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Disneyland Festival of Holidays

All the food, entertainment and more—we’re talking Disneyland Festival of Holidays. I’m ready to eat, shop and enjoy how about you?Disneyland Festival of Holidays

Disney California Adventure Festival of Holidays is better every year, and it’s not just about food. Festival of Holidays is a celebration spanning all of California Adventure park with so many things to highlight. But first, let’s start with a few Festival of Holidays FAQs. 

Festival of Holidays at Disneyland Resort

Festival of Holidays celebrates the diversity of the season through “sights, sounds and tastes” incorporating Christmas, Navidad, Hanukkah, Diwali and Kwanzaa and Three Kings Day. While the holidays extend through both parks, Festival of Holidays is celebrated at Disney California Adventure Park.

 

DCA Festival of Holidays gates

 

Here’s some more quick details on Festival of Holidays:

  • Festival of Holidays is celebrated throughout Disney California Adventure Park.
  • Experience all the festivities early November through early January. 
  • The festival is free with theme park admission, including all entertainment and activities. 
  • Food or drinks are an additional cost, but you can save with the Sip & Savor pass, more details on that below. 
  • Get discount Disneyland Resort tickets here and keep reading for more Festival details.

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Festival of Holidays Sip & Savor Pass

Festival of Holidays Sip & Savor Pass gives you the opportunity to taste your way through Festival of Holidays. Choose your favorite food items, Festival of Holidays desserts or non-alcoholic beverages with the convenience of a pre-paid Sip & Savor Pass.

 

SipandSavorPass

How much is a Sip & Savor Pass? 

Sip & Savor Pass is about $56 with 8 pre-paid food/drink vouchers which makes each menu item $7 (normal pricing $5-$11+). Magic Keyholders price is about $51 with 8 pre-paid food/drink vouchers which makes each menu item $6.37 (normal pricing $5-$11+).

Buy your Sip & Savor Pass at Festival Merchandise Carts, Seaside Souvenirs, Kingswell Camera Shop, and Rushin’ River Outfitters.  See all pricing here to see if this is a good deal for what you’d like to try

Is there an Magic Key discount for the Sip & Savor Pass?

In the past AP holders could purchase the Sip & Savor Pass at a $5 discount. Disney Christmas Sweater

Can I share my Sip & Savor Pass?

Yes, you can purchase one Sip & Savor Pass for your group (but you might need 2 or more!), just keep the tabs intact and detach only when using it as payment for your items.

What is a Festival of Holidays Tasting Passport? 

The tasting passport you’ve seen in my Facebook videos simply outline each Marketplace offerings, a map, photos and special details. The Tasting Passport is free and helps you keep track of things to try!

 

TastingPassport

 

When do the Festival Foods Marketplace open?

The Festival Foods Marketplace opens daily at 10:30 am through January 8, 2023. Most signage in the parks and on the app says Festival of Holidays runs from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm, but the food venues open at 10:30 am. 

 

Festival of Holidays Disneyland

California Adventure Festival of Holidays Menu

The full 2022 Festival of Holidays menu is here!

 

Disney Toy Drummers

 

I covered Disneyland Holiday Desserts” in their entirety here. I’m also listing some of my favorite food items with hopes they’ll return this season. Twelve different marketplace booths are overloaded with food and drinks. Which one will you stop at first?

Merry Mashups Festival of Holidays Menu 

Food Favorites:

  • Turkey Poutine. Layers of Roasted Turkey, Sweet Potato Bites, Cheese Curds and Gravy, topped with Frosted Cranberries $8.00
  • Esquites Carnitas Mac & Cheese. Esquites-style Mac & Cheese with Carnitas, Salsa Macha, Spiced Puffed Rice, Freeze-dried Corn and Chopped Cilantro $8.00

Viva Navidad at Paradise Garden Grill Festival of Holidays Menu

Food Favorites :

