It’s hard to believe that it’s been 30 years since Tim Burton’s classic stop-motion film, The Nightmare Before Christmas, first graced our screens. This beloved movie has become a cult classic for Disney fans, capturing both the spooky spirit of Halloween and the joyful whimsy of Christmas. And with the 30th anniversary coming up, it’s the perfect time to celebrate this timeless tale in style! In this blog post, we’ll explore some fun ways to honor The Nightmare Before Christmas’s 30th anniversary and add some spook-tacular magic to your holiday season.
Visit a Nightmare Before Christmas Themed Event
Disney Parks often host special holiday events, and with the 30th anniversary of The Nightmare Before Christmas, there’s a good chance that there will be some themed happenings. Keep an eye on Disney Parks’ official website for announcements and book your tickets early because these events tend to sell out quickly. Attendees can immerse themselves in the movie’s world with special screenings, festive activities, and meet-and-greets with some of their favorite characters.
If you’re a fan of The Nightmare Before Christmas, be sure to check out some of the other decorations around Disneyland during the holidays. There are photo opportunities with character cutouts, as well as festive treats like Sally cake pops and Jack Skellington-themed pretzels. Even the classic Mickey Mouse ears have gotten a Nightmare Before Christmas makeover, making them a must-have for any fan.
Be sure not to go home empty-handed! Throughout the Disney Parks, you’ll come across photo opportunities, and exclusive Nightmare Before Christmas souvenirs.
The Nightmare Before Christmas at Disneyland in California
The transformation of the Haunted Mansion into the Haunted Mansion Holiday is a true sight to behold. There are dozens of new props, set pieces, and animatronics that fill the ride, each one with its own unique twist on the classic tale. The story of the ride follows The Nightmare Before Christmas’s main man, Jack Skellington as he tries to incorporate some Christmas cheer into the holiday traditions of Halloween Town. It’s a fun and endearing take on the darker themes of the original movie, and visitors are sure to love it.
Another great part of the Haunted Mansion Holiday is the music. The soundtrack for the ride is a mix of the classic songs from the movie, as well as new tunes written just for the attraction. The music is beautifully orchestrated and brings the ride to life in a way that’s both haunting and joyful. You’ll find yourself humming the catchy tunes long after you exit the ride.
You can also spot some Nightmare Before Christmas touches at Mater’s Graveyard JamBOOree.
The Oogie Boogie Bash is Disney’s Halloween Party. Unfortunately, this event is already sold out for 2023!
The Nightmare Before Christmas at Walt Disney World in Florida
Walt Disney World is known for its spectacular celebrations and events that are tailored to provide magical experiences for individuals of all ages. One of the most anticipated events of the year is Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. The event allows guests to dress up in their favorite character costumes and enjoy a night of trick-or-treating and amazing entertainment.
Throughout the event, visitors have an opportunity to meet some of their favorite Disney characters and you better believe Jack Skellington and Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas will be there. It’s one of a kind of opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the most cherished and well-known characters of all Disney movies.
Wrap up the evening with Mickey’s Boo-to-You Halloween Parade and the Not-So-Spooky Spectacular, a fireworks display hosted by Jack Skellington.
Another opportunity to meet characters from The Nightmare Before Christmas is at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party or for the first time, at Hollywood Studio’s Disney Jollywood Nights. Jollywood Nights is a new event and The Frozen Sing-Along will be revamped during the holidays to a Nightmare Before Christmas Sing-Along.
Important Note: These parties are separate events and require a ticket specifically for them. With your ticket, you will get admission to the Magic Kingdom Park beginning at 4 p.m. the day of the party and you’ll get to stay for the entire party. Guests without a party ticket will have to leave the park early. And the best part is that there are multiple dates for all of the parties.
Finally, ride the boat from Magic Kingdom to Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground to see the elaborate displays. Dedicated campers return to the Fort every year with decorations to spruce up their sites for the holidays from September through New Year’s.
Watch the Movie
What better way to celebrate this iconic film than by watching the movie with your fellow fans? The holiday season is just around the corner, and it’s the perfect time to get into the spirit by watching one of the most beloved Halloween movies of all time: The Nightmare Before Christmas. The movie first hit theatres in 1993 and has since become a classic, beloved by people of all ages. If you are a die-hard Disney fan or a fan of Tim Burton’s unique brand of storytelling, then this movie is a must-see.
Watch The Nightmare Before Christmas in Theaters
Many theaters across the country offer special screenings of the movie around Halloween time. This year there will be more than usual due to the anniversary. This is a fantastic way to see the film as it was meant to be enjoyed – on a big screen with great sound and an enthusiastic audience. Regal and AMC have announced a 30th-anniversary re-release in theaters beginning on October 20. Check the websites of major theater chains near you for special screenings and showtimes in your area.
Throw a Nightmare Before Christmas Streaming Party
If you prefer to watch movies in the comfort of your own home, then streaming is the perfect option. Currently, you can watch The Nightmare Before Christmas on services like Disney+, Amazon Prime Video, and Google Play. Invite your friends over to enjoy a themed streaming party.
Make some themed snacks (Oogie Boogie popcorn, anyone?) and enhance the décor with some spooky decorations inspired by the film. There are plenty of Nightmare Before Christmas party ideas online, from DIY pumpkin wreaths to Sally’s soup labels. Gather your friends, get in the spirit, and enjoy this eerie and enchanting movie together.
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Show your love by creating your own costume inspired by the characters in The Nightmare Before Christmas. Whether you want to go all-out with Jack Skellington’s striped suit or create a more subtle Sally-inspired ensemble, there are endless possibilities. You could even turn it into a friendly competition with your friends or colleagues by hosting a costume contest.
Include The Nightmare Before Christmas in Your Christmas Displays
The best part about decorating for the holidays is adding some personality and flair to your home. Why not add some Nightmare Before Christmas-themed items to your existing décor? You can add some spooky lights to your trees, hang up some ornaments that showcase your favorites from the movie, or even swap out some of your existing décor for Nightmare Before Christmas-inspired items. Your guests will appreciate the festive touch, and you’ll enjoy the reminder of your favorite Disney movie every time you walk into the room.
Jam Out to The Nightmare Before Christmas Soundtrack
The movie’s soundtrack is filled with catchy songs that are sure to make you feel festive. The cleverly written lyrics and perfectly placed tunes make the soundtrack an integral part of the movie’s charm. So download the soundtrack, turn up the volume, sing along, and enjoy the melodies that have been enchanting audiences for years. And if you’re feeling extra nostalgic, you can even get your hands on a commemorative vinyl edition of the soundtrack in honor of the anniversary.
Don’t Delay, Plan Your Nightmare Before Christmas Celebration Today
The Nightmare Before Christmas might be 30 years old, but its magic and appeal remain as strong as ever. With these ideas, you can celebrate the movie’s anniversary in your own unique way. Whether you host a themed party, wear a costume, or simply listen to the soundtrack, The Nightmare Before Christmas is sure to put you in a spooky and joyful mood. Let’s raise a glass to this timeless movie and to the spooky cheer it’s brought to our lives over the last 30 years.
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