Holiday Tree Lightings at Disney California Adventure and Disneyland

As mentioned yesterday, with the disappearance this year of The Buena Vista Street Community Bell Ringers at Disney California Adventure, there is no longer really a Christmas tree lighting “ceremony” anymore at that park.

Instead, a voice over the loudspeaker informs guests in the area at dusk that they can attend the nightly tree lighting on Buena Vista Street near Elias & Co.

Mousertainment Tip: Check your daily Entertainment Times Guide or Disneyland app for the schedule, but it has been pretty consistently happening at 4:55pm daily at Disney California Adventure and is supposed to continue through December 30th this year.

DCA Christmas tree. Now it’s unlit…

DCA Christmas tree. Now it’s unlit…

With little other ado, the tree is lit and guests are urged to shout “Happy Holidays!”

And… now it’s lit. That’s pretty much it.

And… now it’s lit. That’s pretty much it.

Sadly, this lack of ceremony is simply a re-do of what Disneyland has also been doing for some time…

Disneyland Christmas tree. Unlit.

Disneyland Christmas tree. Unlit.

At dusk, an announcement is made in Town Square on Main Street, U.S.A., people stop and look over and suddenly the tree lights.

Disneyland Christmas tree. Lit.

Disneyland Christmas tree. Lit.

It’s remarkably… un-impactful. But it is quite pretty to see the tree light up. And if you stay as the sun soon sets afterward, the area takes on a magical glow with the lights reflecting from the tree and the stores around it.

It seems a shame that the original park can’t make a bit more of a fuss over this nightly event – even the presence of Mickey Mouse to cheer on the crowd with a countdown would help.

Of course, while these are two of the largest, most impressive trees in the Disneyland Resort, they are certainly not the only ones. So, following are a few images of other Christmas trees one can find on property!

Christmas tree in Downtown Disney.

Christmas tree in Downtown Disney.

Christmas tree in Disneyland Hotel.

Christmas tree in Disneyland Hotel.

Christmas tree in Grand Californian Hotel.

Christmas tree in Grand Californian Hotel.

And my favorite of all… the Christmas tree kept lit in the window of Walt Disney’s apartment above the Firehouse on Main Street in Disneyland.

And my favorite of all… the Christmas tree kept lit in the window of Walt Disney’s apartment above the Firehouse on Main Street in Disneyland.

Wishing everyone a Very Mousertainment Christmas and holiday season!

Do you have a favorite Christmas tree at a Disney Park?  Do you like the quieter style of these tree lightings or would you prefer to see more of a show made of it?

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