Show Spotlight Flashback: Buena Vista Street Holiday Tree Lighting with The Buena Vista Street Community Bell Ringers

“If I cannot bring you comfort, then at least I bring you hope…”

The Bell Ringers and Mickey Mouse help light the Christmas tree on Buena Vista Street!

The Bell Ringers and Mickey Mouse help light the Christmas tree on Buena Vista Street!

As we did not get to see The Buena Vista Street Community Bell Ringers out in Disney California Adventure this year – a great loss to Christmas cheer! – it means we also lost the associated event of their participation in the Christmas tree lighting ceremony on Buena Vista Street. So we’ll flashback now to what you would have enjoyed at this time last year…

What was the Buena Vista Street Holiday Tree Lighting with The Buena Vista Street Community Bell Ringers?

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This was a brief show by the Bell Ringers with a holiday song or two performed in their beautiful vocal and instrumental style to celebrate the nightly lighting of the Christmas tree at Disney California Adventure.

Along with the music, there was a welcome to guests with appearances by the Citizens of Buena Vista Street and various Disney characters.

Who were the performers?

The Bell Ringers greet Mickey Mouse and PhiPhi!

The Bell Ringers greet Mickey Mouse and PhiPhi!

This unique show brought together three different entertainment elements – the Buena Vista Street Community Bell Ringers, the Citizens of Buena Vista Street and Disney characters like Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse dressed in their Buena Vista Street period seasonal best!

The Bell Ringers incorporated their music into the presentation and encouraged the crowd to sing along, while the various characters wished everyone a happy holidays!

When and where could I find it?

Watching the lighting of the Christmas tree.

Watching the lighting of the Christmas tree.

This lovely little ceremony would take place at dusk each day in front of the Christmas tree in the planter by Elias & Co.

There were a few benches set up nearby but plenty of standing room around the area as well.

Why spotlight it?

Yes, Minnie, I felt the same way when the Bell Ringers would perform!

Yes, Minnie, I felt the same way when the Bell Ringers would perform!

Disney California Adventure created a truly homey feel with its reinvention of Buena Vista Street a few years ago. This small-town sensibility was encouraged and informed by the presence of the Bell Ringers and the Citizens of Buena Vista Street. At Christmas Time, it was like Jimmy Stewart and friends stepped right out of It’s a Wonderful Life to greet you.

Rather than just a grand announcement of the lighting, ala Disneyland, the Bell-Ringers, Citizens and Disney characters personalized and invited guests to this community event nightly, making one feel like they were genuinely participating in a small-town celebration.

Tomorrow I’ll discuss the current versions of the Disneyland and Disney California Adventure tree lighting observances – minus the Bell Ringers’ personal and musical touch. But suffice it to say for now – I miss this warm and charming experience for Christmas Time.

Did you get to enjoy the Buena Vista Street Holiday Tree Lighting with The Buena Vista Street Community Bell Ringers in previous Christmas seasons? What was your favorite part?

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