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Disneyland Christmas 2024: Everything You Need to Know!

Disneyland is known for its magical holiday celebrations, and Christmas at the park is truly enchanting. From the stunning decorations to the festive entertainment, there's no better time to visit Disneyland than during the Christmas...

Disneyland is known for its magical holiday celebrations, and Christmas at the park is truly enchanting. From the stunning decorations to the festive entertainment, there's no better time to visit Disneyland than during the Christmas season. In this guide, we'll cover all the important details, tips, and must-see attractions to make your visit to Disneyland at Christmas truly unforgettable.

Discount Disneyland Tickets

Before we delve into all the Christmas festivities, let's start with the essentials – discounted tickets! Our favorite Disney-approved re-seller, Get Away Today, offers the best Disneyland discount tickets around. In addition to great discount prices, their customer service and easy support are absolutely fantastic. All their tickets are sent electronically, so you can head straight to the gate without waiting in any ticket booth lines. They also offer layaway plans, allowing you to pay off your vacation over time. You can find more information and book your discount tickets here.

When does Disneyland Christmas 2024 Start?

Disneyland's Christmas celebration typically begins in early November and runs through the first week of January. The exact dates for the 2024 Christmas season have already been announced – it will start on November 15th. So mark your calendars and start planning your holiday trip to Disneyland now. Keep in mind that no official end date has been announced yet, but Christmas at Disneyland usually runs through the first week of January.

Disneyland Christmas Attractions

One of the highlights of Disneyland at Christmas is the attraction overlays. Two iconic rides, "it's a small world" and Haunted Mansion, receive complete holiday makeovers that are guaranteed to delight visitors of all ages.

Haunted Mansion Holiday

The Haunted Mansion transforms into Haunted Mansion Holiday, based on the beloved film The Nightmare Before Christmas. This overlay is a fan favorite and features stunning decorations, themed music, and a famous gingerbread house display that gives off a delightful gingerbread scent as you ride through. Be sure to keep an eye out for your favorite characters from the film, like Oogie Boogie. If you're feeling brave, you can watch a full video of the ride here.

"it's a small world" Holiday

The classic "it's a small world" ride is transformed into a holiday wonderland with nearly 250,000 lights adorning the façade. The ride's song changes to a festive tune, and the interior is beautifully decorated with holiday themes and lights. It's best enjoyed at night when the lights create a magical atmosphere. For a taste of what to expect, you can watch a video of the ride here.

Disneyland Christmas Entertainment

In addition to the attraction overlays, Disneyland offers a range of holiday entertainment that truly captures the Christmas spirit. Here are some highlights:

A Christmas Fantasy Parade

Get ready to be dazzled by the A Christmas Fantasy Parade, which features a variety of Disney characters and holiday favorites like snowmen, gingerbread men, reindeer, and even Santa Claus himself. The parade includes a wonderful blend of Disney classics and Christmas music that will make you feel the holiday magic. For the best viewing spot, position yourself in front of "it's a small world" and enjoy the projection show on the façade while you wait. You can catch a glimpse of the parade in the video here.

Believe… In Holiday Magic Fireworks

The nighttime fireworks show, Believe… In Holiday Magic, is a sight to behold. Featuring Disneyland-themed Christmas music, breathtaking fireworks, and even scented gingerbread snowfall in front of the castle, this show is a perfect way to end your day at Disneyland. To secure the best viewing spot, consider watching the show from in front of the castle. If the castle viewing is too crowded for you, watching the fireworks from in front of "it's a small world" is also a great option. Be sure to check out the video here for a preview of the magical fireworks display.

Sleeping Beauty's Castle

Sleeping Beauty's Castle is a sight to behold during Disneyland Christmas. Covered in snow and adorned with over 80,000 LED lights, the castle becomes a true work of art. Be sure to catch the lighting ceremony in front of the castle, which includes a brief snowfall. The ceremony typically occurs at 7:30 PM and 8:30 PM every night. Don't miss the opportunity to capture stunning photos in front of the castle. You can see some examples here.

World of Color- Season of Light

Over at Disney California Adventure, be sure to catch the special holiday edition of World of Color called "Season of Light." This nighttime show combines holiday music with classic Disney moments, creating a magical experience that shouldn't be missed. To secure the best seats for the show, consider booking a Dessert Party or a dining package in advance. Find out more about the show and what to expect in the video here.

Festival of Holidays at Disney California Adventure

The Festival of Holidays at Disney California Adventure is a celebration of various holidays that take place throughout November, December, and January. This event showcases diverse cultures and their holiday traditions through entertainment, food, and merchandise. Be sure to check out the Festive Food Marketplaces, where you can indulge in a wide array of international and local holiday specialties. You can find more information about the Festival of Holidays in our guide.

Disneyland Christmas Decorations

The holiday decorations at Disneyland are truly breathtaking. Main Street, U.S.A., in particular, is adorned with stunning lights and festive displays. Take a moment to admire the 60-foot Christmas tree in Town Square and the custom-made ornaments that decorate it. You can even get your picture taken in front of the beautiful Disneyland Christmas tree. The decorations in New Orleans Square and Cars Land are also worth exploring. Make sure to bring your camera to capture the magical moments. Examples of these stunning decorations can be seen here and here.

Hand-Pulled Disneyland Candy Canes

One of the most beloved Disneyland Christmas traditions is the hand-pulled candy canes. These delectable treats are carefully crafted by Disneyland cast members and are a must-try during the holiday season. Be prepared for long lines, as the candy canes are limited in quantity and highly sought after. Make sure to check the dates and information on how to secure your candy cane here.

Tips for Managing Disneyland Christmas Crowds

Visiting Disneyland at Christmas can be a magical experience, but it can also be crowded. To make the most of your visit and navigate the crowds with ease, here are some helpful tips:

  • Arrive early for rope drop to enjoy shorter wait times for popular attractions.
  • Make dining reservations in advance to secure a place to eat and relax during meal times.
  • Take advantage of the train to move between lands and avoid crowded walkways.
  • Take breaks when needed and find quieter areas to relax, like Star Wars Launch Bay.
  • Stay after the fireworks to enjoy shorter lines and a more relaxed atmosphere.
  • Consider visiting on days when Magic Key holders are blocked to avoid larger crowds.
  • Check the PhotoPass lines for shorter wait times and ask for Magic Shots for extra holiday magic.
  • Enjoy the holiday treats and food offerings, but be mindful of long lines. Consider using mobile ordering when possible.

Remember, even during busy times, you can still have a magical experience at Disneyland. Plan ahead and make the most of your time in the park. Enjoy the decorations, entertainment, and delicious food that Disneyland has to offer during the Christmas season.

So start planning your visit to Disneyland at Christmas now! With all the wonderful attractions, entertainment, and festive decorations, it's sure to be a truly unforgettable experience. Make sure to check out our other articles on Disneyland at Christmas for more tips and information. Happy holidays and enjoy your time at the Happiest Place on Earth!