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Disneyland Resort for the Holidays

Holidays at the Disneyland Resort are a truly magical experience, with guests visiting the parks for Disney-themed treats, snowfall on Main Street U.S.A., glistening décor and holiday entertainment. Running from Nov. 10 through Jan 8, guests can enjoy classic Disneyland attractions with holiday makeovers – from “It’s a Small World Holiday” to the Jingle Cruise (aka Jungle Cruise). “A Christmas Fantasy” Parade is performed daily, while Christmas trees and seasonal décor adorn the entire park.

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Main Street USA - Disneyland

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Sleeping Beauty's Castle

The classic Sleeping Beauty's Winter Castle brightens the park nightly with magical snowfall moments along Main Street, U.S.A., concluding with incredible fireworks. Twinkling lights, festive holiday garland and nearly 1,800 ornaments decorate the soaring Christmas tree in Town Square, Main Street, U.S.A. This tree is an enchanting place for guests to take their holiday photos up close or with all sixty feet of the shimmering tree.

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Main Street USA

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Disney Figurines

By far a favorite of guests is the Haunted Mansion Holiday, with Jack Skellington and his friends from Tim Burton's "The Nightmare Before Christmas" causing a collision between Christmas and Halloween. Guests have a chance to see all their favorites from the film as they join the original 999 “happy haunts.” The seasonal overlay includes wreaths, toys, “ghostly” Christmas trees, and jack-o-lanterns, as well as a brand new Sally figure in the graveyard and a gingerbread house in the ballroom scene.

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Haunted Mansion holiday

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Entrance to California Adventure

At California Adventure, the new Festival of Holidays boasts music, dance, food and heartwarming holiday festivities inspired by cultural traditions from around the world. The daily lineup of entertainment includes nearly 50 performances of nine unique shows, with special Disney characters, street parties, cavalcades, musical ensembles and dance performances. A dazzling, fifty-foot Christmas tree adorns Carthay Circle, drawing guests into the holiday magic along Buena Vista Street. The tree and surrounding buildings, inspired by Los Angeles as it appeared when Walt Disney arrived in the 1920s, create scenes of another era with vintage-style décor.

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Buena Vista Street tree

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Window Display

Every night at Paradise Bay is the holiday-themed “World of Color – Season of Light,” a nighttime water spectacular with traditional holiday music and treasured Disney animation. This fourth all-new production of “World of Color” creates a sparkling winter fantasy with magical storytelling, brilliant lights, lasers and high-definition projectors, along with fountains that shoot as high as 200 feet to create the giant screens of water. The show’s musical soundtrack features some well-known musical artists performing popular holiday tunes, including “Let it Snow” by Dean Martin and “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” by Michael Bublé and Idina Menzel.

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World of Color Season of Light

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Main Street USA

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Sleeping Beauty's Castle

Disneyland’s Christmas season runs Nov. 10, 2016 through Jan. 8, 2017 with festive entertainment, decorations, and attractions. As Disney says, the Happiest Place on Earth, “Just Got Merrier” for the holiday season, and we totally agree! For more information and to buy tickets, visit https://disneyland.disney.go.com/

All photographs taken by Grace Lennon