Christmas Time at Disneyland with Toddlers

Updated November 2022

MagicBand+ is completely optional, need park reservations as always. It runs November 11, 2022 – January 8, 2023 (but Santa is only there until Christmas), reminder that Toontown is closed (Mickey’s Runaway Railway is opening January 2023, with the rest of Toontown opening Spring 2023). Use the app for mobile orders, to check times and locations for characters and entertainment, check on wait times, and use Genie+ if you choose to buy it. Weather-dependent. If you want a complete list of special holiday food at the Disneyland Resort, you can click here.

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Things to Pack for your Toddler during the Holiday season at Disneyland

Holiday Season at Disneyland Park


  • Santa Claus in Pooh Corner *his last day is December 24
  • Mickey and Friends in their holiday outfits along Main Street
  • Princesses at the Royal Hall (check for their hours on the app, you wait in a typically-hour-long line to see 2/3 princesses)
  • Other characters walk around the park randomly

Entertainment (you can check Disneyland’s daily schedule here)

  • Christmas Fantasy parade – there are typically two shows (there are dining packages you can reserve that include reserved viewing spots). Your toddler can watch from the stroller if that’s easier too.
  • Believe…In Holiday Magic fireworks – if your little one can stick around until 9:30, or if they sleep in the stroller and won’t mind the noise (there are usually dining packages available for reserved viewing spots)
  • Wintertime Enchantment – watch Sleeping Beauty Castle light up twice a night at 7:30 and 8:30. This is short, not really a show, but beautiful to watch
  • Character Dining can be a fun experience (there aren’t special holiday ones, but it can be a fun experience for toddlers)

Special Holiday Rides

  • It’s a Small World is in its special holiday overlay
  • Haunted Mansion (dark, features ghosts and skeletons) is in its Nightmare Before Christmas overlay (I find it less creepy than the normal Haunted Mansion)

Holiday Season at California Adventure Park


  • Santa Claus at Redwood Creek *his last day is December 24
  • Elsa, Anna, and Olaf have recently returned to the Animation Building (they rotate who is there, check hours on the app)
  • Catch various characters around Carthay Circle, including Mickey and his friends
  • Cars movie characters in CarsLand
  • Avengers characters in Avengers Campus
  • Pixar characters in Pixar Pier

Entertainment (check California Adventure’s daily schedule here)

  • Viva Navidad! Street Party by Paradise Gardens (they’re able to watch from the stroller for this show if that’s easier for you). They come out like a parade but then stop and dance around before going back the way they came.
  • World of Color: Season of Light night show, if your toddler can last until late at night. You can take your stroller with you to this show so they could also sleep in the stroller. (you can try to get into the virtual queue at noon, but there are also walk-up spots available, and dining packages or dessert parties can be reserved that include reserved viewing spots)
  • Disney Jr. Dance Party (check times on the app)

Special Holiday Rides

  • Luigi’s Joy to the Whirl in CarsLand
  • Mater’s Jingle Jamboree in CarsLand
mickey mouse in the viva navidad street party at california adventure at disneyland with text disneyland at christmas with toddlers
We loved seeing Mickey in the Viva Navidad! Street Party during the holidays at California Adventure

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