Visiting Disneyland for Disneyland Christmas 2022? Here is my ultimate guide to Disneyland at Christmas and everything you need to know about rides, food, parades, fireworks, and how to beat the crowds to have a magical time!
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Ultimate Guide to the Holidays at the Disneyland Resort
It’s hard to believe how fast this year has already gone by, however, it means that the Holidays at the Disneyland Resort are just around the corner! Starting in early November, you can experience festive fun in both Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park.
With so much to see and do, you’ll want to make sure to experience all of the festivities that this celebration has to offer. Because of this, I’ve teamed up with my friends at Get Away Today to give you the ultimate guide to the Holidays at the Disneyland Resort so that you can have an amazing Christmas at Disneyland!
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When does Christmas at Disneyland 2022 Start?
The official dates for Disneyland Christmas 2022 have not yet been released, we can expect it to begin around November 11th and end in early January around the 8th based on past years. Although, Christmas decorations begin to go up at Disneyland as early as Novmeber 1st!
Christmas Time at Disneyland Park
Of course, Disneyland never disappoints with their décor and the holidays are no exception. Take advantage of of the amazing photo opportunities below!
Main Street USA
On Main Street, U.S.A., you’ll be able to see holiday bunting and festive wreaths around every corner. Plus, you’ll want to take a family photo in front of the giant Christmas Tree filled with joyful ornaments and bright lights. Make sure to get a picture with Mickey Mouse in his holiday sweater!
New Orleans Square
In addition to this, you’ll want to head over to New Orleans Square and view the traditional Mardi Gras themed Christmas garlands.
Sleeping Beauty Castle
Don’t forget to stop by the snow-capped castle to take a festive photo!
Haunted Mansion Holiday
When spending Christmas at Disneyland, guests can enjoy an eerie makeover at Haunted Mansion Holiday. Inspired by the beloved movie, The Nightmare Before Christmas from Tim Burton, you’ll be able to meet Jack Skellington and his Halloween Town crew on this ride overlay.
While this ride overlay might seem a little spooky, it’s still filled with festive décor to put you in the holiday spirit.
Since this attraction is immensely popular around the holiday season, I would suggest adding Disney Genie+ to your tickets, to save you time in line. Haunted Mansion Holiday is usually available from early September to the first week of January.
“it’s a small world” Holiday
While small may be in the name, it’s a small world Holiday celebrates the Christmas season in a big way. Here, you can enjoy twinkling lights and sing along to seasonal music from all around the world. Instead of hearing the song “it’s a small world” you will listen to a special version of “Jingle Bells”.
Truthfully, I might even like this version better than the classic attraction! “it’s a small world” Holiday is the perfect way to get everyone in your family excited for holiday celebrations.
A Christmas Fantasy Parade
Disneyland’s Christmas parade 2022 is called, A Christmas Fantasy Parade and has become a cherished classic, and it’s no surprise as to why. During this parade, you and your family can enjoy appearances from Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Pluto and more as they dance and sing along to traditional holiday tunes.
In addition to this, you can also watch frolicking reindeer, twirling gingerbread cookies and drumming toy soldiers as they come down Main Street, U.S.A.. Plus, you might even be able to see Santa Claus himself, as he sends holiday greetings to everyone in Disneyland Park.
If you want to get a good spot for this parade, I would suggest finding a place at least 30 minutes beforehand. This is also a great opportunity to grab lunch or dinner, so you can multitask while you wait for the fun.
Believe… In Holiday Magic Fireworks
To end your magical Christmas at Disneyland day, you’ll want to be sure to catch the “Believe… In Holiday Magic Fireworks” show. This Disneyland Christmas fireworks nighttime spectacular celebrates the holiday season with all of your favorite Disney and Pixar pals.
With dazzling lights, catchy music and even snowfall on Main Street U.S.A., you won’t want to miss out on this joyful show.
Wintertime Enchantment at Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle
Sleeping Beauty Castle is definitely a sight to behold during the day, but at night it is taken to a whole new level. The icicle decorations sparkle and light up as soon as the sun goes down. You definitely won’t want to miss it!
“it’s a small world” Holiday Lighting
I mentioned above how fun “it’s a small world” is during the day, but at night the attraction is even more special. The holiday lights around the exterior of the building are bright and cheerful.
Plus, the inside of the attraction is illuminated with even more sparkling lights. It’s definitely a must-see during your visit!
