Holiday Events at Disneyland Resort

2016 Holiday Events at Disneyland Resort
November 10, 2016 – January 8, 2017

The Holidays at Disneyland

Holidays are always a very special time at the Disneyland Resort with themed entertainment, sparkling decorations, delicious treats and holiday shopping.

Beginning November 10, 2016, the season will welcome the return of beloved Disneyland Park holiday traditions such as “A Christmas Fantasy” parade, Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle, “it’s a small world” Holiday and “Believe…in Holiday Magic” fireworks followed by a holiday snowfall on Main Street, U.S.A., New Orleans Square and “it’s a small world”. Of course, Santa Claus appears in the parade throughout the season and also will be greeting guests and listening to holiday wishes through December 24, 2016.

New for Disney California Adventure in 2016, the Festival of Holidays invites guests to celebrate the season like never before at Disney California Adventure park.  Returning this year is ‘Disney ¡Viva Navidad!’ premiering November 10, 2016, Disney California Adventure park gets its own spectacular seasonal makeover with festive – and often whimsical – holiday décor in Cars Land, “a bug’s land,” Paradise Pier and Buena Vista Street.  The global sounds of special guest musical groups will ring throughout the festival. Guests will enjoy delicious, internationally inspired food and beverage at 14 themed festival marketplaces, and the young and young-at-heart will celebrate with some of their favorite Disney Characters. Princess Elena of Avalor will make her Disneyland Resort debut during Festival of Holidays, and after Holidays at the Disneyland Resort conclude January 8, she will remain at Disney California Adventure park to continue visiting with guests.

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Disneyland Resort hotels join in the holiday festivities with twinkling lights and ornaments, special entertainment and holiday dining with themed menus. Expanded hours at both Disneyland Resort theme parks will extend the family fun and offer more time for guests to enjoy all there is to see and do at the Disneyland Resort.

Note: Each year information is “tweaked” as it becomes available and this page will continuously be updated with specific dates and details as the holiday draws near. Some information may be based on what is “expected” based on the experience of previous years.

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Disneyland Park

PB150197Holiday Season Begins at the Disneyland Resorts on November 10, 2016 with Christmas Parade, Jingle Cruise, ‘Believe … in Holiday Magic’ Fireworks and Snowfall in Disneyland Park

Hand Made Candy Canes

This much anticipated treat will be offered on specific days. Candy Cane making days are alternated between Candy Palace on Main Street USA in Disneyland and Trolley Treats on Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure.  Visitors line up at Candy Palace in the mornings to receive wristbands with the date and batch time on it, which can then be redeemed when the candies are ready. You must be present in person to obtain a wristband and each guest may get not more than two wristbands. Each wristband will entitle the bearer to one candy cane, but guests must pick it up by 4:00 p.m. or the candy cane goes to someone in the standby line.

Candy makers usually make three batches of 40 treats each or about 120 candies each day, and parkgoers often line at the Candy Kitchen window to watch the candy-making process. These are large candy canes, weighing in at 5.25 ounces. Guests can call the candy hotline at (714) 781-0112 to get updated, weekly schedules prior to your visit. Dates are subject to change.

2016 Candy Cane Dates:

Candy Palace at Disneyland
Available at Candy Palace November 25, 30
Available at Candy Palace December 2, 5, 7, 9, 12, 14, 16, 19, 24

Trolley Treats at Disney California Adventure
Available at Trolley Treats November 26, 29
Available at Trolley Treats December 3, 6, 8, 10, 13, 15, 17, 20, 25

Holiday Time at Disneyland Guided Tour

Holiday Time at Disneyland guided tour is offered daily from mid-November through early January. This tour offers guests an up-close look at Disneyland’s magical yuletide makeover, while highlighting holiday traditions from around the world. Guests receive priority access to two holiday themed attractions, usually “it’s a small world” Holiday and Haunted Mansion Holiday; reserved seating for “A Christmas Fantasy” Parade. Included in the tour is a collectible pin plus a button personalized with your name.

Reservations are available at Disneyland City Hall or by calling (714) 781-8687 up to 30 days in advance.

Tour Length: 2.5 hours (+ parade viewing)
Guest Price:$85 per person + theme park admission
Discounts:Annual Pass Holders receive a 20% discount

Main Street U.S.A.: Christmas Tree, Carolers, Snow & Gingerbread!

Main Street U.S.A. is the overture and the encore for a visit to Disneyland Park. Its majestic 60 feet tall tree glimmers with nearly 4,800 energy-efficient LED lights and has over 2,000 ornaments. The Christmas tree is a popular guest photo location. Stroll the snowy avenue and pick up some handmade candy, freshly created by expert confectioners, and stop to listen to the Christmas carolers. Snow falls on Main Street U.S.A. during the holidays (and in front of Sleeping Beauty’s castle) and where is that wonderful aroma of gingerbread coming from?

