Disneyland Christmas Decorations

Winter castle

Disneyland for the Holidays

There's nothing more spectacular than Disneyland's Christmas decorations. Each season, from mid-November to mid-January, Disneyland in Southern Calfornia turns into a winter wonderland complete with falling snow, non-stop Christmas carols and even a visit from St. Nick himself.

One of the main highlights of Disneyland's Christmas decorations is Sleeping Beauty's Winter Castle, which is decorated with more than 300,000 LED lights.

Lit Christmas tree

Oh, Christmas Tree

Disneyland's spectacular 60-foot Christmas tree greets visitors as they enter the Southern California park. It's 62,000 LED lights are lit nightly.

It's a Small World at night

Feliz Navidad!

One of the most time-consuming yet amazing transformations seen during the holidays at Disneyland takes place at It's a Small World. Instead of just a tour around the globe, it's a celebration of the world's cultures during the winter holidays.

It's a Small World ride

A World of Laughter

Small World shuts down every year in mid-October so the thousands of indoor and outdoor decorations can be put up for display. The ride reopens in mid-November when the theme park kicks off its holiday season.

It's a Small World ride

Christmas Around the World

The Christmas decorations that adorn Small World are non-secular. While there may be some displays with religious overtones, the remainder show off the various traditions and customs held by people in countries all over the world.

New Orleans Square

Big Easy Yuletide

The holiday decoations in Disneyland's New Orleans Square are just as festive as the ones up throughout the rest of the theme park. Colorful lighted ornaments and wreaths adorn the many buildings and lampposts in this "town."

Welcome Santa Claus banner

Frontierland Christmas

Nestled in the back of Disneyland, Frontierland is its own Christmas wonderland complete with reindeer, turkeys and yes, Santa Claus himself.

Poinsettias

Pretty Poinsettias

Live pointsettia plants make up a large portion of the Disneyland Christmas decorations in Frontierland.

Minnie Mouse

Visits from Characters

Mickey, Minnie and all their friends are seen throughout Disneyland at Christmas. Dressed to match their surroundings, they help complete the holiday theme.

Disney Fantasy Parade

Fantasy Parade

Twice a day during the holiday season, Disneyland's Christmas Fantasy Parade makes its way through Main Street, U.S.A. This music box float with a dancing ballerina leads the parade. This parade debuted in 1994, replacing the Very Merry Christmas Parade.

Dancing snowflakes

Dancing Snowflakes

Eight performers dressed as snowflakes skate their way through the Fantasy Parade. This is definitely a crowd-pleaser because if you live in Southern California, you know you hardly ever see snowflakes dancing - or falling, for that matter.

Reindeer in parade

Prancing Reindeer

No Christmas parade would be complete with a set of eight scurrying reindeer.

Reindeery roundup

Reindeer Roundup

Frontierland undergoes a major renovation of sorts during the holidays. Reindeer Round-Up is the temporary home to Santa Claus, his reindeer and even a couple of turkeys.

Turkey

Talkin' Turkey

After being pardoned by the President of the United States, two robust turkeys make their home at Disneyland, where they are on display until the end of the Christmas season. After the season, they become part of the park's petting zoo.

Reindeer

Reindeer in Training

Also on display during the holiday season are several "real" reindeer. Santa Claus calls these his "reindeer in training."

Santa in the parade

Santa Is a Star at Disney

While technically not a Disneyland Christmas decoration, Santa Claus (shown here during the Christmas Fantasy Parade) is as much a fixture at the Southern California park during the winter holidays as the rides are year-round.

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Disneyland Christmas Decorations