2023 Holiday Season At Disneyland Resort: What To Expect

Disneyland Resort Holiday Season Dates

The holiday season is a magical time at Disneyland Resort, and 2023 promises to be no exception. From enchanting decorations to special performances, there’s something for everyone. Let’s take a look at what you can expect for the 2023 holiday season at Disneyland Resort.

Holiday Season At Disneyland Resort Dates


November 10th, 2023


January 7th, 2024

The holiday season at Disneyland Resort is set to make a grand return from November 10, 2023, and will continue through to January 7, 2024!

Festive Decor at Disneyland

Festive Decor

As soon as you step into Disneyland Resort, you’ll be greeted by festive decorations that transform the park into a winter wonderland.

Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle

Location: Disneyland Park

Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle will be a visual treat, draped in shimmering icicles and snow-capped turrets.

Gingerbread House

Location: Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

A whimsical gingerbread house, intricately designed and meticulously crafted, draws its inspiration from a vast array of scrumptious sweets and delectable pastries.

Christmas Trees

Location: Disneyland Park, California Adventure, Downtown Disney District, Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa and Disneyland Hotel

Experience the magic of uniquely adorned Christmas trees in both theme parks, soak in the festive atmosphere of the Downtown Disney District, and marvel at the holiday decorations in Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa and Disneyland Hotel. Each location boasts its own themed ornaments, adding a special touch to the holiday celebrations.

“Snow” Falling Every Night

Location: Various Disneyland Resort Locations

Every evening in certain sections of Disneyland park, a delightful ‘snowfall’ is planned to create a magical winter wonderland.

Transformed Attractions at Disneyland

Transformed Attractions

“it’s a small world” Holiday

Location: Disneyland Park

Prepare to be enchanted by harmonious renditions of cheerful melodies on the frosty watercourse of the ‘it’s a small world’ Holiday.

Haunted Mansion Holiday

Location: Disneyland Park

Jack Skellington, the charismatic character from ‘Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas,’ revamps the Haunted Mansion, morphing it into the chilling yet festive Haunted Mansion Holiday. This transformation includes a new and eerily delightful gingerbread house to add to the holiday spirit.

Luigi’s Joy to the Whirl

Location: California Adventure

Enjoy a merry spin around Luigi’s festively adorned backyard in Cars Land, complete with Luigi’s own version of ‘Joy to the World’ playing in the background.

Mater’s Jingle Jamboree

Location: California Adventure

Mater’s Jingle Jamboree, which will experience a festive spin for the ‘haul-idays’.

Holiday Entertainment at Disneyland

Holiday Entertainment

A Christmas Fantasy Parade

Location: Disneyland Park

The A Christmas Fantasy Parade will radiate festive joy featuring characters from Disney Animation’s ‘Frozen,’ Disney and Pixar’s ‘Toy Story’, among others.

Believe…In Holiday Magic Nighttime Spectacular

Location: Disneyland Park

Marvel at a stunning pyrotechnical display that lights up the night sky over Sleeping Beauty Castle, featuring more than 80,000 twinkling lights and a medley of holiday music, making it a must-see spectacle during the holiday season.

World of Color – Season of Light

Location: California Adventure

The World of Color – Season of Light show at California Adventure is a breathtaking holiday spectacle that combines water, light, and beloved Disney characters into a magical performance.

Downtown Disney LIVE! Stage Performances

Location: Downtown Disney

The Downtown Disney LIVE! Stage Performances during the holiday season are a delightful part of the festivities, featuring a variety of seasonal acts and specialty performances. These musical performances, which take place on select evenings, include ‘mistle-toe-tapping’ tunes that add to the holiday cheer.

Holiday Time At The Disneyland Resort Guided Tour

Location: Various Disneyland Resort Locations

For guests eager to amplify their holiday magic, the Holiday Time at the Disneyland Resort Guided Tour provides a curated experience of select seasonal attractions and reserved spots for viewing the ‘A Christmas Fantasy Parade’.

Disney Festival of Holidays

Disney Festival of Holidays

Location: California Adventure

The Disney Festival of Holidays at California Adventure is a vibrant seasonal celebration that showcases a diverse array of cultural festivities. The event runs from November 10 to January 7, and is a significant part of the holiday season at Disneyland Resort.

This festival brings together a blend of entertainment and food offerings throughout the park. These offerings celebrate various holidays including Christmas and Navidad. As guests explore the park, they can enjoy a variety of experiences, such as tasting dishes from different cultures and watching performances that highlight traditions from around the world.

One of the highlights of the festival is the culinary lineup. From the Hot Cocoa Marshmallow Macaron to the Holiday Stuffing Mac & Cheese, there are plenty of delicious treats to discover. The festival takes place within the park, starting adjacent to the Festival Corridor.

While the holiday celebrations extend through both parks, the Festival of Holidays is specifically celebrated at Disney California Adventure Park. It’s an immersive experience that allows guests to learn about, participate in, and appreciate diverse cultural celebrations during the holiday season.

Visiting Disneyland Resort during the holiday season is a memorable experience. With festive decorations, special performances, seasonal rides, and festive celebrations, the 2023 holiday season promises to be a magical time for all visitors. So, bundle up, grab a cup of hot cocoa, and get ready to immerse yourself in the holiday spirit at Disneyland Resort!

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Written by

Rachel Van Norman

Contributing Writer

Rachel fell deeply in love with all things Disney as a little girl. Now as a wife and a mother herself, she shares this Disney obsession with her son and everyone around her. From her love of princesses to eating all the Disney food, Rachel spends her time radiating Disney magic and keeping everyone up to date on Disney news.

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