Favorite Holiday Traditions at Disneyland Resort

Michelle Harker

by , Manager, Event Programming

The holiday season is my favorite time of year. What I love most are the traditions that come along with it; those little things that bring families together, create special memories and just bring joy and happiness to others. One of my favorite holiday traditions growing up was what we did every Christmas Day: My family and I would come to Disneyland to enjoy the festive sights and sounds that only appear at this time of year.

Looking to start your own Disney holiday traditions? Here are a few suggestions to get you started.

Looking for that picture perfect spot? Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle or the Christmas Tree on Town Square make the perfect backdrop for your holiday cards.

Be unique and get creative – Silhouettes are still a cut above the rest. It’s a great way to capture a moment in time, while our Create Your Own Vinylmation lets you tell the ones you love exactly how you feel about them. A favorite tradition is to have friends and family write messages on the vinyl figures and send them overseas to our troops.

'Create Your Own Vinylmation'

Feel the need for speed? A great way to get everyone involved is by visiting RIDEMAKERZ in Downtown Disney and letting them build their very own cars. Later, you can all race them.

Something personal – Add that personal touch by having your name embroidered on an ear hat, apparel or a holiday stocking.

Holiday Treats –
Made fresh from our candy kitchens, our ever popular candy canes, holiday apples, peppermint fudge and more are the ideal treats to take along. You’ll be the hit of any party.

Holiday Treats

Wrapping it Up!
If you are looking for a fun way to wrap up your gifts, check out the new recyclable Santa Mickey bags that are sure to spread some holiday cheer.

Quick Shopping Tip:
Looking to avoid the hustle and bustle of holiday shoppers? Then be sure to shop early in the morning or during the parades.

I hope that some of these tips give you fun ideas for the holidays. Do you have any other fun Disneyland Resort traditions to share?


  • Just got back from WDW and loved, love, LOVED MVMCP! We splurged on the Tomorrowland Terrace Fireworks Dessert Buffet and we couldn’t be happier. All was well worth the money spent. The desserts were absolutely delicious and were so amazing that I had to take pictures of them to show the family! It was my husband’s first trip to WDW and he had a wonderful time. I agree with Sheila, the cocoa, cookies, parade, fireworks, stage show, and snow were just fantastic! Happy New Year to all!

  • My favorite HAS TO BE – Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. It’s a must – Hot Chocolate, Cookies, parade, fireworks, friends and family – It’s all good. Oh and yes, lest I forget – SNOW ON MAIN STREET. Totally a Great Time.

  • Mary from Santa Barbara

    Wow those look really delicious I hope I could try one when my family and I get there on Dec 30th….

  • My family has a tradition that has been going on for over 25 years, and is one of our favorites. When opening stocking stuffers every Christmas with my immediate family, cousins (and spouses), aunt, uncle, and grandparents, we all wear Mickey Mouse hats with our names on the back! In the beginning, everyone had the original plain ones, brought back by my father after he took a trip right before Christmas, and ever since we’ve all expanded our collections (my favorite to wear is the Mickey Mouse hat with the Santa look, white fluff on the edges, and glittery snowflakes on the ears!). We all love this kooky tradition, and I’m sure all of us cousins will make sure it is continued for generations to come!!!

    • Cara, that sounds like a wonderful tradition. Thanks for sharing. Enjoy the holidays!

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