Christmas at Disneyland is a tradition that attracts thousands each year to gather and enjoy the park and all its perks. Whether on Christmas Day or around the holiday season, you can get the most out of Disneyland when visiting with friends, family or even by yourself for a day of Christmas solitude fun. Disneyland is now considered the Disneyland park itself and its California Adventure Theme Park that is located right across from the original Disneyland park.
Go to Disneyland between November 21 to January 4. You'll find the parks (both California Adventure and Disneyland) all decorated for the holidays. They are lit up with Christmas lights at night, making the parks even more of a picturesque wonderland while enjoying the rides and attractions, dining and shopping.
Plan for a long day. During the Christmas season, the parks tend to open early and stay open late. The Disneyland park itself is open until around midnight often during the holiday season. To check the times that it will be open for your visit, check out the official website that is listed in th Resources section. A quick click on the "Plan" key will lead you to a calendar that has the theme park hours for the week.
Go to the California Adventure park first thing during your trip. The Disneyland park itself usually stays open later than California Adventure. By starting out here, you can get everything in before skipping over to Disneyland for some afternoon and night fun.
Go on the "It's A Small World" ride at night. Not only is the entire exterior all lit up with gorgeous Christmas lights and decorations, but the inside is completely decorated for Christmas, complete with Christmas greetings in different languages, hundreds of dolls to sing you Christmas carols and an entire Christmas "room" of the ride.
Walk down Main Street. The decorations are especially elegant here, and you will feel as though you are walking in a charmed older town that has a bit of magic to it.
Go shopping at the many shops that line Main Street and are located in every "land" of the kingdom. You can find something for everybody on your Christmas list, and you can even get everybody a special ornament from the huge selection in the parks at this time of year.
Consult the daily schedule at the gate for the special events schedule. Daily Christmas parades can be found throughout the parks. You should plan to be in place at least an hour before the parade starts if you want to get a good view. People get in place early.
Stay at one of Disneyland's hotels. They have holiday celebrations and meals that aren't offered elsewhere in the park, and it's a must if you are spending Christmas Day there.