A Complete Guide to Disney's Festival of Holidays at Disneyland Resort California

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A Complete Guide to Disney's Festival of Holidays at Disneyland Resort California
It’s time for Christmas celebrations at Disneyland Resort California!
Celebrate Christmas under the Californian sun, and take part in Disney’s Festival of Holidays at Disneyland Resort California.

Enjoy a different kind of Christmas this year, one filled with magic, sunshine and all your favourite Disney Characters, when you witness Disney’s Festival of Holidays at Disneyland Resort California

The special event returns to both Parks from November 8, 2019 - to January 6, 2020, and is showcasing an exciting seasonal celebration, filled with multicultural music, food and fun for all ages. 


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Disney ¡Viva Navidad!

Inspired by traditional Mexican festivities, Disney ¡Viva Navidad! is a colourful celebration that is sure to get you moving. 

The Disney ¡Viva Navidad! Street Party will see you celebrate with The Three Caballeros, giant mojiganga puppets, musicians and more. Donald Duck joins Panchito and Jose Carioca to head up a joyous celebration through the streets in Paradise Gardens Park at Disneyland California Adventure Park. It’s an exciting bash, complete with some of your favourite Disney Characters and amazing 12-foot-tall mojiganga puppets of Santa and Mrs. Claus!


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Later on in the festivities, guests will be able to take part in the Three Kings’ Day celebrations, which takes place from January 3 - 6, 2020. Commemorate the close of the holiday season, surrounded by traditional decor and a unique photo opportunity.

Paradise Garden Grill will also be serving up authentic Mexican specialties throughout the event, where nearby Paradise Gardens will be decorated with colourful papel picado banners, pinatas, and other festive accents. 

Festive Foods 

Christmas is all about the food, let’s face it. Make sure you try every single one of these unique festive foods, with a Disney Festival of Holidays Tasting Passport - when you’ve filled your passport, you’ll even get a special completion stamp.

Here’s what you can tuck into this season:

Holiday Duets Marketplace

  • Braised Pork Belly Adobo - with garlic fried rice

  • Shrimp & Grits - with Andouille sausage

  • Mickey & Minnie Cookies

  • Cranberry Sangria

  • Churro Toffee Cold Brew (Non-Alcoholic)

Brews & Bites Marketplace 

  • Chorizo Fundido - served with House-made Tortilla Chips

  • Hangar 24 Craft Brewery, American Light Lager

  • Cerveza Rrey, Kolsch

  • SLO Brew, Cali-Squeeze, Blood Orange Hefeweizen 

  • Two Pitcher’s Brewing, Nordic Jam, Berry Lager 

  • The Bruery Or Xata, Horchata Blonde 

  • Einstök Beer Company, Arctic Pale Ale 

  • Lost Winds Brewing Company, Reddy or Not, Amber Ale 

  • Alaskan Brewing, Winter, English Olde Ale 

  • Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Celebration, IPA 

  • Saint Archer Brewing Company, Mosaic, Double IPA 

  • Karl Strauss® Brewing Company, 10 Beers for Breakfast, Maple Stout 

  • Festive Progressive Beer Flight – Cerveza Rrëy, Kölsch; Einstök Beer Company, Arctic Pale Ale; Alaskan Brewing, Winter, English Olde Ale; Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Celebration IPA

  • Flavors of the Season Beer Flight – SLO Brew, Cali-Squeeze, Blood Orange Hefeweizen; Two Pitchers Brewing, Nordic Jam, Berry Lager; The Bruery, Or Xata, Horchata Blonde; Karl Strauss Brewing Company 10 Beers for Breakfast, Maple Stout

Winter Sliderland Marketplace

  • Fried Turkey Slider – With cranberry sauce

  • Beef Pot Roast – Served on a potato roll with horseradish cream

  • Bourbon Cranberry Cocktail

  • Warm Peppermint Chocolate Float (Non-Alcoholic)

Grandma’s Recipes Marketplace 

  • Shepherd’s Upside-down Pie (Plant-Based)

  • Curried Cauliflower & Chicken – With lemon tahini sauce and black garlic drizzle

  • Crimson Pear Beer Cocktail

  • Modelo Negro, Dark Lager

  • Navidad Punch (Non-Alcoholic)

A Twist on Tradition Marketplace

  • Reimagined Beef Wellington

  • Reuben Potato Tots with Russian Dressing and Rye Toast

  • Vanilla Pear Mule

  • Skyside, Cabernet Sauvignon

Making Spirits Bright Marketplace 

  • Caramelized Apple Cake – With Crème Anglaise and Salted Caramel Sauce

  • Hot Cocoa Marshmallow Macaron (Gluten-Friendly)

  • Grgich Hill Estate, Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley

  • William Hill Estate, Chardonnay, Napa Valley

  • Gérard Bertrand Côte Des Roses, Rosé, France

  • Klinker Brick Old Vine Zinfandel, Lodi

  • Louis Latour, Pinot Noir, Bourgogne

  • Austin Hope, Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles

  • Apple Mimosa

  • Pomegranate Mimosa

  • Cran-Blackberry Mimosa

  • Chandon, Sparkling Wine

  • White Wine Flight - Grigish Hills Estate, Fumé Blanc, Dry Sauvigon Blanc, Napa Valley; William Hill Estate, Chardonnay, Napa Valley; Gérard Bertrand Côte de Roses, Rosé, France

  • Red Wine Flight - Louis Latour Pinot Noir, Bourgogne; Klinker Brick Old Vine, Zinfandel, Lodi; Austin Hope, Cabernet, Sauvignon, Paso Robles

