As the Disneyland Resort settles fully into its Christmastime celebration, there is so much going on this year that while I plan to do a few in-depth features in the next few weeks, I still felt a general overview might be helpful!
So what kind of holiday entertainment is happening this Christmas? Let’s break it down by location!
Mousertainment Tip: Most of these holiday shows will run through January 8, 2017. Check your daily Entertainment Times Guide or the Disneyland app for the schedule. But if they’re not listed, you can always ask at City Hall or the Chamber of Commerce for more information!
- A Christmas Fantasy Parade
- Christmas Tree Lighting (daily before sundown in Town Square on Main Street, U.S.A.)
- Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle (lights display and nightly snowfall!)
- “Believe… in Holiday Magic” Fireworks Spectacular
- Dickens Yuletide Band (on Main Street, U.S.A.)
The Dapper Dans of Disneyland are wearing their candy-cane striped colors to perform Christmas songs for the crowds this season. Look for a feature on their holiday sets next week!
And of course, don’t miss the annual holiday attraction overlays such as Haunted Mansion Holiday, It’s a Small World Holiday and the Jingle Cruise. In particular, I’d recommend stopping by It’s a Small World in the evening to watch the beautiful lighting display on the outside facade!
But it’s not just Disneyland Park where you can celebrate the holidays…
Disney California Adventure
- Festival of Holidays (featuring Food & Wine Festival-style munchies and drinks along with many new performing groups around the Paradise Pier and Pacific Wharf areas such as: Blue 13 Dance Company, Holiday Toy Drummers, Mostly Kosher, RAISE, and the Stilt Circus)
- Viva Navidad! (including Disney Viva Navidad! Street Party and a special Disney Channel Elena of Avalor cavalcade – Princess Elena’s Musical Grand Arrival)
- Three Kings’ Day celebration (returning January 5-8, 2017 – UPDATE: this may be running January 3-6 instead per the online park calendar)
- Christmas Tree Lighting (daily before sundown near Elias & Co. on Buena Vista Street)
- World of Color – Season of Light
I am very sad to report that my favorite seasonal entertainment at Disney California Adventure (well, aside from the already very missed Christmas Mad T Party!) – the melodious Buena Vista Street Community Bell Ringers – are not out performing this year. I’m hoping this is just a temporary setback and that they will return again next year as they added such perfectly themed Christmas cheer to Buena Vista Street.
However, some other groups have added some holiday joy to their sets including Five & Dime singing a Christmas song as they approach in their jalopy, the Red Car Trolley News Boys have added in their regular Christmas number to their show (“Santa Claus is Coming to Town”), and the Silver Lake Sisters are also plussing up their extended show on the weekends at the Hollywood Tower Hotel with some holiday tunes.
Disneyland Resort Hotels
- Christmas Carolers at the Grand Californian Hotel & Spa
It seems that I wasn’t the only one who thought the classical Dickens-style Goode Time Carolers were a bit misplaced at the Disneyland Hotel last year, as both they and the Beverly Belles (to be spotlighted next week!) are sharing time at the more thematically appropriate Grand Californian this holiday season. So depending on which night you stop by the lobby of the Grand Californian Hotel, you might see one group or the other! Best times to check for shows are (approximately): 5:30pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm, 8:30pm. There are no carolers at the Disneyland Hotel this year.
However, you will find Christmas music filling the air just about everywhere you go in the Disneyland Resort this season – from the parks to Downtown Disney to the hotels. So periodically just stop and take it all in for a moment before rushing along your merry way!
Throughout the resort, you will also find various Disney characters decked out in their holiday best outfits – as well as Santa Claus himself doing Meet & Greets in Critter Country in Disneyland Park, at Redwood Creek Challenge Trail at Disney California Adventure and at select times in the various Disneyland Resort hotels. It’s a perfect time to grab a Christmas photo with Santa – and maybe ask for that special gift you were hoping for!
Finally, a great way to accompany all of these character encounters and shows is with a sweet holiday treat – like one of these:
It truly is the most wonderful time of the year!
Have you enjoyed any of the various holiday entertainment offerings at the Disneyland Resort this year? Which were your favorites?