Disneyland in December

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    Disneyland in December

    A Christmas Fantasy Parade
    Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland

    What to Expect at Disneyland in December

    Besides enjoying the holiday decorations, in December you can watch a special holiday parade and fireworks, visit with Santa or attend the annual Candlelight Processional.

    On New Year's Eve, there's a special "Ring in the New Year" fireworks spectacular.

    With lots to do and some the of the year's biggest crowds, you'll need ideas to keep you out of lines and having fun. Use this guide to our 7 favorite ways to stay out of line.

    Use the Disneyland at Christmas guide to plan your visit. If you want to see what the park looks like at Christmas to help you decide if you should go, use these photos of Disneyland at Christmas.

    Check the pros and cons of visiting Disneyland visiting Disneyland in winter.

    Disneyland's December Hours

    In general, Disneyland is open 12 to 16 hours per day, every day. California Adventure's hours may be slightly shorter.

    Check December hours up to 6 weeks in advance.

    December Closures at Disneyland

    With the exception of really major renovations that take many months, one advantage of the busier times at Disneyland is that all the rides will be running, except for brief closures to do routine maintenance.

    Touringplans.com keeps a list of which rides are expected to be closed for refurbishment.

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    Disneyland Crowds and Events in December

    Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade
    Handout / Getty Images

    The week between December 25 and January 1 is one of the year's busiest. December 25 and 31 are two of the few days a year when Disneyland can get so crowded that it reaches capacity. When that happens, they have to obey the fire codes and can't let any more people in, even if they have a ticket.

    Use Is It Packed's crowd forecast calendar to get a day-by-day prediction.

    Cost Considerations

    Disneyland December Events

    • The Candlelight Processional is an old-fashioned homage to the season, with hundreds of singers and celebrity narrators. Open to the general public in 2012; it returned to invitation-only status in 2013.
    • New Year's Eve brings a special fireworks show - and maximum crowds.

    Also in December, you can enjoy some special Christmas events, California-style. See what happens in Orange County at Christmas.

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    What to Expect from Disneyland Weather in December

    Goofy's Playhouse at Disneyland
    Loren Javier/Flickr/CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

    These averages can help you get a rough idea of what the weather will be like. It's only a guideline: California weather is just like it is where you live, different every year.

    December is a possibly rainy month, but while Disneyland never closes because of it, a rainy day can cause rides with outdoor tracks to close. During infrequent Pacific storms, rainfall can be a downpour.

    At the extremes, Anaheim's record low temperature was 30°F (-1°C) and its record high was 108°F (42°C). Check the current Disneyland weather forecast a few days ahead for the best information.

    • Average High Temperature: 66°F (19°C)
    • Average Low Temperature: 48°F (9°C)
    • Rain & Clouds Index: 2 inches (5 cm) rain
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    What to Pack, What to Wear in December

    Holiday Castle at Disneyland
    Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort

    December is a rainy month (in some years). Check the forecast and take a poncho or hooded rain jacket if it's predicted. Umbrellas are a nuisance to stow when you go on a ride and hard to walk around with, so we leave ours at home.

    December can be cool to chilly, especially after the sun goes down. If you want to enjoy the water rides, wear something that dries out quickly, so you don't have to go around soggy and miserable. A plastic poncho will also help keep you dry while on the ride. If it all seems like too much to carry, you can rent a locker for just a couple of dollars.

    Before you start packing your bags, take a look at the tested and proven tips in the Girls' Guide to Packing for Disneyland.

    More Disneyland by Month

    Disneyland's least crowded months are January and February but hours are short, rides may be closed for refurbishment and entertainment options are fewer.

    Spring is great weather-wise and part of MarchApril, and even early May are less crowded.

    Summer's busy season is JuneJuly, and August. Hours will be long, most rides will be open and there's lots of entertainment. It's also the most crowded time of year. That's when you'll definitely need to know these proven ways to spend less time standing in line at Disneyland.

    September is less crowded and has great weather. The holiday season begins in October when the Halloween decorations go up and continues through November and December.