Holidays at the Disneyland Resort Returns with Popular Festival of Holidays and ‘World of Color – Season of Light

The Happiest Place on Earth gets merrier once again when Holidays at the Disneyland Resort returns Nov. 10, 2017, through Jan. 7, 2018. This festive season includes the return of favorite holiday experiences, including Festival of Holidays, “World of Color – Season of Light,” and the “Believe … in Holiday Magic” fireworks spectacular.

Guests plan their seasonal visits year after year to experience beloved Holiday traditions, from snowfall on Main Street U.S.A., to glistening décor, Disney-themed treats, holiday entertainment and the one-of-a-kind transformations that create “it’s a small world” Holiday and Haunted Mansion Holiday.

At Disney California Adventure

  • The nighttime spectacular, “World of Color – Season of Light” celebrates the warm and heartfelt spirit of the holidays as it illuminates Paradise Bay with a sparkling winter fantasy combining classic holiday songs with memorable moments from treasured Disney animated films.
  • Festival of Holidays” brings the spirit of the season to life through delicious food and special entertainment, including the popular “Disney ¡Viva Navidad!” A new twist to this celebration presents the popular Festive Foods Marketplace with a mix of holiday comfort dishes that bridge many diverse cultures and family traditions.
  • Santa Claus, with a sleigh full of mischievous elves, appears at Redwood Creek Challenge Trail, where guests of all ages will join the festive fun with a series of holiday-themed activities along the trail.
  • For the residents of Cars Land, holiday decorating begins with the whimsical “Snowcar” that greets guests on the road to Radiator Springs. Each address along Route 66 – Flo’s V-8 Café, Fillmore’s, Cozy Cone Motel, Luigi’s Casa della Tires and more – also gets a holiday makeover that reflects the personality of its “Cars” character resident.
  • “a bug’s land” transforms for the holidays, too, as Flik and his bug friends deck their land with oversized lights and ornaments.
  • A dazzling, 50-foot Christmas tree adorns Carthay Circle along Buena Vista Street. The tree and surrounding buildings, inspired by Los Angeles as it appeared when Walt Disney arrived in the 1920s, are decorated with vintage-style ornaments.

At Disneyland

  • FestSleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle returns with magical nighttime snowfall moments that conclude with “Believe … in Holiday Magic” fireworks and its stirring snowfall finale.
  • Guests will be enchanted by the soaring Christmas tree in Town Square, Main Street, U.S.A. It’s 60 feet tall and filled with nearly 1,800 ornaments. This festive backdrop is a popular location for holiday photos.
  • Disney characters celebrate the season in “A Christmas Fantasy” parade, a daily procession with floats, music, marching “tin soldiers” and holiday cheer. Santa, who makes a jolly appearance in the parade, also will be found welcoming guests at his special location in Critter Country.
  • Disneyland guests definitely will want to experience the popular seasonal transformations of these park attractions:
    • “it’s a small world” becomes “it’s a small world” Holiday with children around the world enjoying the distinctive holiday traditions of their countries.
    • Haunted Mansion becomes Haunted Mansion Holiday,* with Jack Skellington and his friends from Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” causing a collision between Christmas and Halloween.

The Downtown Disney shopping, dining and entertainment district and the Hotels of the Disneyland Resort join in the holiday festivities with twinkling lights and ornaments, holiday displays, special entertainment and holiday dining with themed menus.

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

D23 to Hold Haunted Gingerbread House Building Workshop for Members

Haunted Gingerbread House

Sunday October 25th
Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen
Cost is $42 per gingerbread kit plus tax. Additional seats may be purchased for $12 each. Reservations open October 5, 2015. Please call (714) 776-5200 to make reservations. Reservation line open Monday through Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Start a new spooky tradition! Fans of all ages are invited to partake in this festive and fun tradition of building and decorating haunted gingerbread houses.

Price includes gingerbread house and candy, a special treat, unlimited sodas, and two seats. Additional seats may be purchased for $12.00 each. Event will last approximately two hours.

Have you ever wanted to make your own gingerbread masterpiece like the one featured each year in Haunted Mansion Holiday? Or perhaps you’re a confectionary architect who’s dreamed of creating an edible Twilight Zone Tower of Terror? D23 and Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen want to make your gingerbread dreams (and nightmares) a reality with the return of our D23 Member-exclusive Haunted Gingerbread House Workshop day in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort!

First, Chef Darrin Finkel leads an interactive demonstration on the proper assembly of gingerbread houses. Next, the good stuff… decorating your gingerbread house with several handfuls of Halloween candy—making your gingerbread house the spookiest on the block.

Available only to D23 Gold and Silver Members in good standing. You may be required to show your D23 Membership card. There are a limited number of tickets available. Advance payment by credit card required for reservation confirmation. Refunds given only with a 72-hour notice from Sunday, October 25 at 12 p.m. Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen will not be responsible for the assembly, holding, or transporting of gingerbread houses.

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