  • IMPOSSIBLE Albondigas Soup: IMPOSSIBLE meatballs in a vegetable soup (New) (Plant-based offering)
  • Loaded Yucca Fries topped with arbol chile cheese sauce, carne asada, guacamole, sour cream, and pickled red onion (New)
  • Pozole Dip Torta: Pozole-braised pork torta with hominy spread, cabbage, radish, cilantro, and jalapeño served with a side of pozole consommé
  • Chicken Tinga Arepa: Handmade arepa topped with refried beans, chicken Tinga, cabbage, avocado, and queso fresco (New)
  • Chicken Tinga Burrito: Chicken Tinga, rice, and beans in a flour tortilla served with corn tortilla chips (New)
  • Mango Tres Leches: Tres leches parfait with white cake and mango purée topped with caramel Chantilly,  green whipped topping, and sprinkles (New)

Bonus tip: order something from this location and sit close to the open air windows just before a performance of Viva Navidad. You’ll get front-row viewing and a place to sit and enjoy your meal.

Pacific Wharf Cafe Festival of Holidays Menu

Food Favorites:

  • Holiday Sandwich: Black Forest ham, whole-grain mustard spread, cranberry mayo, and arugula on a stuffing roll served with chips (New)
  • Chicken Tortilla Soup with grilled corn, fresh onion, and cilantro topped with crispy tortilla strips and served in a bread bowl (New)
  • Peppermint Bark Bread Pudding: White chocolate, chocolate chips and peppermint with whipped topping and crème anglaise (New)

Pym Tasting Lab Festival of Holidays Menu

Food Favorites:

  • Snack Molecules: Mini pretzels, honey-roasted peanuts, and popped sorghum with winter flavors (New)

Brews and Bites Festival of Holidays Menu

Food Favorites:

  • Impossible Chorizo Queso Fundido with House-made Tortilla Chips

Favorite Things Festival of Holidays Menu

Food Favorites:

  • Chicken Tikka Masala with Cardamom Basmati Rice, Lemon Raita, Cilantro and Garlic Naan Crumble $7.50
  • Mrs. Claus’ Hot Cocoa Macaron. Red Macaron filled with Chocolate Hot Cocoa Filling and Ganache, finished with a Chocolate Decoration $6.50
 

Holiday Stuffing Mac Cheese

 

Holiday Duets Festival of Holidays Menu

Food Favorites:

  • Braised Pork Belly Adobo with Garlic Fried Rice $8
  • Southern Mac & Cheese. Cajun-style Mac & Cheese with Andouille Sausage and Spiced Panko Crunch $8.50

Grandma’s Recipes Festival of Holidays Menu

Food Favorites:

  • Impossible™ Meatloaf with Mashed Potatoes with Classic Gravy and Crispy Shallots $8.00
  • Pumpkin Layered Cheesecake. Layers of New York-style Cheesecake, Pumpkin Gooey Cake and Graham Cracker, topped with Spiced Chantilly and a Chocolate Decoration $7

Drink Favorites:

  • Blood Orange-Pom Limeade Pomegranate & Lime Juices and Cookie Butter & Blood Orange Syrups, garnished with a Lime Wheel

A Twist on Tradition Festival of Holidays Menu

Food Favorites:

  • Curry Mac ‘n Cheese with Cilantro Oil and crispy Garbanzos $8.25

  • Lox & Everything Bagel Nachos

Making Spirits Bright Festival of Holidays Menu

Food Favorites:

  • Mickey gingerbread cookie

Gingerbread Mickey Cookie

Winter Sliderland Festival of Holidays Menu

Food Favorites:

  • Holiday Ham Slider with Cranberry-Bacon Jam and Gruyère on a Salt & Pepper Brioche Bun $9.00
  • Brisket Slider with Smoked Onions and Horseradish Ketchup on a Pretzel Roll

 

Fried Turkey Slider

 

Drink Favorites

  • Cherry-Mango Punch Cherry Syrup, Mango and Peach Nectars and Lemon Juice, garnished with a Frozen Peach

