Christmas at Disneyland: 2023 In-Depth Guide

Step into a world of magic, festivities, and whimsical decorations this Christmas season. From jolly parades to dazzling fireworks, Holidays at Disneyland Resort are beyond compare!

Come greet Santa and his helpers, wave to Mickey, Minnie, and other beloved characters at the merriest parade on Earth. When you get hungry, you can sink your teeth into the seasonal eats during the event. The magic begins as you enter the Disneyland Resort!

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Follow along as we share in the holiday cheer, where the enchanting Disney magic casts a spell of Christmas joy at the Disneyland Resort.

Holidays at the Disneyland Resort Tickets

Holiday attractions at Disneyland Resort are included with your Disneyland general admission.

Disneyland Resort Packages and Other Area Attractions

Sprinkle more magic into your vacation if you’re planning a trip to Disneyland by bundling your Disneyland Resort tickets with these attractions and hotels:

Holidays at Disneyland Resort Attractions

Disney California Adventure Park

Disney Festival of Holidays

Hear diverse music and delight in cultural festivities during the celebration. Revel in the kaleidoscope of sights and sounds at a wonderful celebration that pays tribute to cherished holidays, including Navidad, Christmas, Diwali, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and Three Kings Day. Then, join the crowd in embracing the colorful array of festive traditions that make the season shine. This attraction includes the following:

Mickey’s Happy Holidays

Let the magic of Mickey Mouse and friends lead you to a heartwarming dance party. Sway along to the whimsical and lively tunes of the Holiday Toy Drummers.

Disney Character Sightings

Be on the lookout for enchanting Disney Character sightings, including the beloved Mirabel from Disney’s animated film Encanto, as they come to join in the festivity.

Holiday Toy Drummers

Experience the festive spirit in full swing as the Holiday Toy Drummers lead the way, infusing every beat with heartwarming melodies and spreading smiles along the way.

View of Holiday lights at It's a Small World at Disneyland - Los Angeles, California, USADisney ¡Viva Navidad!

Embrace seasonal traditions from Brazil to Mexico through a flurry of entertainment, including samba performances and local games at this fiesta-like event! 

Disney Viva Navidad Street Party

Be transported to the heart of Mexico and Brazil as we celebrate their cherished holiday traditions through the artistic talents of cultural performers. Highlights of this event include:

Three Kings Day

Dive into the rich traditions of Central and South America, as well as Mexico, where this holiday is cherished as El Día de los Reyes Magos.

And the Fun Doesn’t End There

Hop on board a journey filled with the vibrant sights, harmonious sounds, and delectable flavors of Disney ¡Viva Navidad!

Disney Characters

Meet your favorite Disney pals, all dressed in their most festive holiday attire, and make magical memories together. Make sure to snap selfies with them while also in your cutest outfit.

Meet Mirabel from Encanto

Delight in an extraordinary seasonal celebration featuring the enchanting world of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ musical comedy Encanto. There will be an exclusive appearance by Mirabel, the young hero whose magic will steal your heart.

Holiday Entertainment

Groove and let the music ignite your soul with sensational live performances by a diverse list of musical groups.

Dazzling Décor and Delicious Delicacies

Paradise Gardens Park bursts into life, adorned with the lively hues of papel picado banners, the whimsy of piñatas, and a whirlwind of holiday revelry. Then, brace yourself for culinary delight as you journey to Paradise Garden Grill, where the holiday season is marked by the irresistible flavors of authentic Mexican specialties.

Festival Feasting

Indulge your senses at the Disneyland Christmas experience, where the Festive Foods Marketplace is a treasure trove of international flavors, all waiting to delight your palate.

To enhance your holiday experience, grab the Sip and Savor Pass, featuring 8 convenient entitlement tabs for an array of food and nonalcoholic drinks at participating Festive Foods Marketplace stalls and dining areas. Your holiday season is about to become a feast of ease and excitement!

Things to Know

  • The 2023 Sip and Savor Passes are valid until January 7, 2024, guaranteeing you have enough time to taste the delectable offerings. Please remember that these tabs are exclusively redeemable at this event and cannot be used elsewhere
  • Secure the special price and your commemorative lanyard by presenting your valid Magic Key pass along with a photo ID at the time of purchasing the Sip and Savor Pass
  • Before you redeem any of the delicious options, make sure to include each entitlement tab in your Sip and Savor Pass. Each tab is your ticket to sampling one delectable holiday foods or nonalcoholic beverage item at any of the participating Festive Foods Marketplace booths or dining areas like Carthay Circle Restaurant
  • Sip and Savor Pass only allow you to enjoy tasting-size portions of the Disneyland Christmas food and drink options
  • A valid admission and a park reservation for Disney California Adventure Park are needed.
close up of minnie and mickey mouse mascots on float with large christmas tree at night at Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party in Orlando, Florida, USA
photo credit: Disneysnapshots1 via Facebook

Wintertime Enchantment at Sleeping Beauty s Winter Castle

Embrace the holiday magic as Sleeping Beauty Castle at the Disneyland Resort gets dressed in a magnificent display of a Christmas tree, wreaths, icicles, and festive decorations. Each evening, you can witness this iconic structure shimmering to life, creating a truly unforgettable moment for all ages.

