Disneyland Resort has announced the dates and details for their 2023 Christmas and winter holiday festivities, including Viva Navidad and Festival of Holidays. The holiday season will officially begin on November 10, 2023, and last through January 7, 2024.
Disney Festival of Holidays at Disney California Adventure
Disney Festival of Holidays is inspired by Christmas, Navidad, Diwali, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and Three Kings Day traditions, featuring diverse food and live entertainment. There will be new and returning food and beverage items at the Festival of Holidays marketplaces. Palisades Stage, Sonoma Terrace, and — for the first time — the Hollywood Backlot will host music and dance performances. Disney and Pixar characters will march with Holiday Toy Drummers in “Mickey’s Happy Holidays.”
Guests can purchase the Sip and Savor Pass, which offers eight entitlement tabs that can be redeemed for select food and nonalcoholic beverages from several marketplaces and participating dining locations in Disney California Adventure. Each Sip and Savor Pass is valid for the entirety of Disney Festival of Holidays and can be shared with friends and family.
Disney ¡Viva Navidad! will return to Paradise Gardens Park in Disney California Adventure for its tenth season. This year, Paradise Garden Grill will have an all-new menu for the occasion.
The Three Caballeros host a street party featuring Mexican folklórico dancers and mariachis, Brazilian samba dancers and percussionists, giant mojiganga puppets, and Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse in their holiday best. Additional festivities will include live music and dancing, visits with beloved Disney characters, and special appearances by Mirabel from “Encanto.”
Holiday Decorations & Themed Attractions
Seasonal decorations throughout Disneyland Resort will include Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle, adorned with icicles and snow-capped turrets; a gingerbread house inspired by sweet treats and pastries at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa; and Christmas trees with uniquely themed ornaments in both theme parks, the Downtown Disney District, Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, and Disneyland Hotel. “Snow” will fall every night in select locations of Disneyland Park.
In Disneyland, “it’s a small world” Holiday and Haunted Mansion Holiday will both return, with the latter opening on September 1. And at Disney California Adventure, Luigi’s Joy to the Whirl and Mater’s Jingle Jamboree will both be back for the “haul-idays” in Cars Land.
Mickey and some of his friends will have new midcentury modern-inspired holiday outfits for Disneyland meet-and-greets. Santa Claus will appear around Disneyland Resort through December 24.
“A Christmas Fantasy Parade” features characters from “Frozen,” “Toy Story,” and more. At night, “Believe…In Holiday Magic” will light up the night sky with fireworks and snow.
Holiday Time at the Disneyland Resort Guided Tour includes reserved viewing for “A Christmas Fantasy Parade” along with other select seasonal offerings.
At Disney California Adventure, “World of Color – Season of Light” features holiday moments from various Disney animated films.
Holiday-themed live musical performances will take place on select evenings at the Downtown Disney LIVE! stage. Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa and Disneyland Hotel will also have live entertainment on some nights.