“A Christmas Fantasy” Parade

“A Christmas Fantasy” parade has become a holiday tradition in Disneyland. Guests enjoy watching as Disney characters celebrate the magic of the season, wrapping gifts, baking holiday treats and preparing for the arrival of Santa Claus, who shouts a jolly greeting to spectators along the parade route. Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse even take to the ice for some skating fun. Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and other Disney Characters don their most festive apparel for this extravaganza that welcomes Santa Claus to Main Street, U.S.A. Don’t miss Anna , Elsa and Olaf, too, who make an appearance on their Frozen float.

The most popular areas to watch “A Christmas Fantasy” Parade are either on Main Street, U.S.A., or near “it’s a small world” in Fantasyland. Consider other locations that may have available space, such as near the Matterhorn or in Town Square on Main Street, U.S.A. Also consider watching the parade from an elevated location, like the Main Street Train Station – you can get fantastic views of the parade from a unique vantage point. Plus, you’ll almost be at eye level with Santa Claus during his big finale! And remember, if you need to cross the parade route to get to another destination, just ask one of the cast members carrying an orange baton where to find the nearest crossing, and they will point you in the right direction.

“Believe…In Holiday Magic” Fireworks

Each evening, let the magic of the holidays fill your heart as this splendid spectacle fills the sky. Share the wonder with your family as festive fireworks burst, lights shimmer and seasonal songs bring goosebumps to one and all.  It all culminates with the grandest of grand finales. As the sky blooms in a rainbow of dazzling bursts, more than 80,000 twinkling lights illuminate Sleeping Beauty Castle with sparkling “icicles” and shimmering snow-capped turrets. And as a special holiday treat, delight as snow falls in the skies above “it’s a small world” holiday in Fantasyland, over portions of Main Street, U.S.A., and, on select nights, near the Rivers of America.

Holiday Decor for Mickey’s Toontown, New Orleans Square, Frontierland, Critter Country and Fantasy Faire

PB190146The centerpiece of the holiday décor in Mickey’s Toontown is an 18-foot cartoon-style Christmas tree in front of Toontown City Hall. The personal Christmas trees in the front yards of Mickey’s and Minnie’s houses also carry the “toon” theme. Over in New Orleans Square, you’ll find Mardi Gras-style holiday bunting and oversized ornaments! Look for the huge golden stars and moons in the trees near the French Market. An annual holiday ornament shop also opens for the holidays in New Orleans Square. Lastly, Fantasy Faire will celebrating its first holiday season this year with its own custom Christmas decorations!


2016 Candlelight Processional

The Candlelight Processional at Disneyland premiered on December 20, 1958. The tradition continues today, when hundreds of choir members (comprised of both Cast Members and community choirs), carrying lit candles, will proceed down a darkened Main Street, USA to fill the Main Street Train Station. The group sings classical hymns accompanied by an orchestra, featured guitarist, soloists, bell choir, and fanfare trumpeters. In-between hymns, the Christmas story will be told by a celebrity narrator.

Candlelight Processional will be held on December 3 and 4 in 2016. Showtimes both nights were at 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.  Celebrity narrators for 2016 is Ginnifer Goodwin. Viewing for “uninvited” guests is extremely limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.  Standing-room viewing is available for both performances near City Hall, the Opera House, behind the seating area in Town Square and on the east side of Main St. after the 3:30 p.m. “A Christmas Fantasy” parade passes. There is also a special area for guests with disabilities outside of the Opera House. Look for attractions, merchandise locations and food service schedule changes and closures in the Main Street USA area throughout the day during both performances of the Candlelight Processional. Also, traffic in the area will be directed or one-way only. Additionally, the backstage area west of Main Street may be opened to siphon off excessive crowds in the area.

Jingle Cruise

The Jungle Cruise attraction transforms into the Jingle Cruise through January 8, 2017. After a supply plane accidentally dumps its load of gifts, goodies and decorations in the jungle, the holiday spirit takes over. See the jungle creatures and native tribes celebrate in a whole new way.

