Show Spotlight: A Christmas Fantasy Parade

“On this very special night…”

Minnie, Mickey, Donald and an elf celebrate A Christmas Fantasy!

Minnie, Mickey, Donald and an elf celebrate A Christmas Fantasy!

What is A Christmas Fantasy Parade?

Santa Claus riding his sleigh in the parade. Have you been naughty or nice this year?

Santa Claus riding his sleigh in the parade. Have you been naughty or nice this year?

The annual holiday parade at Disneyland Park is A Christmas Fantasy – and happily, unlike the Magic Kingdom’s seasonal entertainment at the Walt Disney World Resort, it does not require a hard ticket extra fee to see it (or the Christmas fireworks)!

This character-filled celebration of Christmas and winter is a musical delight for all ages featuring dancers, skaters and even skiers!

Who are the performers?

The Princess float – with Tiana & Naveen, Cinderella & Prince Charming, Aurora & Phillip, Belle & Beast, Ariel & Eric.

The Princess float – with Tiana & Naveen, Cinderella & Prince Charming, Aurora & Phillip, Belle & Beast, Ariel & Eric.

A whole host of Disney characters fill this parade – from the Fab Five to Chip & Dale to Pooh & Friends to Disney Princesses & their Princes to Woody & Buzz to the recent additions of Anna and Elsa from Frozen. This parade is a fantasy-come-true for character fans!

But there are also toy soldiers, gingerbread men, snowmen, reindeer, Christmas trees and elves galore sharing the spotlight with their more famous friends. And of course, it wouldn’t be Christmas without Santa Claus!

When and where can I find it?

Anna, Olaf and Elsa wave to guests on Main Street, U.S.A.

Anna and Elsa wave to guests on Main Street, U.S.A.

Lasting approximately 20 minutes long, A Christmas Fantasy Parade usually plays twice daily during the Christmas Time season. Viewing spots can be found all along the parade route from Main Street, U.S.A. to It’s a Small World in Fantasyland.

Check your daily Entertainment Times Guide or the Disneyland app for the schedule.

Why spotlight it?

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Next to Mickey’s Boo to You Halloween Parade at the hard ticket party at the Magic Kingdom, this is my favorite seasonal parade!

Just the sound of the theme music playing in the Esplanade between the two Disneyland Resort parks at this time of year gets me swaying along and feeling festive.

There is so much to love about this parade – from the music to the Disney characters to the choreography of the performers. Particular highlights for me each year include the ballerina dancing on pointe atop her music box (my favorite!), the teddy bear waving, the little snowmen running around, Cinderella’s Stepsisters and Stepmother flouncing about, and Pooh and his friends on their sleds (or in Eeyore’s case – tugging it along behind him!).

Hi Eeyore!

Hi Eeyore!

This is a defining seasonal show at Disneyland for me and it’s simply not Christmas without stopping to watch it at least once.

While some may think this parade has hung around a bit long, having run for more than 20 years, I find it charming and enduring and I’d be happy to see it stay around for many more Christmases to come!

One warning, though – the parade music WILL get stuck in your head and you may find yourself humming it for quite some time after hearing it!

Have you seen A Christmas Fantasy Parade? Which is your favorite float or section?

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