Cocina Cucamonga Festival of Holidays Menu

Food favorites:

  • Capirotada: Mexican bread pudding with raisins, peanuts, walnuts, and green apples topped with fresh bananas, sweetened condensed milk, and toasted coconut (New)

Drink favorites:

  • Holiday Ponche: Holiday-spiced guava drink served with fresh fruit and sugar cane (New) (Non-alcoholic)

Smokejumpers Grill Festival of Holidays Menu

  • Loaded Latkes: Traditional latkes loaded with smoked brisket and topped with dairy-free horseradish cream and scallions

Sonoma Terrace Festival of Holidays Menu

  • Colombian Empanadas: Colombian-style beef empanadas, served with aji verde and cabbage salad tossed with cilantro dressing and escabeche (New)

Terran Treats Festival of Holidays Menu

  • Hot Chocolate Churro: Hazelnut chocolate, spicy chocolate streusel, and mini marshmallows (New)

Seasonal Outdoor Carts

  • Gingerbread Cake topped with a molasses glaze, a gingerbread man, and sprinkles (New)
  • Bean & Cheese Pupusa with a side of curtido and tomato sauce (New)
  • Calidad Spiked Sparkling Agua Fresca: Sweet prickly pear and tangy pomegranate flavors (New)

Festival of Holidays Entertainment

There is so much going on during the merriest season of the year, it’s not just all food! From character meet and greets to live performances and interactive fun—you’ll want to dedicate a day or two to do it all. 

Mickey’s Happy Holidays

Returning this year, Mickey’s Happy Holidays is a cute and festive way to see your favorite Disney and Pixar characters.

 

Mickeys Happy Holidays

 

The show starts in Paradise Gardens Park and then makes its way to Carthay Circle. I really enjoyed the location in front of Carthay Circle best. I found it to be less crowded, you can show up even a few minutes before it begins and have excellent viewing without the blinding sunlight at Paradise Gardens Park. 

See the video performance of Mickey’s Happy Holidays on my Facebook page. 

Disney Parks Blog’s Shawn Slater  also shares, “twice daily, a cheerful celebration featuring favorite Disney and Pixar characters enters the park to a mix of high-energy music, as you’re invited to dance along with Mickey Mouse and pals to the magically merry rhythms of the Holiday Toy Drummers. Look for them at the Paradise Gardens Park Obelisk and Carthay Circle, where everyone can sing and dance along!”

Holiday Sunset Concerts & More

Located on Palisades Stage feature various live bands playing favorite selections of holiday music throughout the day and early afternoon.

 

Festival of Holidays live music schedule
Courtesy Julie Bigboy/Mom Rewritten

 

Returning performances by Blue13 Dance Company (Indian folk dances and Bollywood), Mostly Kosher (Klezmer, Jazz and Rock & Roll), The Sound celebrate Christmas and Kwanzaa (A cappella), Toy Drummers and the Grammy Award-winning Mariachi Divas.

 

Disney Toy Drummers

 

Want to hear more music from Disneyland Resort as you prep for your holiday visit? This Disney Festival of Holidays playlist is what you’ll hear in the background when strolling through Festival of Holidays. There’s samplings from familiar tunes celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Diwali, Kwanzaa and Three Kings’ Day. There’s also tons of live music throughout the day.

Disney Viva Navidad 

I love this show so much, I felt it deserved its very own article. Watch a video preview and read all about Viva Navidad Street Party and why it’s bound to become a favorite of yours as well. 

 

viva navidad dancers

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Meet Santa Claus at Festival of Holidays

Round out your Holiday experience with a visit from our favorite North Pole resident. Santa Claus himself heads to Redwood Creek Challenge Trail for meet and greets throughout the day. Read all my “meeting Santa tips” for less wait and more fun here

 

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It’s truly the most wonderful time of the year! Catch all my holiday articles here, along with my holiday video playlist featuring snippets from all the things mentioned in this article. I want to hear from you. What’s number one on your list for Festival of Holidays?

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