  • Mimosa Flight - Pomegranate, Apple, and Cran-Blackberry

Favourite Things Marketplace

  • Glazed Ham Shanks – With Honey Crumble

  • Holiday Stuffing Mac & Cheese

  • Gingerbread Mickey Cookie

  • Warm Bourbon Cider

  • Bell’s Brewery, Lager of the Lakes, Czech-style Pilsner

  • Kronenbourg 1664 Blanc, Witbier

  • Modern Times Beer, Space Ways, Hazy IPA

  • Legends Brewery, Cookies, Galore Beer, Chocolate Cookie Milk Stout

  • Stone Brewing, 2014 Imperial Russian Stout

  • Beer Flight – Bell’s Brewery Lager of the Lakes, Kronenbourg 1664 Blanc, Modern Times Beer Space Ways, and Legends Brewery, Cookies, Galore

Merry Mashups Marketplace

  • Turkey & Stuffing Tamale – With Cranberry Relish

  • Pork al Pastor Naan Taco – With Pineapple Pico de Gallo and Cilantro-Lime Crema

  • Churros Yule Log

  • House-made Horchata

  • Habanero Hibiscus Margarita

  • Non-Alcoholic House-made Horchata with Rum Cream Liqueur

Viva Navidad at Paradise Garden Grill

  • Burrito – Flour tortilla filled with black beans, Spanish rice, molcajete salsa, crema, and choice of beef, carnitas, or chicken served with tortilla chips and molcajete salsa

  • Plant-Based Chile Relleno – Roasted poblano stuffed with vegetable stew, topped with roasted tomato sauce and tofu sour cream, and served with Spanish rice and black beans

  • Torta al Pastor – Pork al pastor, chorizo beans, cabbage, guacamole, and crema on a soft terela roll, served with tortilla chips and molcajete salsa

  • Street-Style Tacos – Three corn tortillas filled with carne asada, carnitas, and chicken with white onion and fresh cilantro and served with Spanish rice and black beans topped with queso blanco

  • House-Made Pozole – Mild red chile and pork stew with hominy topped with shredded cabbage, chopped onions, radishes, lime, and oregano served with tortilla chips

  • Kid’s Cheese Quesadilla – Whole wheat tortilla with melted cheese served with apple slices

  • Kid’s Street-Style Tacos – Corn tortilla filled with choice of carne asada, carnitas, or chicken served with Spanish rice and black beans topped with queso blanco

Festival-Inspired Offerings

  • Buñuelos with Cajeta – Two golden fried flour tortillas dusted with cinnamon sugar served with a side of cajeta

  • Mojito

  • Red Sangria

  • Dos Equis Lager

  • Dos Equis Ambar

Paradise Gardens Seasonal Cart

  • Holiday Tamale

  • Seasonal Empanada

Pacific Wharf Cafe

  • Apple Fritter Bread Pudding

  • Pumpkin Soup

Pacific Wharf Coffee Cart

  • Blueberry Apple Cider

Cocina Cucamonga

  • Horchata Agua Fresca

  • Tamales Plate


  • Loaded Latkes

Sonoma Terrace

  • Merry Cherry Punch

Willy’s Churros on Buena Vista Street

  • Pecan Pie Churro

Santa’s Holiday Visit

This year, Redwood Creek Challenge Trail has been transformed for the festive period, into a fun-filled playground complete with seasonal games and outdoor activities. Meet Santa Claus himself near the trail’s entrance at Ahwahnee Camp Circle - here’s hoping you’re on the nice list! There’s also an activity map for you to complete - uncover the hidden decorations and toys along the trail. 


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Disney California Adventure Park

There’s loads more to enjoy at Disney California Adventure Park, highlighting the magic of Christmas with some festive delights. 

Mater’s Jingle Jamboree - Listen to classic holiday tunes aboard to cute lil’ tractor, as you make your way around Mater’s collection of car parts.

Luigi’s Joy to the Whirl - Take a seat in a classic Italian import and celebrate Christmas in style, as the cars cruise to the music. 

Buena Vista Street Holiday Tree Lighting - the towering tree is twinkling with a kaleidoscope of colourful lights, ornaments and garlands. 

World of Color - Season of Light - This spectacular light and water show is only available to view in the reserved areas with a Disney FASTPASS OR World of Color Dining Package voucher. Non-reserved viewing location for each performance are available around Paradise Bay on a first-come, first-served basis.  Beloved moments from Disney and Pixar films be brought to life in time to dancing fountains, festive music and shimmering snowflakes. An enchanting, unforgettable experience!

Disneyland Park

There’s also lots of festive events taking place at Disneyland Park, showcasing a season of wonder. 

A Christmas Fantasy Parade - Disney Characters join Santa Claus for a mery musical celebration, heading down Main Street, U.S.A. A spectacle not to be missed! 

“Believe...In Holiday Magic” Fireworks Spectacular - Fireworks are part of what makes Christmas so magical, and this dazzling pyrotechnical spectacle will illuminate Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle.

“It’s a small world” Holiday Lighting - this classic attraction is receiving a holiday makeover, with twinkling lights and a medley of holiday tunes. A light projection will also showcase charming holiday colours and images.

Haunted Mansion Holiday - Inspired by Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, the Haunted Mansion has received a frightfully festive makeover. 

These magical celebrations take place at Disneyland Resort California from November 8, 2019 - January 6, 2020. 

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