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California's Christmas Tree, the centerpiece of Main Street USA, became
completely artificial in 2008. For the first time in 53 years an artificial tree
was installed to facilitate a holiday light show with a whopping 62,000
energy-efficient LED lights and enhanced effects. Not only is the park actively
participating in energy-saving holiday celebrations in keeping with other
efforts throughout the seasons such as the more efficient, less polluting
Disneyland Fireworks display held many nights throughout the year, but
the event planners are also reach higher in an effort to wow audiences.
After dark, the magic of the holidays extends all the way from the Christmas
Tree in Town Square to Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle, elaborately festive with
snowdrifts and icicles (the only real snowdrifts you'll normally find in
Southern California are in the San Bernardino Mountains two hours by car. The
mountain peaks are sometimes visible from the theme park!)
Disneyland Resort's annual holiday
celebration includes Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle presentation
(unveiled in 2007) with three acts unfolding throughout the evening. Each
event features a blush of winter snow on Main Street,
U.S.A. and crescendos into a finale, “Believe … in Holiday
Magic” fireworks show. In the grand finale, theme park guests travel on a journey of sights and sounds of
the season. A climactic snowfall swirling on Main Street and
New Orleans Square resounds with the song, “White Christmas”.
Take a romantic walk through Sleeping Beauty's
“reawakened” Castle in a show that tells a story in
a style reminiscent of the Disneyland Castle walkthrough of earlier years. The
twist to this adventure is the infusion of
enhanced 21st-century special effects.
Themed entertainment, sparkling decorations and tasty treats add festive warmth
to holiday fun at both Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure. Tradition
plays a big part at the Magic Kingdom so there are some returning holiday favorites:
• Santa’s Reindeer Round-up. This holiday extravaganza held
at Big Thunder Ranch (AKA “West
Pole”) is where Santa can unwind with Mrs. Claus and the reindeer team.
Kids and adults can chat with St. Nick, see real reindeer grazing in a
corral, play reindeer games, create take-home Yuletide souvenirs and join
in holiday line dances with music from a Western trio.
• “A Christmas Fantasy” parade. Look to Main Street, U.S.A.
every night during the holiday season for this ever-popular procession. In the
parade theme park guests watch an enchanting
collection of holiday scenes, music and a cast of Disney characters in Yuletide vignettes.
• Haunted Mansion Holiday. Get ready for a madcap celebration as the traditions of
Halloween and Christmas collide. The ghoulish but well-meaning Jack Skellington
from the film Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas comes to the
Haunted Mansion to transform it with his skewed vision of the holidays.
• It’s a Small World holiday. It’s a small world
is a worldwide
celebration of the season, boasting more than 300,000 glittering lights on its
Disney’s California Adventure celebrates the season with fanciful park-wide
decorations and lively entertainment.
• Guests approaching the park will immediately get in the holiday mood as they
encounter the iconic “CALIFORNIA” letters transformed to appear as swirling red
and white peppermint sticks.
• “a bug’s land” transforms as Flik and his bug buddies spread giant Christmas
lights and oversized ornaments throughout their realm.
• The holiday scene at Paradise Bay includes a beautifully decorated Christmas
tree, hundreds of sparking lights on nearby trees, and lampposts decorated with
The Downtown Disney District and the Disneyland Resort hotels will join in the
merriment with twinkling lights and ornaments, special entertainment and holiday
Disneyland Resort features two theme parks – Disneyland (the original Disney
theme park) and Disney's California Adventure park – plus the Downtown Disney
District comprised of dining, entertainment and shopping. The Resort’s three
hotels are the luxurious 745-room Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, the
988-room Disneyland Hotel and the 489-room Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel.
Disneyland Resorts, Knott's Berry Farm, Pirates Dinner Adventure Show,
Universal Studios Hollywood, Legoland, SeaWorld, Wild Animal Park and an
assortment of other attractions, museums and thrill ride amusements.