Mid-November 2021 – Early January 2022
Enjoy the Disneyland Holidays as they are always a very special time at the Disneyland Resort with themed entertainment, sparkling decorations, delicious treats and holiday shopping. Each area of Disneyland Resort celebrates the holidays in different ways and htorugh different cultures. Many restaurants throughout the Disney parks, hotels, and Downtown Disney District will offer special holiday menus (Christmas, Navidad! and even Thankgiving) to make you feel as if the big day was already here.
**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.**
Downtown Disney District
With incredible shopping, dining and entertainment, the Downtown Disney District is a must-visit destination any time of year. At the holidays, guests will see festively trimmed trees, twinkling lights and enchanting shop windows that all help to enhance the experience.
Let It Glow
This year Downtown Disney District’s holiday décor is centered around the dozens of trees placed throughout the district. Lit up by 200 UV glow lights of all different colors, a night time visit is truly a spectacular sight. Surrounding the trees full of color are festive hanging Poinsettias, Cyclman, and Dusty Miller for ambiance. The lighting of the Let It Glow trees begins Novmeber 22 and will remain bright until January 9, 2022.
Beginning in the month of December the acapella groups Holiday Harmony, The Sugar Plums, The Moonrays, and Jingle 5 perform.
Dining menus during the holidays at Downtown Disney District often include special holiday entrées and/or a prix fixe dinner option with all the festive fixins’! View the Downtown Disney District menus to see which restaurants will have these themed meals.
Breakfast with Santa at Catal
Guests can attend Breakfast with Santa at Catal Restaurant where they can join Santa Claus and his elves for a family-style breakfast, carolers and more! All kids will receive a gift from Santa himself! This breakfast will take place on select days throughout the month of December. During your visit with Santa, a professional photographer will take and provide you with one complimentary photo per family. Following your time with Santa, guests will be escorted by one of Santa’s elves to their family style breakfast feast. Purchase Tickets HERE. More information about Breakfast with Santa can be found here.
Great holiday shopping can be done at PANDORA Jewelry, Build-A-Bear Workshop, Sephora, Curl Surf, Sanuk, World of Disney and the Dream Boutique. Pandora Jewelry offers limited edition holiday collection items, and new shops like Rinse Bath & Body Co. or Sugerboo & Co. with all natural skin care products make for great gifts.
Toys for Tots Donation Location
If you are looking to spread holiday cheer, consider donating a toy during the Downtown Disney District Toys for Tots drive. Join in the spirit by donating a new, unwrapped toy valued at $10 or more at the Downtown Disney District Main Stage. Disney VoluntEARS, personnel from the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves and Anaheim Fire and Rescue will be on hand to help collect your donations. Want to donate, but don’t have time to shop? There will be a “pop-up shop” to provide a hassle-free way to donate purchases.
Disneyland Holidays Dining
Celebrate Christmas or New Year’s Eve with dinner at a Disneyland Resort Restaurant!
**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.**
New Years Eve at Disneyland Resort
Disneyland 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. Use Disney Genie and/or purchase Disney Genie+ to make the most of your day. 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.
**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 5:00 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.**
**For more info on available New Year’s Eve dining at Disneyland Resort, visit our Disneyland Holidays New Years Eve Offerings page.**
Disneyland Resorts Hotels
Disneyland Resort hotels join in the holiday merriment with twinkling lights and ornaments, special entertainment and holiday dining. Find out more about celebrating the holiday season at our Disneyland Resort Hotel Christmas Holiday Events page.
Disneyland Holidays at Disneyland Park
Disneyland Holidays begin in November, and 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. Experience the holiday snowfall on Main Street, U.S.A., New Orleans Square and at the “it’s a small world”area.
It’s the Most Magical Time of the Year as the park is transformed with with seasonal attractions, joyful entertainment, jolly décor and themed treats that make every day feel like a holiday. Visit our Holiday Events at Disneyland Park page for all the details on holiday spirit throughout the park!
Disneyland Holidays at California Adventure Park
At Disney California Adventure enjoy holiday fun on Route 66 as two Cars Land attractions put the magic in overdrive as they transform for the holiday season. Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters becomes Luigi’s Joy to the Whirl and Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree becomes Mater’s Jingle Jamboree.
Returning to Disney California Adventure is the Festival of Holidays which invites guests to celebrate the season like never before at Disney California Adventure. The Festival of Holidays Marketplace Kiosks offer a number of holiday food and beverage items in smaller portions for indulging.