November 9, 2018 – January 6, 2019
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.
Disneyland Holidays begin on November 9, 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 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.
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. Mater and Luigi add even more cheer to the seasonal fun by singing new holiday tunes for the occasion.
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 park will also feature seasonal makeovers with festive – and often whimsical – holiday décor in Cars Land, Pixar Pier and Buena Vista Street.
Disneyland Resort hotels also join in the Disneyland Holidays 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.
Disneyland Holidays at Disneyland Park
The Holiday Season begins at the Disneyland Resorts on November 9 with the Christmas Parade, ‘Believe … in Holiday Magic’ Fireworks and Snowfall in Disneyland Park. 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. Find out more about celebrating the holiday season at Disneyland here.
Disneyland Holidays at California Adventure Park
Celebrate the holidays with a merry and bright time during the Christmas season at Disney California Adventure. Here, Guests can experience fun holiday attraction overlays for Cars Land, holiday treats, Viva Navidad!, Festival of Holidays Marketplace Booths, and more. Learn about the great holiday fun at Disney California Adventure here.
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.
Guests will see that the planters around the shopping and dining district are bursting with over-sized ornaments and bright holiday lighting. There is also Christmas tree found in the center of the promenade.
Guests can enjoy a brand new caroling act clad in ugly sweaters and performing fun Christmas carols called Holiday Harmony.
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 Build-A-Bear Workshop teddy bear from Santa himself! This breakfast will take place on December 16 and December 21-22. During your visit with Santa, a professional photographer will take and provide you with one complimentary photo per family. Additional photos will be available for purchase, and guests are welcome to bring their own cameras to capture the special moment. No digital downloads will be available. Following your time with Santa, guests will be escorted by one of Santa’s elves to their family style breakfast feast. Purchase Tickets HERE
Dates: December 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 21, 22 & 23
Seating times: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Price: $80 per adult; $35 per child (3-10yrs); $0 Infants (0-2yrs)
Downtown Disney guest parking will be in the Simba parking lot at the time of the event. Guest parking will be validated for up to 5 hours. Please allow yourself enough time to park and walk through security on your way into the District.
Great holiday shopping can be done at PANDORA Jewelry, Build-A-Bear Workshop, Sephora, Curl Surf, Sanuk, World of Disney and the Dream Boutique.
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.
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.
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. 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.
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.