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    Talking Disneyland Holiday and Christmas Events, Info, and News

    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

    Candelight Processional:
    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)

    Ticket Information:
    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
    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:
    http://micechat.com/forums/meets-eve...years-eve.html

    At Disneyland
    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

    At DCA
    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


    DCA

    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



    DISNEYLAND HOTEL
    GRAND CALIFORNIAN
    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
    Date: Unknown
    Status: Not yet announced for 2008



    Disney

    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,
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    re: Disneyland Holiday and Christmas Events, Info, and News

    oh this is perfect for us going during the holiday season! Thanks and Be Merry!

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    re: Disneyland Holiday and Christmas Events, Info, and News

    Great news! Thanks Aladdin!

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    re: Disneyland Holiday and Christmas Events, Info, and News

    On Sunday October 26, most of the Halloween merchandise was already gone and Xmas stuff was for sale in its place. I already picked up a couple of lovely metal and glass lanterns, and many others were doing quite a bit of shopping for ornaments, tree skirts and other decorations.
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    thanks

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    Re: Disneyland Holiday and Christmas Events, Info, and News

    Aladdin,

    Thanks for the great post. We will be down the second week in December and this is great for one stop info.

    I did notice your dates for the candlelight processional are one day off (6th,7th instead of 5th,6th) .

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    December 5th and 6th are a Friday and Saturday.

    Otherwise, thanks for the listing! Is there an announcement for when the tickets are available for the Candlelight?
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    Re: Disneyland Holiday and Christmas Events, Info, and News

    Thanks for the info.

    Is there any dates known for when they film the ABC christmas special at the park?

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    Re: Disneyland Holiday and Christmas Events, Info, and News

    Quote Originally Posted by Darkwing View Post
    Aladdin,

    Thanks for the great post. We will be down the second week in December and this is great for one stop info.

    I did notice your dates for the candlelight processional are one day off (6th,7th instead of 5th,6th) .
    Thanks! The number dates have been corrected!

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    Re: Disneyland Holiday and Christmas Events, Info, and News

    Quote Originally Posted by Tea View Post
    Thanks for the info.

    Is there any dates known for when they film the ABC christmas special at the park?
    Last year, if I recall correctly, Disney Did filming on two Saturdays in November, One of those Saturdays, They had a Camera at Christmas Tree Point, and the following Saturday, the Tree was up, so they could take film of that. There were some different stages they had set up for different musical guests, on the different Saturdays. They filmed a "special version" of the Christmas Parade, for airing on TV, at that time also.

    This year Halloween will still be going on Nov 1 and 2, so IF they do the filming similar to last year, Sat Nov 8th and Sat Nov 15th would be possible filming dates. Perhaps the 22nd might be a filming date - instead of the 8th. Or they might decide to do filming on other days this year. And Veterans day is Tues November 11th, so the 8th could be a busy day at DL.

    Any information on When DL will be filming this year would be appreciated.

    Oh, Didn't Miley Montana perform on one of those Saturdays in November, last year? I know we have some reports from that, somewhere here at micechat!

    And word on this years performers would be appreciated, too!

    Also, looks like we are still awaiting word on the exact times for the Christmas Processional,
    as well as who the narrator(s) will be, although, sometimes that isn't announced until much closer to the processional.
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    Re: Disneyland Holiday and Christmas Events, Info, and News

    Thanks so much for the info, I'm going in early January so it will be nice to see what's still going on Christmas-wise when we are there!

    I do have a question, however. I am going with some friends next weekend, the weekend of the 8th of November. Do you know exactly what Christmas or pre-Christmas I should say decor. will be up? Will the castle lights be up?

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    Re: Disneyland Holiday and Christmas Events, Info, and News

    A couple more updates have been added to the 1st post!

    First, Andy Castro's most recent update shows the streets of New Orleans Square all decked out for Christmas.

    Also, NewguY posted the first report of the "Snow caps" being added to the castle this year! AND Club 33 Mike Posted the FIRST picture of the "snow cover" progress! Keep the pictures coming!!!!

    Thanks to all you, for keeping us updated!

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    Re: Disneyland Holiday and Christmas Events, Info, and News

    Thanks for the Holiday Thread Aladdin. I was hoping someone would put a sticky up as we will all have questions regarding where the snow falls, the lighting, candlelight, etc.

    Speaking of Candlelight, it is now the beginning of November and I've heard NOTHING about the ceremony for this year. I just did another google search and found a ton of info from 2007, but nothing from this year yet.

    I'd really love to know...

    a) When and how tickets will be distributed
    b) Are those the official dates?
    c) Train Station or Fantasyland theater.
    d) Narrator


    I'm still ticked about last year as I went on EXACTLY at the time posted and got to the point where all I needed to do was input my credit card info, and suddenly everything locked up.

    I wanted to jump on it early this year, but so far, nobody seems to know much about this year's ceremony at all.

    Anyone? Darkbeer? Andy?

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    Are restaurant reservations at DL, still only taken 30 days before?

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    Thanks to SingingAngel7242 for the beatiful daytime picture of the Castle, partiallly covered in "Snow" on Halloween!!! Click on the Snow Covered Castle link for a larger picture!

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