Disney Parks Christmas Parade Taping

This year’s parade, renamed Disney Parks Unforgettable Christmas Celebration, will air on Christmas morning. The taping of the Disneyland segment for the annual ABC televised parade “should” take place at Disneyland park in December, although Disney never actually confirms this information. Floats from “A Christmas Fantasy” parade, as well as giant inflatable balloons, are usually included in the procession down Main Street. In or around the parade taping date, various celebrity musical acts usually performed on a stage in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle and possibly at the Grand Californian Hotel. Park guests with admission are welcome to view the taping segments and should arrive as early as possible. This is an actual television production, so expect songs to be sung multiple times and repeated filming of individual floats; also the park can be quite crowded on Main Street causing difficulty getting to attractions. Expect the cancellation or schedule changes to the afternoon parades and other Main Street entertainment during the weekend taping.

Because of the marathon and Disneyland in November, Walt Disney World and Disneyland have switched months for the taping. Traditionally the Disneyland segments are recorded in November.

“it’s a small world” Holiday

SAM_1530Festive international decorations, including 300,000 dazzling lights, turn this area into a winter wonderland, while holiday customs from around the world are celebrated inside the attraction. You’ll delight in all of the seasonal decorations and the dolls will be in their nations’ holiday attire. ‘Jingle Bells’ is performed in many languages. Among the holiday special effects inside the attraction: pine tree and peppermint scents in the European scenes; 75 gallons of bubble juice to make bubbles throughout the season in the South Seas scene. Nearly 150 giant candles decorate the Christmas Tree in the European scene. A sparkling snowman dressed in a gold top hat, golden scarf and hundreds of twinkling lights stands atop a 10-foot-wide snowflake in the attraction’s finale scene. A frosty snowflake mobile twirls over his head, and his “Happy Holidays” sign is sculpted out of ice that changes color. Outside the attraction, wreaths decorate the poles around the small world mall – each wreath unique and inspired by parts of the attraction!

Haunted Mansion Holiday

Haunted Mansion attraction in New Orleans Square is transformed to Haunted Mansion Holiday. Jack Skellington and friends from Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas give this classic attraction a festive makeover as the traditions of Halloween and Christmas collide in a madcap celebration. The Haunted Mansion Holiday exterior is decorated with more than 100 jack-o’-lanterns and the eerie glow of more than 400 flickering candles. Don’t miss the ginger-bread house in the Mansion’s Great Hall – each year Disney Imaginears offer up a unique creation. The graveyard in the Haunted Mansion Holiday finale is covered with 7,500 square feet of snow. Trees in the graveyard are decked out with 1,000 tiny orange lights.

The Dapper Dans

This popular Main Street, U.S.A., quartet, add holiday songs to their repertoire, with holiday chimes as accompaniment. Favorites range from the traditional “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” to “Frosty the Snowman,” “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town” and “Christmas in Killarney.”

Santa and His Helpers

Santa Claus and his Helpers can be found at Pooh’s Thotful Spot in Disneyland Park.  Watch the children’s eyes light up as they spend some time with St. Nick. Theme Park admission is required. Santa visits through December 24, 2016. Check with the venue for specific times for the day of your visit.

Other Sweets and Treats

Special food and beverages are available throughout the Disneyland Park. Be on the lookout for these treats:

Bengal Barbecue

  • Holiday Crispy

Blue Bayou Restaurant

  • Holiday Peppermint Mocha

Carnation Cafe

  • Elf Mickey Stein

Café Orleans

  • Holiday Peppermint Mocha
  • Candy Cane Beignets

French Market Restaurant

  • Elf Mickey Stein
  • Deck of Cards Cake
  • Mini Pumpkin Pie
  • Praline Cheesecake – Praline cheesecake with a layer of praline crunch in a graham cracker crust, topped with sugar pecans

Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor

  • Elf Mickey Stein
  • Crushed Candy Cane Cone
  • Holiday Sprinkles Premium Cone
  • Peppermint Ice Cream

Golden Horseshoe

  • Gingerbread Man Cookie
  • Holiday Crispy

Hungry Bear Restaurant

  • Elf Mickey Stein
  • Pulled Pork Hot Dog – Seared hot dog in a toasted roll topped with BBQ pulled pork and citrus slaw, finished with fried jalapenos and fresh cilantro
  • Apple Pie Funnel Cake
  • Elf Mickey Stein with Cookies

Jolly Holiday Bakery Café

  • Peppermint Mocha
  • Pumpkin Spice Latte
  • Caramel Apple Muffin with Streusel
  • Snowman Shortbread Cookie
  • Gingerbread Man Cookie

Main Street Cappuccino Cart

  • Holiday Crispy
  • Gingerbread Man Cookie
  • Caramel Apple Muffin with Streusel
  • Snowman Shortbread Cookie
  • Peppermint Mocha

