The Festival of Holidays at Disney California Adventure happens each holiday season at the Disneyland Resort! The 2018 dates haven’t been announced yet, but you can check out our 2017 coverage here!
The Festival of Holidays celebrates the season with special entertainment, music, and FOOD!
It’s a beautiful time of year to be in Disney California Adventure!
In 2016, Fourteen Festival Marketplace Booths debuted along with the Festival, featuring everything from global bites to comfort foods to traditional holiday goodies. in 2017, there were 13 Festive Marketplace Booths.
Chips, Breads & Holiday Spreads — New in 2017!
Joy to the Sauce — New in 2017!
Holiday Duets — New in 2017!
A Twist on Tradition — New in 2017!
Festive Holiday Extras — New in 2017!
Spicy Celebrations — New in 2017!
Classic Crocks & Casseroles — New in 2017!
Blissfully Braised — New in 2017!
Grandma’s Recipes — New in 2017!
And be sure to check out our FIRST LOOK at the FOOD at the Festival of Holidays here!
You can also grab a Tasting Passport to keep track of everything you eat during the Festival… and everything you still want to try!
Additional entertainment abounds for the Festival of Holidays!
Disney Viva Navidad returned to Paradise Garden in 2017. This street party hosted by The Three Caballeros featured live music, samba dancers, 12-foot-tall mojiganga puppets and Disney character appearances!
Performances featuring global holiday music and dance included:
- The Sound performing a cappella soulful renditions of Kwanzaa and Christmas songs
- Mariachi Divas singing mariachi versions of holiday songs (Tuesdays through Thursdays during Holiday Sunset Concerts)
- Mostly Kosher honoring Hanukkah in eclectic musical styles
- BLUE 13 Dance Company celebrating Diwali with folk dance and a Bollywood party
- Phat Cat Swinger presenting swinging brass twists on holiday music (Fridays through Mondays during Holiday Sunset Concerts)
- Holiday Toy Drummers dropping the drum beat
And don’t forget to grab a Festival Entertainment Guide so you can be in the know with the lineup during your visit!
Princess Elena’s Musical Grand Arrival
Princess Elena of Avalor’s Musical Grand Arrival will take place around Paradise Bay several times each day. The Princess will arrive on a magical float and share songs and stories from her native land.
Meet Santa Claus
Meet the Big Guy himself — Santa Claus! — at Redwood Creek Challenge Trail. We are awaiting dates for 2018.
Santa’s elves have turned Redwood Creek Challenge Trail into a festive playground full of games and outdoor activities.
Starting December 25th through the end of the Festival, Santa Goofy will take Santa’s place for photos.
Three Kings Day
During the final days of the Festival, Disneyland will also celebrate Three Kings Day, El Día de los Reyes Magos. Latin American traditions will be honored in this three day celebration which will also include Childrens’ Activities (including custom crown decorating) and beautiful displays. Also be on the lookout for Rosca de Reyes, a traditional circular cake (yours might include a baked-in surprise!).
World of Color — Season of Light
The Festival of Holidays features a holiday version of the nighttime spectacular, World of Color — Season of Light.
Don’t miss capping off your visit to Festival of Holidays with this special version of the exceptionally popular show!
Annual Passholders may opt to purchase the Sip and Savor Pass at the AP Corner at Sonoma Terrace, just for Passholders! For $45 (tax included), Annual Passholders received a 2017 Festival of Holidays lanyard with 8 coupons attached, redeemable for non-alcoholic beverage and food items at the Festive Foods Marketplaces (with the exception of Making Spirits Bright and Treats for Santa).
With each coupon redemption, you received a special AP button, while supplies last! Each Marketplace offers its own unique color scheme for the buttons, with 11 designs total.
At the Annual Passholder Corner at Sonoma Terrace, Disneyland Annual Passholders can also enjoy an exclusive holiday photo location, check out Passholder-exclusive Festival merchandise, and receive a special souvenir button by presenting their Annual Pass.
Festival of Holidays Merchandise
Keep your eyes peeled for Festival of Holidays merchandise!