The Candlelight Processional is a holiday tradition at Disneyland Park. This special event can be seen select nights in early December and features a celebrity narrator reading the story of Christmas, while a live orchestra and choir performs holiday classics. It’s the perfect way to get into the Christmas spirit!
Christmas at Disney California Adventure Park
While Disneyland Park is absolutely beautiful at Christmas, so is Disney California Adventure Park. Here are some of the best things to see and do during the holidays at this park.
Festive Foods Marketplace
If you’re a fan of holiday food, then you’re going to absolutely love the Festive Foods Marketplace. During select dates, guests can try foods, treats and beverages from all around the world.
Below you can see some of the items on the 2022 menu. Last year you could choose between twelve different kiosks that vary from Grandma’s Favorites to Spicy Celebrations. Indulge in a Bavarian Pretzel, Horchata Fudge, Nashville Hot Fried Turkey and so much more. I can’t wait to see what they come up with this year!
Disney Festival of Holidays
While you’re enjoying Christmas at Disneyland, be sure to check out the Festival of Holidays in Disney California Adventure Park. This festival celebrates various holiday traditions from different cultures around the globe.
During this celebration, you can enjoy the ¡Disney Viva Navidad! Street Party parade, brightly colored décor and arts and crafts for the entire family.
Holiday Toy Drummers
If you want to enjoy holiday live entertainment, but don’t want to take a chunk of time out of your day, make sure to catch the Holiday Toy Drummers.
Next to Paradise Bay, you can watch as Toy Drummers come to life and play some of your favorite holiday songs. Not only is this impressive to watch, but it’s also a delight for the entire family. The best part? This show is only about 10-15 minutes long, so you can continue enjoying your magical day once it’s done.
Cars Land Décor
At Radiator Springs, U.S.A., you’ll be granted “Seasons Speedings” during the holiday season. This land gets a festive makeover, just in time for Christmas. In addition to the joyous décor, you’ll also be able to get pictures with an adorable snowman car and even Mater in a Santa hat.
As you can see, Christmas at Disneyland has something for everyone to enjoy.
Luigi’s Joy to the Whirl
During the holiday season, Luigi’s Rollickin Roadsters is transformed into Luigi’s Joy to the Whirl. It is such a fun overlay to this attraction where you sit in your car and dance to festive holiday music!
Mater’s Jingle Jamboree
Head down the street from Luigi’s to experience Mater’s Jingle Jamboree decorated for the holidays. You’ll enjoy classic Christmas music with Mater’s own original lyrics.
Disney ¡Viva Navidad!
Experience holiday traditions from Mexico and Brazil through cultural performers.
Where to Meet Santa at Disneyland Christmas
In the parks, you can meet Santa Claus inside Redwood Creek Challenge Trail at Disney California Adventure Park.
You can also meet Santa at the near the Christmas trees Disneyland Hotel, Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel, and Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel.
Disneyland Candy Canes 2022
Getting your hands on a coveted hand pulled candy cane at Disneyland is always a treat. The Disneyland candy canes are available on select dates at Candy Palace in Disneyland Park and Trolley Treats at Disney California Adventure Park.
Official dates for candy cane availablility are usually released around Thanksgiving.
Disneyland Christmas Food Guide 2022
I’m not going to lie, part of the reason I go to Disneyland is for the food. I have an entire post and video dedicated to the Best Snacks & Treats at Disneyland. Christmas is a great time to get specialty treats that are only available during the holiday season. Here are some of the delicious goodies that will be available in 2022.
