More Vacation Planning Stories

Festival of Holidays Brings Delightful Entertainment Experiences to Disney California Adventure Park Beginning November 10

Shawn Slater

by , Senior Communications Manager, Disney Live Entertainment

It’s a season of celebrations at Disney California Adventure park!

With the debut of Festival of Holidays on November 10, you’re invited to come celebrate heartwarming holiday festivities inspired by cultural traditions from around the world. You’ll create new memories as you share in delicious food and drink, fun craft making and the universal language of music and dance.

Wonderful entertainment experiences throughout the park draw on the diverse celebrations that bring joy during this festive time of year, including Diwali, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas/Navidad and Three Kings Day.

  • Blue13 Dance Company – The spirited performers of Blue13 Dance Company turn up the fun with traditional Indian dances that build to a Bollywood party for all.
  • Mostly Kosher – Klezmer band Mostly Kosher showcases an entertaining and eclectic musical tapestry that weaves together jazz, Latin, rock and hip-hop.
  • RAISE – This uplifting a cappella vocal group brings a powerful, harmonious R&B spin to new and popular holiday songs.
  • Holiday Toy Drummers – The mischievous Holiday Toy Drummers march to their own merry beat as they perform precision drills with holiday cheer.
  • Mariachi Divas – Sing along with the GRAMMY Award-winning Mariachi Divas and their signature repertoire of catchy tunes.
  • Disney ¡Viva Navidad! – Enjoy holiday foods, crafts, Disney Character greetings and Latin American bands. The Three Caballeros host a fun street party featuring folklórico and samba dancers, live musicians and Mickey and Minnie in their fiesta best!
  • Princess Elena’s Musical Grand ArrivalElena of Avalor makes her Disneyland Resort debut during Festival of Holidays! Welcome the adventurous and kind-hearted Crown Princess, her royal dancers and magical friend Skylar as they celebrate the holidays with an uplifting musical cavalcade.

All this, plus an array of Disney character experiences and kid-friendly activities!

During Festival of Holidays at Disney California Adventure park, be sure to stop into Redwood Creek Challenge Trail for Santa’s Holiday Visit, where you can meet Santa and see how his joyful elves have transformed the area into a jolly playground of holiday fun and games.

As the sun sets, you won’t want to miss the evening concert at Paradise Park, featuring performances from two of the festival’s musical groups. And your day enjoying Festival of Holidays wouldn’t be complete without experiencing the all-new, nighttime water and light spectacular, “World of Color – Season of Light,” combining classic holiday songs with beloved characters and heartwarming moments from Disney and Pixar animation to create a sparkling winter fantasy filled with magic!

Festival of Holidays kicks off November 10 at Disney California Adventure park and continues daily through January 8, 2017.


  • Where are the Buena Vista Street Bell Carolers? They are the highlight of our Christmas time visits to DCA. We’ve even watched them twice in one day. So disappointed they aren’t there this year.

  • will there be Festival of Holidays merchandise?

  • Sounds fun, but does this mean that the Buena Vista Community Bell Ringers will not be returning this year? They’re my favorite part of Holiday Time at Disney, and I’ll be so sad if they are not returning.

  • Does anyone know the date that Princess Elena will make her debut?

    • Tania – Elena will be there starting Nov. 10.

  • *finally

  • Sounds awesome! It’s really cool that Elena will final be making appearances at the Disneyland Resort.

  • Awesome! For the Holiday Food selection in DCA, will there be things like with the Food n’ Wine festival? As in, large boards with images of the food and description alongside its price, and a tasting card. Hopefully also without the added tag of “you need to be an AP holder” in order to get it?

Comments are closed.