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Disneyland Resort Announces Return of the Holiday Season, Nov. 11, 2022 – Jan. 8, 2023

Kelsey Lynch, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort

by , Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort

Disneyland Resort will once again transform into The Merriest Place on Earth for the holiday season, Nov. 11, 2022, through Jan. 8, 2023! I, for one, cannot wait for the return of so many treasured traditions – from the sparkling holiday décor, to “it’s a small world” Holiday, the “Disney ¡Viva Navidad!” street party and the seasonal food and beverage offerings. I am already bubbling with excitement!

Read on for all the magical details for what you can expect around the resort for the upcoming holiday season!

Disney Festival of Holidays

Disney California Adventure Park 

In Disney California Adventure park, holiday décor will shine bright, with a 50-foot-tall Christmas tree on Buena Vista Street and automotive holiday embellishment in Cars Land.

The nighttime spectacular “World of Color – Season of Light” will bring holiday magic by fusing cherished holiday music with memorable moments from treasured Disney animated films.  

Through energetic live entertainment, culinary delights and special traditions, Disney Festival of Holidays will highlight a diverse season of celebrations, including Christmas/Navidad, Diwali, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and Three Kings Day. Festival marketplaces across the park will serve a hand-crafted menu of delectable foods and beverages. The fan-favorite Sip and Savor Pass* will return, to taste your way through eight food or non-alcoholic beverage selections from participating marketplaces and dining locations. As part of Disney Festival of Holidays, you may also enjoy nightly holiday concerts at the Palisades Stage in Paradise Gardens Park. 

“Disney ¡Viva Navidad!” street party

The jolly lineup of holiday entertainment continues with “Mickey’s Happy Holidays,” a procession of Disney and Pixar characters dancing and marching along to the upbeat rhythms of the Holiday Toy Drummers. The “Disney ¡Viva Navidad!” street party also returns, featuring Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse donning festive fiesta attire and accompanied by Mexican folklórico dancers and Mariachis, Brazilian samba dancers and percussionists and giant mojiganga puppets.

Mirabel from Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Encanto”

Returning this year to Paradise Gardens Park, you may choose to visit with Mirabel from Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Encanto.” And Santa Claus will once again take residence at his rustic home in the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail. 

Plus, the yuletide spirit will shift into high gear in Cars Land with two seasonal attraction transformations: Luigi’s Joy to the Whirl and Mater’s Jingle Jamboree.  

60-foot-tall Christmas tree on Main Street, U.S.A. at Disneyland park

Disneyland Park 

Disneyland park will also be adorned with festive holiday décor, including the iconic 60-foot-tall Christmas tree on Main Street, U.S.A. Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle will enchant from day to night with shimmering icicles and twinkling lights.

In Town Square, you may encounter favorite Disney characters in their finest holiday attire, and some will be debuting all-new outfits!

“A Christmas Fantasy” Parade

Anna, Elsa and Olaf from Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Frozen,” along with Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Santa and many other friends will celebrate the season in “A Christmas Fantasy” Parade, a daily musical procession of floats, marching toy soldiers, dancing gingerbread cookies and more.

In the evenings, the festivities will continue with the “Believe… in Holiday Magic” fireworks spectacular, which features magical “snowfall” and colorful projections on Main Street, U.S.A., and the façade of “it’s a small world.” Families will also be able to dance along with characters such as Goofy, Pluto, Chip ‘n’ Dale and others during nightly holiday dance parties at the Tomorrowland Terrace. 

“it’s a small world” Holiday

Two beloved Disneyland attractions will return with fan-favorite seasonal transformations. “it’s a small world” Holiday takes guests around the world as dolls and toys representing children enjoying the distinctive holiday traditions of their respective countries. And In New Orleans Square, Jack Skellington and his friends cause a collision between Christmas and Halloween to transform the Haunted Mansion into Haunted Mansion Holiday.** 

Annual gingerbread house display at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

Downtown Disney District and the Hotels of the Disneyland Resort

In the Downtown Disney District, you’ll get to discover dazzling décor and photo opportunities, festive musical entertainment and special offerings from shops and restaurants. With a breadth of boutiques to explore, Downtown Disney District will be an ideal destination for guests to find holiday gifts for the whole family!

And all three Hotels of the Disneyland Resort will display beautifully themed Christmas trees, feature performances from convivial carolers and visits from Santa Claus. The Disneyland Resort culinary team will also continue its annual gingerbread house display at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa!

Mark your calendars – the holiday season will kick off at Disneyland Resort Nov. 11!

Check the latest entertainment details and schedules at or the Disneyland mobile app. Entertainment, experiences, and offerings may be modified, limited in availability or unavailable, and are subject to restrictions, and change or cancellation without notice. Theme Park reservations and valid admission for the same Park on the same day are required for Park entry. Park reservations are limited, subject to availability and not guaranteed. Park admission and offerings are not guaranteed. Visit for important information to know before visiting the Disneyland® Resort. 

*A Disney Festival of Holidays Sip and Savor Pass will expire on Jan. 8, 2023, and will not be valid at any other event or at any other time. Passes are nonrefundable, subject to restrictions, and not valid for Theme Park admission. Both valid theme park admission and park reservation required for park entry.

**Haunted Mansion Holiday is inspired by “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas.” 


  • I am curious about Merriest of Nights and dining packages for the parades and Fantasmic dining. Any idea when we should look to purchase? Im out-of-state and every time I go to purchase tix or special events tix… locals really buy those up and they buy up all the mech (like the popcorn buckets in DCA and the last year it was the gingerbread mickey) and by the time out of towers get there…Nothing is available… Thanks for any updates you can share.

  • Please update us as to when we can purchase Merriest Nights event tickets. I will be there in Mid November and want to attend the party, but fear they will sell out before i realize they go on sale.

  • Is there a way to get notifications on when they announce dates of Parties or Events?

  • I too, am interested in Disney’s Merriest Nites. I have a planned 3 night Disney Cruise and a 4 night stay at Disneyland in December and would really like to attend this party.

  • I would be interested in the Merriest Nights as well. We have a Disney Cruise and then a 4 night stay at Disneyland planned for December and am hoping that we will be able to attend this party.

  • Any information about magic key renewal.

  • I too, would like to know if Disney’s Merriest Nites be returning, and if so, do you have the dates?

  • Will Disney’s Merriest Nites be returning?

  • Hard to be excited when being stuck in”Magic Key” limbo.

    Apparently all our key unlocked was Disney’s scorn.

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