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The Holidays at the Disneyland Resort - Main Street USA
06 Nov 2023
Things To Do
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Desert Palms Hotel & Suites

What to see during your visit this Holiday Season


All the fun of the holidays are right around the corner! Check out what you can look forward to this winter during your stay at the Desert Palms Hotel and Suites.


The Holidays at the Disneyland Resort 11/10/23 - 1/7/24 

If you think the happiest place on earth can't possibly get even more magical you have never visited during the Holidays! With festive cheer throughout the park including Main Street USA storefronts, lampposts and rooftops lined with holiday garland and wreaths and a towering Christmas tree right at the entrance of it all you can't help but be merry! Let's take a look at holiday fun you can experience this year at the Disneyland Resort.


Disneyland Park

  • A Christmas Fantasy Parade – a classic of the Holidays at the Disneyland Resort. See dancing snowmen, marching toy soldiers, and even a visit from Santa himself.
  • It's a Small World Holiday – You've never seen a light display like this! The It's a Small World attraction gets a festive make over inside and outside with holiday cheer.
  • Believe…In Holiday Magic Fireworks show – How many other fireworks shows snow at the end?? This is a must see on your visit!
  • Haunted Mansion Holiday – Check out Jack and his friend's chilling take on Christmas at the classic Haunted Mansion attraction.


Disney's California Adventure Park

  • Disney's Festival of Holidays – An instant classic, the Festival of Holidays at Disney's California Adventure Park gives guest a look at and taste of celebrations from around the world, including Christmas, Navidad, Hanukkah, Diwali, & Kwanzaa. Keep an eye out for our next holiday blog post exclusively about the Holidays at the Disneyland Resort for more details on this one.
  • Disney Viva Navidad! – Enjoy cultural performers, food, and character meet and greets during this celebration.
  • World of Color - Season of Light – The spectacular World of Color nighttime show gets a holiday overlay where you can expect to see all of your favorite winter characters make an appearance.
  • The Holidays at Cars Land – 2 of our favorite rides get taken over by the holiday spirit every Christmas, Mater's Jingle jamboree and Luigi's Joy to the Whirl.  


Knott's Merry Farm 11/17/23 - 1/7/24

Knott's Merry Farm at Knott's Berry Farm offers holiday fun for all ages. Here's some of our favorite things they're offering this year.

  • Christmas Crafts Village – an excellent market place where you can find the perfect gift.
  • Snoopy on Ice – You won't want to miss the Peanuts Gang and Snoopy's Holiday show
  • Santa's Christmas Cabin – visit Santa in Calico!
  • Home for the Holidays Show – Magic dancing toys, dazzling snow, and holiday lights and décor transform the stage at this fun attraction.


Universal Studios Hollywood 11/24/23 - 1/1/24

If you are a Harry Potter or The Grinch fan you will love Universal Studios Hollywood during the holidays. Here are some details about the 2 celebrations happening this season.


Christmas in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

  • Festive Décor throughout Hogsmeade Village – Any Harry Potter fan knows the most magical time at Hogwarts is Christmas and the décor inside Hogsmeade Village won't disappoint!
  • Hogwarts Castle Light Show – Experience the lighting of Hogwarts Castle and a fun light show to follow
  • Seasonal Melodies from the Frog Choir – The frog choir is always around but they have learned some new festive toons this holiday!
  • Hot butterbeer – need I say more?



  • Enjoy the holiday décor of Who-ville in person – It helps to be in the actual movie set.
  • Meet and interact with Who-ville characters –  All of the Whos are anxious to meet you!
  • Take a Photo with Max – We all know that the Grinch's dog Max is the real star of the show.
  • And finally… Meet the man himself! – Get a Christmas greeting from the Grinch himself but we're warning you now, he is still new to this holiday cheer stuff!



Holiday Market Places

Looking for some holiday shopping during your visit? Here are a few fun festive markets for you to check out!

  • Saw Dust Art Festival – This one of a kind holiday art festival offers a unique shopping experience with over 160 artists selling and creating their hand crafted goods. Enjoy live music, community performances, and delicious food from November 17th to December 17th.
  • The Outlets at Orange Holiday Market – Get great deals and experience the festive décor at our closest shopping outlets this season
  • The Holidays at South Coast Plaza – Along with great shopping, you can take your family to have their pictures taken with Santa, ride Santa's Express Train, take part in holiday arts and crafts, and watch the tree lighting.  
  • The Irvine Spectrum – Another great outdoor shopping center with stunning holiday décor. This one also has a Ferris Wheel and ice rink, for ice skating under the stars!



Experience all this and more this holiday season in Orange County. Book your visit with the Desert Palms Hotel and Suites today. To make sure you have time to visit all of your must-see holiday destinations, choose our Stay Longer and Save discount. Get 25% off visits of 1 – 2 nights, 30% off 3 – 6 nights, and 35% off stays of 7 nights or more!


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