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Holiday magic returns to Disneyland Resort starting Nov. 12

by Brittani Tuttle

The Disneyland Resort will once again celebrate the merriest time of year as the holiday season returns starting Nov. 12.

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Photos courtesy of Disneyland Resort

Running through Jan. 9, 2022, guests will be able to enjoy the return of Disney holiday traditions, yuletide treats, specialty merchandise, festive décor, and seasonal overlays of select attractions.

Disneyland park

Holiday magic will return with Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle and a 60-foot Christmas tree on Main Street, U.S.A., perfect for taking iconic family holiday photos.

Entertainment returning this year at the park includes “A Christmas Fantasy” parade, Santa Claus making appearances within the park, and the “Believe… in Holiday Magic” fireworks spectacular.

small world holiday

In addition, seasonal transformations will happen once again at “it’s a small world” Holiday and the 20th installation of Haunted Mansion Holiday.

Disney California Adventure

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At Disney California Adventure, Festival of Holidays will return with the sights, sounds and tastes of celebrations from around the world, including Christmas/Navidad, Diwali, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and Three Kings Day.

Guests can take part in the street party fun of “Disney ¡Viva Navidad!,” featuring Mexican folklórico dancers and Mariachis, Brazilian samba dancers and percussionists, giant mojiganga puppets, and Mickey Mouse and Minnie mouse in their fiesta best, of course.

At Paradise Gardens, festively-themed food and beverages will be offered alongside live music and dance. Later in the holiday season, Mirabel from Walt Disney Animation Studios’ upcoming film “Encanto” will make her Disney Parks debut.

cars land

In Cars Land, all your favorite four-wheeled friends will be decking the halls with holiday décor, from the snow-covered billboard at the entrance all the way up to the hubcap tree at the courthouse. Holiday overlays will also return to the immersive land with Luigi’s Joy to the Whirl and Mater’s Jingle Jamboree.

In addition, Santa Claus will greet guests and take photos in his rustic home at the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail. Mickey Mouse and his pals will also celebrate the season by dancing to the rhythms of the Holiday Toy Drummers several times daily.

More holiday fun

Elsewhere around the resort, traditional holiday decorations and carolers will bring the holiday spirit to the Downtown Disney District and the Hotels of the Disneyland Resort. In addition, the lobby of Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa will once again be home to a giant gingerbread house.


To learn more about the holiday offerings coming to the Disneyland Resort, or to plan your next visit, head to Disneyland.com.

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