I think my family and I have adopted a new holiday tradition: going to Disneyland and California Adventure to kickoff the season! Yes, we’re lucky enough to live just 30 minutes away from “the happiest place on earth,” but the joy and authentic holiday magic you get at the Disneyland Resort should be experienced at least once by everyone.
As you can imagine, Disney goes all out to make sure that as soon as you step into the parks you feel like you’ve walked into a winter wonderland. Both parks transform with the most beautiful decorations, music, seasonal eats and treats, characters in festive costumes, fireworks, special shows and attractions and so much more. The holiday magic is so permeable that even my husband, who’s more on the grinch-y side of the holidays, got into the spirit.
My 5-year-old girl is at an age where what impresses her leaves a permanent mark and she’ll talk about it non-stop for a long time. What she loved the most was definitely the “A Christmas Fantasy” parade and getting to see her favorite characters in winter attire, preceded by a jolly Santa Claus – our first peek at him this year! Her second favorite was visiting the holiday edition of “It’s a Small World” and singing some of our favorite Christmas carols along with the characters from around the world and seeing the holiday touches that have been added to each land. Of course, our favorite was the Mexico and Latin America area that just bursted with color and a fiesta atmosphere.
Check out the slideshow below for our Disneyland Resort must-do’s. There are SO many things to check out during the holidays at both Disneyland and California Adventure that we really needed two days to hop from park to park and take it all in. Make sure you visit the main Disneyland site for a full list of holiday happenings from November 12 through Dec. 6.
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