It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas...everywhere you go....especially if you are planning a visit to Disneyland parks.

Disneyland and California Adventure parks are transformed into a Christmas wonderland in early November every year offering many festive holiday activities.

Christmas trees and holiday decorations are aglow throughout both parks. When entering Disneyland, you will feel the magic of Christmas in the air as you begin your stroll down Main Street noting decorated wreaths, garland, twinkling light,s and window dressings filled with holiday cheer. It is fun to stroll through the shops filled with Disney Christmas merchandise for kids of all ages.

Holiday music streams through Main Street with the help of the Disneyland Band, the Dickens Yuletide Band, and the popular Dapper Dans “Disney’s finest barbershop quartet.” For a different twist on holiday music, visit New Orleans Square to check out Jambalaya Jazz, Royal Street Bachelors, and the Bootstrappers. Visit the Disney Holiday Dance Party to dance to the beat with some of your favorite Disney pals.

Ring in the holidays with Disney characters and Santa during A Christmas Fantasy Parade on Main Street. Marching toy soldiers, dancing gingerbread men, and prancing reindeer will entertain you in between viewing spectacular Christmas floats featuring Mickey and Minnie dressed in their Christmas best, as well as your favorite Disney princesses and friends from Toy Story and Frozen.

You will find Disney characters dressed in their holiday best ready to strike a pose throughout both parks for photos and autographs.

Be sure to visit It’s a Small World and Haunted Mansion at night as both are illuminated for the holidays inside and out. It’s a Small World lights up with twinkling lights and projections on the facade at dusk and every 30 minutes thereafter. Take a ride anytime day or night through It’s a Small World for a holiday experience through each region the dolls represent with holiday music and decorations. If you are a Haunted Mansion fan, check out Jack Skellington and other scare-acters from the Nightmare Before Christmas movie.

Toontown is beautifully decked out for the holidays making Mickey’s house a fun stop.

Check out the "Believe. . .in Holiday Magic" Fireworks Spectacular lighting up the sky every night over Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle and experience an enchanted magical snowfall in parts of the Disneyland Park.

Santa can be found at Disneyland in Critter Country or at California Adventure at the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail for a memorable meeting with the jolly man with a twinkle in his eye.

It is “The Yummiest Time of the Year” to visit the parks with holiday food, drinks, and desserts found at both parks.

At California Adventure Park, you will find Disney Festival of Holidays where you will discover food and drink inspired by cultures from around the world.

The Three Caballeros host a lively street party, Disney Viva Navidad!, featuring samba dancers with Mickey and Minnie decked out in their best fiesta attire.

If you are a “Cars” fan, you won’t want to miss a visit to Cars Land for a Christmas tour through Radiator Springs. Be sure to make a pit stop at the Cozy Cone Hotel, Filmore's, and Flo’s V-8 Cafe. Throughout Cars Land, you will find themed Christmas trees decked out with Route 66 signs, orange cones, and hubcaps. Be sure to ride Mater’s Jingle Jamboree tractor spin to see a festively decorated junkyard with Mater singing holiday tunes and telling holiday jokes. Check out Luigi’s Joy to the World filled with holiday tunes.

World of Color - Season of Light delivers brilliant lighting, lasers, and projections that fill the lagoon with a magical glow that lights up the holiday nights.

If you love the holiday season and Disney, put a trip to Disneyland or Disney World on your Christmas list this holiday season. Call your Travel Specialist at Me and The Mouse Travel to guide you through planning your Most Wonderful Trip of the Year!

Traci Perjak

Travel Specialist