Holiday Shopping Throughout the Venue

Whether you’re seeking the ideal gifts for loved ones, rare collectibles, or fashionable apparel, Downtown Disney District has it all and more.

World of Color Season of Light

A mesmerizing spectacle involving sky-high fountains, cheerful music, and colorful light displays make this nighttime attraction more fascinating. Behold cherished scenes from Disney and Pixar classics come to life, casting their brilliance upon a towering misty canvas. Witness a breathtaking ballet of hundreds of fountains soaring to the sky, their graceful dance synchronized to the melodies of festive music, while glistening snowflakes add to the enchantment. 

Mater’s Jingle Jamboree

Be amazed at Mater’s adorned junkyard while treating your ears to classic festive jingles. Take a whirlwind ride through Mater’s whimsical collection of car parts, all while he serenades you with classic holiday tunes infused with his own tow-riffic, original lyrics.  

Luigi’s Joy to the Whirl

Fasten your seatbelt and enjoy the ride at Luigi’s decorated yard in Cars Land. Celebrate the season in the company of Luigi and his charming roadster family, who will regale you with festive dances set to tunes sung by none other than Luigi himself! 

Disneyland Park

A Christmas Fantasy Parade

Joined by marching toy soldiers, grooving gingerbread cookies, Mickey and Minnie Mouse, plus more iconic Disney characters at Christmas at Disneyland. The merry procession is one of the highlights of the holiday season as it will also be joined by Santa Claus himself. Arrive early to secure a prime viewing location, especially if you intend to enjoy the Disneyland Christmas Parade along the charming Main Street, U.S.A.

Disney character actors arm in arm with micky and minnie mascots on float with christmas tree in background at Mickeys Very Merry Christmas Party in Orlando, Florida, USA
photo credit: Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party via Facebook

“It’s a small world” Holiday Lighting

Get wrapped up in the enchantment and beauty of a million lights and glittering displays at it’s a small world holiday lighting. As the sun sets, gather in front of the attraction’s iconic façade, where a breathtaking display of thousands of twinkling lights ignites the night. Every 30 minutes, a spellbinding light projection show brings the attraction to life, showcasing a delightful display of holiday colors and fascinating images.

“It’s a small world” Holiday

Hum along to “It’s a Small World” and take pictures with breathtaking adornments as your background. Enjoy a magical journey along a wondrous wintry waterway, where Christmas decorations transform your surroundings. Experience the joy of exploring diverse adornments from across the globe as you listen to a costumed chorus of children singing the beloved classic, “It’s a Small World (After All).”

“Believe…In Holiday Magic” Fireworks Spectacular

The magic is in the air at this pyrotechnical extravaganza. Have your spirit lifted as you witness the magnificent Believe in Holiday Magic Fireworks Spectacular that paints the night sky with breathtaking colors. Overhead, a canvas of more than 80,000 twinkling lights brings Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Disneyland Castle Christmas to life, adorning it with glistening “icicles” and snow-capped turrets.

Haunted Mansion Holiday

Get ready for some seasonal thrills and surprises at the Haunted Mansion with details influenced by Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” and decorated by Jack Skellington. Step into a thrilling journey through the eerie estate’s merry macabre transformation, where you’ll have eerie encounters with Sally, Oogie Boogie, and an array of other captivating characters from the beloved film.

Disneyland Christmas Dates and Details

If you’re wondering when does Christmas start at Disneyland, it runs from November 10, 2023, through January 7 2024. “Is Disneyland open on Christmas Day?” you may also ask. Yes, it is open on Christmas Day.

Holidays at Disneyland Venue

Christmas Disneyland is located at 1313 Harbor Blvd. Anaheim, CA 92802.

Experience Holidays at Disneyland Resort

Feel the excitement and joy of a kid celebrating holidays at Disneyland Christmas 2023 celebration. From live performances to seasonal attractions, this festive fair will give the entire family an enchanting time. 

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It’s your time to indulge in the flavors of the season, be dazzled by iconic performances, and share magical moments with your cherished characters, all dressed up for the holidays. Once you’ve had your holiday cheer, be enchanted by Disneyland’s ride overlays that take you on a journey filled with wonder, enchantment, and joy. Make sure to check out Redwood Creek Challenge Trail.

Disneyland Resort’s holiday celebration promises to envelop you in festive joy from the beginning.

So get your tickets now and celebrate the holidays in style. While at it, you can embrace the complete Disney magic with your vacation packages.


Start Date:

November 10, 2023 @ 8:00 am CST

End Date:

January 4, 2024 @ 5:00 pm CST


Disneyland Events

1313 S Harbor Blvd
Anaheim, CA 92802 United States


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Written by Anne Joyce Raymundo

Anne is a Filipino writer who formerly managed and created marketing strategies and materials for numerous websites and eCommerce platforms. Now, her voice...

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