Disneyland Park Christmas Food
- Churros: Chocolate-Cinnamon Churro (Churro Cart – Castle Hub), Groom Churro (Churro Cart – Critter Country), Bride Churro (Churro Cart – New Orleans Square), Pink Coconut Churro (Churro Cart – Tomorrowland), Holiday Cookie Churro (Churro Cart – Town Square)
- Alien Pizza Planet: Chicken Parmesan Pizza, Tomato Cream Pasta, Green Alien Holiday Macaron
- Blue Bayou Restaurant: 31 Royal Street Signature Julep, Cookie Butter Crème Brûlée with cookie crumbles and chocolate brownie
- Café Orleans: Hot Cocoa Crème Brûlée topped with marshmallow chantilly and served with sugar cookies
- Carnation Café: Herb-roasted Pork Sandwich
- French Market: Smothered Beef with mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables, caramelized onions and roasted garlic au jus, Haunted Mansion Holiday Wreath Cookie, Wedding Cake
- Galactic Grill: Specialty Burger, Peppermint-Mocha Frappé, Caramel Pecan Brownie Parfait
- Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor: Peppermint Holiday Sundae
- Refreshment Corner: Spicy Meatball Sandwich
- Golden Horseshoe: Churro Funnel Cake à la Mode
- Harbour Galley: Seafood Boil for Two
- Hungry Bear Restaurant: Spicy BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger, Honey Cream Cold Brew, Pumpkin Cheesecake Funnel Cake
- Ice Cream and Vending Carts: Cinnamon Cotton Candy
- Jolly Holiday Bakery Café: Turkey Noodle Soup, Holiday Brownie with white chocolate mousse, holiday sprinkles, and decorations, Chocolate-Mint Macaron with white peppermint cream filling and rich chocolate ganache, Holiday Sandwich, Maple Walnut Cheesecake, Mickey Gingerbread
- Market House: Mickey Gingerbread
- Mint Julep Bar: Peppermint Beignets
- Plaza Inn: Chocolate Chip-Red Velvet Bundt Cake, Holiday Cake A Christmas Fantasy Parade Dining Package
- Rancho del Zocolo: Pork Pozole, Mexican Hot Chocolate, Cinnamon Crisps with Dipping Sauce, Dessert Nachos – Cinnamon crisps topped with berry compote, whipped cream, and honey crème anglaise, Horchata
- Pretzel Carts: Toffee Pretzel
- Red Rose Taverne: Eggnog Cold Brew, Holiday Grey Stuff, Mickey-shaped Gingerbread Cookie
- River Belle Terrace: Hummingbird Cake, Country Ham Cubano, Seasonal Monkey Bread
- Royal Street Veranda: Pumpkin Fritters with cream cheese dipping sauce
- Stage Door Café: Spicy Corn Dog, Churro Funnel Cake, Classic Funnel Cake with powdered sugar, whipped cream, and snowflake sprinkles
- Tropical Hideaway: Holiday DOLE Whip Sundae
Disney California Adventure Park Christmas Food
- Holiday Duets Marketplace: Braised Pork Belly Adobo with Garlic Fried Rice, Shrimp & Grits with Andouille Sausage, Pabana Cachaça Colada, Calamansi Melon Lemonade
- Brews & Bites Marketplace: Impossible Chorizo Queso Fundido with House-made Tortilla Chips
- Winter Sliderland Marketplace: Nashville Hot Turkey Slider with dill pickle, Bourbon Cranberry Cocktail, Prickly Pear Tea Lemonade
- Grandma’s Recipes Marketplace: Impossible Arepa Encantada, Gingerbread Mickey, Berries ‘n’ Crema
- A Twist on Tradition Marketplace: Reimagined Beef Brisket Wellington, Reuben Potato Bites, Churro Toffee Cold Brew Latte, Red Sangria, Sauvignon Blanc
- Making Spirits Bright Marketplace: Cinnamon & Sugar Holiday Tart, “Hot Cocoa” Marshmallow Macaron, Maple Hazelnut Hot Buttered Rum, White Wine Flight, Red Wine Flight
- Favorite Things Marketplace: Holiday Stuffing Mac & Cheese, Chana Masala with Grilled Garlic Naan, Hibiscus Ginger Mezcal Mule, Selection of Pale Ales and Stouts
- Merry Mashups Marketplace: Esquites Carnitas Mac & Cheese, Holiday Spiced Wings, Holiday Mix, Honey Guava Pisco Punch
- Treats for Santa Marketplace: Mickey Snowman Cookie Decorating Kit, Holiday Mix, Maple Hazelnut Hot Buttered Rum
- Viva Navidad at Paradise Garden Grill: Chile Relleno Plate, House-made Pozole, Torta al Pastor, Street-Style Tacos, Pineapple Tres Leches Roulade, Kids’ Street-Style Tacos, Kids’ Cheese Quesadilla
- Paradise Garden Carts: Beef Tamale with Red Sauce, Guava and Cheese Pan Dulce, Maple-Hazelnut Hot Buttered Rum
