2021 Festival of Holidays Snacks: Your Guide to a Disney California Adventure Christmas

by | Nov 5, 2021 | Disneyland Parks, DLR Food, DLR News

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Here’s your complete guide to 2021 Festival of Holidays Snacks at Disney California Adventure this Christmas season.

What is the holiday season for if not breaking (or completely obliterating) your diet right before the turn of the New Year? If you’re looking to send the year off with a belly-busting bang, look no further than the 2021 Festival of Holidays snacks at California Adventure Park. The food and drink lineup is, well, a Christmas miracle.

This year’s Disney Festival of Holidays is packed to the brim with so, so many tasty bites and sips. Much like how your safta jams all that jelly into her world-famous sufganiyot. And since it runs from Nov. 12, 2021, to Jan. 9, 2022, you’ll have nearly two whole months to dig in.

Don’t have time to browse the whole menu? Jump to our TOP 5 MUST-EAT SNACKS at this year’s festival!

Your Complete Guide to 2021 Festival of Holidays Snacks at DCA

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The festival passport. Photo by Stephanie Shuster

The 2021 Disney Festival of Holidays includes eight Festive Foods Marketplace locations as well as festive feasts at carts and restaurants throughout the park.

You can collect stamps at each stop in your Disney Festival of Holidays Tasting Passport. When you’ve got a full card, hit the Holiday Central Pergola for a special completionist’s stamp.

This year also sees the return of the Sip and Savor Pass, which works for up to eight food items and nonalcoholic beverages at participating locations. Entitlement tabs expire on Jan. 9, 2022, so be sure to use them all before the end of the event.

Have a fully or partially unredeemed 2020 Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival Sip & Savor Pass? This year only, Disney California Adventure will let you cash in your remaining tabs at select locations or exchange them for a Disney Gift Card eGift.

2021 Festival of Holidays Snacks at Marketplace Food and Drinks

Holiday Duets Marketplace

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The Holiday Duets booth at the 2021 Festival of Holidays. Photo by Stephanie Shuster

Braised Pork Belly Adobo with Garlic Fried Rice

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Braised Pork Bello. Photo by Stephanie Shuster

  • Review: The rice was delicious and super garlicky. The pork belly had good flavor but was a little on the fatty side. Imagine if bacon and steak had a baby.

Calamansi Melon Lemonade

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Calamansi Melon Lemonade. Photo by Stephanie Shuster

  • Menu description: Calamansi, cantaloupe, and house-made lemonade
  • Review: It was not too sweet. Very tangy and a tropical citrusy taste that was refreshing. This was a good portion and beautifully garnished.

Also on the Holiday Duets Menu

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The Holiday Duets menu at the 2021 Festival of Holidays. Photo by Stephanie Shuster

  • Shrimp & Grits with Andouille Sausage
  • Pabana Cachaça Colada
    • Cachaça, passionfruit, banana, mango, coconut cream, and lime

Brews & Bites Marketplace

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The Brews & Bites booth at the 2021 Festival of Holidays. Photo by Stephanie Shuster

Impossible Chorizo Queso Fundido

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Impossible Chorizo Queso Fundido with Tortilla Chips. Photo courtesy of Disney Parks Blog

  • Menu description: Served with house-made tortilla chips
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The Brews & Bites menu at the 2021 Festival of Holidays. Photo by Stephanie Shuster

Winter Sliderland Marketplace

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The Winter Sliderland booth at the 2021 Festival of Holidays. Photo by Stephanie Shuster

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The Winter Sliderland menu at the 2021 Festival of Holidays. Photo by Stephanie Shuster

Nashville Hot Turkey Slider with Dill Pickle

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Nashville Hot Turkey Slider. Photo by Stephanie Shuster

  • Review: Though we wish that it had double the amount of pickles and was a little bit spicier, we did find this dish to look quite cute. But the small bread isn’t practical! The saving grace for this dish: The turkey is well seasoned and juicy.

Beef Pot Roast on Potato Roll

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Beef Pot Roast. Photo by Stephanie Shuster

  • Menu description: With horseradish cream.
  • Review: This was really tender and flavorful. It was slight salty, and we enjoyed the chunks of carrot. The roll itself was nothing to write home about, but overall, the dish is great.

