It’s that jing-jing jingle bell time of the year. From San Diego to San Francisco, the darkness of night gives way to the glow of Christmas lights. Sidewalk Santas are ringing their bells and the shoppers are scurrying to find the best gifts. In Huntington Beach, surfers are riding the waves and just a few miles away, skiers are gliding down the snow-covered mountains at Big Bear. California is in a holiday mood and you can really feel the Christmas spirit when you celebrate the season at Disneyland.
Make this holiday season a truly memorable one by planning a trip to Disneyland in November or December. When you announce your plans to your children and spouse, they’ll scream and shout and move all about. They’re doing the Disneyland Dance for Christmas.
Disneyland Christmas Parade – Dance the Magic
Officially, the Disneyland Resort’s Christmas season began this year on November 13, 2014 and it will continue through January 6, 2015. Just like most of the rest of the year, there are some days and times when the crowds are not so big and other days and times when the lines get long and the Park swells with Christmas-time visitors. Generally speaking, the quietest time to visit is the week before Thanksgiving and the first two weeks of December. It is also less crowded if you get in to Disneyland or Disney California Adventure when the gates first open. Weekends are busier than weekdays and some special attractions are more popular than others. With all that being said, here are some things to look forward to when you visit Disneyland or Disney California Adventure.
Each year, the Christmas decorations start going up around the first week of November at Disneyland and Disney California. Main Street is transformed for the holiday season with lights strung from the storefronts, garland wrapped around light poles, snowflakes painted on storefront windows and so many other festive decorations. The candy shop makes special candy canes and even though you are in Anaheim, California, it feels like winter.
Haunted Mansion Holiday
The Haunted Mansion is transformed into a scary Christmas celebration where host Sandy Claws will show you his version of how to throw a party. Instead of the traditional Christmas songs like Silver Bells, Deck the Halls, and We Wish You a Merry Christmas you’ll be serenaded with Scary Bells, Wreck the Halls, and We Wish You a Scary Christmas.While you may not capture the ghoulish spirits that appear before you, just remember to have fun and hold on to your own Christmas spirit.
“it’s a small world holiday
One of the original Disney rides becomes a festive holiday attraction that encourages everyone to love thy neighbor and have peace on earth. This is a fun ride that young and old will enjoy. Holiday music fills the air as you venture around the world. Say hi to the 14-foot, illuminated crystal snowflake snowman and reflect on what the holiday season really stands for. Go early to avoid long lines as the brightly lit facade attracts big crowds when the sun goes down.
When you climb aboard the ship and prepare to sail, you’re in for a hilarious excursion.
It seems the Skipper of the ship has been out to sea too long and has grown homesick for the holidays. After coming up with some homemade holiday decorations, the Skipper is in a better mood. As the seasonal music plays, he entertains his passengers with some corny scripted animal Christmas jokes. Its a hoot!
Jingle Jangle Jamboree
Where’s Santa? He’s not hiding, but he and Mrs. Claus are hanging out just behind the Big Thunder Ranch. Santa always has gifts and he wants to know if you’ve been naughty or nice. Head on over to this winter wonderland, say high to Santa Claus and Mrs. With plenty of arts and crafts to do and reindeer games to play, this can be the highlight of any kids day. Jingle Jangle Jamboree is fun for all!
A Christmas Fantasy Parade
Disney characters, Babes in Toyland dancers, and more than 105 performers, make this parade a can’t miss attraction when you come to Disneyland for the holiday season. The parade features six different scenarios that revolve around Christmas. In one scene, you can watch Mrs. Claus sorting through all the letters in Santa’s Mailroom. In another, watch Mickey and Minnie skating on a frozen pond.
Believe…in Holiday Magic! Fireworks
What would a Disney holiday celebration be without fireworks? The sky above Sleeping Beauty’s Castle lights up bright with an aerial display timed to be in sync with a variety of your favorite Christmas songs.
World of Color – Winter Dreams
Over at Disney California Adventure, Olaf the snowman from Frozen is your host for some fun winter scenes featuring animated characters from Disney favorites like Bambi, Beauty and the Beast and Fantasia. Enjoy the Christmas music and very cool special effects.
Disney Viva Navidad!
Dance, sing, eat, and join the party at a Latino Christmas celebration in the Paradise Garden area of California Adventure. Mickey and Minnie come riding in to the big street festival on tricycles. Festive and fun, Disney Viva Navidad! features colorfully costumed flag-bearers, Mexican folklorico dancers, drummers and a group of “Mojiganga” puppets – including Mr. and Mrs. Claus.
If you’re not in either of the two parks, the place to be to continue the Christmas fun is Downtown Disney. Go ice skating at “Olaf’s Frozen Ice Rink” and enjoy the live entertainment in the Disney Winter Village. Shops and restaurants outside of the Disney Winter Village, but still in Downtown Disney will also have some special holiday treats.
Hitch up the reindeer to the sleigh and point yourself toward Anaheim. If you can make it to Disneyland in December, you’ll have a wonderful time. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!