Celebrate New Holiday Events and Treats at the Disneyland Resort

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51,000 lights glimmer over Sleeping Beauty’s castle, making the holiday season even more magical for all to enjoy.

With bright lights, ornaments and fallen snow, the holiday spirit has spread across Disneyland Resort. There are even more exciting additions this year to celebrate the holidays with friends and family.

While the traditional “A Christmas Fantasy” parade still takes place at Disneyland Park, California Adventure has “Mickey’s Happy Holidays.” This parade runs twice a day and features classic Disney and Pixar characters, with toy drummers playing a festive beat in the background.

Returning for another year is the popular Festival of Holidays in California Adventure, with lengthy lines reaching to other booths. Guests can now order food from any booth and pick up items at the more overcrowded areas afterwards, making it faster for many to receive their items. For example, guests can purchase items from the Holiday Duets Marketplace while ordering food from another spot such as Grandma’s Recipes Marketplace. 

At Winter Sliderland Marketplace, guests can find the fried turkey slider, which comes topped with coleslaw. Every bite has a crunch, making it the perfect dish on a hot day in Anaheim. 

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The Favorite Things Marketplace features some of the most popular food items from previous years in one booth: glazed ham shanks, holiday stuffing mac and cheese and the gingerbread mickey cookie. The ham shanks are perfect to share with someone, and the ham is perfectly cooked as it falls right off the bone. 

There are more locations offered this year on the annual $54 Sip and Savor Pass. The pass features eight tabs, which can be used to try eight various food items at any of the festival booths. This year, the pass can also be used at Pacific Wharf Café, Cocina Cucamonga, Smokejumpers, Sonoma Terrace or Willy’s Churro Cart on Buena Vista Street. 

As always, there are still food items offered that are not a part of the festival, such as Christmas cake at Plaza Inn. Classic fudge and marshmallow wands have been revamped with a candy cane garnish for the holidays, and items such as rice krispies feature a holiday spin with a gingerbread-style Mickey and Minnie. 

The celebration will run until Jan. 6; interested guests should plan their vacation as soon as possible if they do not want to miss these offers. Check on the Disneyland website for any annual passholder blockout dates and for increased admission ticket prices to ensure the best holiday experience.