With its twinkling lights, bustling crowds, and abundant good cheer, Disneyland is festive throughout the year. But during Christmastime, the theme park resort really decks its halls and cranks up the good tidings with special attractions and features.
Among the holiday happenings this year, visitors will be able to hear animated dolls warble "Jingle Bells" along with "It's a Small World," taste seasonal treats from around the world, and see snow fall on Main Street, U.S.A. (regardless of the weather forecast). The celebration takes place from November 10, 2017 through January 7, 2018 and is included with admission to the parks.
The nightly World of Color extravaganza will get a holiday makeover when Disney California Adventure presents Season of Light. Wintry scenes from animated movies such as Lady and the Tramp, Cinderella, and—you guessed it—Frozen, will be projected onto water screens and synchronized with color-dabbled fountains and Christmas tunes.
The park's lands will reflect the time of year. For instance, repurposed whitewall tires, air filters, hubcaps, and other car-centric items will become Christmas ornaments when Lightning McQueen, Mater, and other residents of Radiator Springs decorate their Cars Land town. Also, Disney will rev up two of the land's rides with holiday hoopla and temporary name changes as Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree becomes Mater’s Jingle Jamboree and Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters morphs into Luigi’s Joy to the Whirl.
Likewise, the ants, flies, and other insects that live in "a bug's land" will trot out tinsel and ornaments. Santa Claus will be on hand in the national park-like area, Grizzly Peak, and will invite children to play holiday-inspired games along the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail. And the retro Buena Vista Street at the front of the park will be adorned with period holiday trimmings, including a huge Christmas tree.
The food as well as the music of a variety of cultures will be featured as part of Disney Festival of Holidays. Booths set up throughout the park will offer Christmas cookies, tamales, yule logs, and other yummy things to eat. The Three Caballeros, including Donald Duck, will be on hand along with musicians, dancers, and other entertainers to celebrate Latin-American holiday customs for the park's Disney ¡Viva Navidad!
Across the plaza, a towering Christmas tree in Town Square will greet visitors as they enter Disneyland. At the end of Main Street, U.S.A., shimmering "ice" and colorful adornments will convert the park's iconic palace into Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle. It will serve as the backdrop for the “Believe…In Holiday Magic” fireworks show. Following the presentation, the Disney version of Southern California snow will blanket the front of the park.
Marching toy soldiers and floats starring Mickey and Minnie in ugly Christmas sweaters and chirpy princesses welcoming the holidays will be part of the perennial park favorite, A Christmas Fantasy Parade. Another Disneyland tradition, Haunted Mansion Holiday, will be open in New Orleans Square. The hybrid Halloween-Christmas attraction spans the fall and early winter seasons. Jack Skellington and other stars from Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas join the 999 ghosts who permanently reside in the spooky mansion.
As it has for many years, a classic Fantasyland attraction will also get dolled up for the season when "it's a small world" Holiday sets sail. Riders will float past scenes that include garland, snow castles, and special decorations and depict the ways that many countries and cultures celebrate the holidays. The outside of the attraction will be just as impressive as the inside as the building's façade and grounds will come alive with more than 400,000 Christmas lights.