Moms Panel Monday: Christmas in July at the Disneyland Resort

Lisa Mendillo

by , Sr. Manager, Digital Integration

We are wrapping up our month-long Christmas in July series at the Happiest Place on Earth! Yes, the Disneyland Resort is our final stop in our holiday tour that began at the Walt Disney World Resort and has ended where it all began!

Holiday decor in Disneyland park

The seasonal magic will begin November 9, 2018, and run through January 6, 2019. This festive season includes the return of favorite holiday experiences and entertainment, including Festival of Holidays and the “Believe…in Holiday Magic” Fireworks Spectacular. The Festival of Holidays, which honors the sights, sounds and tastes of Christmas/Navidad, Hanukkah, Diwali, Kwanzaa and Three Kings Day, will remain at Disney California Adventure park for an additional two days, running through Jan. 8, 2019.

Disney Parks Moms Panelist, Linda M., can’t say enough about the holiday season in her favorite place. “The holidays bring all sorts of good times and good cheer to the parks, including nightly lightings of the Christmas trees in both parks, Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle, and the façade of “it’s a small world” Holiday. Additionally, there are usually special Christmas Day meals at the restaurants located in the Hotels of the Disneyland Resort. In years past, these included buffets full of traditional holiday fare and even a few special character appearances. Check the Disney Parks Blog in the fall for announcements on special meals during the Holidays at the Disneyland Resort.

Also at Disneyland park, “A Christmas Fantasy” parade will take place daily and will feature Mickey Mouse and his pals in their festive attire. The parade is complete with floats, music and marching “tin soldiers.” Guests will be in awe of the 60-foot tall Christmas tree in Town Square, Main Street, U.S.A. Filled with nearly 1,800 ornaments, the tree is the perfect holiday spot to take a photo with family and friends.

Holiday decor in Disney California Adventure park

At Disney California Adventure park, be sure not to miss walking into the holiday-themed Cars Land. “Snowcar” will greet guests as they make their way to Radiator Springs and each address along Route 66 will be decked out in its holiday best! Once again, this year holiday overlays will take place at two attractions transforming them into Luigi’s Joy to the Whirl and Mater’s Jingle Jamboree. Young and old will want to visit with Santa Claus at Santa’s Holiday Visit at the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail and take a moment to gaze at the spectacular 50-foot Christmas tree on Carthay Circle along Buena Vista Street.

The Downtown Disney shopping, dining and entertainment district also joins in the holiday festivities with twinkling lights and ornaments, holiday displays, special entertainment and holiday-inspired eats and treats. But if you are planning on dining in the district during the holidays, Linda M. reminds Guests to make sure they make a reservation beforehand.

That wraps up our Christmas in July series and what a joyous month it has been. With only 151 days left until Christmas, do you think it’s too soon to play Christmas music? What we do know for sure is now is the perfect time to begin planning your Disney vacation for the upcoming holiday season. For answers to your Disney vacation planning questions, please visit for a personal answer from one of our panelists! Happy Holidays!


  • Thanks for the information ! We are planning our trip for Christmas since april !! We can’t wait for be there!!!!

  • If we visit the parks and our last day there is Nov 8th, will we be able to see any of the Christmas events?

  • Nothing compares to Holiday at Disneyland Resort! Looking forward to booking my next disney trip.

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