Disneyland Resort Holiday and Christmas Related Topics and Event Tracker
Please check the following threads for any questions and updates. As schedules are made known, the general information about these topics will be updated in this post. PLEASE see the particular topics for more specific details and information. The Thread Links are in dark blue
We want to highlight and capture all of the special sights and sounds of all the Christmas, Hanukkah, New Years, and other holiday celebrations, throughout the entire Disneyland Resort.
In this topic, we will point you to the right topic here at MiceChat, to learn more about these events. There are so many different activities going on at Disneyland during the Holidays, it's easy to miss out on some of the magic Disney has to offer.
As schedules are made known, the general information listed below, will be updated. But please continue to see the particular topics for complete detailed information, as Disney may change schedules at anytime.
Likewise, if you know of some holiday happening at the Disneyland Resort, that hasn't been mentioned, or if you have updated information please share that information with all of us.
And here's wishing everyone a joyous Christmas, and a Happy Holiday Season!
DISNEYLAND - The Merriest Place on Earth
Disneyland Closing at 6pm on Monday December 8th and Tuesday December 9th
Christmas Parade runs at 4pm both days
Fireworks are at 5:45pm both days
DCA is open until 8pm both nights
This Annual Christmas Tradition has been around since Walt's days.
Several choirs combine their talent and provide the most beautiful pageant down Main Street, toward the Main Street Train Station which is the stage for the telling of the 1st Christmas as read from the Bible. The choir leads in singing several traditional Christmas songs during the celebration. A big name personality serves as the narrator for the program.
Dates: Saturday December 6 and Sunday December 7, 2008
Location: Main Street Train Station
Narrator: John Stamos
(Christmas Parade runs early on both days at 1:15pm and 3:15pm)
Tickets are sold out - Standing Room only.
Packages were as follows:
Napa Rose $135
Steakhouse 55/ Yamabuki $105
Hook's Pointe/Storyteller's Cafe: $80
(this does not include entrance ticket to DL)
Again, all tickets are sold out.
Candy Cane Schedule
Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, the Candy Shop on Main Street schedules just a very few days where they make large homemade candy canes. Check this topic for pictures and video from last year.
Schedule: Sillyup10 confirmed 2 more days for candy canes: Saturday, December 13th and Saturday, December 20th
Christmas Tree at Disneyland
The new artificial Christmas Tree for DL's Christmas Tree Point, has arrived, has been assembled, And was placed in it's spot in Disneyland EARLY on 11-12-08! We are waiting for pictures!
Keep your eye on this thread for updates, and if anyone has pictures, please post some here!
Also, See this Andy Castro update for pictures of the Tree backstage and also picture of the light netting on trees in the hub.
Video of Lighting Tests The Tree is still backstage in the video.
Here is a thread that has video of the "snowfall light show" on Main Street. The Castle, Garland, and Tree all look Great! New lighting in the Hub Trees, Garland on Main Street, and the Christmas Tree.
When will the Christmas Decorations be up
All the Christmas festivities, including the Parade, begin November 21st. The earliest of the activities started are with The Haunted Mansion Holiday, which opened at the end of September. Jack Skellington brings his own version of "Sandy Claws" cheer to the Mansion, which continues through at least January 4st.
New Orleans Square: Abominable Snowman and Darkbeer have provided pictures for this Andy Castro update ~ New Orleans Square Streets are all decked out for Christmas!
Main Street has the Tree up, and the garland over the street is up, too! Netting for special Christmas lighting has appeared on some trees in the Hub, mid October.
Snow Covered Castle Progress
Darkbeer has some new pictures from around the Disneyland Resort - Click here for his 11-5-08 pictures. The castle decorations are completed, and their is even lighting on the backside of the castle this year.
Thanks to SingingAngel7242 for the above picture!
Taken on 10-31-08
Toontown Decorations are in place!
A Christmas Fantasy Parade
The Christmas Fantasy Parade
Daily shows Friday November 21, 2008 thru Sunday January 4, 2009
Please check thread for specific times.
Christmas Parade Filming
Guest Stars for the Christmas taping included:
Jose Feliciano, The Jonas Brothers, and Corbin Bleu.
YES The Jonas Brothers and Jose Feliciano did appear at DL 11-8-08
PezzLightyear was present and has video of the Jonas Brothers at DL here
Darkbeer has hundreds of pictures from the parade taping on 11-8-08
Here is the link direct to his pictures
Here is video of part of the parade that was filmed on 11-8-08, AND
it also has Corbin Bleu singing the theme song for next years Birthday Promotion:
Corbin Bleu performing "Its the Time of Your Life"?
It's a Small World Holiday
Small World Holiday! Returns in it's Christmas Colors on November 21, 2008
The Santa Hat on the Clock tower has appeared!
Anticipating that it will have the after dark light show immediately after striking the quarter hour.
Several Threads have pictures of Small World Holiday and Check the recent Mice Chat updates!
Almandot Had the 1st photo report of SWH's return. And as always, has some phenomenal Pics.
