The holiday season in Disneyland is truly magical! Though the Disneyland Resort theme parks and hotels were closed for the holiday season of 2020, we have kept information from the 2019 Holiday Season at the Disneyland Resort on this page for your future planning reference. Most of all, we look forward to providing more updates when the 2021 season approaches right here!
Disneyland Resort celebrated the Holiday Season from November 8, 2019 – January 6, 2020. Here, we are sharing the unique festivities in both Disneyland park and Disney California Adventure, the shared parks tradition of the famous Disneyland Handmade Candy Canes, information on all the Holiday Treats, and MUCH more!
Read on, my merry friends!
Several beloved traditions add to the magic of the Season in Disneyland park! Among them is “Believe…In Holiday Magic,” a special fireworks presentation over Sleeping Beauty Castle, which even features a dusting of snow!
Speaking of Sleeping Beauty Castle, the park’s signature landmark gets all dressed up with sparking icicles for extra evening enchantment as Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle!
A Christmas Fantasy Parade delivers beloved Disney characters joined by a very special guest: Santa Claus! Other festive friends included reindeer, Toy Soldiers, dancing gingerbread cookies, and more!
Even a few Disneyland attractions receive holiday makeovers! Haunted Mansion Holiday presents nods to The Nightmare Before Christmas thanks to some extra decorations placed by the Pumpkin King himself, Jack Skellington!
And both the outside and inside of “it’s a small world” receive festive flair as the Happiest Cruise on Earth adds holiday tunes and glittering lights!
Over 300,000 lights adorn the iconic attraction during the holiday season. The official lighting is a Disneyland Resort tradition.
Each year, hundreds of members of the local community, alongside the Disneyland Cast Member Choir, the Disneyland Orchestra and more celebrate the meaning of Christmas in a grand (and quite limited time!) display with the Disneyland Candlelight Processional.
In 2019, Disneyland’s Candlelight Processional took place over 2 nights, December 7th and 8th, with 2 showings each night at 5:20 and 7:35PM. The event is presented in front of the Disneyland Main Street Train Station and features an A-list celebrity narrator (Disneyland is near Hollywood, after all!). In 2019, for instance, the narrator was Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Disney California Adventure
The centerpiece of the season at Disney California Adventure park is the Festival of Holidays!
This Festival features traditional cuisine from around the globe at Festival Foods Marketplaces, specialty entertainment such as Disney ¡Viva Navidad!, and even a visit from Santa Claus at Redwood Creek Trail!
There is so much Festival fun taking place that we’ve dedicated an entire section of the site to the event, and you can find ALL the information for the Disney California Adventure Festival of Holidays here!
In the evenings, a special version of the park’s nighttime spectacular celebrates Disney and Pixar films AND the magic of the holidays with World of Color — Season of Light!
In Cars Land, guests can enjoy yuletide makeovers of two attractions: Mater’s Jingle Jamboree and Luigi’s Joy to the Whirl!
And each night on Buena Vista Street, guests can gather to see the Holiday Tree Lighting.
Disneyland Candy Canes
A wonderful Disneyland tradition that takes place in BOTH parks is the creation of the famous Disneyland Hand-made Candy Canes!
These are not your typical candy canes. Each one is hand-pulled and measures eighteen inches long. And they sell out QUICKLY, which is why you need to have a strategy…AND know exactly where to find them!
You can find all the details from the 2019 Candy Canes here to familiarize yourself with the process. But, for the basics, the Candy Canes are typically created on alternating days in the two parks throughout the season. The traditional locations are Candy Palace in Disneyland and Trolley Treats in Disney California Adventure.
When this beloved tradition returns, we will keep you posted here on the DFB! For now, learn more about the famous Disneyland Candy Canes here!
Disneyland Resort Holiday Treats
Of course, there’s more than just Candy Canes in store… from cookies to cupcakes to cocktails to those famous Disneyland Churros and MORE, we enjoy tasting all of the Season’s Eatings and bringing them to YOU.
We reviewed EVERY Holiday Treat around Disneyland Resort in 2019! You can check out ALL of our reviews to get an idea of the kinds of seasonal snacks that we’re looking forward to over the Holidays here!
Seasonal Goodies from Disneyland’s Candy Kitchens: These classic treats traditionally get all dressed up for the season: dark chocolate and peppermint oil infused December gourmet apple, peppermint bark, creamy chocolate and peppermint fudge, holiday candy cane apples, ornament apples, marshmallow wands, holiday themed pretzel rods, handcrafted English Toffee, Pecan and Peanut Brittle, decadent Fudgemallow squares, and holiday themed cupcakes.
We look forward to bring you ALL of the Holiday Cheer that the parks can hold (Hint: It’s A LOT!) when the Holiday Season returns to Disneyland Resort!