Disneyland announces details for Disney Festival of Holidays

Disneyland Resort’s holiday festivities officially commence on Friday, Nov. 11 and will run through Jan. 8, with odes to Diwali, Christmas, Navidad, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and Three Kings’ Day.

For Diwali, the Disneyland Hotel begins the celebration early by serving an Indian chai Archisha tea at The Coffee House. The beverage is available on the menu until Jan. 9. To coincide with the festival of lights, Blue13 Dance Company will perform daily, at 4 and 5 p.m., through Monday, Oct. 24. The contemporary Indian dance ensemble will then join other performers such as Mariachi Divas, Mostly Kosher, Phat Cat Swinger, and The Mistletoes on Friday, Nov. 11 for the kickoff of Disney Festival of Holidays in Disney California Adventure park.

The daily “A Christmas Fantasy” Parade at Disneyland will feature floats, marching toy soldiers, dancing gingerbread cookies and more. (Photo by Richard Harbaugh, Disneyland Resort)

¡Viva Navidad! at Disney California Adventure Park will feature mariachi and samba musicians, folklórico dancers, and Disney characters. (Photo by Chloe Rice, Disneyland Resort)

Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle is shown decorated for the holidays. (Photo by Joshua Sudock, Disneyland Resort)

“World of Color – Season of Light” returns to Paradise Bay during the holiday season at Disney California Adventure Park. (Photo by Joshua Sudock, Disneyland Resort)

It’s a Small World is among the Disneyland attractions that receive seasonal overlays during the holidays. (Photo by Christian Thompson, Disneyland Resort)

“Mickey’s Happy Holidays” will be presented several times daily at Disney California Adventure. (Photo by Christian Thompson, Disneyland Resort)

The “Believe … In Holiday Magic” fireworks show will be presented on select nights during the holidays at Disneyland. (Photo by Joshua Sudock, Disneyland Resort)

Members of Blue13 Dance Company perform traditional Indian dances that build to a Bollywood party during the Disneyland Resort’s holiday celebration. (Courtesy of Disneyland Resort)



Holiday music and shows

The seasonal entertainment this year at Disney California Adventure park includes “Mickey’s Happy Holidays” character celebration and the salsa, cumbia, merengue and rock Latino! music of Tina and The Sounds of Celebration!

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During the day, the Disney ¡Viva Navidad! Street Party returns with The Three Caballeros, 12-foot-tall mojiganga puppets shaped like Santa and Mrs. Claus, along with Mickey Mouse and Minnie dressed in their fiesta finest. At night, “World of Color — Season of Light” will light up Paradise Gardens Park at Disney California Adventure and for guests wearing the new MagicBand+ devices, the nighttime experience will be enhanced with pulsating vibrations and flashing lights in sync with the music.

Festival of Foods Marketplace

Next month the resort will release the complete holiday foodie guide for both parks. However, some items were announced earlier this month. At Disney California Adventure, expect seasonal treats such as the Grizzly Peak peppermint churro drizzled with chocolate and vanilla sauce, then coated with crushed candy canes. At Lamplight Lounge, hot cocoa-dusted donuts will be served with melted peppermint-chocolate dipping sauce and toasted marshmallow crème.

Savory bites include esquites carnitas mac & cheese with salsa macha, puffed rice, freeze-dried corn and cilantro. Smokejumpers Grill will serve traditional potato latkes with smoked brisket and dairy-free horseradish cream. To imbibe, guests of Sonoma Terrace can sip on the Mistletoe Mule cocktail with cranberry juice and sweetened with agave.

The Festive Foods Marketplace, the park’s seasonal smorgasbord of multicultural cuisine, returns with a new concept called Visions of Sugar Plums. The marketplace will offer sweet and savory bites. The Disney Festival of Holidays Sip and Savor Pass, which includes eight redeemable tabs that guests may exchange for tasting-size portions of food and non-alcoholic beverages at the participating kiosks and dining locations, will also be available this year and is valid through Jan. 8.

‘A Christmas Fantasy’ parade

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At Disneyland Park, the “Believe … in Holiday Magic” fireworks spectacular will light up the skies on select evenings. The holiday season at the park includes Santa at Critter Country and new holiday merchandise on Main Street, U.S.A. This year’s spirit jersey designs were inspired by Mickey and Minnie’s seasonal looks. Other attractions around the park will be decorated for the holidays. Sleeping Beauty’s Castle will shimmer with wintery icicles and twinkling lights and the park’s photo-opp worthy 60-foot-tall Christmas tree will glisten on Main Street, U.S.A.

For guests seeking a more in depth look at how the park celebrates the season, The Holiday Time at the Disneyland Resort Tour returns. The two-and-a-half hour guided walking tour includes stories about Walt Disney and details about the décor. The experience continues with guests setting sail on “it’s a small world” which is decorated for the holidays. The tour ends on Main Street, U.S.A. where guests access a reserved viewing area for “A Christmas Fantasy” parade. The experience includes holiday treats and a commemorative pin.

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