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Christmas at Disneyland: A photo gallery

By Robert Niles
Published: November 25, 2008 at 8:40 AM
Tuesday Park Visit: Sure, Thanksgiving's two days away, but it is already Christmas at Disneyland in Anaheim, California. Walt's original theme park laid out the Christmas decor last weekend, getting a head start on this year's holiday season.

I dropped by Monday for a look, and was surprised at the mass of humanity that had the same idea. Back in the Stone Age, when I worked at Walt Disney World, the Monday and Tuesday before Thanksgiving were the two slowest days of the year. No longer. Apparently, half of Southern California's decided to take the whole week off, and many of them decided to hit Disneyland for part of it. If theme park attendance is suffering in this economy, don't blame Disneyland.

Disneyland's Christmas tree dominates Town Square.

Mickey was out greeting guests in front of the Main Street Fire Station.

Garland spans Main Street, with the castle in the distance.

"Snow" and icicles cover Sleeping Beauty's Castle for the holiday season.

Decor's a bit more restrained, and rustic, in Frontierland.

But there's plenty of glitter in New Orleans Square.

Look into this hidden courtyard, off Royal Street, to find Christmas decorations for sale and a charming setting for a family photo op.

Haunted Mansion Holiday continues to draw crowds, from Halloween through the New Year.

How busy was it? So busy that the Canoes were running at capacity on a weekday.

Santa's Reindeer Round-up is back at the Big Thunder Ranch.

And here are Santa's reindeer.

The Mickey Santa hats are back on sale again.

If you go by the calendar, Disney's got about one month to get the Sleeping Beauty's Castle walk-through back open.

But judging from the looks of things, it might be a loooong while before that "last leaf of Autumn" falls in Anaheim.

It's a "Small World" Holiday, but a large world of strollers outside the newly-rehabbed boat ride.

Even the toons get their own Christmas tree.

Minnie bids us farewell, from her meet n' greet in Toontown.

In two weeks, I'll travel to Orlando for Christmas at Walt Disney World, with photo galleries from The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights and Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party.

Readers' Opinions

From Anthony Murphy on November 25, 2008 at 9:21 AM
These are some great pictures.
From John Quinteros on November 25, 2008 at 9:35 AM
Nice pictures! And yeah you're right about Southern California. Many school districts have now made Thanksgiving break a week long.
From Don Neal on November 25, 2008 at 12:02 PM
Looks nice! Never thought about a Thanksgiving week trip before. Would be nice to see the holiday decorations without all the crowds of late December.
From TH Creative on November 25, 2008 at 5:09 PM
Well Done Sir!
From Alan Puscus on November 26, 2008 at 1:40 AM
Nice photos. Even with crowds, it's a nice place to be this time of year. Thanks Robert.
From Silvestro De Angelis on November 28, 2008 at 12:37 PM
Very beautiful pics

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