PHOTOS, VIDEO: See How Christmas is Celebrated at the Tokyo Disney Resort
From November 9 until December 25, Tokyo Disney Resort celebrates Christmas in its own unique way at both of its parks. Christmas Wishes at Tokyo DisneySea and Christmas Fantasy at Tokyo Disneyland. These two celebrations offer guests limited time merchandise, food, and entertainment! Be sure to check out the full guide on Christmas at Tokyo Disney Resort.
Christmas at the resort is done a bit differently compared to the US Parks. Traditionally Christmas is not celebrated in Japan, but has made its way over in the form of marketing. December 25 is considered a date night for many couples (much like Valentine’s Day). Other differences include:
Your park ticket includes all the seasonal entertainment. There are no separate event tickets.
There is no Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
Haunted Mansion is transformed into the Haunted Mansion Holiday (similar to Disneyland Resort)
A small fireworks show is done in between both parks
Most restaurants at the Disney hotels and inside the parks have limited-time Christmas offerings. Some restaurants have their entire menu changed.
Decorations for Christmas come down right after the 25th to make way for New Years. Which is a bigger holiday in Japan.
Christmas Fantasy at Tokyo Disneyland
This year at Tokyo Disneyland their theme is storytelling, which is reflected in the storybook inspired decorations. Along with a brand new daytime parade “Disney Christmas Stories“. Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade Dreamlights also gets a Christmas version for the holiday season and a crowd favourite Country Bear Jamboree Jingle Bell Jamboree.
Snacks and merchandise are a big draw for many people. Notable the new Stitch Popcorn bucket with an adorable Santa Hat! 2015 was the Year of the Lamb, which brought Dear Danny into the parks in the form of merchandise.
Christmas Wishes at Tokyo DisneySea
Christmas is always a unique experience at Tokyo DisneySea. Since this park has its own spin on everything, Christmas is no different. From the over-the-top decorations in the American Waterfront to the Coral Reef Christmas Tree in Mermaid Lagoon. This year a brand new Mediterranean Harbor show “Perfect Christmas” was introduced, which oddly enough is the only show that includes Santa Claus. Christmas versions of two of their popular permanent shows “Big Band Beat” and “A Table is Waiting” are also showing.
Duffy the Disney Bear, Gelatoni, and Shellie May are some of the most popular merchandise at the resort every season. If you’re a fan, then getting your hands on these limited time outfits are a must. Other cute merchandise includes plush featuring Mickey and Minnie in their outfits showcased in the harbor show Perfect Christmas. A number of seasonal snacks and cocktails are also made available!
Overall Christmas is a magical time of the year at Tokyo Disney Resort. While Christmas events end after December 25th, the resort kicks it into high gear with the New Year’s offerings. Which is one of the shortest celebrations of the year, but offers limited merchandise, food, entertainment and a ticketed New Years Party!