Bourbon Cranberry Cocktail

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Bourbon Cranberry Cocktail. Photo by Stephanie Shuster

  • Menu description: Bourbon, cranberry, orange, and cinnamon
  • Review: They were NOT shy with the bourbon in this cocktail! We loved the frosted cranberry garnish. This drink is quite tart and has a little bit of dusting of cinnamon flavor.

Prickly Pear Tea Lemonade

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Prickly Pear Tea Lemonade. Photo by Stephanie Shuster

  • Menu description: Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Co. Ceylon Black Tea cold brew, prickly pear beverage syrup, and house-made lemonade
  • Review: This drink is excellent! The Joffrey’s tea (which is delicious on its own) is perfectly paired (or peared, if you will) with prickly pear purée and housemade lemonade. Not too sweet, not too tart. Really nice balance and refreshing.

Grandma’s Recipes Marketplace

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The Grandma’s Recipe booth at the 2021 Festival of Holidays. Photo by Stephanie Shuster

On the Grandma’s Recipe Menu

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The Grandma’s Recipe menu at the 2021 Festival of Holidays. Photo by Stephanie Shuster

  • Impossible Arepa Encantada
  • Gingerbread Mickey
  • Berries ‘n’ Crema
    • Huckleberry, strawberry, and raspberry house-made syrup, condensed and whole milk, and fruit-flavored cereal topped with house-made strawberry whipped cream
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Impossible Arepa Encantada and Gingerbread Mickey Cookie. Photo courtesy of Disney Parks Blog

A Twist on Tradition Marketplace

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A Twist on Tradition booth at the 2021 Festival of Holidays. Photo by Stephanie Shuster

Reimagined Beef Brisket Wellington

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Reimagined Beef Brisket Wellington. Photo by Stephanie Shuster

  • Review: Tender chunks of beef, substantial portion, rich gravy, and, as a bonus, it’s in a fun Mickey shape! The pastry was a little tough but still buttery and tasty!

Churro Toffee Cold Brew Latte

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Churro Toffee Cold Brew Latte. Photo by Stephanie Shuster

  • Menu description: Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company Mexico Origin-blend Coffee, Demerara and cinnamon sugar, vanilla bean, and almond milk topped with whipped cream and churro toffee pieces
  • Review: This drink is absolutely fantastic! A lot of flavor without being too sweet. It is so awesome that we have already made plans to come back and get it 10 more times.

Also on the Twist on Tradition Menu

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A Twist on Tradition menu at the 2021 Festival of Holidays. Photo by Stephanie Shuster

  • Reuben Potato Bites with Russian Dressing & Rye Toast Crumble
  • Red Sangria
  • Sauvignon Blanc
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Reimagined Beef Brisket Wellington and Reuben Potato Bites with Russian Dressing. Photo courtesy of Disney Parks Blog

Making Spirits Bright Marketplace

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The Making Spirits Bright booth at the 2021 Festival of Holidays. Photo by Stephanie Shuster

Cinnamon & Sugar Holiday Tart

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Cinnamon & Sugar Holiday Tart. Photo by Stephanie Shuster

  • Review: “Absolutely delicious. Don’t be fooled into thinking this is your average Pop Tart. The flavors are rich, and the pastry is baked to perfection.”

Also on the Making Spirits Bright Menu

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The Making Spirits Bright menu at the 2021 Festival of Holidays. Photo by Stephanie Shuster

  • “Hot Cocoa” Marshmallow Macaron
  • Maple Hazelnut Hot Buttered Rum
    • Rum and maple syrup with flavors of hazelnut, cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove topped with house-made salted caramel whipped cream
  • White Wine Flight
  • Red Wine Flight
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Cinnamon and Sugar Holiday Tart and “Hot Cocoa” Marshmallow Macaron. Photo courtesy of Disney Parks Blog

Favorite Things Marketplace

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The Favorite Things booth at the 2021 Festival of Holidays. Photo by Stephanie Shuster

Chana Masala with Grilled Garlic Naan

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Chana Masala with Grilled Garlic Nan. Photo by Stephanie Shuster

  • Review: The nan wasn’t our favorite thing (ha!), but we loved the chana masala. It had a nice curry flavor with a little bit of warm spice. It was not too heavy and had fresh tomatoes, onions, and cilantro on top that really brightened the dish.

