It’s festival time! A festive family trip to Disneyland

Ultimate fun is waiting for you at Disneyland in this festive season! Celebrate joyous tastes with your family and the beloved characters at this all-in-one paradise of multicultural festivals and diverse festivities to have an unforgettable holiday.
Disneyland Resort – Where and When?

The Disneyland Resort, or commonly known as Disneyland, is an entertainment resort in Anaheim, California. It is home to two theme parks: Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park, three hotels, and a shopping, dining, and entertainment district known as Downtown Disney. 

This Christmas is the ideal time to take your family to Disneyland to experience the most magical time of year with celebrations throughout both parks. The festival of holidays is open from November 12, 2021 to January 9, 2022. Let’s take a look at some of the celebrations.

Disney California Adventure Park
Disney Festival of Holidays – Festival Entertainment

Are you ready to embrace a seasonal celebration of diverse cultural festivities with music, food and fun for all? Take in the sights and sounds of this joyous celebration of cherished holidays including Christmas, Navidad, Hanukkah, Diwali, Kwanzaa and Three Kings Days. Your holiday will surely be filled with diverse festivities and beloved seasonal traditions. 

Opening time: November 12, 2021 – January 9, 2022

Valid Ticket and Park Reservation for Same Park on Same Date Required.

Disney ¡Viva Navidad!


Located in Paradise Gardens Park at Disney California Adventure Park, Disney ¡Viva Navidad! includes 3 main activities where you can explore more of this fairy land, enjoy the seasonal sights and revel in authentic holiday music, dance, décor and a dash of Disney magic.

Sneak peaking at Disney ¡Viva Navidad! Street Party featuring exuberant performances; Three Kings’ Day, or El Día de los Reyes Magos in Central and South America as well as Mexico, featuring traditional décor and a photo opportunity for families; welcoming Mirabel from Disney’s Encanto with live entertainment, photo opportunities and special appearances by Mirabel, the young hero from the film; and dazzling décor and delicious delicacies at Paradise Gardens “decking the halls” with colorful papel picado banners, piñatas and a flurry of festive fun.

Opening time: November 12, 2021 – January 9, 2022

Festive Foods Marketplace

Another reason to stop by Disney California Adventure Park is to discover a world of delectable possibilities throughout the Festive Foods Marketplace and share in cultural celebrations through food at various locations. It’s time to nosh your way through holiday favorites that celebrate traditions from around the globe. 

Apart from that, the fascinating promotion program Sip and Savor Pass is available for your family to get the most holiday cheer out of the Disney Festival of Holidays.

Opening time: November 12, 2021 to January 9, 2022. 

Sip and Savor Pass is only on Monday, November 15, 2021 (10:30 AM to 9:00 PM)

Valid Ticket and Park Reservation for Same Park on Same Date Required

Santa’s Holiday Visit at Redwood Creek Challenge Trail

Entertainment located in Grizzly Peak at Disney California Adventure Park will give you a chance to see the jolly old elf himself and participate in a flurry of fun holiday activities. This will definitely be kids’ most favourite place since they get to say hello to Santa, so make sure you don’t miss the merry-making cause Santa and his band of clever elves have arrived for their annual visit and you’re invited!

Redwood Creek Challenge Trail has been transformed into a holly, jolly, joy-filled playground, so stop by Ahwahnee Camp Circle near the trail’s entrance to see Santa Claus, wave hello, snap some pics and tell him how good you’ve been all year. You can also test your skills through taking part in exciting games. Explore different sections of the trail and discover how many decorations and toys have been hidden along the way.

Opening time: Monday, November 15, 2021 (9:00 AM to 6:45 PM)

Mater’s Jingle Jamboree – Jingle All the Way

There’s no other better way to enjoy a haul-iday than spinning in a tractor through Mater’s festively decorated junkyard in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park. Whirl through Mater’s collection of car parts in a cute lil’ tractor as he croons classic holiday tunes with some tow-riffic original lyrics.

Attraction is open to all ages but requires height above 32” (81cm) so be careful and double check before letting your young ones go in. 

Opening time: November 12, 2021 – January 9, 2022

Luigi’s Joy to the Whirl – Make the Holidays Wheel-y Fun

Swing into holiday mode by taking a merry spin around Luigi’s decked-out backyard in Cars Land. Luigi and his extended family of roadsters are celebrating the season in style with festive dances to tunes crooned by Luigi himself! Take a seat in a classic Italian import and enjoy the ride as the cars cruise to the music. All ages are allowed with the minimum height of 32” (81cm)

Opening time: November 12, 2021 – January 9, 2022.