Market House

  • Holiday Brownie
  • Gingerbread Man Cookie

Mint Julep Bar

  • Elf Mickey Stein
  • Candy Cane Beignets
  • Peppermint Mocha

Plaza Inn Restaurant

  • Elf Mickey Stein
  • Pumpkin Yule Log (available until Dec. 6) – Spice cake with pumpkin mousse and lingonberry marmalade filling, cream cheese with chocolate ganache frosting
  • Chocolate Coffee Yule Log (available Dec. 7 – Jan. 6) – Coffee butter cream filling with chocolate crunch finished with chocolate ganache
  • Mini Pumpkin Pie

Rancho del Zocalo Restaurante

  • Elf Mickey Stein
  • Tamale & Enchilada Plate

Refreshment Corner

  • Holiday Crispy

Royal Street Veranda

  • Elf Mickey Stein
  • Banana Fritters with Crème Anglaise
  • Peppermint Mocha
  • Eggnog
  • Eggnog Latte

Stage Door Café

  • Holiday Funnel Cake – Topped with chocolate sauce and crushed candy cane pieces
  • Holiday Crispy
  • Gingerbread Man Cookie

Village Haus Restaurant

  • Elf Mickey Stein
  • Gingerbread Man Cookie
  • Holiday Brownie
  • Snowman Shortbread Cookie


Disney California Adventure Park

Hand Made Candy Canes

This much anticipated treat can be found on Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure’ Trolley Treats on select days during the holiday season. Visitors line up in the morning at Trolley Treats to receive wristbands with the date and batch time on it, which can be redeemed when the candies are ready. You must be present in person to obtain a wristband. Each wristband will entitle the bearer to one candy cane, but guests must pick it up by 4:00 or the candy cane goes to someone in the standby line. Candy makers usually make three batches of 40 treats each or about 120 candies each day. These are large candy canes, weighing in at 5.25 ounces. Dates are subject to change and updates will be added as they become available.

2016 Candy Cane Dates for Disney California Adventure:

Trolley Treats at Disney California Adventure
Available at Trolley Treats November 26, 29
Available at Trolley Treats December 3, 6, 8, 10, 13, 15, 17, 20, 25

¡Viva Navidad!

From November 10 through January 8, 2017, Disney ¡Viva Navidad!  Street Party will bring Disney California Adventure to life with vibrant colors, live Latino music, jubilant dancing and dance lessons, character appearances, delicious food and fun activities for the whole family such as crafts and face painting for children. Several times each day, the high-energy “Disney ¡Viva Navidad! Street Party” led by the “Three Caballeros” – Donald Duck and his life-long amigos Panchito Pistoles from Mexico and Jose Carioca from Brazil. The infectious mix of Mariachi and Samba musicians, folklórico and carnaval dancers, 12-foot-tall mojiganga puppets and those ambassadors of holiday cheer, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, will really get the crowd going, as Santa and Mrs. Claus join in to cheer and celebrate ¡Viva Navidad!.

Festive Foods Marketplace Kiosks

Nosh your way through holiday favorites in a culinary celebration of different cuisines and traditions. From belly-loving bites to spirited libations and decadent desserts—there’s a world of possibilities to please your palate at these marketplace kiosks during Disney Festival of Holidays, happening through January 8, 2017 at Disney California Adventure Park.

Fourteen Kiosks are available for your delight!

  • Abuelita’s Kitchen cooks up Feliz Navidad wishes with warm tamales and sopes
  • Brews & Bites clinks flights of beer for yuletide cheer
  • Fiesta en Familia makes merriment with savory dishes like pozole and ceviche
  • Southern Home Holidays spreads southern comfort classics like spicy chicken sausage and sweet potato pie
  • Good Fortune’s Feast adds a little flair to the festivities with pork bao and winter mint milk tea
  • Heritage Cottage serves up tasty goodies with hardy holiday short ribs and rice pudding
  • Making Spirits Bright shows what fun it is to celebrate with wines and seasonal beverages
  • Mistletoe Morsels melts hearts with Swedish meatballs and eggnog
  • Mosaic Delights offers mouthwatering munchies like roasted lamb and baklava
  • Nosh & Nibbles is horsera-dishing out brisket potato croquettes and sweet spiced noodle kugel
  • Spicy Salutations celebrates with inspired cuisine like curry and mango lassi
  • Treats for Santa twinkles with fruit punch and holiday cookies
  • Winter Sliderland roasts and toasts with succulent sliders and hard cider
  • Yuletide Yummies puts a twist on the traditional, with creations like pumpkin spice hot chocolate and gingerbread Bundt cake

DCA Festival of Holidays Treats

Disney Celebrates Three Kings Day

The grand finale of “Disney ¡Viva Navidad!” will be the special celebration of Three Kings Day (Dia de los Reyes Magos) January 5 through 8, 2017 in Paradise Peir. The Día de los Reyes Magos celebration will feature “scenic displays depicting holiday rituals,” as well as craft projects for kids and special food offerings.

