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Disneyland Holiday Roundup
One of the best childhood Christmases I can remember was celebrated at Disneyland Resort, a southern California attraction, with my entire family. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity, and even more special during the holidays when Disneyland is turned into a magical winter wonderland.
The season has officially begun at Disneyland, so start planning now for your special vacation if you haven’t already. We’ve compiled some Disneyland Resort’s highlights to enjoy now through January 6.
A 60-foot Christmas tree in Town Square at the end of Main Street is covered with thousands of lights and ornaments. The streets are trimmed with garland and wreaths. Special events such as cookie-decorating on Main Street and New Orleans Square are sure to delight the kids in your group. The full cast of characters will also be on hand to spread holiday cheer.
Christmas Fantasy Parade
This Disneyland Christmas parade on Main Street is an annual favorite. Enjoy dancing gingerbread men, snowflakes, and more Christmas characters. Check the entertainment schedule when you arrive to find the parade times. Main Street is crowded, but beautiful. A less crowded place to watch is around the small world plaza.
Haunted Holiday Mansion
This is what happens when Christmas and Halloween collide. Promising to be a fun and scary Christmas for the whole family, the mansion's Christmas decorations are based on Tim Burton's film "The Nightmare Before Christmas." “Sandy Claws,” a.k.a. Jack Skellington himself, welcomes guests to enter. Watch out for the hitchhiking ghosts! Ride at night when the candles are flickering for an extra spooky experience.
This previously invitation-only event opened to the public for 20 nights last year. The first two nights are still by invitation only, but for the rest of the run, it will be open to everyone. There are two performances a night. Nighttime is also a good time to watch the big fireworks display and Cinderella Castle’s periodic light show.
Disney creates a special fireworks show, just for the season, complete with “snowfall” at the end. If you buy a pair of Glow With the Show mouse ears, you can become part of the show, too. As 'White Christmas' is performed, icicles appear on the castle as snow falls on Main Street, New Orlean's Square, small world mall and the snow on the castle becomes a jewel-like display.
it's a small world
This popular ride is exuberantly decorated for Christmas with “Jingle Bells” playing in the background. Using advanced 3D technology, the attraction will be transformed into an enormous clockwork mechanism. Every 15 minutes, the gears and springs pull back to reveal a world of holiday wonders hidden behind the clock. From an incredible toy factory to a gingerbread house that builds itself, enjoy this international celebration of Christmas.
World of Color – Winter Dreams
Jump on over to Disney’s California Adventure and enjoy World of Color’s seasonal makeover. This special holiday version of World of Color is hosted by Olaf, the loveable snowman from the upcoming feature film from Walt Disney Animation Studios, Frozen. A sensational section of World of Color – Winter Dreams will feature reproductions of Guest-designed seasons’ greetings cards projected on the water screen. Come see these delightful and stunning creations!
The Paradise Gardens area of California Adventure will come to life with festive music, vibrant colors, jubilant dancing, character appearances, delicious food and fun activities for the whole family. Several times a day, a high-energy street party will take over Paradise Gardens led by the Three Caballeros, along with musicians, dancers, 12-foot-tall majiganga puppets, plus Mickey, Minnie and Santa & Mrs. Claus.