8 Reasons to Visit Disneyland During the Holidays

Disneyland is magical no matter the season, but the parks definitely hold a special kind of enchantment during the holidays.

From November 15 thru January 6, the parks get even merrier - with twinkling lights, snowflakes falling, and delightful surprises around every corner.

In case you need incentive to book a family getaway this winter, I present you with 8 reasons to visit Disneyland during the holidays.

A Christmas Fantasy Parade


Elves leap, ballerinas twirl, toy soldiers march, and favorite Disney characters delight the audience. The cast members go out of their way to make small children feel noticed, even while keeping perfect time to the music. The choreography is positively breathtaking and even a Scrooge would smile at the display.

Christmas at Cars Land


Be sure to take a detour to experience Christmas in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure. In no time at all, you'll be in the fast line toward fun. The detailed decor is exceptional - wrench wreaths, cone hats, and snow-covered cars. Gear up for a good time as you laugh like crazy on Mater's Junkyard Jamboree, soar high on Luigi's Flying Tires, and satiate your need for speed on the always-popular Radiator Springs Racers. For a retro dining experience with awesome views, check in at Flo's V8 Cafe.

It's A Small World - Holiday


For a joy-filled tribute to humanity and peace, board a boat with your family and go on a [brand new] journey around the world. See children of every color sing and share their cultures - and search for your favorite Disney characters along the way.

World of Color - Winter Dreams


A spectacular feat, World of Color is a wonderful pandemonium of lights, colors, and music. This year's show is hosted by Olaf (the snowman from Disney's new animated film FROZEN) and features music by Anna (the heroine from the same film). The show begins late in the night and is a bit lengthy for already tired toddlers, but - wow! - it is sure to captivate older children and their parents.

Disney Viva Navidad


From November 15 - January 6, Disneyland is proud to present a colorful and music-filled celebration of Latino culture. Live performances, a street party, thematic arts & crafts, and dance lessons are all on the agenda.

Detailed Decor


Disney doesn't scrimp when it comes to the holiday transformation. The giant Christmas trees in both Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure are a majestic sight to behold. Sleeping Beauty's Winter Castle features over 100 icicles. Keep your eyes open and you'll notice Christmas hats and lights trimming almost all of your favorite rides.



Embrace the California sun. With average highs of 70 degrees and average lows of 47, you'll probably need a sweatshirt - but no puffy vests, ear muffs, or furry boots will be necessary. Unless, of course, you want to wear them as a fashion statement.

Favorite Rides & Shows


In the midst of all of the new shows & attractions, you can always return to your family favorites too. Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Pirates of the Caribbean, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Ariel's Undersea Adventure, Soarin' Over California, Disney's Aladdin, Fantasy Faire, and SO MUCH MORE.

So, what are you waiting for? "Discover the Christmas Magic at Disneyland Resort."

* My family and I attended a media event at Disneyland. Mickey Mouse is a most excellent host, but all opinions expressed here are my own.

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