World of Color “Season of Light”

Through January 8, 2017, this all-new spectacular transforms water, light, story and song into breathtaking holiday magic.  Beloved moments from favorite Disney and Pixar films illuminate a towering wall of mist. Hundreds of sky-high fountains dance to holiday music while glistening snow floats across the screen. It’s a mesmerizing display that stretches across more than 18,000 square feet!

Guests can obtain a FASTPASS for both World of Color shows at the FASTPASS distribution center near Grizzly River Run. Let the Cast Member know your preferred show and time to be directed to the proper FASTPASS machine.

World of Color Dining packages are available by calling 714 781-DINE. Meal time should be at least two hours prior to the desired show time. Make sure to indicate your preferred show when making reservations.

While you wait for the show, play against other Guests for a chance to control the lights on Mickey’s Fun Wheel. You just need a Wi-Fi enabled mobile device―no app or download is needed to play!

Get Ready to Play in 3 Quick Steps

  1. Enter the World of Color viewing area.
  2. Open a browser on your mobile device.
  3. Connect to the wireless network, PierGames.

The fun starts 15 minutes before each World of Color show begins. PierGames is only available in the World of Color viewing area and is available 45 minutes before the start of each World of Color show.

Let’s Play!
Focus on Mickey’s Fun Wheel as it becomes a giant game board. Can you recall the increasingly complex sequences of changing colors? You’ll compete against other Guests around Paradise Bay as you enter the colors on your mobile device.

The top player gets to use their device to control the lights on Mickey’s Fun Wheel for 30 seconds!

Put on Your Blinking Caps
For even more fun while you play, be sure to activate any of your Made with Magic accessories. You’ll be amazed by what happens!

Additional Information
You must be in the World of Color viewing area to access the PierGames wireless network. Fun Wheel Challenge subject to change or cancellation without notice.

Using the latest interactive technology, special iridescent ear hats will let you “Glow with the Show.” The ears change to complement and harmonize with what’s happening around you, allowing you to become a part of the magic of World of Color. “Glow With the Show” Mouse Ears can be purchased for $25 (tax included) at locations throughout the park, including Los Feliz Five & Dime, Off the Page, Seaside Souvenirs and many merchandise carts. Learn how to get preferred or reserved viewing for the World of Color show.

Santa and His Helpers

Santa and his clever elves are here for their annual visit and you’re invited to join the merry-making! The elves have turned Redwood Creek Challenge Trail into a jolly playground filled with seasonal games and outdoor activities for you to explore.  Come to Ahwahnee Camp Circle near the entrance of Redwood Creek Challenge Trail for a visit with Santa. You’ll be able to take pictures and have a chance to discuss how good you’ve been this year. Be sure to sign Santa’s nice list to discover your secret elf name!  From December 25 until January 8, 2017, Santa Goofy will be at Ahwahnee Camp Circle to pose for photos and sign autographs.

When you enter Redwood Creek, be sure to pick up an activity map that will guide you to all the elfish games. Head around to the different sections of the Trail and track how many decorations and toys you can find along the way. When you’re done, bring your map back to discover which type of elf you are.

Buena Vista Street Decorated for the Holidays

Buena Vista Street will be decked out in vintage-style ornaments and decor, with Disney California Adventure’s 50-foot-tall Christmas tree going up in Carthay Circle. All of the tree’s decorations are large-scale replicas of actual decorations that would’ve been on a Los Angeles Christmas tree in the 1930s. The oversized Red Car Trolley ornament features Mickey and Minnie, and a smaller version of the ornament is available for purchase in the park. Under the tree will be custom-made 1/16th-size train chugging along with sound and lights, and all sorts of vintage toys for display, from a tin robot to a blimp and other hidden surprises from the 1930’s time period. Even Mickey and his friends will sport a retro holiday look. And don’t forget to pick up a Holiday edition of the “Buena Vista Bugle” or stop by Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge and sip a “Poinsettia,” a cool glass of Cointreau, cranberry juice and Champagne garnished with a twist or orange zest.

The Buena Vista Street Holiday Entertainment and Tree Lighting

The Buena Vista Street Community Bell Ringers will perform as they wander up and down the street in a ring-along, sing-along encouraging guests to join in by singing familiar carols and ringing in the season. The bell ringers will also participate in the nightly tree lighting. The tree on Buena Vista St. will be light daily at 5:00 p.m. from November 10-December 24, 2016. (Between December 25-30, the tree will still be illuminated at 5:00 p.m. but without the ceremony and bell ringers.)

