Holiday Time at Disneyland Resort is quite possibly my favorite time of year to visit and is always a great inspiration for coming up with new holiday projects. The entire resort is covered in holiday decorations including the massive Christmas tree on Main Street, U.S.A. Some of the rides have been refurbished with special holiday storylines and decorations, including my favorite The Haunted Mansion. There are special holiday entertainment and holiday treats and sweets that you can’t get any other time of the year! First I’ll talk about my top MUST-SEES for Holiday Time at Disneyland Resort (and where I find my holiday project inspiration) then we’ll make some Disney-inspired ornaments!
Holiday Time at Disneyland Resort Must-Sees:
- Haunted Mansion Holiday
- “it’s a small world” Holiday
- Jingle Cruise
- Christmas Fantasy Parade
- Disneyland Park Main Street, U.S.A Decorations and Tree
- Candlelight Processional (select days only)
- Cars Land Decorations
- Disney’s California Adventure Holiday Decorations (photos below are from Pacific Wharf and A Bug’s Land)
- Winter Dreams World of Color
- Disney’s Viva Navidad!
- Shopping the parks and Downtown Disney for Christmas ornaments, stockings, and gifts
- Season of the Force: This year is extra special because they are celebrating the opening of the new Star Wars movie by transforming Tomorrowland in Disneyland Park into all things Star Wars! My new BB-8 drink holder is my favorite new purchase! They have also turned Space Mountain into Hyperspace Mountain and it is amazing!
Special Holiday Sweets and Treats:
- Peppermint Stick Ice Cream and Crushed Candy Cane Waffle Cone – Gibson Girl Ice Cream
- Yule Log – Plaza Inn
- Mickey Gingerbread Cookie – Holly Jolly Bakery
- Holiday Cocktails at the Carthay Lounge
- Fresh Handmade Candy Canes on select days
As I mentioned before, I often use Disney as inspiration for crafts and projects, especially around the holidays! I’m going to share some Disney inspired tree theme ideas, ornament how-tos, and gift wrap ideas (to coordinate with the tree, of course).
Ornament painting tip: use recycled or left over plastic cups as ornament holders and paint cups!
Mickey and Minnie Tree and Gift Wrap
- Mickey ornaments:
- 1. Red balls with black tops and white buttons.
- 2. Hot glue smaller balls to a round ornament and done!
- Minnie ornaments: Red balls with white polka dots, red bow on top. TIP: use the eraser end of a pencil dipped in paint to make perfect small polka dots!
- Top the tree with Mickey Ears or maybe the Sorcerer’s Hat with Ears.
- Gift wrap should be a combination of the Mickey and Minnie standard patterns and colors:
- red with white polka dots
- blue with white/silver stars (if you include the Sorcerer’s Hat on the tree)
Disney Princess Tree and Gift Wrap
- Snow White: Gold ornament (bottom), blue top half with gold stripe down the front and red teardrop shapes on sides, red bow on top.
- Elsa: Silver glitter ornament with blue glitter swirls or blue ornament with silver snowflakes.
- Anna: Royal blue bottom, gold band, larger black band with green vines, magenta top.
- Tiana: Light yellow base with light green top, add a water lily to the side.
- Rapunzel: Purple on bottom with lavender on top and a yellow swirl all around the ornament.
- Ariel: Green on bottom, purple wide band in center, red on top.
- Gift wrap should stay princess specific as stated in the ornaments above. For example, the Tiana gift wrap could be light green with a yellow ribbon and white water lily on top instead of a bow.
Nightmare Before Christmas Tree and Gift Wrap
- Jack Skellington: Use a black paint pen to draw Jack’s many expressions on white ornaments.
- Sally: Using paint pens, replicate the colors and patterns of Sally’s dress on the ornament connecting each patch with black paint stitches.
- Oogie Boogie: Paint a black Oogie Boogie shadow on a yellow ornament (“shadow in the moon at night”).
- Lock, Shock, and Barrel: Paint each mask face on an ornament.
- Evil Wreath: Paint the wreath on an ornament then have twisted green pipe cleaners coming from both sides like arms.
- Other: Black/White stripes, pumpkins, Zero, etc.
- Gift wrap: I’ve seen some amazing Nightmare Before Christmas patterns on Spoonflower.com, but you can also find generic black/white stripes, use white then draw Jack’s face or white with a red clown nose on top to represent Zero. Draw or print out the Sally dress pattern onto large pieces of paper and use that as wrapping and take advantage of a all the colors you can get in construction paper.
Frozen Tree and Gift Wrap
Lots of snowflakes, silver glitter balls, light blue glitter balls, light blue sparkle ribbon wrapped around tree, white and blue lights, icicles, and turn small plush dolls (or actual ornaments) of the Frozen characters around the tree. Use the same color scheme for your gift wrap and you’ll have a winter wonderland Frozen tree!
Enjoy creating your theme tree and making your own Disney inspired ornaments!