What to Expect at Disneyland in DecemberBesides enjoying the holiday decorations, in December you can watch a special holiday parade and fireworks, visit with Santa or attend the annual Candlelight Processional.
On New Year's Eve, there's a special "Ring in the New Year" fireworks spectacular.
With lots to do and some the year's biggest crowds, you'll need ideas to keep you out of lines and having fun. Use this guide to our 7 favorite ways to stay out of line.
Use the Disneyland at Christmas guide to plan your visit. These photos of Disneyland at Christmas may also help you decide if you want to go then.
Check the pros and cons of visiting Disneyland visiting Disneyland in winter.
Disneyland Weather in December
These averages can help you get a rough idea of what the weather will be like. It's only a guideline: California weather is just like it is where you live, different every year.
December is a possibly rainy month, but while Disneyland never closes because of it, although a rainy day can cause rides with outdoor tracks to close. During infrequent Pacific storms, rainfall can be a downpour.
At the extremes, Anaheim's record low temperature was 30°F (-1°C) and its record high was 108°F (42°C). Check the current Disneyland weather forecast a few days ahead for the best information.
Average High Temperature: 66°F (19°C)
Average Low Temperature: 48°F (9°C)
Rain & Clouds Index: 2 inches (5 cm) rain
What to Pack, What to Wear in December
The best way to decide what to wear is to check the weather forecast a few days ahead.
Midday, Disneyland feels a little hotter than you might expect. It cools off fast at dark and if you're going to watch Fantasmic! or World of Color up close, you'll be thankful for a water repellent jacket. Layers work best, clothing-wise. Make the innermost layer one that you'd be comfortable in if it's a little hotter than the forecast high.
December is a rainy month (in some years). Check the forecast and take a poncho or hooded rain jacket if it's predicted. Umbrellas are a nuisance to stow when you go on a ride and hard to walk around with, so we leave ours at home.
December can be cool to chilly. especially after the sun goes down. If you want to enjoy the water rides, wear something that dries out quickly so you don't have to go around soggy and miserable. A plastic poncho will also help keep you dry while on the ride. If it all seems like too much to carry, you can rent a locker for just a couple of dollars.
In general, Disneyland is open 12 to 16 hours per day, every day. California Adventure's hours may be slightly shorter.Check December hours up to 6 weeks in advance.
With the exception of really major renovations that take many months, one advantage of the busier times at Disneyland is that all the rides will be running, except for brief closures to do routine maintenance.
Touringplans.com keeps a list of which rides are expected to be closed for refurbishment.
Disneyland Crowds in December
The week between December 25 and January 1 is one of the year's busiest. December 25 and 31 are two of the few days a year when Disneyland can get so crowded that it reaches capacity. When that happens, they have to obey the fire codes and can't let any more people in, even if they have a ticket.
Use Is It Packed's crowd forecast calendar to get a day-by-day prediction.
- Tickets: You'll find it hard to get significant ticket discounts. Use the Disneyland Discounts Guide to find your options.
- Hotel Costs: Hotel rooms will be hard to find all month and discounts are unlikely. Use the Guide to the Best Hotel Rates at Disneyland to get some ideas that may help with the cost.
Disneyland December Events
- The Candlelight Processional is an old-fashioned homage to the season, with hundreds of singers and celebrity narrators. Open to the general public in 2012, it has returned to invitation-only status in 2013.
- New Year's Eve brings a special fireworks show - and maximum crowds.