• On Jul 8, 2019
    Kailyn from SC Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    I am a regular at Walt Disney World in Orlando but this is our first time going to Disneyland for Christmas. Are there any must do Christmas special events or activities that go on in California?

    Season’s greetings, Kailyn, and welcome back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! The holiday season may still be more than five months away, but it’s never too early to start planning for the holidays at the Happiest Place on Earth! In fact, the holiday season is my favorite time of year at the Disneyland Resort!

    While Walt Disney World Resort has Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, Disneyland Resort doesn’t have a specially-ticketed event for the holiday season. However, that doesn’t mean there’s a lack of holiday cheer – in fact, there’s plenty of it at both Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park! My absolute favorite part of the Holidays at the Disneyland Resort is the Christmas Fantasy Parade. It features catchy music, entertaining performances, and of course, Santa Claus! 

    Speaking of Santa Claus, Guests are welcome to meet him in several locations of the Disneyland Resort. Inside Disneyland Park, Santa can be found in Critter Country, just outside of the Splash Mountain exit. I love the forest setting for Santa’s meet-and-greet in Disney California Adventure Park, too, inside Redwood Creek Challenge Trail. I recommend downloading the Disneyland app so you can easily find Santa when you’re ready to chat with him!

    Inside Disney California Adventure Park, you’re going to love Disney ¡Viva Navidad! Street Party – it’s a lively, vibrant, and oh-so-fun celebration through the streets. This party even features special guests, including The Three Caballeros, and even Mickey and Minnie Mouse! 

    The holiday season at the Disneyland Resort is a true feast for the eyes. You won’t want to miss the “it’s a small world” Holiday Lighting, or the enchanting winter transformation of Sleeping Beauty Castle. 

    For the perfect end to your perfect Disney day, find a spot to watch the “Believe… In Holiday Magic” Fireworks Spectacular. The festive fireworks, combined with heartwarming music, and even a sprinkling of snow, truly brings the joy and wonder of the season to life. 

    I can’t wait for you to experience the magic of the holidays at the Disneyland Resort!
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Meet the Panelist: Kristin, California

Greetings from sunny California! I live less than an hour from the Disneyland Resort, and have been an Annual Passholder (and now a Magic Key Passholder) for more than 20 years! As a mom of three kids ages 5-10, I consider myself an expert at navigating the Disneyland Resort with little ones. My family of five can’t get enough of the magic and happiness we encounter every time we step foot on Main Street, U.S.A. I look forward to sprinkling pixie dust on your next visit to the Happiest Place on Earth! Learn More About Kristin

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