Holiday Stuffing Mac & Cheese

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Holiday Stuffing Mac and Cheese. Photo by Stephanie Shuster

  • Review: Nothing super innovative with this dish, but comfort food at its finest. This dish isn’t too cheesy, and it’s got a really crispy bread crumb topping that we loved. The stuffing vibes come from the poultry seasoning mix in the bread crumbs.

Hibiscus Ginger Mezcal Mule

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Hibiscus Ginger Mezcal Mule. Photo by Stephanie Shuster

  • Menu description: Mezcal, house-made hibiscus syrup, ginger, lime juice, and Topo Chico Mineral Water
  • Review: This drink is delightfully gingery and plenty sweet from the syrup. The lime juice really brightens the whole drink up. We weren’t expecting it to be fizzy, a property it gets from the mineral water. Careful: The mezcal really packs a punch.

Also on the Favorite Things Menu

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The Favorite Things menu at the 2021 Festival of Holidays. Photo by Stephanie Shuster

  • Selection of Pale Ales and Stouts
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Holiday Stuffing Mac and Cheese and Hibiscus Ginger Mezcal Mule. Photo courtesy of Disney Parks Blog

Merry Mashups Marketplace

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The Merry Mashups booth at the 2021 Festival of Holidays. Photo by Stephanie Shuster

Holiday Spiced Wings with Citrus Cranberries

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Holiday Spiced Wings. Photo by Stephanie Shuster

  • Review: This is a generous portion of wings. The wings themselves are juicy on the inside and crispy on the outside, and they’ve been dusted in a spiced sugar. You can dip them in a cranberry compote that’s quite tart.

Also on the Merry Mashups Menu

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The Merry Mashups menu at the 2021 Festival of Holidays. Photo by Stephanie Shuster

  • Esquites Carnitas Mac & Cheese
    • Featuring Oaxaca and Cotija cheeses with spiced puffed rice
  • Holiday Mix
  • Honey Guava Pisco Punch
    • Pisco, guava, spicy honey syrup, ginger, and lime juice
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Holiday-Spiced Wings and Holiday Mix. Photo courtesy of Disney Parks Blog

Treats for Santa Marketplace

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Maple Hazelnut Hot Buttered Rum. Photo courtesy of Disney Parks Blog

  • Mickey Snowman Cookie Decorating Kit
  • Holiday Mix
  • Maple Hazelnut Hot Buttered Rum
    • Rum and maple syrup with flavors of hazelnut, cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove topped with house-made salted caramel whipped cream

2021 Disney Festival of Holidays Inspired Food Offerings

Viva Navidad at Paradise Garden Grill (mobile order available)

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House-Made Pozole and Torta Al Pastor. Photo courtesy of Disney Parks Blog

  • Chile Relleno Plate
    • Roasted poblano stuffed with veggie stew topped with roasted tomato sauce and tofu crema
    • Served with Spanish rice and black beans
  • House-made Pozole (Sip and Savor Pass portion eligible)
    • Mild red chile and pork stew with hominy topped with shredded cabbage, onions, radish, lime, and oregano
    • Served with tortilla chips
  • Torta al Pastor (Sip and Savor Pass portion eligible)
    • Soft telera roll, chorizo beans, pork al pastor, cabbage, guacamole, and crema
    • Served with tortilla chips and molcajete salsa
  • Street-Style Tacos (Sip and Savor Pass portion eligible)
    • Three corn tortilla tacos filled with carne asada, carnitas, and chicken with white onion and fresh cilantro
    • Served with Spanish rice and black beans topped with queso blanco
  • Pineapple Tres Leches Roulade
    • Vanilla sponge with layers of pineapple filling and cinnamon buttercream finished with white chocolate mousse and tres leches soak
  • Kids’ Street-Style Tacos
    • Corn tortilla taco filled with choice of carne asada, carnitas, or chicken
    • Served with Spanish rice and black beans topped with queso blanco and choice of small lowfat milk or small Dasani water
  • Kids’ Cheese Quesadilla
    • Whole-wheat tortilla with melted cheese
    • Served with a mandarin orange and choice of small low-fat milk or small Dasani water

