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Holiday season returns to Disneyland Resort on Nov. 8

by Brittani Tuttle

The Disneyland Resort will transform into the most Merriest Place on Earth and kick off the holiday season this month.

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From Nov. 8, 2019 through Jan. 6, 2020, guests can enjoy a variety of holiday entertainment, character greetings, and the new Disney Holiday Dance Party at Disneyland park. Returning this year is “World of Color – Season of Light,” a holiday-themed production of the guest-favorite nighttime spectacular that brings Disney animation to life alongside holiday tunes.

Many guest favorite traditions and experiences are back for the holiday season at the Disneyland Resort, including Disney Festival of Holidays – which celebrates Christmas and Navidad, Hanukkah, Diwali, Kwanzaa and Three Kings Day – and the “Believe… in Holiday Magic” fireworks spectacular.

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mickey's happy holidays celebration

Guests can sing and dance along with Mickey Mouse and his pals during the all-new “Mickey’s Happy Holidays” celebration. In this new offering, Mickey will be joined by Disney and Pixar characters as they dance to high-energy music led by the Holiday Toy Drummers. All characters will be dressed in holiday attire for the cavalcade, which will run twice daily with show stops at Paradise Gardens Park and Carthay Circle.

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The nighttime spectacular “World of Color – Season of Light” will bring winter magic as it combines holiday songs with moments from Disney animated films. The production features lights, water, lasers, fire, and hundreds of fountains that help bring animation to life.

World of Color – Season of Light highlights at Disney California Adventure

Disney Festival of Holidays returns to celebrate the food and traditions of the holiday season. Kids can take part in craft stations and everyone can try a variety of dishes at the Festival Foods Marketplace, which offers a mix of food and beverages from different cultures.

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The Holiday Sunset Concerts will feature new music this year from The Suffragettes on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday nights, joining Phat Cat Swinger, who will perform a swinging selection of holiday music on Wednesday through Saturday nights.

Additional Festival of Holidays entertainment will include musical and dance performances from Mostly Kosher, Blue13 Dance Company, The Sound, and Mariachi Divas.

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The Three Caballeros will host the popular “Disney ¡Viva Navidad! Street Party” once again, featuring folklórico and samba dancers, live musicians, and Mickey and Minnie in their fiesta attire.

cars land holiday

Cars Land’s holiday overlays will return with Luigi’s Joy to the Whirl and Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree. The “Snowcar” will be back to greet guests on the road to Radiator Springs, and each “Cars” character will get a holiday makeover.

Guests will get to enjoy holiday-themed activities with Santa and his elves at Santa’s Holiday Visit at the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail.

A 50-foot Christmas tree will adorn Carthay Circle, with surrounding buildings on Buena Vista Street to be decorated with vintage-style ornaments. Pacific Wharf, Hollywood Land and Grizzly Peak will also be decked out in holiday décor.

Disneyland Park

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At night, guests can watch the “Believe…in Holiday Magic” fireworks spectacular light up the sky, leading to a finale of magical snowfall.

a christmas fantasy parade

Mickey, Minnie, the Disney Princesses, and Santa will stroll through the park once again in “A Christmas Fantasy” parade, a daily procession with floats, music and more.

A Christmas Fantasy Parade at Disneyland Park

The new Disney Holiday Dance Party will take over Tomorrowland Terrace, featuring a DJ spinning tunes and appearances by Disney characters.

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Guests who enter Disneyland Park will be greeted by a 60-foot-tall Christmas tree on Main Street, U.S.A., as well as Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle.

it's a small world holiday
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“it’s a small world” and The Haunted Mansion will also see the return of their beloved holiday overlays, “it’s a small world” Holiday and The Haunted Mansion Holiday.

It’s a Small World Holiday 4K 360° VR POV at Disneyland Park
Haunted Mansion Holiday POV at Disneyland

To learn more about holiday offerings at the Disneyland Resort, and to plan your visit, head to Disneyland.com.

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