Deck the Holidays at California Theme Parks

2019 Christmas Events

Christmas at Disneyland

Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resor

Dreaming of a white Christmas? Then get the heck out of California! (Well, Southern California anyway.) But if you want some holiday hoopla along with some theme park fun, you've come to the right place. (Actually, quite a few parks offer “snow”—or at least the theme park version of it—to simulate a white Christmas.) All of the major parks offer events for the holidays. Let's run them down.

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Disneyland: Holidays at the Disneyland Resort

Mickey and Minnie Christmas at Disneyland

Christian Thompson/Disneyland Resor

The Disneyland Resort will deck both their parks with holiday finery and special events. Lights and garland is strung everywhere, including Main Street, U.S.A. and the facade of "it’s a small world” at Disneyland Park and the vintage Buena Vista Street and Pixar realm of Cars Land at Disney California Adventure. The hotels and Downtown Disney also get into the holiday spirit.

Each park has special attractions and shows. At Disneyland Park, you could enjoy:

  • A Christmas Fantasy Parade – The classic procession features floats with characters from Frozen, Cars, the Disney Princesses, and Toy Story along with toy soldiers, Mickey and Minnie, and, of course Santa Claus.
  • Believe...In Holiday Magic Fireworks – The 15 minute show ends with "snow" falling onto guests.
  • “it's a small world” Holiday – The beloved attraction gets a holiday makeover.
  • Haunted Mansion Holiday – The characters from Tim Burton’s A Nightmare Before Christmas take over the mansion for the holidays.

Disney California Adventure will present:

  • Disney Festival of Holidays – Music and traditions from different cultures is offered along with a Festive Foods marketplace.
  • Cars Land celebrates the “haul-idays” – In addition to whimsical decorations, two of the land’s rides get a holiday overlay: Mater's Jingle Jamboree and Luigi's Joy to the Whirl.

2019 dates: November 8 to January 6 (2020). Events are Included with admission

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Knott's Berry Farm: Knott's Merry Farm

Snoopy skating in Christmas ice show at Knott's Berry Farm.
Knott's.

Highlights will include the ice show, "Merry Christmas, Snoopy," a Christmas Crafts Village with artisans plying their trades, snow falling in Ghost Town, the stage shows, "A Christmas Carol," "The Gift of the Magi," and "A Peanuts Guide to Christmas,” the Calico Carolers, the Calico Saloon Christmas Show, Santa’s Christmas Cabin, and the Snow and Glow Show in Ghost Town]s Main Street.

  • 2019 dates: Select days November to January (2019)
  • Included with admission
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Legoland California: Holidays at Legoland

Christmas at Legoland Califronia.
Legoland Califronia

The park will be offering the “Lego Friends Holiday Show” as well as its unique Christmas tree made entirely of Lego bricks. Visitors can also have an audience with Lego Santa and his Lego reindeer and check out lots of holiday decorations, treats, and entertainment. The adjacent Sea Life aquarium will also be celebrating the holidays with a themed dive show, while the Legoland Hotel will get into the holiday spirit with entertainment and other features.

  • 2019 dates: November 23 to December 31
  • Included with admission
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SeaWorld San Diego: SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration

Christmas at SeaWorld San Diego.
SeaWorld Parks.

The characters from the claymation TV classic, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer will be at the park. The sea lions will join in the holiday fun with Clyde and Seamore's Christmas Special, and the dolphins present their own holiday show this year as well. Santa and Mrs. Claus will hold court in the park’s Christmas Village. Each evening, Rudolph will help light an enormous Christmas tree.

  • 2019 dates: Nov. 23 to January 5 (2020)
  • Included with admission
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Six Flags Discovery Kingdom: Holiday in the Park

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Holiday in the Park.
Six Flags.

There will be a nighttime, holiday-themed dolphin show and loads of festive decorations such as a giant snow globe. Among the highlights is Six Flags Dazzle, a synchronized light show. New for this year will be Winter Wonderlane and Merry Marketplace

  • 2019 dates: Select days Nov. 29 to Jan. 5 (2020)
  • Included with admission
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Six Flags Magic Mountain: Holiday in the Park

Six Flags Magic Mountain celebrates Holiday in the Park.
Six Flags.

Among the highlights, thousands of lights will be synchronized to holiday tunes in Magic Mountain's DC Universe land. There will also be tons of twinkling lights, plenty of hot chocolate, and special holiday-themed shows.

  • 2019 dates: November 23-30, December 1-31
  • Included with admission
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Universal Studios Hollywood: Holidays at Universal Studios Hollywood

Universal Studios Hollywood Christmas event, Grinchmas.
Universal Studios Hollywood

The park presents Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter with nightly snowfall and the dazzling projection show, “The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle.” There will also be a special presentation of the Holiday Frog Choir. Guests can also enjoy Grinchmas by meeting The Grinch, Cindy-Lou Who, Max the Dog, and other denizens of Whoville on the backlot original set of the Grinch movie. The cast will present a holiday show, “Martha May Who-vier and the Who-dolls.” There will also be a lighting ceremony for a Seussian tree.

  • 2019 dates: November 16 to Jan. 5 (2019)
  • Included with admission to park
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