The Christmas holiday food guide for 2022 at Disneyland is available plus the Festival of Holidays offerings in Disney California Adventure. There are so many seasonal treats, drinks, snacks and more. You’re gonna need a list to keep track of them all. I have complied TWO separate lists for you to print (further down in the post) and help you plan your holiday food crawl! One list is for holiday food found in both parks. The other list is for food only found in DCA at the Festival (info still coming).
The holiday food offerings are available November 11 – January 8, 2023. In addition to the holiday food there is a food festival going on in Disney California Adventure only. It’s called the Festival of Holidays, which is a multicultural celebration including food, entertainment, music and more. This post will cover all the holiday food in both parks, Mickey gingerbread cookies, candy canes and festival food coming this year, so hold on there’s lots to share.
Disneyland holiday food highlights
Disney Parks Blog shared a huge list with all the holiday food. For a complete list to print see the FREE printable further down on this post. Here are a few highlights I wanted to mention but for a complete list click below to print. I was able to try many of them on my first holiday trip. See my reviews below. Let’s start over in Disneyland and then cover Disney California Adventure further down.
French Market – Peppermint Hot Chocolate – tried this one and it was excellent!
Galactic Grill – NEW Cranberry BBQ Chicken Sandwich, A Cup of Cheer (orange cranberry cake with cream cheese) and Christmas punch (pomegranate, cranberry, orange juice and Sprite. This was the best drink I tried, hands down my favorite 10/10.
Jolly Holiday Bakery Café – Sipping Chocolate with a Dipping Waffle (on the late night menu), Snowman Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake (had too much cinnamon for me, not a fan), Santa Hat Macaron, Peppermint Cookie Donut and my favorite returns… Thanks-mas Sandwich: Roasted turkey, stuffing, gravy, and cranberry sauce on rustic bread served with house-made chips or pasta. Oh wow I really loved this sandwich. This is a must try from last year! 10/10
Mint Julep Bar – I’m shocked the peppermint beignets are not on the menu this year. They have been replaced with a new flavor. Maple Beignets rolled in maple-flavored sugar with the option to purchase Maple-bacon dipping sauce. I tried the new flavor and they are not my favorite. 7/10
Plaza Inn – Gingerbread Bundt Cake and a Holiday Cake: Devil’s food cake with swirled white chocolate mousse filling, buttercream frosting, and holiday sprinkles.
Pooh Corner and Candy Palace – so many holiday treats to choose from in the bakery cases. Including the Mickey Mouse Gingerbread Crisped Rice Treat and new this year a Holiday Milk Wand marshmallows, caramel and milk chocolate.
Rancho del Zocolo – Chile Verde: Slow-cooked pork with spicy tomatillo sauce served with Mexican rice and refried beans (New) and Pan Dulce Ice Cream Sandwich.
Refreshment Corner – Spicy Beef & Cheese Sandwich, Caramel-Pecan Cream Cheese Pretzel, Peppermint Cream Cheese Pretzel and Butterscotch Soda are all NEW to the menu this holiday season. I tried the Butterscotch soda and it was really good 10/10! Stir it well before drinking. They didn’t have the peppermint pretzel (coming December 1st) and the caramel pecan pretzel was good 8/10.
Stage Door Cafe – Peppermint Mocha Funnel Cake
Tropical Hideaway – Holiday DOLE Whip Sundae – A swirl of DOLE Whip Cherry and Lime topped with festive decorations. I had such high hopes for this treat, but I didn’t like it. The taste was not really cherry and the lime was super tart. This is a pass for me! 6/10
Churro and Lemonade Cart in Critter Country – Bride Churro
Churro Cart near “it’s a small world” Holiday – Churro with holiday apple spice dipping sauce
Churro Cart near Sleeping Beauty Castle – Candy Cane Churro (New)
with Peppermint Bark Dipping Sauce. I liked this churro and loved the dipping sauce! 9/10
Churro Cart in New Orleans Square – Chocolate Cherry-Pistachio Churro (New)
Churro Cart in Town Square – Mint Chip Churro (New) with Mint-Chocolate Dipping Sauce
Pretzel Cart in Frontierland – Holiday Cookie Pretzel (New) is really good when it’s hot!
