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Christmas at Disneyland
Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort

Holidays at the Magic Kingdom

Holidays at the Magic Kingdom
Celebrate at the hotels of the Disneyland Resort

During the holiday season, the theme parks at Disneyland Resort are decked out in decor, from twinkling lights to baubles and of course, cheerful strolling characters. And for anyone who would rather ride the Matterhorn or go on the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage than spend the holidays cooking, there is no shortage of places around the theme parks and hotels to eat turkey and trimmings—even king crab legs, roasted Turkey Wellington, and countless pies and tarts.

The resort’s three hotels typically offer discounts on stays from Sunday through Thursday this time of year, as well as strolling carolers and their own special decor. The Paradise Pier Hotel gets into the spirit with its ocean-themed Christmas tree and shell-and-starfish garlands, while the Grand Californian Hotel & Spa constructs a giant gingerbread replica of the hotel, right in the lobby. It stands 7 feet tall and 12 feet wide, is made from 600 pounds of gingerbread, 600 pounds of powdered sugar, and features 25 hidden Mickeys. Little ones can send out their wish-lists at a Santa-letter-writing station (with expedited delivery to the North Pole). Nearby, you can grab a peppermint hot chocolate and a Christmas Cookie Box at the Holiday Cart to satisfy your sweet tooth in a Santa-approved way. Regulars also rave about the kitschy holiday decor and drinks (like the Mele Kaliki-Mocha and a Red-Nosed Zebra) at the Disneyland Hotel, at Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar.

As always, guests at all three of the resorts hotels can make the most of their holiday visit with Extra Magic Hour admission, which grants them entrance into the park one hour earlier than the general public.