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Holidays at Disneyland Resort - “Believe … in Holiday Magic” at Disneyland Park
Posted at 12:37 PM, Nov 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-05 21:53:29-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — Southern California's theme parks are gearing up for holiday fun starting this month.

Disneyland, California Adventure, Legoland, and more welcome in the holidays this month with several special events, parades, activities, and treats for guests to enjoy.

Here's a look at what parks are planning this holiday season for guests and when the fun begins:

Disneyland: The holidays return to Disneyland Park from Nov. 8 through Jan. 6, 2020, bringing fireworks, parades, and delicious treats to Anaheim. Disney characters create a magical winter wonderland during the "Believe ... in Holiday Magic" fireworks show and "A Christmas Fantasy" parade with Elsa, Mickey, Santa, and others. Guests can check out the park's 60-foot Christmas tree on Main Street, and Sleeping Beauty's Castle dressed for the holidays every day. Of course, the Haunted Mansion celebrates the holidays with Jack Skellington, and "it's a small world" will be dressed to impress in more than 50,000 lights. Guests will also find holiday treats throughout the park this season.

California Adventure Park: Disney's Festival of Holidays runs Nov. 8 through Jan. 6, 2020, at California Adventure Park, bringing sunset concerts, festive foods, and craft stations to the park. The park's "Disney ¡Viva Navidad! Street Party" ushers in the season with folklórico and samba dancers, and Cars Land zooms into the holidays with special decorations and Luigi's Joy to the Whirl and Mater's Jingle Jamboree attractions. Santa Claus will also be in town at Redwood Creek Challenge Trail, where guests can visit him. And every night, the "World of Color — Season of Light" light and laser show.

Legoland California: Legoland's holiday fun runs Nov. 23 through Dec. 31, with cheer around every turn. Santa and toy soldiers will spread fun throughout the park with photo ops for children, and Fun Town will decorate a 30-foot Lego Christmas tree with more than 400 Lego ornaments. As the day closes, a Holiday Light Show will dazzle the skies over the park, and a life-size Lego Santa pulled in a sleigh by his trusted reindeer will give guests more photo fun with families. The park also celebrates with a new Santa's Top Elf show and hits from "The Yule Tides" band. And on New Year's Eve, live music, fireworks, and a giant brick drop usher in 2020.

SeaWorld San Diego: The holiday season kicks off at SeaWorld Nov. 23 through Jan. 5, 2020, in San Diego. The park's new Sesame Street Christmas Village brings a glistening tree, holiday lights, snow, dance parties, and Sesame Street storytime to guests. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer will have his very own Christmastown area to meet guests, and he and his friends will help light the park's 40-foot Christmas tree every night. Clyde and Seamore return with a special Christmas show, and a holiday twist comes to the park's Manta ride.

Universal Studios Hollywood: From Nov. 28 – Dec. 29, Universal Studios brings back its flair for the holidays with Christmas in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, transforming Hogsmead into a festive market and Hogwarts into a dazzling holiday castle. "Who-tacular" fun returns to the park as well, as Grinchmas returns to Who-ville, bringing the Grinch and Max in for a spectacular tree lighting. Universal's CityWalk is also dressed up with lights, a tree, and a choreographed show across the area's 5 Towers stage.

Knott's Berry Farm: Knott's "Merry" Farm comes back Nov. 22 through January to provide guests with tons of holiday cheer. Snoopy and gang bring some Peanuts holiday fun to the park with the "Snoopy Ice Show" and "A Peanuts Guide to Christmas" shows. The park's Calico Carolers will spread yuletide fun, and the town will hold a Calico Saloon Christmas Show. Santa's Christmas Cabin is open to guests to meet the Man in Red, and Mrs. Claus' Kitchen invites bakers in for festive treats.