Buena Vista Street Holiday Tree Lighting – A Tradition to Treasure

Come to Buena Vista Street to witness the wonder as our magnificent  50-foot tree is illuminated in dazzling splendor. You can join in the plaza outside Elias & Co., where holiday cheer and festive décor abound. Then, watch in wonder as the towering tree twinkles to life with a kaleidoscope of colored lights, hundreds of whimsical ornaments and swags of gleaming garland. It’s sure to warm your heart and make your spirits extra bright!

Opening times: Monday, November 15, 2021 (starts at 5:30 PM)

Disneyland Park

Disney Merriest Nites – 6 Holiday Parties in One

Join the fun at 6 holiday parties as Mickey Mouse and friends host all-new holiday after-hours events at Disneyland Park on select nights in November and December 2021. The classic holiday favorites have some new twists this year! Mickey Mouse has invited many of his friends to host 6 themed parties throughout Disneyland Park on select nights so you can celebrate the season in a merry new way.

During this separately ticketed holiday event, you can enjoy after-hours admission to Disneyland Park with limited capacity, including select attractions and entertainment, unique Disney Character sightings, A Christmas Fantasy Parade, snowfall on Main Street, U.S.A., themed photo ops, unlimited Disney PhotoPass digital downloads from the event, themed menu items, live bands, dance parties and the opportunity to purchase special event-themed merchandise.

Opening time: November 12, 2021 – January 9, 2022.

A Christmas Fantasy Parade – Ring in the season

Beloved Disney Characters join Santa Claus for a merry musical celebration, heading your way down Main Street, U.S.A. With prancing reindeer, marching toy soldiers, dancing gingerbread cookies and more, A Christmas Fantasy Parade brings the most magical time of year to Disneyland Park!

In the grand finale, wave hello to Santa Claus himself. It’s a Christmas fantasy you’ll never forget! Remember to arrive early to find the best-possible viewing spot—especially if you plan to see the show along Main Street, U.S.A.

Opening time: November 12, 2021 – January 9, 2022.

“it’s a small world” Holiday – An Exuberant Holiday Experience

Located in Fantasyland, the holiday celebrates the splendor of the season with a festive yuletide take on this classic attraction, during the Holidays at the Disneyland Resort. The enchantment begins as you approach the iconic façade, which is adorned with thousands of shimmering lights for the season. 

Set sail along a wondrous wintry waterway transformed with whimsical décor, you will be able to behold jubilant regional adornments all along your world tour of good cheer, listen as the costumed chorus of children sings the classic “It’s a Small World (After All)” song and traditional holiday tunes, listen for the South Sea mermaids who sing “Jingle Shells” and leave a plate of fish for Santa.

Opening time: November 12, 2021 – January 9, 2022.

“Believe…In Holiday Magic” Fireworks Spectacular – Enchantment Is in the Air

Feel your spirit soar during this splendid pyrotechnical spectacle. As the sky overhead lights up with dazzling color, more than 80,000 twinkling lights illuminate Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle with sparkling “icicles” and shimmering snow-capped turrets. Behold the magic of the holidays as festive fireworks, stirring music and a sprinkling of snow bring the season to life. Let’s celebrate the holiday season in grand style at this joyous jubilee in lights!

Opening time: November 12, 2021 to January 9, 2022

Wintertime Enchantment at Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle – An Enchanting Seasonal Transformation

During the Holidays at the Disneyland Resort, you will get to behold a wondrous holiday transformation during the most magical time of year as Sleeping Beauty Castle is decked out in icicles, wreaths and festive décor. Each evening, take your kids and gather to see the iconic edifice shimmer to life. As snow falls and music fills the air, watch thousands of twinkling lights illuminated in stages. It’s a truly breathtaking sight!

Opening time: Monday, November 15, 2021 (7:30 PM – 8:15 PM)

Haunted Mansion Holiday – Decked Out for the Hallow-Days

Located in New Orleans Square at Disneyland Park, the Haunted Mansion has been decorated by Pumpkin King Jack Skellington with frightfully festive touches inspired by Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. From table to top, the 2021 Haunted Mansion Gingerbread creation is the tallest gingerbread design, architecturally. Thank you, “Sandy Claws!”.

It’s the 20th Season Skellebration of Christmas and Halloween colliding which gives you a great opportunity to tour the estate’s merry macabre makeover and meet some real holiday spirits. Here, you can experience thrilling sights and seasonal surprises created by the citizens of Halloween Town. Sally, Oogie Boogie and other Nightmare nasties will be on hand to wish you “Season’s Screamings!”

Opening time: Monday, November 15, 2021 – January 9, 2022 (8:00 AM to 12:00 AM)

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