Disneyland Resort is Home for Our Holiday Tradition

Disneyland holidaysI believe it is fair to say that most people view holiday traditions in the traditional sense (see what I did there?), meaning things are done as they always were and always will be—a static point on the circle of life that we return to as needed and we find much comfort there. I get that.

However, I like to think of our holiday traditions as slightly more fluid, and, as is often the case in our family, wearing mouse ears.

That is one of the many reasons that we love visiting the Disneyland Resort during the holidays. The tradition is in the going, the magic, and the season, but there is always something new and different that separates each Christmas from the last, which keeps years of memories from tangling together like so many strings of tree lights.

This year was no different.

We enjoyed the usual (where usual means wonderful in the most Disney sort of way) holiday festivities like fantastic shopping, decorations, parades, and our favorite characters in winter gear, but also the new. For instance, Christmas in Cars Land offers a collection of incredible trees themed to each pit stop along the main road, and occasional visits by a certain tow truck in a big, red hat.

In Disneyland the Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree (Frontierland) is a regular Christmas hoedown. It’s a thing. The Jamboree is the best place to meet the man himself, Santa Claus, this side of the North Pole. In fact, we’ve made Santa’s Disneyland stop our regular visiting place nearly every year (we missed a couple while living in Seattle) since the boys were born. The Jamboree is also a good place to meet the mouse himself (that’s Mickey), Mrs. Claus, Minnie Mouse, Pluto the reindeer, or a really skinny Goofy Claus while getting out of the crowds and decorating cookies, playing reindeer games, or enjoying a show by Zane’s favorite band Billy Hill and the Hillbillies. Seriously, he’s a big fan.

Our holiday tradition at Disneyland generally consists of the holiday parade and seasonal fireworks, some photo ops, and as many treats as possible (try the candy canes made in the park). We also do as much holiday shopping as we can swing (I can’t go into detail here because my mom is reading and we got her stuff!).

One of my favorite holiday traditions at the Disneyland Resort (don’t forget the shops in Downtown Disney!) is when each family member picks a new ornament for our Christmas tree, which makes every subsequent decorating all the more special. Also, we’re going to need a bigger tree.

Here are some of our favorite moments from the trip this year:

  • Radiator Springs Goes Seasonal 1 of 9
    Radiator Springs Goes Seasonal
    In the meadow my boys built a snowcar... okay, they didn't build it, but they loved it and that's good enough!
  • Cars Land at Christmas 2 of 9
    Cars Land at Christmas
    Welcome to Cars Land in Disney's California Adventure—no snow tires required!
    Photo: Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland
  • Santa Mater, Like Ta-mater Without the Ta 3 of 9
    Santa Mater, Like Ta-mater Without the Ta
    Mater gets into the holiday spirit in the new Cars Land at Disney California Adventure park.
    Photo: Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland
  • Route 66 Has Never Looked More Merry 4 of 9
    Route 66 Has Never Looked More Merry
    Take a look at those snowflakes—that's Disney detail, people! Also, cars.
    Photo: Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland
  • Santa Stanley 5 of 9
    Santa Stanley
    Long before Santa Mater was towing presents there was Santa Stanley and the statue proves it.
  • Christmas Duck 6 of 9
    Christmas Duck
    Donald's holidays are probably a lot safer with my boys around than his three nephews.
  • Waiting on the Holiday Hillbillies 7 of 9
    Waiting on the Holiday Hillbillies
    Zane loves live music, especially if the band has an upright bass—and Bill and the boys do!
  • Billy Hill and the Hillbillies 8 of 9
    Billy Hill and the Hillbillies
    The Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree was about as fun and festive as a Christmas party could be on an 80 degree day.
  • A Creature Was Stirring… and It WAS a Mouse! 9 of 9
    A Creature Was Stirring... and It WAS a Mouse!
    Mickey took a break from the holiday rush to make my boys very happy, and isn't that what Christmas is all about?

The holidays are running at Disneyland Resort now through January 6, 2013!

My family and I were Disney’s guest at a special holiday event, which is what we like to call a Christmas miracle.

Top photo: Disney

Whit HoneaRead more from Whit Honea at his site Honea Express and the popular group blog DadCentric. You can follow Whit on the Twitter or Pinterest (his opinions are his own and do not reflect those of Babble or most rational people).


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