Santa Claus at Redwood Creek Challenge Trail

Santa Returns for His Annual Holiday Visit to Redwood Creek Challenge Trail

For many Disneyland Resort guests, no visit during the holidays is complete until they have paid a call on Santa Claus. As he has for the last several years, Santa, with his elves, is greeting one and all at the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail in Disney California Adventure.

Those mischievous elves love to play games, and they have taken over much of the Redwood Creek area to do just that. Kids are invited to join in on Gift Hide and Seek, Holiday “Ducked Out” Races, Flying With the Reindeer and other activities. All, of course, take a back seat to a visit to Santa. After signing your name into Santa’s Nice List, guests wend their way along the trail to the Ahwanee Camp Circle. If Santa is not off feeding his reindeer or greeting Chip ’n Dale, he will be happy to meet you.

While Santa has brought a lot of interesting things from the North Pole (including a map of his December 24th Flight Route), it is soon time to see what the elves are up to. But don’t forget your candy cane on the way out!

Youngsters can keep track of all there is to do with a free Activity Map. After spending time playing games, laughing loud, and spreading cheer, they get a Santa’s “Thumbs Up” sticker, making them an official elf.

“Ducked Out” Duck Races take place in Redwood Creek. Rubber duckies in holiday gear are lined up along the railing of the bridge, and are then launched into the creek. First one to the finish net is declared the winner, with prizes for all.

Gift Hide and Seek clues are hidden all over the camp. The solution to the puzzle is in the Activity Map.

In addition to the elves, Santa has other friends greeting guests throughout the area. Chip was out spreading his own holiday cheer the day we visited.

Who wouldn’t want to Fly With the Reindeer? Repeat visitors who are familiar with the Sequoiah Smoke Jumpers junior zipline will recognize this feature, with a charming holiday overlay. On Dasher! On Dancer!

The Jingle Bridge may not look like much from up above, but from below it is swagged and festooned with bells and garland. And it really does jingle… with the proper running and bouncing, that is.

Play time can work up an appetite. Treats for Santa are offered on a side trail. And if your holiday cupcake decorating kit looks good enough to eat for yourself, well, Santa will understand. And besides, you already signed your name onto Santa’s Nice List, right?

Santa will be greeting guests daily at the Ahwanee Camp Circle in the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail throughout the holiday season at Disney California Adventure. Be sure to see him before he is off on his annual visit to your home!


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