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If you’re missing Disneyland as much as I am this holiday season, you’re probably searching for ways to re-create that magic you can only seem to find at the parks.

Visitors watch a Christmas parade along Main Street at Disneyland in Anaheim


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After temporarily closing in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Disneyland has yet to return to full operations.

For the first time in 60 years, Disneyland Resort will be closed on Christmas Day. If you love the treats, the lights, and the general jolly feeling you get at the parks during the holiday season, I’ve come up with some ways to bring that same festive feeling home.

A red trolley at California Adventure


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While nothing will ever compare to actually visiting the parks in person, these ideas should help you get that Disneyland fix in the meantime.

1.

Find a Disney-themed playlist that reminds you of being at the parks.


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From Adventureland to New Orleans Square, you’ll feel as if you’re walking through the parks again.

2.

Remind yourself of those Disney scents you know all too well.

🎶 Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate’s life for me. 🎶

3.

Or take it up a notch with a Disney-inspired candle that smells just like the park.

4.

Check out old photos and reminisce about that time you could walk through the twinkling Christmas lights.

5.

Make a point of putting all your Disney-themed holiday decorations on display, for a little extra magic.

6.

Hang up Christmas lights inside AND outside your home that shine as much as “It’s a Small World” does during the holidays.

Disneyland visitors cruise through "It's a Small World" featuring different Christmas and holiday celebrations from around the world


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7.

Craving your favorite Disney eats? Find a recipe to make your own at home.

8.

Bring your festive spirit jersey out of retirement and rock it around the house.

9.

Create a DIY version of any Disney ride with household objects.


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If you really want to go all out, add in the themed costumes and music. To get you inspired, here are some creative at-home ride ideas from fellow fans.

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Or ~dream~ about you favorite ride by decking out your room with themed decor.

11.

Rewatch the iconic fireworks show from the comfort of your couch.


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You get an amazing view minus all of the crowds.

12.

Pretend you’re on the parade line by checking out one of your past favorites virtually.

Holiday floats and performers fill Main Street U.S.A at Disneyland


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One of my personal faves? The Christmas Fantasy Parade from 2019.

13.

Have a karaoke night with The Disney Holiday Singalong. You could even make your own playlist with other tracks you can’t get out of your head.


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The Disney Parks Magical Christmas Celebration will also air on Christmas morning (tune into at ABC at 10 a.m. ET and 9 a.m. PT). It was filmed at Walt Disney World and will feature performances by Tori Kelly, Becky G, and more.

14.

Watch The Nightmare Before Christmas to get the feel of Haunted Mansion Holiday.

15.

Finally, take a virtual ride on attractions like Peter Pan’s Flight, Haunted Mansion, and more.


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YouTube has tons of videos of virtual ride-throughs so you can feel like you’re actually there.

What do you miss most about Disneyland? Let us know in the comments!

Don’t forget to check out Bring Me! for all of BuzzFeed’s best travel tips and hacks, vacation inspiration, and more!


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