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A Disneyland Christmas – Transformed for the season, the Happiest Place on Earth offers a dazzling holiday escape
Two years ago, on Christmas morning, my husband and I surprised our then 9-year-old niece and 7-year-old nephew with a trip to Disneyland. After a moment of initial shock, the kids went absolutely nuts. Their ecstatic, over-the-moon reaction told us we’d just nailed the award for “best aunt and uncle — ever!”
And in terms of holiday getaways, our Disneyland Christmas adventure was one of our best vacations ever. Hundreds of festive touches and seasonal twists made Disneyland — a park we know backwards and forwards — feel like a brand-new, wonderful world. Here’s a short list of must-see sites:
Christmas Fantasy Parade — This themed parade features skating snowflakes, a legion of toy soldiers, and Santa Claus. Of course, Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and other Disney characters — decked out in all their holiday finery — are on hand for this nightly Main Street, U.S.A., spectacular.
Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle — Transformed for the season, this always-magnificent landmark looks even more enchanting adorned with snowcapped turrets and sparkling icicles.
it’s a small world Holiday — Outlined with thousands of holiday lights, the exterior of the it’s a small world ride is an after-dark dazzler. The interior of the ride celebrates holiday festivities and traditions from around the globe. Keep your ears tuned for Jingle Bells being sung in different languages.
The Haunted Mansion’s Nightmare Before Christmas — Every year, Jack Skellington and the Halloween Town gang from Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas give the Haunted Mansion a Christmas makeover. Outside, a coffin sleigh perches precariously on the mansion’s roof. Inside are hundreds of spooky holiday decorations: bone garland, man-eating poinsettias, jack-o-lantern ornaments and more.
Believe … in Holiday Magic Fireworks Show — Disney’s nightly fireworks display has an unforgettable finale: “snow” that falls over Main Street, U.S.A. The show is best viewed from Sleeping Beauty’s Castle, it’s a small world and New Orleans Square.
And while this list focuses on Disneyland, there’s lots more holiday fun waiting in both Downtown Disney and in the Disney California Adventure Park.