No one does Christmas quite like Disney® and this year, all your favorite characters are lining up to join the fun. Whether you love classic Disney® Princesses or newer films like Frozen™, there’s something for everyone at this festive holiday celebration. 


The Disneyland® Christmas Fantasy Parade is an iconic event that runs between the middle of November and the weekend following New Year’s Day at Disneyland® in Anaheim, CA. Here is everything you need to know before experiencing this magical show.

What to Expect At the Disneyland® Christmas Fantasy Parade


During the parade, you can watch festive stories unfold on each float adorned with hundreds of thousands of bright, twinkling Christmas lights. You’ll see Chip n’ Dale and Mickey and Minnie work together to sort an avalanche of Santa’s letters. Then, the Frozen™ float takes center stage, where Elsa, Anna, and of course Olaf, give their warm winter greetings.


Buzz Lightyear and Woody ride atop jumbo wooden blocks on the Toy Story™ float and the Disney® Princesses begin wrapping up the event with a special Candlelight Ball. The parade’s grand finale features Santa Claus himself, waving and cheering from his magical sleigh. 

The Parade Route 


The Disneyland® Christmas Fantasy Parade makes its way down Main Street, U.S.A. to the Fantasyland Viewing Area before it circles back around towards the Central Plaza Viewing Area and Town Square Viewing Area. Typically, Main Street is the most popular for the parade, but both Central Plaza and Town Square offer great views as well. Smaller viewing areas can be found at Matterhorn Bobsleds and It’s a Small World. The parade does not travel through the Fantasyland area of the park. 

Viewing Tips 

Make the most of your experience with these tips for parade day: 

  • Arrive early. Early birds usually get the best spots, while latecomers tend to file in behind them and sometimes have difficulty seeing the show. 
  • Dress accordingly. The weather in Anaheim, CA is usually pretty mild; however, the mornings and evenings do get chilly this time of year. You may want to bring a jacket or umbrella. 
  • Grab your snacks first. If you plan on visiting one of the park’s excellent food vendors do so before heading to your viewing spot for the parade.
  • Bring your camera. Be sure to snap a few photos and videos of the spectacular show for your memory album or social media channels. 

Book Your Disneyland® Christmas Parade Hotel Today 

When you visit Disney, it is helpful to be as close as possible to the action! The Tropicana Inn & Suites is located just across the road from Disneyland®, offering comfortable hotel rooms within a 5-minute walk of the parks. Reserve today!