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A Christmas Fantasy Parade

A Christmas Fantasy Parade at Disneyland Park during the holiday season. All the holiday cheer and magic dazzles Disneyland during this classic holiday parade returning in November

Disneyland Christmas Parade

Do you love dancing snowmen, cute reindeer and Disney characters decked out in holiday ensembles? A Christmas Fantasy parade is just what you need!

 

Santa Disneyland parade

 

Like many guests, I grew up watching Disneyland parades and it is one staple of the Disney magic that should be enjoyed by all at least one time during their visit. 

A Christmas Fantasy Parade Details

Debuting at Disneyland Resort in 1995, A Christmas Fantasy feels very 90s, but since the 90s are back in the fashion scene, I suppose this parade is in vogue too. 

Here are some quick details about this parade, along with more Q&A in this article:

  • A Christmas Fantasy runs twice daily at 3:30 pm and 6:30 pm
  • The Disneyland Christmas parade is about 40 minutes long
  • Keep reading for my seating guide below

 

The music is dated, as are the floats, but I really love watching the second showing of this parade. When the floats light up and there’s a soft glow on Main Street, U.S.A., you really feel that holiday cheer. 

 

Christmas Fantasy Parade

 

Led by Mickey Mouse, along the parade route you’ll see classic Disney characters, beautiful costumes, dancing and floats featuring Mickey’s friends and holiday characters.

 

Christmas Parade

Christmas Parade Q&A

What questions do you have about this seasonal parade? I am here to answer your questions! If you don’t see your question answered, feel free to leave it in the comments so I can add the answer later. 

What time is A Christmas Fantasy Parade? 

A Christmas Fantasy Parade runs twice daily during the holiday season, at 3:30 pm and 6:30 pm. I prefer the later show because after dark, all the floats light up a bit and it’s more magical. Some days during the holiday season, there may be minor adjustments to the typical schedule. See the schedule for your visit here

How long is A Christmas Fantasy Parade?

A Christmas Fantasy Parade is 40 minutes long, but remember to add time for the parade to arrive to your spot along the parade route.

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Where does the parade start?

The first parade starts at “it’s a small world” and goes toward Main Street, U.S.A. The second parade runs in reverse, starting at Main Street, U.S.A. and ends at “it’s a small world”.

A Christmas Fantasy Parade Seating Guide

My favorite areas to sit during parades are detailed below. Be sure to get your Disneyland discount tickets from our partner, Get Away Today before heading over to Disneyland Resort.

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Where should I sit for A Christmas Fantasy Parade?

These are my favorite spots, explained in detail along with the map pictured. I’ll discuss each spot in details below. 

Disneyland Parade Route

 

  • it’s a small world– This is a great Disneyland parade viewing area because of its easy access to restrooms and food. Choose a place on brick, or come to the terraced levels in this area for a last-minute spot.

 

  • Pixie Hollow– the stretch of parade route in-between Pixie Hollow and Matterhorn is lined with built in benches and narrow parade seating. I love this area because adults have a real place to sit, while kids can sit up close on the brick below. These seats go quickly; mark off your space well and no one will be able to push or sneak in behind you because of the benches and narrow accessibility. It also marks the half-way(ish) point of the parade, no matter which direction its coming from. 

 

  • Town Square– this area is a great last-minute spot and a smart move for people who want to leave the parks as soon as the parade and fireworks are finished. Scout out an area anywhere on brick around the route or up on the steps near the Main Street train station. 

 

 

 

 

 

Note people sitting on the curb will get to remain seating. People behind row 1 or 2 will need to stand. 

 

Disneyland Holiday parade

A Christmas Fantasy Parade Seating Plan

What’s your game plan for snagging hard to get seats for this returning Disneyland parade?

 

Frozen Disneyland parade

 

Getting a good seat or spot requires skill and maybe a little patience. Here are three options for snagging a great spot for A Christmas Parade.

1. A Christmas Fantasy Parade: Reserved Viewing

Reserved spots are the best choice. You get a reserved viewing area with A Christmas Fantasy Dining Package. This is by far my favorite way to get the best spots for any Disneyland parade.

You’ll eat before coming to your parade spot, so timing of your meal does not matter much, although it may be determined by the hosting venue itself.

For example, this year Plaza Inn parade dining is offered only from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm. You will dine at Plaza Inn and then arrive at your reserved area at least 60 minutes before the parade begins.

Plaza Inn A Christmas Fantasy Parade Dining 

Plaza Inn is the main host for many reserved parade spot dining packages. Prices are about $45 for adults and $25 for children.

 

Mickey Christmas Disneyland

 

A Christmas Fantasy Parade Dining Package menu includes:

  • One entrée, dessert and drink (plant-based options are available upon request)
  • One voucher that provides access to the reserved parade viewing area
  • One Plaza Inn credential

The adult menu includes these options:

  • Beef bourguignon
  • Roasted vegetables
  • Herbed mashed potatoes with a cabernet demi-glaze
  • Black Forest yule log
  • Choice of beverage: 20-ounce fountain beverage, 20-ounce Dasani water

The children’ menu (ages 3-9) includes these options:

  • Chicken tenders
  • Seasonal vegetables
  • Herbed mashed potatoes
  • Black Forest yule log
  • Choice of beverage: Small Dasani water or small low-fat milk

Choose any of the available restaurant tables indoors or under the adorable pink umbrellas outside. Later that evening, head to the special reserved viewing area for the parade as noted on your credentials.

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2. A Christmas Fantasy Parade: hold a spot early

This option is great for a medium to large size group with children and at least 2 adults or teens. Arrive at least 2-3 hours before the parade is set to begin. But keep a look out for people starting to save spots as you walk along the parade route. If people are saving spots, it’s time to get in there and secure yours too!
 
 
Disneyland parade spots
 
 
Bring a towel, blanket or other item to mark off your spot on brick. If you have any concerns about your spot selection, ask a cast member if this is an ok place to view the parade. You don’t want to reserve a spot only to be kicked out later.
 
One adult or responsible teen needs to remain with your things the entire time. If you leave your blanket unattended, it will be removed. This is a good time to people watch, read a book or just relax.
 
Adults can trade off during the waiting period. I’ll let you decide which place you’d rather be—taking the rest of the crew on rides or chilling out on your blanket.
 

3. A Christmas Fantasy Parade: hold a spot later

This option is great for any size group who is not interested in sitting around for hours or getting a dining package. Your job here is to snag an elevated spot along the parade route at the last-minute.
 
Areas near the Main Street Station, steps or stairs along Main Street, City Hall or elevated terraced steps near it’s a small world are your best bet.
 
 
Disneyland Christmas parade
 
 
 
Will you be making a trip to see Disneyland during the holiday season this year? I’d love to help you plan! Contact me via email or on social media @DisneylandPlan.

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