Christmas at the Carthay Circle Restaurant

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This month we are blogging about the restaurant in the Disney Parks that feels most like a Christmas dinner.  I am on the West Coast and Disneyland Resort is where I frequent the most.   If I was at the Disneyland Resort for Christmas I would dine at the Carthay Circle Restaurant inside of Disney’s California Adventure. The restaurant is on the second floor of the replica of the iconic Carthay Circle Theater on Buena Vista Street. This area of Disney’s California Adventure is themed after Los Angeles during the 1920’s & 30’s and is decorated during Christmas in retro decor.

Carthay Circle Restaurant at Disney's California Adventure at Christmas

Photo courtesy of Patrick Magsaysay

Buena Vista Street Christmas Tree

Photo courtesy of Patrick Magsaysay

The Carthay Circle Theater is where Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs premiered on December 21, 1937 and Fantasia on January 30, 1941 with stereophonic Fantasound.

Carthay Circle Restaurant Snow White Newspaper

The Carthay Circle Lounge occupies the first floor and serves appetizers and signature drinks such as the Carthay Martini as well as Walt’s famous Scotch Mist. Hung on the walls of the lounge are photos of wonderful moments in Disney history.
Carthay Circle Restaurant Lounge Pinocchio

Carthay Circle Restaurant Lounge

The food that is served on the menu is fantastic and not to be missed are the Carthay House Biscuits stuffed with White Cheddar, Bacon, Jalapeno and served with an Apricot Butter. Don’t let the fancy interior fool you, this is a kid friendly restaurant and you can find Kids Mickey Check meals on the menu as well.  You can take a look at the menu on the the Disneyland Resort site.  Unfortunately, they don’t provide many pictures of the food so a great place to view photos of the dishes is on Yelp.

To enhance your experience even more consider booking your reservation at the Carthay Circle Restaurant as part of the World of Color Dining Package.  After you have finished your meal you will be presented with a voucher for preferred seating at the World of Color show. For more information about the World of Color Dining Package visit the Disneyland Resort World of Color Dining page.

For more information about the Carthay Circle Restaurant visit the Disneyland Resort site.  If you want more information about the history of the Carthay Circle Theater and the role is plays in Disney history then hop on over to Yesterland for an in depth report.

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Dawn is a social influencer and has been writing about her nerdy side since 2004. She enjoys writing about Entertainment, Travel, Disney, Star Wars and life with two little girls. Her advice is to keep on dreaming, do what you love and life will lead you a path to your happiness. Dawn also writes for 5 Minutes for Mom.


  1. We had dinner at Carthay Circle on our trip this summer. It is such a gorgeous restaurant! And the food was incredible. We booked the World of Color package and the seating was great. Carthay Circle would probably where I would choose to have Christmas dinner too. 🙂

  2. Sounds wonderful! My husband ate there for the first time in November and said he had the best steak ever.

  3. Man, that sounds delightful! Can’t wait to take my first trip to Disneyland someday and see where it all began 🙂

  4. Rosanne_Mottola says:

    Dawn – great pick! I’m dying to get out to Disneyland soon and this restaurant is definitely on my “to-do list” for that trip.

    Rosanne @ The Disney Point

  5. DisneyDonnaKay says:

    This sounds fabulous!! Dakota would absolutely love it, not to get out to California so I can experience it myself. Great post & pictures!!

  6. I love this suggestion! We didn’t eat there on our last DL trip, but it’s on my list for our next trip!

  7. Carthay Circle looks so neat! I have never been to Disneyland, but I would love to eat there when I do go to Disneyland!

  8. Lisa Cameron says:

    Looks like a great place to have dinner! I will have to put it on our list if we ever get to Disneyland.

  9. We didn’t eat at Carthay Circle when we visited in June, but we have it on our list for one time in the future! Great post, thanks for sharing!

  10. JenniferLissak says:

    Great choice!! I hope to try that restaurant when I get to Disneyland.. hopefully next summer!

  11. DIStherapy says:

    Oh, I’d love to see the retro Christmas decorations at Carthay Circle; it is such a beautifully appointed restaurant. Thank you for sharing some of its Christmas beauty Dawn!

  12. ReturnToDisney says:

    It sounds like a great way to celebrate a California Christmas! Thanks for posting pictures 🙂


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