Tired of the same old tree lightings, the same old carols, the same old ham? Banish the bah-humbugs with one of these extraordinary holiday-themed events taking place across the West. These far-from-hum-drum happenings are fun, festive, and guaranteed to re-charge your seasonal spirit.
Holidays at the Disneyland Resort, Anaheim, California
Let’s face it: Disney does the holidays right. And the festive fairy dust is sprinkled liberally throughout the Happiest Place on Earth. At Disney California Adventure, Santa and his elves make daily appearances at Redwood Creek Challenge Trail until Christmas Day, when Goofy Santa takes over for the big guy. The Disney Festival of the Holidays trumpets a multicultural array of holiday traditions including Kwanza, Hanukkah, and Diwali with special musical performances and entertainment (including the popular Disney Viva Navidad! street party celebration) and global eats at the Festive Foods Marketplace. The park’s 50-foot tree is decorated with 1920s-era vintage ornaments and lit nightly.
In Disneyland Park, the daily A Christmas Fantasy parade features Mickey, Minnie, and other favorite Disney characters, while the 60-foot tall Christmas tree in Town Square is decked out with some 1,800 ornaments. Several popular attractions receive seasonal makeovers, including “it’s a small world” Holiday; the Haunted Mansion Holiday (inspired by Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas); and Sleeping Beauty's Winter Castle. Don’t miss the famous evening fireworks show erupting nightly over the castle, capped off by a snowfall finale. Holiday events at both parks take place through January 6, 2020.