Cars Land Decorated for the Holidays and Santa Mater

SAM_1387In Cars Land, each address along Route 66 – Flo’s V-8 Café, Fillmore’s Taste-In, the Cozy Cone Motel, Luigi’s Casa della Tires – will feature wacky holiday decorations reflecting the personality of the “Cars” character who lives there. Mater has a nine-foot-tall tree made of tires with an arching sparkplug on top. The Cozy Cone Motel’s tree is made of orange traffic cones and powered by a battery. Luigi and Guido added holiday flair to the red, white and green color scheme of their shop—the colors of the Italian flag. Sarge sports a six-foot-tall, red, white and blue tree with a military star on top and a large patriotic display. Fillmore’s tree is adorn with peace signs and a car angel at the top. And Flo’s shiny tree has a music theme! Around almost every corner of Cars Land, you’ll discover new imaginative decorations and surprises — even the 20-foot-tall tree at the courthouse has a hubcap for every ornament. The courthouse statue of Stanley, the founder of Radiator Springs, is adorned with a Santa hat and a big bag of rims, wheels, accessories and other goodies for all the good residents of Cars Land. Air filter garland with snowflakes constructed of wrenches is strung up over Route 66. Be sure to stop in Cozy Cones Motel, where Sally has a gingerbread replica of the Motel in the lobby area.

Cars Land Holiday Characters

Be on the lookout for Cars Land’s version of a snowman, Snowy the Snow Car at the entrance to Cars Land. You won’t want to miss a photo op with this endearing, seven-foot automotive holiday friend. And of course, a holiday visit to Cars Land is not complete without saying hello to Santa Mater outside the Cozy Cone Motel where he waits to meet with guests!

Flik’s Oversized Ornaments

Experience the holidays through a bug’s eyes. “a bug’s land” transforms as Flik and his bug buddies spread giant Christmas lights and oversized ornaments throughout their realm. See what it’s like to be knee-high to a grasshopper as you observe wondrous, oversized ornaments. And don’t miss Flik in his Santa outfit.

Holiday Decorations at Paradise Pier

PB150229The holiday scene along the Paradise Bay boardwalk includes a beautifully decorated Christmas tree and lampposts decked out with seasonal wreaths. Plus, the lights on Mickey’s Fun Wheel on Paradise Pier will are specially programmed for the holidays.

Mad T Party

New wintertime fun should rock the night as the Mad T Party prepares to add a pinch of splendiferous spirit to each evening’s celebratiousness. Expect a holiday overlay for the nighttime dance party, with the addition of decorations and new arrangements of popular holiday hits from the Mad T Party band. Dancers with an icy, cool look deliver new dance sets. There’s even more merry muchness, too, as the White Rabbit DJ checks his song list not once but twice to re-mix seasonal favorites. Don’t be surprised if, just as things start to really heat up, a surprise snowfall doesn’t cool things off for a bit before the fun begins again!

Sweets and Treats

Award Wieners

  • Olaf Crispy

Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta

  • Pumpkin Cheesecake
  • Snowman Shortbread Cookie

Boudin Bread Cart

  • Candy Cane-Shaped Bread
  • Snowman-Shaped Bread
  • Christmas Tree-Shaped Bread

Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge

  • Poinsettia – Cointreau, cranberry juice and champagne garnished with a twist of orange zest

Clarabelle’s Hand-Scooped Ice Cream

  • Crushed Candy Cane Cone
  • Holiday Sprinkle Cone
  • Elf Mickey Stein with Sundae

Cocina Cucamonga

  • Carnitas Plate  – Slowly simmered pork marinated with orange, garlic and onions, served with Mexican rice, refried beans and flour tortillas

Cozy Cone Motel

  • Cozy Cone Holiday Sipper
  • Pumpkin Twist

Fiddler Fifer & Practical Cafe

  • Holiday Brownie
  • Snowman Cookie
  • Gingerbread Man Cookie

Mad T Party

  • Merry Mudslide
  • ACE Hard Cider – Berry

Mortimer’s Market

  • Candy Cane-Shaped Bread
  • Holiday Tree-Shaped Bread

Pacific Wharf Café

  • Turkey Pot Pie Soup
  • Gingerbread Man Cookie
  • Snowman Shortbread Cookie
  • Holiday Brownie
  • Sugar Cookie with Sprinkles
  • Pumpkin Spice Bread Pudding
  • Candy Cane-Shaped Bread
  • Snowman-Shaped Bread
  • Christmas Tree-Shaped Bread


