Forget the North Pole and Rockefeller Center. The most festive holiday place in town is Disneyland Resort. [All photos courtesy of Disneyland Resort.]

1. You can get face-to-face with evil.

1. You can get face-to-face with evil.

This is the time of year when Disney’s favorite villains get their time to shine—villains such as Maleficent (from her self-titled movie), Ursula from The Little Mermaid, and Mother Gothel from Tangled.

2. Everyone’s in costume, even Mickey and Minnie.

2. Everyone’s in costume, even Mickey and Minnie.

Head over to Big Thunder Ranch at Frontierland to snap a picture with Disney characters in costume at the Halloween Carnival. Grab a sweet treat – it’s Halloween!

3. You’ll want to bring your costumes too. You won’t want to look out of place.

3. You’ll want to bring your costumes too. You won’t want to look out of place.

For 14 nights during the Halloween season (and with a special separate ticket), your family even can dress up in costume and join Mickey’s Halloween Party for an evening of partying. You can mingle with Disney villains, listen to spooky tunes during “Halloween Screams” fireworks display, join Mickey’s cavalcade down Main Street, U.S.A, and go trick-or-treating Disney-style (in the park).

4. The holiday party doesn’t end until after New Year’s Day.

4. The holiday party doesn’t end until after New Year’s Day.

Disneyland Resort kicks off a festive holiday season in mid-November with a tree-lighting ceremony on Main Street.

5. This is real, parents. It’s snowing in California.

5. This is real, parents. It’s snowing in California.

It can actually snow on Main Street U.S.A., a rare sight in Southern California (to say the least).

6. Olav is king of the world.

6. Olav is king of the world.

The “World of Color—Winter Dreams” holiday spectacular is a 28-minute laser light show that projects images into curtains of mist in the fountain near Paradise Pier. Feed the Frozen fever with ice skating on “Olaf’s Frozen Ice Rink.”

7. You can tour holiday festivals of the world, Disney-style.

7. You can tour holiday festivals of the world, Disney-style.

Another holiday-themed show is “Disney ¡Viva Navidad!”, a celebration of Latin culture with food, fun music, and a festive street party near Paradise Gardens.

8. And you won’t even need to halt the holiday shopping.

8. And you won’t even need to halt the holiday shopping.

Mom and dad can indulge in retail therapy at Downtown Disney Winter Village.

 

What’s your favorite Disneyland holiday tradition? Tell us in the comments!