- Willie’s Churro Cart: Chocolate-Pecan Churro
- Grizzly Peak Churro Cart: Peppermint Churro
- Hollywood Churro Cart: Chocolate-Hazelnut-Strawberry Churro
- Lucky Fortune Cookery: Bao Bun with Seasonal Fruit
- Pacific Wharf Café: Apple Fritter Bread Pudding
- Smokejumpers Grill: Holiday Shake, Loaded Latke
- Sonoma Terrace: Avocado Cheese Steak, Peppermint Cold Brew Cocktail, Cranberry Mule
- Studio Catering Truck: Deconstructed Carnitas Tamal
- Pym Tasting Lab Holiday Snack Molecules
- Terran Treats: Pineapple-Coconut Ration
- Award Wieners: Pastrami Reuben, Chocolate-Marshmallow Funnel Cake Friesy
- Boudin Bread Cart: Candy Cane-shaped Sourdough, Christmas Tree Pull-Apart, Snowman-shaped Sourdough
- Churro Cart (Goofy’s): Dusted Gingerbread Churro with sweet gingerbread crumbles drizzled with vanilla frosting and finished with Christmas chocolates
- Clarabelle’s Hand-Scooped Ice Cream: Tres Leches Hard Float, Chocolate Peppermint Ice Cream Sundae, Chocolate-Peppermint Bar, Mickey Gingerbread
- Cozy Cone Motel: Cherry-Chocolate Churro, Peppermint Ice Cream (cone or cup) decorated with holiday sprinkles and topped with a sugar star, Creamy Pesto Alfredo Cone, Peppermint Stout
- Fiddler, Fifer & Practical: Mickey Gingerbread
- Hollywood Lounge: Holiday Lemonade, Peach-Citrus Cocktail, Holiday Mule, Holiday Limeade, Blue Lemonade Fizz, Tropical Holiday Margarita
- Lamplight Lounge: Holiday Hot Chocolate, Holiday Martini, Stout-braised Winter Short Ribs, Holiday Hot Chocolate, Holiday Martini, Peppermint-Hot Cocoa Donuts
- Mortimer’s Market: Christmas Tree Pull-Apart Sourdough, Snowman-shaped Sourdough
- Outdoor Ventures: Blue and White Swirl Cotton Candy in Snowflake Bag
- Pacific Wharf Café: Candy Cane-shaped Sourdough, Christmas Tree Pull-Apart Sourdough, Snowman-shaped Sourdough, Mickey-shaped Gingerbread
- Pacific Wharf Cappuccino Cart: Mickey-shaped Gingerbread
- Schmoozies! Peppermint Shake, Holiday Affogato, Mocha Almond Affogato, Mocha Almond Fudge Shake
- Smokejumpers Grill: Cranberry Turkey Burger, Apple Whiskey Cocktail
- Wine Country Trattoria: Chocolate Peppermint Martini
Disneyland Christmas Treats you can Make at Home:
- Gingerbread Mickey Beignets
- Santa’s Cookies & Milk Churros
- Candy Cane Beignets
- Mickey Gingerbread Rice Krispie Treats
- Hot Chocolate Beignets
When is the best time to visit Disneyland for Christmas?
If you want to avoid the Disneyland Christmas Crowds, I recommend visiting the week before Thanksgiving (not the week of) and the first two weeks of December.
If you go on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Years Eve, or New Years Day, plan on spending the day with the largest crowds of the year! But, if you go with realistic expectations (like dealing with tons of people and long lines) you can still have fun.
When I go on days like this, I plan to enjoy the Disneyland Christmas decorations, food, and atmosphere.
Tips for Visiting Disneyland at Christmas
1. Arrive early to get a head start on the crowds. The parks tend to be most crowded in the afternoon, so if you can, aim to arrive when they open.
2. Consider buying a park hopper ticket. This will allow you to visit both Disneyland and California Adventure in one day, and can help you make the most of your time.
3. Be sure to check out the holiday decorations. Both parks are decked out for Christmas, and it’s definitely worth taking some time to see the lights and other festive touches.
4. Make sure to try some of the seasonal food offerings. There are plenty of special treats available during Christmastime, so be sure to sample a few!
5. If you’re traveling with kids, consider staying at one of the Disneyland Resort hotels. This can make your trip more convenient and enjoyable, and will give you access to extra perks like early park admission.
6. Purchase Disney Genie+ to lessen wait times for popular rides on busy dasy.
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