  • Olaf Crispy
  • Holiday Harvest Smoothie – A delicious blend of fruits and greens, sweetened with natural maple syrup

Smokejumpers Grill

  • Snowman Cookie
  • Gingerbread Man

Downtown Disney District

Olaf’s Frozen Ice Rink

You can skate at Downtown Disney this holiday season! Located between Earl of Sandwich and the ESPN Zone in the midst of a holiday village, guests will find Olaf’s Frozen Ice Rink.  The custome 50 by 90 foot rink is the perfect place to get into the holiday spirit as you glide along to holiday tunes. Operating hours are 3 – 10:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday,  2 – 11:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 – 10:00 p.m. on Sunday. Skates and helmets are included in the admission fee.

Winter Village

At Winter Village, guests can visit six quaint holiday cottages, browse for gifts in the “shopping chalets and admire a 30-foot Christmas tree, the centerpiece of Olaf’s Frozen Ice Rink. From live music to dance performances, there will be festive activities for the whole family. Shops in the chalets and carts offer a variety of holiday gift ideas, including Star Wars-themed items from World of Disney; magic, gags and novelties from Houdini’s Magic Shop; yo-yos and juggling kits from Duncan Yo-Yo; crystal art from Arribas Brothers; hot chocolate, snacks and desserts from Ghirardelli; personalized objects from You Name It; surfboard themed art are from Laguna Beach Surfboards; and personalized holiday ornaments from Ice-Land Workshop. A Working to Give/ACT Anaheim chalet will offer handmade holiday stockings with all proceeds going to Accelerate Change Together.

Other Downtown Disney Holiday Activities

A temporary Ghirardelli holiday store is open in Downtown Disney. The shop will offer wrapped gifts, limited edition Ghirardelli Peppermint Band, novelties and more. Only merchandise will be offered (you will have to get your Ghirardelli ice cream fix inside the Disney California Adventure Park.)

Other activities in the Downtown Disney District scheduled for various dates and times during the holiday season include:

  • Holiday Carolers nightly December 4-25
  • 40s Jazz/Pop Vocal Group from December 25-January 1
  • Horse & Carriage Rides offered November 27 – January 2

Annual Tuba Christmas Concert

Hundreds of tuba players will gather at Downtown Disney for the annual Tuba Christmas concert at noon on December 17, 2016. Over 450 tuba players are expected to perform at the free concert outside ESPN Zone. In addition to playing tradition Christmas music, the tuba players decorate their instruments and wear bright festive clothing.

Holiday Gingerbread House Building Workshop”

Start a new holiday tradition by attending the “Holiday Gingerbread House Building Workshop” at Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen in Downtown Disney. For 2016, there will be three days available for the Holiday Gingerbread House Building Workshop. They will be held on Saturday, December 10, Saturday, December 17 & Sunday, December 18 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. The two hour sessions begins with participants decorating their own chef hat, followed by a demonstration on how to assemble the gingerbread houses. Participants will decorate their houses and be able to take them home. Be on the lookout for a “surprise” visit from Santa. Cost is $48 per Gingerbread Kit, plus tax & online service charges, and includes gingerbread house and candy, 1 chef’s hat, 2 jingle bells, unlimited sodas, and 2 seats. Additional seats may be purchased for $18 per seats. Tickets for these workshop are available online.


Holiday Dining

Celebrate Christmas or New Year’s Eve with dinner at a Disneyland Resort Restaurant!

Disneyland Resorts Christmas Restaurant Menus

Disneyland Resorts New Years’ Eve Menus

* These pages will be updated with 2016 info as it becomes available.

TheMouseForLess Tip: During the holidays, many Disneyland quick-service restaurants issue dining receipts with a coupon for 20% off merchandise at select shops during hours before noon. While coupons have an expiration date, they do not have to be used the same day they are issued.

Disneyland Resorts Hotels

PB150014Disneyland Resort hotels join in the holiday merriment with twinkling lights and ornaments, special entertainment and holiday dining. More information for both the Disneyland hotels will be added as it becomes available.

Carolers at Disneyland Resort Hotels

Carolers in traditional Victorian holiday garb make regular appearances throughout the season at each of the three Disneyland Resort hotels: Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel, the Disneyland Hotel and Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel.

