photos of Christmas at Disneyland.
View Photos of the Disneyland Christmas Fantasy Parade.
For basic information on visiting Disneyland, start with Disneyland for Beginners.

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