Mid-November 2020 – Early January 2021
Disney California Adventure Holiday Events
Disney California Adventure Holiday Events all celebrate traditions, memories, and cuisine inspired by the holiday season. These holiday events let guests experience the world’s different holiday cultures.
The following is for 2019. These events will not occur in 2020.
World of Color – Season of Light
The Disney California Adventure Holiday Events wouldn’t be complete without the World of Color – Season of Light. A spectacular transformation of 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.
Disney Festival of Holidays
As a part of Disney California’s Holiday Events discover a holiday celebration inspired by diverse cultural festivities with food, music and dance. This heartwarming holiday celebration is inspired by Christmas/Navidad, Hannukah, Diwali, Kwanza and Three Kings Day.
Festive Foods Marketplace Kiosks
Nosh your way through Disney California Adventure’s holiday events in a culinary celebration of different cuisines and traditions. From belly-loving bites to spirited libations – there’s a world of possibilities to please your palate at these Festive Foods Marketplace Kiosks during Disney Festival of Holidays.
Enjoy delicious, internationally inspired food and beverage at 8 themed kiosks this year.
Brews & Bites
Chorizo queso fundido with house made tortilla chips, beer flights, and beer by the glass.
Glazed ham shanks with honey crumble, holiday stuffing mac & cheese, gingerbread Mickey cookie, warm Bourbon cider with house made Bourbon-infused marshmallow, and beer by the glass.
Braised pork belly adobo with garlic fried rice, shrimp and grits with andouille sausage, holiday Mickey and Minnie cookies, cranberry sangria, and churro toffee cold brew.
Making Spirits Bright
Caramelized apple cake with Dannon Oikos Greek Yogurt crème anglaise and salted caramel sauce, hot cocoa marshmallow macaron, white and red wine flights, sparkling wine, mimosa flight (apple, pomegranate, and cran-blackberry).
Turkey and stuffing tamale with cranberry relish, pork al pastor naan taco with pineapple pico and cilantro lime Dannon Oikos Greek Yogurt crèma, churro yule log, house made horchata (non alcoholic available), and habanero hibiscus margarita.
Shepard’s upside down pie, curried cauliflower and chicken with black garlic, crimson pear beer cocktail, and Navidad punch.
Fried turkey slider with cranberry slaw, beef pot roast on potato roll with horseradish cream, warn peppermint chocolate float, and Bourbon cranberry cocktail.
A Twist of Tradition
Reimagined beef wellington, Rueben potato totswith Russian dressing and rye toast, vanilla pear mule, and red and white wines.
During the Disney ¡Viva Navidad! Disney California Adventure is brought to life with vibrant colors, live Latino music, jubilant dancing and dance lessons, and special character appearances. Delicious foods as well as deliciously fun activities are all available throughout the park and you won’t want to miss any of it.
Disney ¡Viva Navidad! Street Party
The high-energy Disney ¡Viva Navidad! Street Party is led by the “The Three Caballeros” – Donald Duck and his life-long amigos Panchito Pistoles from Mexico and Jose Carioca from Brazil. Guests will love the 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. Be on the lookout for Santa and Mrs. Claus as they join in to cheer and celebrate ¡Viva Navidad!.
Three Kings’ Day
The Epiphany—or twelfth day of Christmas—is celebrated around the world at the end of the holiday season. In Mexico, Central and South America the holiday is known as El Día de los Reyes Magos. At Disney California Adventure, this festive occasion is celebrated January 3 – January 6, 2020.
Fanciful Displays & Décor
Paradise Gardens will be decked out with special festive accents. You won’t want to miss the bright and cheerful holiday decorations, featuring colorful hanging papel picado banners, piñatas and more. Discover finely crafted figures of the Three Wise Men bearing gifts to Bethlehem. Guests will even be able to learn why the sight of children’s shoes have been left outside to be magically filled with toys by the Three Kings during the night.
- Have fun coloring pictures of the Three Kings or design custom crown with sparkling “jewels.”
- Savor a taste of the circular cake known as Rosca de Reyes—and enjoy good luck for the year if your piece contains a secret baked-in surprise!
- Keep an eye out for favorite Disney friends dressed in their holiday best. Characters you might see include The Three Caballeros, Chip n’ Dale, Goofy, Elena of Avalor, and of course Mickey and Minnie Mouse.
More Entertainment at Disney’s Festival of Holidays
- The Sound: a cappella renditions of holiday songs inspired by Christmas and Kwanza, located at Pacific Wharf and Palisades Stage.
- Mariachi Divas: a festive spin on classic holiday tunes.
- Mostly Kosher: honors Hanukkah while weaving together musical styles of klezmer, jazz, Latin, rock and hip-hop.
- Holiday Sunset Concerts: on select nights different groups and artists are featured on the Palisades Stage – The Suffragettes and the Phat Cat Swinger.
- Santa’s Holiday Visit: visit the Redwood Creak Challenge Trail to see the one and only Santa Claus.When you enter Redwood Creek, 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 and find out your elf name!
- Mickey’s Happy Holidays: A new addition to the Disney Festival of Holidays – Join Mickey, Minnie, The Country Bears, and more characters for a fun dance party to the sounds of the Holiday Toy Drummers percussion. This show runs twice a day, with show moments presented at Paradise Gardens Park and Carthay Circle.
Disney California Adventure Holiday Events Decor
Buena Vista Street
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
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 from November 9 to December 30 at 4:55 p.m. outside Elias & Co. Here holiday cheer and festive decorations fill the air, as you watch in wonder as this towering tree twinkles to life with a kaleidoscope of colored lights, hundreds of whimsical ornaments and swags of gleaming garland.
In 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.
For the holiday season, two attraction in Cars Land will have their own fun holiday take. 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.
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!
The holiday scene along the Paradise Bay boardwalk includes a beautifully decorated Christmas tree and lampposts decked out with seasonal wreaths. Plus, the lights on the Pixar Pal-A-Round on Pixar Pier will are specially programmed for the holidays.
Hand Made Candy Canes
This much anticipated treat is an annual favorite during the Disney California Adventure Holiday Events. They 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.
Sweets and Treats
Special food and beverages are available throughout the Disney California Adventure. Be on the lookout for treats like holiday krispies, candy cane beignets, peppermint ice cream, holiday cookies, brownies, and Yule logs. Also popular are popcorn buckets, drink steins, and more.