Looking Ahead: Sights, Sounds and Flavors of the Holidays at the Disneyland Resort

Michael Ramirez

by , Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort

The Holidays at the Disneyland Resort begins Nov. 9, transforming the Happiest Place on Earth into the merriest! From tasty tidings to spirited entertainment, here is what we are most excited to experience:

Disney ¡Viva Navidad! Street Party at Disney California Adventure park

“A Christmas Fantasy” Parade at Disneyland park: “A Christmas Fantasy” Parade is a Disneyland holiday tradition! Whether it’s Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse offering yuletide greetings, Santa Claus with his prancing reindeer or Disney Princesses dancing at the Candlelight Ball, everyone has a favorite part of this classic parade. As we get ready to welcome back “A Christmas Fantasy” parade, the last day to experience “Pixar Play Parade” will be Nov. 4.

Festive Food Marketplaces at Disney California Adventure park: As part of Disney Festival of Holidays, the delicious mix of holiday dishes and beverages found at the Festive Food Marketplaces celebrate diverse cuisines, cultures and traditions. Come hungry! To make way for Festival of Holidays, “Paint the Night” parade will conclude its limited run on Nov. 7.

“Believe…in Holiday Magic” fireworks at Disneyland park: In the evening, spirits will soar during the awe-inspiring “Believe…in Holiday Magic” fireworks spectacular. This returning favorite culminates with a magical snowfall finale—a truly special wintry treat!

Disney ¡Viva Navidad! Street Party at Disney California Adventure park: As part of the Disney ¡Viva Navidad! holiday celebration, a colorful street party comes to life with musicians, dancers and giant mojiganga puppets. The Three Caballeros—Donald Duck, Panchito and José Carioca—lead a jolly, joyous celebration!

Seasonal Decor at the Disneyland Resort: Where ever you look, the sights, sounds and tastes of holidays will put you right into the spirit! The halls will certainly be decked—from the glistening Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle at Disneyland park to the gussied up sparkle along Route 66 in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure park.

Which experiences are you most looking forward to this year during the Holidays at the Disneyland Resort? Tell us in the comments!


  • So disappointed to hear Paint the Night will not run through the holidays. With no Paint the Night or World of Color, what nighttime entertainment will there be at DCA?

  • Will the made with magic items sync with any of the holiday events?

  • Yeah! I’m so excited about the Holidays at Disneyland!

  • Hi there! What are the 2018 dates candy canes will be made? Want to plan my visit to be there one of those dates.
    Thank you!

  • Is It’s A Small World Holiday returning? It’s beautiful and I can’t imagine the holidays without it. Thanks!

  • Will there be Candlelight Processional in Disneyland this year? I haven’t seen any information yet.

  • With Paint the Night ending, does that mean World of Color might be coming back for the holidays? If not, what nighttime entertainment will there be at California Adventure?

  • Will ” World of Color- Season of Light” return this year for the holidays?

  • Will Jingle Cruise be returning. I really miss that attraction for the Holidays

  • Will downtown Disney have the Olaf ice skating rink? That would be so much fun!

  • Still no mention of world of color though!? 😩

  • I was SO hoping to be able to enjoy Paint The Night again…but we are arriving the 12th. It really should be a year round parade because it’s JUST THAT MAGICAL!!!

  • I love the Festival Marketplace. I can’t wait to see the menus for this year. I am also looking forward to ether seasonal food and decorations!!! I too am hoping that PTN returns next year.

  • Will world of color be holiday themed also?

  • Will Paint the Night be back after the holidays? Either at DCA or Disneyland Park? I hope so because I love the parade so much.

  • Will either of those parades come back after the holiday season?

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