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At Disneyland, 'Frozen' characters are icing on holiday festivities

Characters and music from 'Frozen' take center stage during the holidays at Disneyland

The 2013 Disney blockbuster "Frozen" and its characters play a big role in this year's holiday season at Disneyland.

If you're visiting the Anaheim park between now and Jan. 6, expect to see the 60-foot-tall Christmas tree in Disneyland's town square and other once-a-year events and decorations.

First off, sisters Anna and Elsa as well as Olaf the snowman join the Christmas Fantasy Parade which marks its 20th year at Disneyland. Santa and Minnie and Mickey Mouse are featured too in the march along Main Street.

The parade starts at 5:45 p.m. Monday through Thursdays and 3 and 5:45 p.m. Friday through Sunday. (Parades are added Christmas week and other times; check the online schedule before you go.)

Olaf and songs from "Frozen" are featured in the return of "World of Color: Winter Dreams" at Disney California Adventure Park.

The outdoor show brings clips of Disney films, songs and characters projected on a 19,000-square-foot water screen. It's accompanied by 1,200 fountains, fog and other special effects.

Starting this week, shows will start at 8:15 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 9 and 10:15 p.m. Friday through Sunday. (Show times change Thanksgiving week and on other dates; check the online schedule.)

Other things to check out:

--Sleeping Beauty Castle, adorned with 80,000 icicle lights and fireworks and then falling snow on Main Street, outside It's a Small World (which itself is transformed with decorations) and New Orleans Square.

--Disney's Viva Navidad at Paradise Gardens in Disney California Adventure, which includes mariachi and samba bands, folklorico dancers, Disney characters and 12-foot-tall puppets of Santa and Mrs. Claus. It ends with a celebration Jan. 2-6 to mark Three Kings Day, a Christian celebration of the day the Wise Men brought gifts to the baby Jesus.

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