Take a look here: It's a Small World Holiday - Soft openings have begun
Believe . . . In Holiday Magic Fireworks
The Christmas Fireworks Show followed by "Snow" in selected areas.
Daily shows on Friday November 21, 2008 thru Sunday January 4th ,
ALL Firework Shows Begin at 9:25pm (except as noted below)
Dec 1, 2, 3, 4 at 7:45pm
Dec 8, 9 at 5:45pm
Dec 24 at 8:45pm
Santa's Reindeer Roundup
The White House Pardoned Turkeys will be making their home here in DL.
Real Reindeer will also be on display.
Shows in the Big Thunder Ranch with Woody Jesse and Bullseye
Coloring pages and crafts for kids also.
11-21-08 thru 1-4-09
New Years Eve
Many different entertainment venues are set up for NYE
Specail DJ's and bands are set up throughout BOTH DL and DCA
Expect special bands and DJ's at the locations listed below:
what is disneyland like on new year's eve?
Keep an eye on this thread for MiceChat New Year's Eve meet here:
Small World Mall - usually Radio Disney DJ's are playing the music and the whole mall becomes a dance area
Tomorrowland Terrace - Usually a band has the energy on high
New Orleans Square
Castle Countdown -
All of Main Street transforms sometime after 6pm with party music
Hollywood Backlot Stage and the surrounding street become a dance area
Paradise Pier has a local Radio Station also set up for dancing
All of the Parade corridor and Entry area has a DJ
The Candy Cane stripes are on the "CALIFORNIA" entry letters. Candy Corn Acres has been harvested. No Santa's Beach Blast will be set up this year. But the Hollywood Backlot has old fashioned decorations on the street posts. Flik's Fun Fair has their decorations up, and the Golden
State Tree is up and decorated.
Hyperion Theater - Aladdin Show
Anticipated re-opening on Friday December 12
Disney dot com shows last day for Refurbishment of the the Hyperion is on 12-11-08
PARADISE PIER HOTEL
In Room Christmas Trees and Christmas Stockings
Disney Hotels offer a limited number of in room trees and stockings that guests may take home, at an additional cost
BE SURE TO GO AND SEE THE CHRISTMAS TREE IN THE GRAND CALIFORNIAN LOBBY!
DOWNTOWN DISNEY CHRISTMAS ACTIVITIES
Gingerbread House Decorating Event
Location: Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen -Downtown Disney Anaheim
Status: Not yet announced for 2008
SPECIAL MERCHANDISE OFFER
Dates: November 2nd through December 24th
Woven Holiday Throw - $15 with a $50 Purchase
See the link above for details from DisneyGallery dot com
Would someone confirm if the above picture is the image on the throw - thanks!
Additions and Updates to this thread will occur, as new topics are added and information is learned. Please be aware that Disneyland may change their entertainment schedules at any time.
Most recent updates:
12-4-08 - update to candy cane dates and link to New Year's Mice Chat Meet thread
11-22-08 - updated info to show all decorations are up, added link to Almandot's Small World Photo Report and link showing video of new lighting on Christmas tree in DL and the new lighting in the garland on Main Street. No Santa Beach Blast at DCA this year.
11-18-08 - added info to Candy Cane thread.
11-14-08 - Added info that John Stamos is the narrator at the processional this year.
11-12-08 - Linked the New Year's Eve thread to the holiday Tracker.
11-12-08 - Christmas Tree has been placed in DL!
11-10-08 - Link added for topics on coverage of the Parade taping on 11-8-08, confirmed that Toontown decorations are up.
11-8-08 - added link to Pezzlightyears video of the Jonas Brothers performing at DL for the Christmas special
11-7-08 - added info about the taping at DL on 11-8-08, and that rumored musical guests might be Jonas Brothers and Jose Feliciano
11-6-08 - added link to Darkbeers pictures from 11-5-08, and a link to his parade filming info. Also added link to topic for DL's official Christmas website.
11-2-08 - added special merchandise offer link from disneygallery dot com
11-2-08 - updated reservation info for Candlelight Processional, info from Pattimelt
11-1-08 - added picture from SingingAngel7242 of Castle Snow from Halloween.
11-1-08 - added link to Andy Castro Update, with pictures of New Orleans Square all Decked out, Also reports of Christmas Snow beginning to cover the castle - New thread has been linked.
10-29-08 - update times for Fireworks show, add some gerneral New Years Eve Info
10-28-08 - Edited to add A Christmas Fantasy Parade, Small World Holiday, and Believe in Holiday Magic . . . All scheduled to begin on 11-21-08 according the to calendar at the Disneyland dot com website.
10-28-08 - Big Thunder refurbishment scheduled to end 11-20-08, but no confirmation of Woody's Christmas Round Up.
10-28-08 - confirmed date of Candelight Processional as Dec 5 and 6, parade is schedule earlier both days
10-28-08 - anticipated opening for Hyperion Theater is 12-12-08, also DL closing early on 12-8 and 12-9 early showing of Christmas parade, and 5:45pm showing of fireworks,
10-28-08 - confirmed opening of small world holiday, thanks to darkbeers info from 10-5-08,