• On Mar 22, 2020
    Michelle from AZ 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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    We've been to Disneyland dozens of times, but never during the Christmas Holiday... until now! What are the absolute must-do's during this time? Are there any after hours or special events?

    Seasons greetings, Michelle, and welcome back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! While it may only be March, I think we could all use a little holiday cheer, so I’m thrilled to help you start planning your very merry getaway to the Happiest Place on Earth!

    November and December are my favorite months to visit the Disneyland Resort – from the delicious treats to the festive décor and holiday-themed attractions, you can’t help but feel the holiday cheer as soon as you step foot on Main Street, U.S.A.! Though Walt Disney World Resort offers Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, the Disneyland Resort doesn’t currently offer any after-hours events during the holidays. However, that doesn’t mean the Disneyland Resort is short on holiday magic – in fact, the Disneyland Resort includes tons of holiday fun with your theme-park admission at both Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park! Here are a few of my favorite ways to celebrate the Holidays at the Disneyland Resort:

    1. A Christmas Fantasy Parade – I am so excited for you to experience this magical holiday parade – it’s my favorite parade at Disneyland Resort! Grab a cup of hot chocolate and find a cozy spot on Main Street, U.S.A. to take it all in!

    2. Disney Festival of Holidays – Disney California Adventure Park offers plenty of holiday magic, too, including this festive seasonal celebration, full of multicultural music, food, and plenty of fun!

    3. Meet Santa Claus – Everyone’s favorite jolly ol’ elf makes stops inside both theme parks, in fact, you can find him at Redwood Creek Challenge Trail in Disney California Adventure Park, or in Pooh’s thotful spot at Disneyland Park. Track him down with the Disneyland app!

    4. “it’s a small world” Holiday – This is one of my favorite holiday attraction overlays in the parks. Plus, you won’t want to miss the “it’s a small world” Holiday Lighting, which takes place every 30 minutes in the evening.

    5. Believe…In Holiday Magic Fireworks Spectacular – There’s no better way to end the night than by viewing this holiday fireworks show. Stay around for the finale, as snow falls on parts of Main Street, U.S.A., “it’s a small world” Holiday in Fantasyland, and near Rivers of America.

    I hope this helps you start mapping out your magical holiday adventures, Michelle!

    Wishing you merry magic!
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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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