Five Ways to Celebrate the Holidays on Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure Park

Erin Glover

by , Director, Publicity, Walt Disney Animation Studios

One of my favorite places at the Disneyland Resort is Buena Vista Street. The newly re-themed entrance to Disney California Adventure park is a walk back in time Los Angeles of the 1920s and ‘30s. This area brings guests even deeper into the nostalgia of this time period during Holidays at the Disneyland Resort. Here are five ways to enjoy the season on Buena Vista Street:

1. Oh! Christmas Tree!

Holiday decor DCA

Just behind the “Storytellers” statue lies the spectacular 50-foot Christmas tree – the can’t-miss sight of the season on Buena Vista Street. (Really, you can’t miss it. It’s huge.) The tree is covered with charming, vintage-style ornaments that recall Christmas in the 1920s and ‘30s.

2. Here Comes Santa Claus


Buena Vista Street is one of the places where you can find Santa Claus himself at the Disneyland Resort during the holiday season, in his classic department store setting at Elias & Co.

3. Carol of the Bells

Join in a carol or two with the Buena Vista Street Community Bell Ringers. Throughout the day, they perform renditions of classic Christmas carols, accompanied by handbells.

4. Deck the Halls

Holiday live remotes 2012

In addition to the vintage-style ornaments on the Christmas tree, the 1920s and ‘30s theme continues all the way down the street, through garlands, ribbons and special decorations on the light poles, storefronts and even inside the stores. All the holiday decor combines to create the feeling of stepping back in time to Christmases gone by.

5. We Wish You a Merry Christmas


What is the holiday season without friends to celebrate with? During this special time, Mickey Mouse and his friends have added some festive touches to their vintage-style attire. Stop by and say hi while you’re strolling down Buena Vista Street!

What is your favorite holiday detail on Buena Vista Street?


  • What’s not to love? The whole feeling of Buena Vista Street during the holidays is amazing. The soundtrack sets the tone, and the decorations continue the theme.

    I am a sucker for a good vintage window display, which is why I also love Main Street and Hollywood Land during the holiday season. Buena Vista Street has the greatest window displays, filled with old-fashioned stockings and ornaments, or filled with candy and gingerbread houses (such as the display at Trolley Treats).

    I also really enjoy the tinsel-covered mini-tree in Elias & Co., and the garland with musical notes and other clever touches inside the Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Café.

    The Bell Ringers are delightful to see!

    One thing that a lot of people may not know about is that Molly the Messenger will deliver letters/postcards to Santa, which I think is a wonderful little detail so specific to the charm of Buena Vista Street.

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