Disneyland

Christmas At Disneyland

Hey there! I recently visited Disneyland last month for the Christmas season, to give you a quick update on what to expect this year. At Disneyland, the Christmas season runs from November 8th- January 6th. During this time frame, Disney transforms its parks into a winter wonderland! Its nothing short of perfection! In this short article, we will go over what has changed and what to expect during Christmas at Disneyland.

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Sleeping Beauty Castle During Christmas

Crowds:

The crowds are very high during the Christmas season. I recommend not going at all in December. I know I know… This defeats the whole purpose of going during the holidays! I am not stopping you from going in December, but I will tell you I went about 5 years back, and it was enough to make me not want to go during Christmas ever again.  I would recommend going the second week of November and only during the weekdays. Or make sure to add a couple of extra days to your trip, because 90% of your time will be standing in long lines. I have recently gone over how to use the Disneyland App to utilize as much time as possible in both parks. Downloading this App will be a MUST for this time of year!!!

Another MUST is utilizing Disneylands FREE Fastpasses or upgrading to the Maxpass for an additional charge. I have gone over the pros and cons of upgrading to the Maxpass and the additional charge per ticket as well.

December crowds are usually a high of 9/10 or 10/10.

November crowds are 5/10-9/10.

A good way to purchase discount Disneyland tickets is through Undercovertourist.com they also have the most accurate crowd calendars that I have been able to locate.

I have put together a comparison chart for discount tickets for you to view and choose which site is best for you and your budget.

What’s New:

During Christmas at Disneyland, Disney goes all out with lights and decor! I do really love the Halloween season because of the decorations, but when it comes to beauty, you really can’t beat the Christmas season. The number of lights throughout the parks is just astounding!

Food venders in California Adventure:

I’m not sure if this is something new to California Adventure or not because it has been so long since I have visited Disneyland during the holidays. But something interesting that we noticed this year is there were a lot of food vendors throughout the California Adventure park. I thought it was because possibly the restaurants would be completely overwhelmed during the holidays, but its actually a Sip and Savor Pass.

2019 Disney Festival of Holidays Sip and Savor Pass

The Sip and Savor Pass consist of a commemorative credential, lanyard and 8 coupons, redeemable for food and beverage offerings (excluding alcohol) at participating Festival Foods Marketplace kiosks and dining locations:

Festival Foods Marketplace Locations

  • A Twist on Tradition
  • Brews & Bites
  • Favorite Things
  • Grandma’s Recipes
  • Holiday Duets
  • Making Spirits Bright
  • Merry Mashups
  • Winter Sliderland

Dining Locations

  • Cappuccino Cart
  • Cocina Cucamonga
  • Pacific Wharf Café
  • Paradise Garden Grill
  • Smokejumpers Grill
  • Sonoma Terrace
  • Willie’s Churros

Each Sip and Savor Pass is $56, including tax. In addition to a reduced price, Annual Passholders will also receive a special Passholder lanyard.

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The areas that receive the most decorations:

Cars Land- Maters Jingle Jamboree

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Tow Mater During Christmas

Cars Land Luigi’s Joy to the Whirl

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Luigis During Christmas

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Buena Vista street Holliday Tree Lighting

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Main Street Christmas Tree

It’s A Small World (Sorry I didn’t snap a photo)

Haunted Mansion Holiday- This stays with The Nightmare Before Christmas theme from Halloween season Until the first week of January.
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Wintertime Enchantment at Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle

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Sleeping Beauty Castle

Disneylands Mainstreet

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Christmas Tree California Adventure

Snow?

YES!!! Disney makes it snow in CALIFORNIA! Your kids will love this! Disney pumps bubble foam that looks a lot like snow into Disneyland throughout the Mainstreet area.

Let’s talk new shows:

Mickey’s Happy Holidays – dance along with Mickey Mouse and friends to the rhythms of the Holiday Toy Drummers. The Sound- celebrates Christmas and Kwanzaa.

Mariachi Divas- put their own festive spin on classic holiday tunes.

Mostly Kosher- honors Hanukkah with an eclectic blend of musical styles from klezmer and jazz to Latin and rock.

The spirited Blue13 Dance Company- salutes Diwali with traditional dances during an unforgettable Bollywood party

Phat Cat Swinger- presents brassy, classy, swinging holiday music selections.

The Suffragettes- an exciting festival cover band, rock our holidays with chart-topping hits.

Holiday Toy Drummers- march to their own beat while drumming up smiles wherever they go.

Disney ¡Viva Navidad! Street Party

Join Donald Duck and his amigos at the ultimate family fiesta.

Alongside Mexico’s Panchito and José Carioca from Brazil, Donald heads up a holly, jolly, joyous celebration through the streets.

Three Kings’ Day Honoring 3 Wise Men

Head to Paradise Gardens for a uniquely Disney event honoring the Epiphany, or twelfth day of Christmas.

Santa’s Holiday Visit at Redwood Creek Challenge Trail, Mingle with Kringle

Don’t miss the merry-making—Santa and his band of clever elves have arrived for their annual visit and you’re invited!

Redwood Creek Challenge Trail has been transformed into a holly, jolly, joy-filled playground, complete with seasonal games and outdoor activities for all to explore.

Plus, Santa Goofy will be on hand on December 25 through January 6 to pose for pictures and sign autographs.

World Of Color- Season Of Light

Believe… In Holiday Magic Fireworks

A Christmas Fantasy Parade  

This Christmas season is by far the most beautiful time to visit Disneyland but is also the busiest time of the year as well. I think everyone should visit during this time of year at least once. The magic is truly alive during the holiday season!

What is your favorite season to visit Disneyland? Let us know, leave a comment below!