Mickey Gingerbread cookie
The Mickey Gingerbread cookie is a soft gingerbread cookie found at several locations. And let me tell you he’s a popular guy and will run out at many locations, but check back in the afternoon for a restock. Here are the locations where to purchase… at Jolly Holiday (mobile order in the morning) and Market House in Disneyland. Then over in DCA at Pacific Wharf Cappuccino Cart (mobile order available) and Fiddler, Fifer & Practical. There is a limit of 5 cookies per person. Pro Tip – mobile order at Jolly Holiday at 7:00 a.m. from your hotel or wherever for pick up in the morning. I wouldn’t run the risk of them selling out.
Lastly he can be found in Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel lobby at the holiday cart. Anyone can go in the lobby which I highly recommend. More details on my holiday post.
And don’t forget about the handmade candy canes at both Candy Palace and Trolley Treats. They can only be found on certain days and they go fast. I have a whole post on how to get your hands on one of these delicious giant candy canes over here. Plus the dates for this year in each location.
Disney California Adventure holiday food highlights
Award Wieners – Bananas Foster Funnel Cake (New)
Bing Bong’s Sweet Stuff and Trolley Treats – more holiday bakery treats, cupcakes, cake pops, cookies and more are found in the bakery cases. Be sure to check them out. This sugar cookie Santa cookie was pretty tasty.
Cozy Cone Motel 1 – Pumpkin Pie Churro
Cozy Cone Motel 2 – Christmas Tree cone – Mint soft serve. This one is a favorite 10/10.
Cozy Cone Motel 3 – Creamy Pesto Alfredo Cone – Creamy pesto alfredo pasta, marinated chicken, balsamic reduction, diced tomatoes, and Romano cheese served in a bread cone. This one is really tasty.
Cozy Cone Motel #5 – And new this year Esquite Corn Fritters. Very tasty I’d get this again! 9/10
Flo’s V-8 Café – Gingerbread Shake with whipped topping and a gingerbread cake doughnut (New)
Hollywood Lounge – Churro Delight: Horchata garnished with mini churros (Non-alcoholic) (New)
Lamplight Lounge – Braised Winter Beef: Slow braised beef with carrot risotto and pea tendrils (New). Plus a returning favorite the Peppermint Donuts: Hot cocoa-dusted donuts with toasted marshmallow crème and peppermint-chocolate dipping sauce.
Pacific Wharf Cappuccino Cart – Salted Caramel-Mocha Bundt Cake
Pym Test Kitchen – Atomic Pretzel: Apple-Bacon Soft Pretzel with cinnamon-sugar salted pretzel with apple-bacon compote, cranberries, caramel sauce, cream cheese, and candied pepper bacon (New)
Schmoozies! – Dulce de Leche Mickey Mouse Shake topped with whipped topping, caramel sauce, and vanilla crème cookies (New) and Chocolate-Cherry Yule Log Shake
Smokejumpers Grill – Maple-Bacon Shake (New) and Pineapple Limeade (New). I tried the drink and while it was good I wouldn’t get it again. There were other drinks I liked more. It’s very colorful with a rim of red sugar.
Churro Cart on Buena Vista Street – Caramel Apple Churro(New)
Churro Cart near Goofy’s Sky School – Abuelita Hot Chocolate Churro with condensed milk dipping sauce
Churro Cart near Grizzly Peak – Peppermint Churro
Churro Cart in Hollywood Land – Chocolate Cherry-Pistachio Churro (New)
FREE Printable food checklist
I’m a list girl and these checklists help keep me organized. I’m happy to share with you too. Here’s a complete list of everything in both parks. Above I just shared some highlights. When you use the checklists on your trip tag me if you’re on Instagram so I can see and share! Just click here to print your own copy.
