Disney’s Festival of Holidays Wows Guests This Christmas Season

img_3426Yule tide greetings and a very merry Christmas season from all of us here at Tiny Table 3! To fill your Christmas needs, we’ve got the very best suggestions and reviews to help make your holiday season a successful one this year. If you or a loved one plan on making a trip to the Disneyland Resort this year for the holidays, we highly recommended the brand new Festival of Holidays at California Adventure.

Catch an Indian Diwali dance presentation in front of the Paradise Pier, or catch a mariachi holiday performance at any of the nearby stages.

Yes, Disney has outdone itself again when it comes to Christmas. Sure, you’ve got your holiday classics over at the original park, like The Nightmare Before Christmas Haunted Mansion, the Jingle Cruise, and plenty of decorations and Christmas characters to enjoy. Disneyland has always beaten California Adventure when it comes to Christmas offerings. However, we think the tides might have shifted this year. Now, California Adventure is the home to Disney’s Festival of Holidays. Spread across the entire park, Festival of Holidays celebrates Christmas on a global level, showcasing the very best foods, drinks, traditions, and activities from a plethora of countries.


Grab a map or take a look at one of their many standing kiosks, and you’ll see the entire festival’s layout. Several drink and food carts offer you some of Disney’s most delicious treats yet, like pozole, Swedish meatballs, chicken and potato curry, southern Mac n’ cheese, tamales, and so much more. And don’t even get us started on desserts. Eggnog cheesecake, gingerbread mini bundt cakes, and the list goes on. The options are nearly endless. Consider yourself a foodie? Well, you’re going to fall in love with this layout and its many delectable treasures. If you consider yourself a beer and wine connoisseur, try one of their many alcoholic beverages, or even try some of their seasonal alcoholic an non-alcoholic drinks. All in all, the food was very reasonably priced (considering you’re at the Disneyland Resort), and the assortment was amazing.

Chicken curry and potatoes served with naan bread. Just one of many ethnic dishes served at Disney’s Festival of Holidays. They also serve an incredible eggnog cheesecake, or mango lassi if you’re looking for a smooth, non alcoholic beverage.

In addition to the gorgeous spread of food and drinks throughout the park, Disney’s Festival of Holidays also pays tribute to the cultural music and traditions of the world. Mexican musicians play traditional holiday music at various locations throughout the park. Stop by the pier for an authentic Indian Diwali dance lesson. The amount of holiday entertainment options at California Adventure has drastically increased, and all for the better. Stroll further down the pier and you may catch the Viva Navidad parade featuring the Three Caballeros or even get a chance to meet Princess Elena.


Say what you want about Disneyland’s holiday offerings, but the resort has definitely brought California Adventure into the spotlight with this incredible celebration. I was so impressed with the Festival of Holidays, and would recommend it for all ages in a heartbeat. If you’re planning a trip to the Disneyland Resort this Christmas, make sure you plan on spending at least a few hours over at California Adventure. You’ll be glad you did.

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