Santa Meet & Greets at Disneyland Resort Hotels

From November 26- December 24, 2016, guests can usually pose daily for paid photos with Santa at select times in the Disneyland Resort’s three hotels. Santa can be found at

  • Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel: Crystal Cove Foyer
  • Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa: Great Hall
  • Disneyland Hotel: Near the Grand Ballroom

Resort Hotel Christmas Trees & Gingerbread Displays

Each of Disneyland Resorts three hotels will have a huge Christmas tree as the centerpiece in the lobbies. Don’t miss the tree at Disneyland Hotel which is decorated with space-age ornaments and smells like marshmallows! Located in the lobby of Storytellers Cafe is a giant gingerbread house display. Be sure not to miss it; it’s the only one at the Disneyland Resort hotels.

Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar

Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar at the Disneyland Hotel is all decked out for the holidays in retro plastic Santa decorations and lounge renditions of favorite Christmas songs playing in the background. If you stop by, be sure to try one of their special holiday drinks, such as “Mele Kaliki Mocha,” “Red Nosed Zebra,” and “Gorilla Nog” in a souvenir mug.

Sweets and Treats

Disneyland Hotel

Goofy’s Kitchen

  • Chocolate Coffee Yule Log (available Dec. 2-Jan. 5)

Tangaroa Terrace

  • Snowman Shortbread Cookie

The Coffee House

  • Eggnog
  • Eggnog Latte
  • Pumpkin Spice Latte
  • Peppermint Mocha
  • Caramel Apple Muffin with streusel
  • Black Forest Bundt Cake
  • Mint Chocolate Whoopie Pie
  • Gingerbread Cookie

Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar

  • Red-Nosed Zebra – Aged rum, strawberry purée, lemon and lime juice
  • Tropical Snowstorm – Honey-flavored whiskey, coconut rum and flavors of coconut, cream, ginger, cloves and almond, topped with a cinnamon and nutmeg dusting
  • Jungle Bells – Ginger liqueur, aged rum and anise-flavored liqueur with vanilla yogurt and extract

Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

Hearthstone Lounge

  • Gingerbread Man Cookie
  • Eggnog Latte
  • Peppermint Mocha

White Water Snacks

  • Gingerbread Shingle Cookie
  • Holiday Crispy
  • Black Forest Bundt Cake
  • Mint Chocolate Whoopie Pie

Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel

PCH Grill

  • Selection of seasonal holiday desserts

Surfside Lounge

  • Black Forest Bundt Cake
  • Mint Chocolate Whoopie Pie
  • Gingerbread Man cookie
  • Holiday Brownie
  • Holiday Crispy
  • Snowman Shortbread Cookie

New Years Eve at Disneyland Resort

The holidays are one of the busiest times at Disneyland Resort and crowds can and do swell to their maximum. Guests are encouraged to choose a park to celebrate at, arrive early and remain at the same park throughout the day. Once a park begins to near capacity, it is not uncommon for Disney management to enact crowd-control restrictions that prohibit park entry. Be prepared for long lines to view shows and ride attractions as well as extremely heavy crowds at restaurants and restrooms. Collect your Fastpasses as early in the day as possible. If you need a locker get one as soon as you arrive as these go quickly.  Dress in layers, it is typical for Southern California weather to be very cold in the morning, warm to the 70’s in the middle of the day, then dip down again as the sun sets.

For even information about dining at Disneyland Resort on New Year’s Eve, visit our Disneyland NYE Menus page.

TheMouseForLess Tip: Disney’s “Glow with the Show” interactive Mouse ears light up on their own at midnight, as part of the Disneyland Resort’s holiday celebration, in four spots: the mall near “It’s a Small World” and near Rivers of America in Disneyland, as well as at the Mad T Party and the “World of Color” in Disney California Adventure. The special ears are available at select merchandise locations.

TheMouseForLess Tip: Guests should use the regular Disneyland Resort Parking lots on New Years Eve. We recommend the Toy Story lot or Pumba lot. Beginning at 5 p.m., Downtown Disney will start charging a flat fee to park. Refunds will be given to those with validation from applicable Downtown Disney locations.

TheMouseForLess Tip: The special holiday bread loaves created by the Boudin bakery have been expanded to include a New Year’s Eve clock design. You can find these loaves at the Pacific Wharf Cafe, DCA bread cart, Mortimer’s Market and Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta on December 31 and January 1, 2017.

TheMouseForLess Tip: Special New Years cupcakes will be available at Jolly Holiday Bakery and Pacific Wharf Cafe on December 31 and January 1, 2017. The dark chocolate treats come filled with Nutella and topped with Belgian white chocolate frosting, edible silver glitter, a chocolate Mickey Mouse and bow tie, and a chocolate truffle ball. From the New Year’s Cupcake to the Napa Rose New Year’s Eve Bash, the Disneyland Resort will ring in 2017 with something fun for everyone! For more info on available New Year’s Eve dining at Disneyland Resort, visit our New Years Eve Offerings page.