Festival of Holidays
Festival of Holidays takes place only at Disney California Adventure. Feast on seasonal cuisine at the 9 different Festival Food Marketplaces November 11 – January 8, 2023. Each booth has different offerings scattered along the path from Carthay Circle wrapped around to Goofy’s Sky School plus several quick service locations have Festival food offerings. And there are a few quick service locations with some more festival food.
My biggest tip if you plan to eat items from several booths then look for the shortest line. Stand in that line and order everything you want from any of the 9 booths. Then you take your receipt to the respective booth and stand in the line marked pick up food. You don’t have to stand in the order food line again. There is no mobile order option for any of the Festival items.
If you want to try several of the yummy offerings you’ll want to purchase the Sip and Savor Pass. The pass gives you the opportunity to taste your way through the Festival Foods Marketplaces at participating locations. It includes 8 entitlement tabs to redeem for eligible food and beverage offerings. It can be purchased at various locations throughout the park. The price for the Sip and Savor Pass is $59 for guests and $54 for Magic Key holders. I get asked a lot if the pass is worth it. Well that just depends on the items you plan to eat. You can find the food prices online or in the Disneyland app under dining. Use your tabs for higher priced items to make the most out of your money spent on the Sip and Savor pass. Let’s take a look at some of the menu items this year. For a complete list of food and drinks at each booth print your FREE Festival of Holidays food checklist further down! These are just some of the offerings this year to peak your interest.
- Holiday Ham Slider – 9/10 it was tasty but pricey I felt like for what you got. Use a tab if you’re buying the sip and savor pass.
- Brisket Slider
- Cherry-Mango Punch – I loved the fruity flavors in this drink! I got it twice! 10/10
- IMPOSSIBLE Meatloaf with Mashed Potatoes – 10/10 loved this dish
- Pumpkin Layered Cheesecake – 9/10 good flavor
- Blood Orange-Pom Limeade – 6/10 had a strange flavor I didn’t like it!
Here’s a photo of the items from the 2 booths above that I tried.
A Twist on Tradition
- Curry Mac ‘n Cheese
- Lox & Everything Bagel Nachos
- Guava-Melon Lassi – another yummy drink! Mix it well before you drink 9/10
Making Spirits Bright
- Mickey Mouse-shaped Gingerbread Cookie
- Santa’s Milk & Cookies Hot Cocoa
- Chicken Tikka Masala
- Mrs. Claus’ Hot Cocoa Macaron – 9/10 good one I’d get again!
- Churro Toffee Cold Brew Latte Cocktail
- Turkey Poutine
- Esquites Carnitas Mac & Cheese – this one was spicy for me, but the flavors were good 8/10
Brews & Bites
- Impossible Chorizo Queso Fundido – I loved this one last year! I’m so glad it’s back! 10/10
- Southern Mac ‘n Cheese
- Pork Belly Adobo
- Ceylon Splash
Visions of Sugarplums
- Sweet Potato-stuffed Corn Muffin
- Cranberry-Chai Pisco Punch
- Chocolate Bourbon-flavored Tart made with TWIX Cookie Bar Pieces. – I also tried this one and wanted to love it more. Didn’t love the chocolate flavor, just too much for me. 7/10
Treats for Santa Cart
- Mickey Snowman Cookie Decorating Kit
- Santa’s Milk and Cookes Hot Cocoa
- Hot Buttered Rum
Other Festival-Inspired Offerings at
- Paradise Garden Grill
- Cocina Cucamonga
- Pacific Wharf Café
- Pacific Wharf Cappuccino Cart
- Pym Testing Lab
- Terran Treats
For a complete list of everything offered this year at the booths and around Disney California Adventure print the Festival of Holidays food checklist here.
Enjoy eating your way around the park during this festive time of year. If you’re looking for all the holiday tips, entertainment, where to see Santa etc. then you should check out this post.
Plus this time of year only you can purchase hand pulled candy canes at Candy Palace or Trolley Treats. They are only made on certain days and are very hard to get. But I have all the tips and tricks on this post to help you!