Christmastime at Disneyland

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmastime at Disneyland. Mixing the wonder of the holidays with the magic of Disney makes for some very jolly family fun. Here are photos of the special touches, decorations, and treats of Christmastime at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure to get you in the holiday spirit.

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Christmastime at Disneyland

Disneyland Popcorn Santa

Christmas touches are everywhere at Disneyland during the holidays. You’ll even see Santa spinning popcorn inside a vendor’s cart!

Beautiful Flowers for Christmastime at Disneyland

Sweet Alyssum and Red Amaryllis

This Christmasy display of white Sweet Alyssum and red Amaryllis greet Disneyland visitors at the start of Main Street USA.

Christmastime at Disneyland

The Main Street Christmas Tree

This giant Christmas tree is the focal point of the traditional decorations featured along Main Street.

Christmastime at Disneyland

Santa’s Reindeer Roundup

Stop by Santa’s Reindeer Roundup to see real-live reindeer like this handsome guy.

Christmastime at Disneyland

Christmastime with It’s a Small World

“It’s a small world” is all dolled up for the holidays with lights, characters, and decorations.

Christmastime at Disneyland

Mexican Christmas Wreath

Modern wreaths near “It’s a small world” Holiday represent different cultures, like this Mexico-themed wreath.

Christmastime at Disneyland

The Disneyland Holiday Parade

Mrs. Claus is joined by Pluto and other Disney characters in A Christmas Fantasy Parade. Santa rides on a separate finale float.

Christmastime at Disneyland

Tigger at the Disneyland Holiday Parade

Tigger tosses a handful of “snow” at parade viewers.

Christmastime at Disneyland

Holiday Themed Sourdough Bread at Pacific Wharf Cafe

You can buy a tasty loaf of sourdough bread in the shape of a snowman, Christmas tree, candy cane and other holiday designs at the Pacific Wharf Cafe at Disney’s California Adventure.

Christmastime at Disneyland

Disneyland Christmas Candies

There are plenty of holiday-themed Disney treats and gifts available for purchase throughout Disneyland, Disney’s California Adventure, and Downtown Disney District.

Christmastime at Disneyland

Downtown Disney Christmas Decorations

If you want to get in the Disney holiday spirit but don’t have the cash to spend on entrance tickets, you can always head to Downtown Disney District to take in the twinkling lights and do some Christmas shopping.

Christmastime at Disneyland

Disneyland Christmas Character

Disney characters like Mickey and Minnie are dressed up for the holidays and happy to pose with your family at both Disneyland theme parks.

For more detailed information about the special rides and activities offered, read Holidays at Disneyland!

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What’s your favorite part about Christmastime at Disneyland? Tell us in the comments!

A Note from The Travel Mama: Thank you to Disneyland for inviting my family and me to visit Disneyland at Christmastime as part of a blogger event!

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  1. I’m ashamed to admit that I have NEVER been to Disneyland during the holidays – and I’ve lived in SoCal my entire life! I’m feeling the itch this year, though, so thanks for sharing the highlights!

  2. Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says

    Oh, Debi, you MUST go to Disneyland during the holidays sometime. It’s my favorite time to visit!

  3. Our family spent New Year’s Day at Disneyland last year and loved it! I think I might have been even more excited than the kids as I had always wanted to see Disney decorated for Christmas. It’s a Small World was a definite highlight as was the Christmas parade. Our kids don’t know yet b/c their Christmas present is always a trip but we’ll be flying to Orlando on the 28th this year so we’ll be seeing Disney all dressed up for the holidays again.

  4. Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says

    Lisa – How wonderful that their Christmas present is always a trip! I love that idea. Kids tire so quickly of toys but the memories from family vacations last a lifetime. Enjoy Disney World all dolled up for the holidays!

  5. We’ve spent the last five Christmas mornings at Disneyland, and there’s no place else we’d rather be. You nailed it when you said Downtown Disney is a great place to be. They do such a good job of making everything feel so festive, I don’t even miss the snow!
    My kids favorite part though is the Holiday Haunted Mansion. Once we finally convinced our youngest that it’s not scary, they’ll ride it over and over again.

  6. Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says

    Steve – What a wonderful family tradition. I would love to spend Christmas day at Disneyland! My 3-year-old is just now getting over some of his amusement park fears; this last trip was the first time he wasn’t afraid of the Winnie-the-Pooh ride (if you can believe it!). I think it’ll be sometime before I can convince him to ride the Haunted Mansion but my 6-year-old loves it!

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