Christmas Time at Disneyland

Disneyland Snowflake Entrance

Ok, so if you read my Halloweentime at Disneyland travel post, you know that it’s my absolute favorite time to visit.  But a VERY close second is during Christmas Time at Disneyland!  Seriously, if you love the Christmas season, this is the perfect time to plan your Disneyland trip.  Disney goes all out with their decorations, festive food, and entertainment.

The entire park is adorned with holiday touches, aromas of gingerbread waft from cafes, shops have a variety of Christmas gifts and ornaments – but don’t take my word for it, check out some of my photos and tips below!

As you walk into the park, you’ll see Main Street is all decked out!

Main Street Christmas Decorations

Disneyland City Hall Christmas Decorations

Make sure to get your picture taken in front of the HUGE Christmas tree!

Disneyland Christmas Tree

Daniel & Michele with Disneyland Christmas Tree

Sleeping Beauty’s castle gets a Christmas makeover as well.  Another great photo opportunity!

Christmas Sleeping Beauty Castle

Daniel & Michele with Christmas Sleeping Beauty Castle

Sleeping Beauty Castle Christmas Decorations

I love how they decorate New Orleans Square within the theme.

New Orleans Square Christmas Decorations

New Orleans Square Santa Decorations

Disneyland Christmas Desserts

I’m sure you can guess that Disneyland’s bakeries would have a plethora of Christmas treats, well, you’re right!  My favorite treat that I had to get every year was the hot chocolate!  I was sort of expecting it to just be a packaged Swiss Miss-like drink, but was pleasantly surprised at the richness and quality of the chocolate.  So good!  Plus, it will help to keep you warm as the sun goes down!

Tip:  While some of you from colder states may think:  “how cold can LA possibly get?”  You’d be surprised!  I’m originally from Maine, and I was often taken aback at the how cold it got, especially at night.  Certainly not that face burning, nose hair freezing frigidness, but it still manages to chill you to the bone!  We would always see tourists looking pretty miserable, because they were unprepared for the cold.  I suggest dressing in layers, wearing warm shoes, and having a stash of gloves, hats, and scarves.  Take advantage of the lockers at the entrance of the park, so you don’t have to carry everything all day long!

Michele with Disneyland Christmas Tree

I’m sure you can tell in most of my photos that it was pretty gloomy out, that’s because it was raining!

I would definitely suggest bringing an umbrella or raincoat, just in case.  While it doesn’t rain that frequently in LA, it’s more likely during winter time, and when it does rain it’s usually pretty steady and can be a heavy downpour.

As you can see from this picture, I’m wearing a pretty heavy-duty coat.  I can’t stress enough how helpful it is to wear warm clothing, especially in the evening.  And trust me, you’ll definitely want to enjoy the park at night.  Everything lights up and is absolutely beautiful

Be sure to visit It’s a Small World once it gets dark,  as you can see it’s lit up with lots of color and lights.  It’s breathtaking to see in person!  I really wish I could blog about the Jingle Cruise ride, but sadly it came to the park after I moved.  So if you’re visiting while it’s there, let me know how awesome it is!

It's a Small World Christmas Decorations

Sleeping Beauty’s castle is a sight to see at night!

Sleeping Beauty Christmas Castle at Night

Stick around for the fireworks, it’s a special Christmas display complete with a magical snowfall!

Disneyland Christmas Fireworks

Disneyland Christmas Fireworks Display

Cars Land ChristmasI highly suggest getting a Park Hopper ticket for this trip so you can go to California Adventure.  Particularly for Cars Land, which is always amazing to see, but Disney really goes all out for Christmas here!  Check it out!

Happy Holidays Tire

Radiator Springs Christmas Decorations

Flo's Cafe Christmas Decorations

Daniel & Michele with Cars Land Decorations

Cozy Cone Motel Christmas Decorations

Cars Land Tire Tree

Cars Land Route Sign Tree

Cars Land Peace Tree

Tow Mater Christmas Decorations

Of course, Cars Land isn’t the only place with Christmas decorations.  There’s also a giant tree in this park too!

California Adventure Christmas Tree

California Adventure Trolley

If you couldn’t tell from this and my Halloweentime post, I LOVE Disneyland and I’m a little obsessed with holidays there!

I’m a little sad I won’t be able to go this year, but excited for anyone that gets to go.  Especially anyone experiencing Christmas Time at Disneyland for the first time!  I hope this post has enticed you all to plan a trip, and have a happy holiday at the happiest place on earth!

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