I'll let these pictures speak for themselves, but I have a few comments about the Candlelight Processional. First, thanks to MiceChat, I heard about this in the first place - I thought I knew Disneyland pretty well, growing up in Orange County, but apparently this is a closely guarded secret that took 38 of my years to learn. Circarama, his wife, Tigerlily, and me and my family had made arrangements to meet up for the Napa Rose dinner beforehand, and because the baby refused to "Take a Napa" before our dinner, we spent a lot of time strolling around DCA until our meal time waiting for him to fall asleep. As we exited the park, we were warned to get our hand stamped, since Disneyland was expected to be crowded. We were seated on the opposite side of the room from Circarama. He came over and presented us with a beautiful bottle of Syrah wine as a thank you for extending the invite to have him join us at Club 33.
The meal at Napa Rose was exquisite. I didn't have a camera with me (it was in my car), so I didn't get a menu photo or shots of the beautifully presented food, but from memory, the menu was as follows:
Roasted Pheasant and Mushrooms in a copper pot, or Lobster/King Crab, and Avocado Martini
Endive Salad with Roasted Candied Pecans and Pear/Blue Cheese dressing or Mushroom Cappucino
Tender Bone-In Angus Rib on Zinfandel Jus or Grilled Salmon on Christmas Bean puree
Vanilla Bean Creme Brulee or Bouche de Noel
Everything was delicious and attractively presented. Even the baby had a great pasta alfredo that he loved. With a half an hour left to show time, the waiter gave us our tickets and our gifts - three of the very attractive premium wine glasses etched with the Candlelight Logo that Circarama showed off in his thread.
That was part of the problem. Intending to put both the glasses and the bottle of wine in a locker while I watched the processional, I was denied entry into DCA (because I couldn't present a Grand Californian Room Key), and then denied entry into the Esplanade because of the no alcohol and no glass rule(s). When I explained that I just wanted to get to the lockers, they advised me that all the lockers were full.
From there, with minutes to go until show time, they advised me that security would escort me to my car. All the way there, the nice security official that escorted me griped about the company, about how the fact that they gave glass to me when I can't take glass into candlelight shows how corporate doesn't know what they're doing, and she also gave the example of how when the 50th anniversary began, they went from easy to check clear shopping bags to hard to see through dark blue bags, with a big "50" logo, that made the lines twice as long, since they had to open each bag. Finally I found my family near the front row and enjoyed the program.
The program itself was just beautiful. Great scriptural reading by Hector Elizondo, and wonderful soloists, a beautiful visual presentation, and the voices of many school and church choir members. A special night for all, as you can see by the pictures below (and note that with the low lighting, pictures were especially challenging to get):
This soloist did a beautiful rendition of "Silent Night/Noche de Paz" in English and Spanish accompanied by Guitar. It was the highlight of the night, in my opinion - just gorgeous to the ear:
You might recognize the Cast Member in the middle - she's my wife's favorite from the Parade of Dreams (she's the best aerialist/bird on the Lion King Float and is a caroler in the Christmas Fantasy Parade):
My son found the Processional to be very relaxing. After fighting it off all through dinner at the Napa Rose, he climbed into some stranger's lap next to us and promptly took a nap (and lady, I don't know who you are, but thank you!):
And at the end, he finally woke up when he was transferred to Mom's arms. Silent night, Peaceful night indeed!