Top 5 Holiday Must Do’s At Disneyland

Disneyland Christmas

Spending the holiday season at Disneyland and don’t know where to start? We’ve got you covered with the five must-do’s when visiting Disneyland for Christmastime.

A Christmas Fantasy Parade

Twice a day, you can see A Christmas Fantasy Parade that makes its way down Main Street USA and Fantasyland. The parade features a large variety of characters, old and new! Mickey Mouse and his friends are dressed in their Holiday best, and of course, Santa is on his sleigh to spread holiday cheer throughout the park. A pro tip is to watch the second parade of the day because it’ll be less crowded, and you’ll be able to see the floats lit up and sparkling.

A Christmas Fantasy Parade opening float, photo by Bobby Asen
A Christmas Fantasy Parade opening float, photo by Bobby Asen

The Haunted Mansion Holiday

The Haunted Mansion Holiday takes place from Halloween until Christmas and is easily a fan favorite. For the holidays, the outdoor and indoor decorations from the Haunted Mansion are switched out to be in theme with The Nightmare Before Christmas. Inside the ride, you’ll spot familiar characters such as Jack Skellington, Sally, Oogie Boogie, and Zero. Doing this attraction first thing in the morning is the best way to avoid a long line.

The Haunted Mansion Holiday entrance, photo by Bobby Asen
The Haunted Mansion Holiday entrance, photo by Bobby Asen

“it’s a small world” Holiday

it’s a small world” Holiday is a breathtaking version of the classic ride we all know and love. The attraction runs from early November to the first week in January typically. For the holiday overlay, the ride is covered in thousands of sparkling lights, and the inside is changed to celebrate Chinese New Year, Jungle Jangles, and Feliz Navidad. Make sure you ride this attraction at night to get the whole experience, and keep in mind the best time for the lowest waits is after the fireworks.

"it's a small world" Holiday carolers, photo by Bobby Asen
“it’s a small world” Holiday carolers, photo by Bobby Asen

“Believe…In The Holiday Magic”

After it gets dark, it’s time to get ready for the must-see “Believe…In The Holiday Magic” Fireworks Spectacular! Most nights, this show takes place after the show Fantasmic and is one you want to attend. You will see stunning fireworks in the sky paired with beautiful projections that remind you of all the joy from the holidays. If Main Street is too full to view the fireworks, you can watch them in front of Pirates of The Caribbean or “it’s a small world,” and you will get a view of the fireworks and a projection show still very similar to what you’d see on Sleeping Beauty’s Castle.

Believe...In The Holiday Magic
Believe…In The Holiday Magic, photo by Disney

Holiday Treats

Something you cannot miss is trying all of the Disneyland treats for the holiday season! One of the most popular items is a Mickey Mouse gingerbread cookie, and you want to ensure you get one nice early in the morning. You can find this cookie at Jolly Holiday or Starbucks, but keep in mind they sell out. Additionally, you will discover seasonal churros, hot dogs, macaroons, and so much more! Also, keep your eye out for exclusive drink sippers and popcorn buckets.


holiday treats from Jolly Holiday, photo by Bobby Asen
Holiday treats from Jolly Holiday, photo by Bobby Asen

Have you been to Disneyland for the holidays? Tell us in the comments if you have and what your favorite part was?

Written by

Bobby Asen

Contributing Writer

Bobby has a strong passion for Walt Disney’s stories and the Disney Parks. From taking vacations to the parks, to being an Annual Passholder, to working as a cast member for seven years at Magic Kingdom, his passion for Disney continues to grow. After visiting every Disney Park in the world, Bobby knew he wanted to share his experiences and his love for Disney in his writing.

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