Celebrating Christmas At Disneyland

We just got back from spending a couple days at Disneyland. Our favorite time to go is Halloween time, but Christmas is a close second. We were excited to go this year because we missed last year since Kennedy was still recovering from her surgery. We had a magical time and I have so much to share if you are taking a trip soon, so be ready for lots of fun!  I am just warning you now, there are lots of pictures!  Also, if you are going anytime soon the weather was pretty cool during the day and it got super cold at night.

Carter and Kennedy were so excited with their new Disney Christmas shirts and new winter plush toys that grandma Nikki and papa Steve got them!

Make sure you check out every Disney Resort Hotel.  They decorate them so beautifully for Christmas, their trees are amazing, and there is a Santa waiting to take pictures with the kids!  My goal was to see every Santa at the Disney Resort Hotels, but it did not happen.

Paradise Pier Christmas tree is all beach themed with fish, sea animals, and so much more.

Grand Californian Christmas tree is very rustic with lanterns and so much more.

This is a cake that was on display in the lobby at the Grand Californian

Don't miss A Christmas Fantasy Parade. It is so cute and runs twice during the day.  Carter was so excited for the parade.

You definitely have to ride It's A Small World at Christmas.  The lights are amazing at night and the children sing Christmas songs inside the ride.

Make sure you see the Believe In Holiday Magic Fireworks Spectacular. They were amazing and they actually don't come on until really late, so we were so lucky to see them right from our balcony (Blake did really good booking our room).

Make sure you meet Santa Claus at Pooh's Thotful Spot in Critter Country. It is adorable!

Paint The Night is back! We love this parade! It is only happening on Fridays, Saturdays,a and Sundays for a limited time.

During the month of December if you are there on a Saturday or Sunday you should check out the Candlelight Procession and Ceremony. It is a long standing tradition and it is performed under the stars in Town Square at 5:30 and 7:45 pm.

If you are also at Disneyland on a Friday, Saturday, Sunday, or Monday you have to check out Mickey's Magical Map Show. It is at the Fantasy Theatre right by Small World. It is a great show and everyone will love it.

Overall we had the best time. We visited with all the characters in their holiday wear, watched fireworks, parades, rode rides, ate way too much, and had the best time. There is really no place like Disneyland.

Kennedy just hanging out with her BFF

I have a new favorite dining place! In Fantasyland there is a place called Troubadour Tavern and they had the best flat breads and the most amazing Bratwurst! I was in heaven!

Have you ever heard about the Disneyland FAMOUS handmade candy canes? They are one of the most popular and desired treats offered at the parks. These candy canes are HUGE. Getting your hands on one of these candy canes can be tricky! Wristbands are given out at The Candy Palace or Trolley Treats opening (see dates below for what store offers candy canes on what day), I recommend getting to the main gates of whichever park is selling the candy canes for the day 30-45 minutes before scheduled park opening to ensure you are one of the first in line to get a wristband. Basically, the earlier the better. If you are staying at one of the Disneyland Resort Hotels and you are eligible for Magic Morning or Extra Magic Hour (which we were) that is even better because you are in the park before general admission guests. Wristbands are limited and available while supplies last (about 40 given out per batch with 3 batches on the days candy canes are available, so that's only 120 wristbands total). One wristband per guest for one candy cane only. Wristband must be shown at the time of purchase too. They are $12.99 and we sent Blake down one morning to deal with the madness of getting us a FAMOUS candy cane and we are so happy we got one! Thanks Blake!

You can read more about the candy canes here.

You can find the candy canes in Disneyland at Candy Palace on Main Street:
December 12,14,16,19,24

You can find the candy canes in DCA at Trolley Treats on Buena Vista Street: 
December 13,15,17,20,25

We always hop back and forth between Disneyland and DCA. But do not miss DCA this Christmas! They have some great Disney magic you don't want to miss!  DCA has the Festival of Holidays. There are cultural traditions and you can enjoy festive food and drink all around the world. There are 14 different food stands and they all looked amazing.  Blake and I ate our way through every food stand, but my favorite was Winter Sliderland. They had the best little sliders and drinks!

You can also watch Disney Viva Navidad and see the Three Caballeros host a fun street party featuring dancers, live music, Mickey and Minnie in Fiesta wear! This is by Paradise Gardens. You can also meet Goofy, the Three Caballeros, Mickey, and Minnie in their festive wear.

Kennedy passed out in the stroller, so Minnie and Mickey wanted to check and make sure she was having a nice relaxing nap!

Also at Paradise Garden you can welcome Princess Elena of Avalor as she makes her grand debut. Her friend Skylar and royal dancers also join her.

Make sure you catch World Of Color Season Of Light. Classic holiday music, dancing fountains, and dazzling lights shine in the all new winter fantasy.

The Holiday Toy Drummers were amazing. They play right by Boudin Bakery. There is so much entertainment happening at DCA you don't want to miss any of it.

Don't forget to catch Frozen Live at the Hyperion in Hollywood Land. We love the Disney Junior Live on Stage, which is also in Hollywood Land.

Cars Land is all decorated for Christmas so make sure you check it out and see all the beautiful trees and lights! It looks so good!

Make sure you meet Santa at the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail. The set up is beautiful. You can also meet Chip and Dale and some adorable elves that are wandering around. The line for Santa was over an hour and half long, so we did not wait for Santa. If you want to meet Santa I suggest you go first thing in the morning.

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