Christmas at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure

Disneyland Christmas Fantasy

Christmas at Disneyland
Christmas at Disneyland. Photo © 2010 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

Every year the Disneyland Resort becomes a Christmas fantasy as the holiday decorations adorn the parks from mid-November through the first weekend in January. The parades, shows, fireworks, children's activities and even some of the rides take on a Christmas theme. The parks also extend their hours so you have more time to enjoy the festivities. There are different types of tickets available to Disneyland. Find out what's new in Disneyland this year.

Disneyland's Christmas Fantasy 2017 dates are November 10, 2017 to January 7, 2018.

Note: Not all holiday activities begin on the same date. Check the Disneyland website for current details.

At Disneyland

Main Street USA is strung with lights and a 60-foot Christmas tree adorned with thousands of ornaments takes pride of place in Town Square.

Disneyland Christmas Fantasy Parade: When Santa's not at the Reindeer Roundup," he's riding his sleigh down Main Street in the "Christmas Fantasy" parade. Traditional Disney characters are joined by marching nutcrackers, toy soldiers, and dancing snowmen.

Rides: The Haunted Mansion becomes the "Haunted Mansion Holiday" with characters based on Tim Burton's Nightmare Before Christmas, mixing the traditions of Halloween and Christmas. The other big ride makeover is "it's a small world," which becomes "it's a small world Holiday," adding Christmas traditions from around the world to its small figures and over 300,000 lights to its façade. Luigi's Joy to the Whirl cars land is decked out for the holidays. New in 2017 is Mater's Jingle Jamboree, a spin through a festive junkyard.

Disney California Adventure

At California Adventure, Santa is moving to the Redwood Creek Challenge at Grizzly Peak and his elves supervise a variety of outdoor activities.

In Cars Land, all of Radiator Springs is decorated for the season. "a bug's land" is adorned with giant Christmas lights, super-sized ornaments, and even bigger candy canes. The gaily lit Christmas tree at California Adventure can be found this year on Buena Vista Street, where it will be lit nightly at 4:45 pm with accompanying bell ringers and carolers through Christmas Eve.

World of Color presents Season of Light celebrating the spirit of the holidays with moments from favorite Disney and Pixar films projected on a wall of mist in the dancing fountain.

Festival of Holidays celebrates holiday traditions from around the world including Disney Viva La Navidad! a Latin-themed celebration with mariachis and samba musicians and dancers led by the Three Caballeros: Donald Duck and his amigos Panchito from Mexico and Jose Carioca from Brazil. Look for the giant 12-foot Santa and Mrs. Claus puppets. 

Princess Elena of Avalor, Disney's first Latina princess from the Disney Channel series, celebrates Three Kings Day, or Día de los Reyes Magos, Friday through Sunday the first weekend of January as the culmination of the Viva la Navidad! celebration. Scenic displays of the holiday rituals from Spain to Mexico will be exhibited in pictures and statues. Themed crafts and treats are available for kids.

Downtown Disney

Downtown Disney is decorated for the holidays and hosts carolers and other festive entertainment from Thanksgiving through late December.