Paradise Garden Carts

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Guava and Cheese Pan Dulce. Photo courtesy of Disney Parks Blog

  • Beef Tamale with Red Sauce
  • Guava and Cheese Pan Dulce
    • Guava and cheese pan dulce finished with a colorful chocolate sarape
  • Maple-Hazelnut Hot Buttered Rum
    • Rum, maple syrup, and flavors of hazelnut, cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove topped with a house-made salted caramel whipped cream

Willie’s Churro Cart

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Chocolate-Pecan Churro. Photo courtesy of Disney Parks Blog

  • Chocolate-Pecan Churro
    • Classic churro topped with maple glaze, toasted pecans, and chocolate drizzle

Grizzly Peak Churro Cart

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Peppermint Churro. Photo courtesy of Disney Parks Blog

  • Peppermint Churro
    • Churro coated with crushed candy canes and drizzled with chocolate and vanilla icing

Hollywood Churro Cart

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Chocolate-Hazelnut-Strawberry Churro. Photo courtesy of Disney Parks Blog

  • Chocolate-Hazelnut-Strawberry Churro
    • Classic churro drizzled with chocolate-hazelnut and strawberry sauces

Lucky Fortune Cookery (mobile order available)

  • Bao Bun with Seasonal Fruit
    • Crispy bao bun filled with seasonal fresh fruit tossed in a berry sauce and dusted with powdered sugar

Pacific Wharf Café (mobile order available)

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Apple Fritter Bread Pudding. Photo courtesy of Disney Parks Blog

  • Apple Fritter Bread Pudding
    • Warm apple-cinnamon bread pudding served with whipped cream and warm salted caramel sauce

Smokejumpers Grill (mobile order available)

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Holiday Shake. Photo courtesy of Disney Parks Blog

  • Holiday Shake
    • Spiced shake garnished with green whipped cream and a red wreath donut
  • Loaded Latke
    • Traditional latke loaded with smoked brisket topped with soy yogurt-horseradish sauce and scallions

Sonoma Terrace (mobile order available)

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Avocada Cheese Steak. Photo courtesy of Disney Parks Blog

  • Avocado Cheese Steak
    • Thinly sliced steak with grilled onions, bell peppers, jalapeños, avocado spread, and melted jack cheese
  • Peppermint Cold Brew Cocktail
    • Cold brew with coffee liqueur, a splash of crème de menthe, and crème de cacao garnished with a miniature candy cane
  • Cranberry Mule
    • A twist on a classic mule with cranberry juice and agave garnished with a sprig of rosemary and a cape cranberry

Studio Catering Truck (mobile order available)

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Deconstructed Carnitas Tamal. Photo courtesy of Disney Parks Blog

  • Deconstructed Carnitas Tamal
    • Rajas con queso tamale, carnitas, salsa verde, avocado salsa, crema, and queso fresco

Pym Tasting Lab (mobile order available)

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Holiday Snack Molecules. Photo courtesy of Disney Parks Blog

  • Holiday Snack Molecules
    • Gingerbread and Mexican hot chocolate caramel corn, mini pretzels, honey-roasted peanuts, dried cranberries, and popped sorghum

Terran Treats

  • Pineapple-Coconut Ration
    • Pineapple-flavored spiral churro dipped in a coconut-flavored glaze and sprinkled with toasted coconut

It’s the most wonderful time of the year … especially if you’ve got a big appetite. And don’t forget that in addition to great food, there will be tons of entertainment at the 2021 Disney Festival of Holidays like live performances from Mostly Kosher, Blue13 Dance Company, and The Suffragettes.


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Kyle Johnson is a writer, enthusiast of all things weird, and has an unnatural obsession with Halloween. We’re talking animatronics staying up all year round and watching The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad on a whim in April. He has a cool wiener dog, Rumours, and an even cooler wife, Trinity.
Kyle Johnson

Written by Kyle Johnson

Kyle Johnson is a writer, enthusiast of all things weird, and has an unnatural obsession with Halloween. We’re talking animatronics staying up all year round and watching The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad on a whim in April. He has a cool wiener dog, Rumours, and an even cooler wife, Trinity.