Holiday Entertainment at Disney California Adventure: A Complete Guide

by | Dec 4, 2023 | Disney California Adventure Park, Disneyland Parks

Get festive with a whole host of holiday entertainment offerings at California Adventure! Here’s what you won’t want to miss.

Whether you’re park hopping or just spending the day at Disney California Adventure (DCA), you will delight in all of the holiday offerings to be found just across the esplanade from Disneyland. Over at California Adventure, the Festival of Holidays takes place from November 10th, 2023 to January 7th, 2024, giving you the opportunity to explore special holiday traditions from around the world. Plus, during the holidays, DCA comes alive with the joy of the season with delicious foods and immersive holiday entertainment showcasing different cultural celebrations.

As you wander through the park, let the spirit of the holidays transport you to different corners of the world, each brimming with unique traditions and joyful festivities – and don’t miss the following holiday entertainment at California Adventure!

Holiday Cavalcade at California Adventure

Disney California Adventure holiday entertainment cavalcade

Photo courtesy of Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort

Disney and Pixar characters joyfully dance and march alongside the energetic beats of the Holiday Toy Drummers, creating a lively parade. The beats are so catchy that you might find yourself inspired to want to learn how to play the drums!

Mickey’s Happy Holidays

Get ready to march along to the beat of this parade at 12:45 pm, 2:30 pm, 4:30 pm! Join the festive procession and let the captivating rhythm and joyful atmosphere enhance your holiday experience.

Holiday Shows and Entertainment at California Adventure

Viva Navidad at Disney California Adventure Park

Photo by Regan Wong

As you enjoy your meal or take a well-deserved break between thrilling rides, immerse yourself in the holiday spirit by exploring the fantastic entertainment options DCA has to offer this festive season. From enchanting performances that immerse the audience in different cultures, to heartwarming shows, there’s something for everyone to enjoy during your magical visit. 

Holiday Toy Drummers

It will be hard to find yourself not wanting to tap along to the beat as the Holiday Toy Drummers play. Catch their lively performance throughout the day at 10:15 am, 11:10 am, 12:05 pm. In true Disney fashion, the toy drummers are impeccably costumed, adding an extra touch of magic to this festive experience! 

The Mistletoes

Head on over to the Sonoma Terrace at 11:30 am, 12:25 pm, or 1:20 pm, and treat your ears to enchanting harmonies and a capella artistry as The Mistletoes serenading their audience with music celebrating Christmas and Kwanzaa. The Mistletoes infuse holiday favorites with their beautiful melodic style, creating a truly festive and memorable musical experience.

Disney ¡Viva Navidad! Street Party

Join Mickey, Minnie, and vibrant cultural performers at the Paradise Gardens Park at 12:10 pm, 1:10 pm, 2:10 pm as they immerse you in the rich holiday traditions of Mexico and Brazil. This festive gathering transforms into a lively celebration featuring folklórico dancers, mariachis, Brazilian samba dancers, drummers and even 12-foot-tall puppets of Santa and Mrs. Claus. Plus, it’s one of our favorite holiday entertainment offerings in all of California Adventure here at WDW Magazine!

Holiday Concert featuring Phat Cat Swinger

Swing music fans: you are in luck! On Wednesday- Friday 5:30 pm and 6:45 pm at the Palisades Stage. Immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere as live holiday swing music fills the air – feel free to dance along!

Mostly Kosher

Mostly Kosher is an incredibly spirited and lively group. Their music celebrates Hanukkah with uplifting music as well as a tapestry of klezmer, jazz, Latin, and rock. Catch their performances daily at 3:50 pm, 4:50 pm, 5:50 pm at the Hollywood Lounge Stage. Immerse yourself in the great music as Mostly Kosher brings a unique blend of musical genres to create a truly uplifting and entertaining experience.

World of Color – Season of Light

World of Color changes over to the seasonally-inspired World of Color – Season of Light from November through early Janaury. You can catch this special 23-minute-long performance with two showtimes during the holidays: one at 9 pm and another at 10:15 pm.

To get the best viewing experience, be sure to make a reservation for designated, standing-room-only, areas. Reservations can be made through the virtual queue or with a valid voucher from a World of Color Dining Package or World of Color Dessert Party. Please note that each reservation is limited to one per guest.

If you don’t have a reservation, additional first come first serve viewing is available around Paradise Bay.

Buena Vista Street Holiday Tree Lighting

If you’re at California Adventure at 4:50 pm, be sure to stop by Buena Vista Street to witness the enchanting moment when the 50-foot-tall Christmas tree lights up! While this tree stands 10-feet smaller than the one at Disneyland, it’s still such a great experience to witness. You can find this festive Christmas tree in the plaza outside Elias & Co.

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Holiday Entertainment at Disneyland: A Complete Guide

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Emily has been a Disney fan all her life. Growing up, she enjoyed watching Disney shows and movies (and she still enjoys watching them today!). She also loves to visit the Parks any chance she gets. One of Emily’s favorite things to do at the parks when she’s not on rides or exploring is to go to the stores and check out all the cute merch!
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Emily Santana

Emily has been a Disney fan all her life. Growing up, she enjoyed watching Disney shows and movies (and she still enjoys watching them today!). She also loves to visit the Parks any chance she gets. One of Emily’s favorite things to do at the parks when she’s not on rides or exploring is to go to the stores and check out all the cute merch!
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