2021 Disneyland Christmas After Hours Event: Disney Merriest Nites

by | Sep 10, 2021 | Disneyland, Disneyland Parks, DLR News, WDW Blog

Get ready to jingle those bells and deck those halls. Disney Merriest Nites is the brand-new 2021 Disneyland Christmas After Hours event you’ve been waiting for.

This year, Walt Disney World introduced the new Very Merriest After Hours event, which includes cavalcades and fireworks, extra hours on favorite attractions, and exclusive snacks. (Here’s how much it costs.)

Not to be out done, Disneyland has announced its own Christmas After Hours event, called Disney Merriest Nites.

Have Yourself a Disneyland Christmas

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Wondering what to expect at Disney Merriest Nites? Your pal Mickey Mouse will usher you in to his winter wonderland on Main Street, U.S.A., which, as always, will be decorated with a specific Victorian Christmas charm.


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Favorite characters from various Disney properties will make an appearance across the park:

  • Have an island Christmas over in Adventureland with Lilo & Stitch.
  • Meet Princess Tiana in New Orleans Square for Christmas on the bayou.
  • Catch Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, and other Muppet friends (and chickens, of course, always chicken) as they sing carols from a special coach.
  • Head to Frontierland to wish Feliz Navidad to Coco‘s Miguel and even join in the dance party.
  • Meet Buzz Lightyear as he leads the Christmas celebrations in Tomorrowland.
  • Celebrate Christmas with Elsa in Fantasyland.
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Throughout Disney Merriest Nites, you’ll have the chance to snap a pic in front of themed photo backdrops, meet some of your favorite Disney characters, and, of course, nom on all the best Disneyland Christmas snacks and drinks.

In addition, this 2021 Disneyland Christmas After Hours event ensures you’ll get a special viewing of “A Christmas Fantasy Parade.” Plus, select attractions will be open with shorter wait times, and you’ll get to see the special overlays on Haunted Mansion and “it’s a small world.”

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The “it’s a small world” holiday overlay is a Disneyland Christmas classic. Photo courtesy of Disney Parks Blog

You can also expect a visit from Santa and a little California snowfall.

Finally, entry to Disney Merriest Nites gets you unlimited Disney PhotoPass digital downloads throughout the night, so be sure to wear your favorite ugly Christmas sweater!

2021 Disneyland Christmas After Hours Event: The Details

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The 2021 Disneyland Christmas After Hours event is a separate-ticket event with limited capacity over just five select nights in November and December.

While select attractions will be open late, please note that Critter Country, Mickey’s Toontown, and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will be closed for the whole event.

When Do Disney Merriest Tickets Go on Sale?

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Tickets go on sale starting Sept. 14 at 9 AM.

When Is Disney Merriest Nites?

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On select nights, the 2021 Disneyland Christmas After Hours party runs from 8 PM to midnight.

  • Nov. 11
  • Nov. 16
  • Nov. 30
  • Dec. 7
  • Dec. 9

Though the Disney Merriest Nites don’t start until 8 PM, your separate ticket gets you into the park as early as 5 PM, even if you don’t have general admission on that day.

How Much Does Disney Merriest Nites Cost?

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And the cost for the After Hours Christmas event at Disneyland? It’s considerably more affordable than Very Merriest at Walt Disney World. General admission tickets start at $165 per person for ages 3 and up. (November 11 tickets will be sold at $175.)

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Written by Timothy Moore

Written by Timothy Moore

Boom baby! Timothy Moore is excited to serve as your managing editor and resident Disney Renaissance expert. When he's not drinking around the world at EPCOT or gobbling down Mickey Waffles for breakfast, he can usually be found with his partner hiking and kayaking the great outdoors, putting off writing his novel by playing Nintendo Switch, or telling his dogs Goomba and Blooper that they're the best boys in the world ad nauseam (because they are).

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