Unlocking the Holiday Magic: Insider Travel Tips and Anaheim’s Must-See Sights

 

The holiday season is quickly approaching, and if creating moments of magic and togetherness are important to you this season, there’s no better holiday destination than Anaheim, CA! Southern California is magical year-round, but the holidays bring out something extraordinary here. If you’re considering an Anaheim getaway this holiday season, let us help you plan the perfect trip! We’re known as the “Anaheim Castle Hotel,” and our team can turn your trip into a magical memory that will last forever.  From travel tips to local holiday events and insider recommendations, we’ve got you covered, helping you create unforgettable memories in the heart of Southern California.

Holiday Travel Tips from the Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel Team

The holiday season brings joy and excitement, but it can also come with crowded airports, traffic jams, and plenty of stress. We’ve seen the best and worst of holiday travel here at the Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel, and we’ve put together some of our team’s best advice to help you navigate your holiday vacation!

Plan Ahead: “One winter, I almost learned the hard way that planning ahead for holiday travel is a must. The key to a smoother journey is booking your flights and accommodations well in advance. Not only did I secure better rates than some of the family members I was meeting, but I also had peace of mind knowing I had the best options during the bustling holiday season. My cousin ended up with a crazy expensive two-bedroom suite because he waited too long to book at the same hotel as the rest of the family.” – Jacob

Get There Early: “One of my family’s favorite holiday traditions is actually spending MORE time at the airport! We like to get there early and cozy up at our favorite airport restaurant, order some appetizers and drinks, and watch the sometimes frantic hustle and bustle around us. It’s a great way to sneak some quiet time in while we get excited about our trip! When we’re not flying, we also try to be the first to arrive. I love watching families reunite in our hotel lobby!” – Emily

Pack Well: “My mom always told me to make a checklist of what I wanted to pack and keep it all within the same color family so I could mix and match throughout my trip. She’s been teaching me about capsule wardrobes before they were on trend! I ignored her for so long, but the first time I did it and could ditch my checked luggage for only a carry-on was a game-changer. Not only did I save a ton on baggage fees, but I was out the door and in my Uber before the checked luggage even got to the baggage claim! Plus, I had everything I needed to wear for the whole trip and got lots of compliments on my versatile outfits.” – Sophia

Stay Connected: “The first holiday season that I traveled to the Midwest to see my in-laws instead of my childhood home here in Anaheim, my family booked a tropical beach vacation for the holidays. We shared our travel itineraries and stayed connected with each other throughout the season. It was a simple but really powerful way to stay connected (and stay safe) while we were all out exploring the world separately.” – Laylan

Be Patient & Kind: “Amid the holiday travel rush, it’s easy to get caught up in the stress and chaos. But remember, being kind and patient with fellow travelers and staff can make your journey more pleasant. It’s a golden rule of travel: a little kindness goes a long way, especially during the holiday season.” – Nate

Leave Room in Your Luggage: “Don’t forget to leave some space in your luggage for holiday gifts and souvenirs! You’ll want space to grab some treasures and souvenirs from your trip to remind you of your holiday adventures! If your suitcase does get too crowded, remember you can always ship your finds home.” – Cindy

Vacation Inspiration – Must-See Holiday Stops In & Around Anaheim

Disneyland® ResortIs there anything more magical than spending time at Disneyland® Resort over the holidays?

Is there anything more magical than spending time at Disneyland® Resort over the holidays? Get ready to make some memories that will last for years to come! Christmas at Disneyland® Resort kicks off on November 10, 2023, and will last until January 7, 2023. This year, we hear there will be new character costumes and festive seasonal food options, as well as some classic events and scenes that will make everyone feel like a kid on Christmas morning! Check out all the fun planned for the holidays at Disneyland® Resort!

 

Knott’s Merry Farm

The holiday season shines bright at Knott’s Merry Farm! From November 17, 2023, until January 7, 2024, you can step into a world of wonder and experience Knott’s largest Christmas celebration right here in Southern California! There are Christmas shows to catch, miles of holiday decor to explore, and world-class ice skaters you won’t find anywhere else! When you’re there, you have to check out the Gobble Gobble Baked Potato, it’s like Thanksgiving to go!  Get more details on the season’s festivities at Knott’s Merry Farm!

The City National Grove of Anaheim

Formerly known as Tinseltown Studios, the City National Grove of Anaheim is a super popular concert venue that hosts incredible artists in an intimate setting. This holiday season, you’ll be able to catch everything from Anaheim Ballet’s Nutcracker to children’s fave Blippi, to Chris Isaak’s It’s Almost Christmas Tour, and much more! If you miss out on tickets over the holidays, grab a gift certificate for an upcoming show in 2024 and a hotel stay at Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel for the perfect holiday gift!

 

The Honda Center

Honda Center is a busy entertainment and sports venue throughout the year, but this holiday season, they’ve really pulled out all the stops! There’s something for everyone happening at Honda Center!  Bundle up for an Anaheim Ducks game, catch Disney on Ice (Frozen & Encanto!) in December, or check out one of the many concerts happening yet this year!

Anaheim Packing District Anaheim Packing District

Don’t miss a stop at the famous Anaheim Packing District this holiday season! Locals have transformed a historic citrus packing house into an incredible food hall with local vendors, restaurants, and bars you’ll want to explore! This eclectic spot is a favorite for locals and visitors alike. There is a steady mix of live music appearances and events for yoga enthusiasts, writers, and more. There will also be great shopping events, including Small Business Saturday and holiday markets. Don’t miss out!

Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade & Ring of Lights

With authentic Southern California flair, the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade & Ring of Lights is an awesome way to ring in the holiday season! For 115 years, local residents have decorated their homes and boats with some of the most incredible holiday decor you’ll see! Hundreds of decorated boats take to the water in Newport Bay every evening from December 13, 2023 – December 17, 2023. Don’t miss it!

Winter Fest OC

From November 24, 2023, through January 7, 2023, you can transport your family and friends to a Winter Wonderland without ever leaving Southern California! Plan a trip to Southern California’s largest winter festival, Winter Fest OC, in Costa Mesa, CA. Make unforgettable memories with your loved ones by exploring the North Pole Journey, the new Snow Play area, the huge ice tubing slide, the holiday market, and much more!

Ice Skating Around Anaheim

 

There’s nothing better than strapping on a pair of skates and gliding over the ice on a sunny day! Ice skating is a classic holiday tradition. We’re sure you’ll make memories that will last for years! Whether you grew up ice skating or are ready to try something new, check out The Rinks Anaheim ICE, The Rinks – KHS ICE in Anaheim, and the Winterfest OC rink are two of our team’s favorite skating locations!

Book Your Holiday Stay at the Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel

 

We can’t wait to see you at the Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel this holiday season! We go all out to bring the merriment of the holidays to our stunning castle hotel. You’ll love the festive touches and our incredible location. We’re just up the road from Disneyland® Resort and in the heart of it all when it comes to the best Anaheim shopping, holiday events, great dining, and so much more.

Whether you’re planning a family escape to amp up the magic of the season, a relaxing getaway with friends to reconnect over the holidays, or a romantic getaway to escape with your love, Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel has something for everyone!  Check out our current deals & packages for the best rates, and book your holiday stay at the best hotel in Anaheim today!