It's a Small World Holiday is an annual version of the attraction It's a Small World. Since 1997, Disneyland has featured "It's a small world Holiday" during the end-of-the-year Christmas and holiday season. It didn't come back for several more years until 2005. That was the one year FastPass was used for this attraction. The attraction is closed in late-October to receive temporary holiday decorations inside and outside, and reopens in early-November before the start of the busy holiday tourist season. The attraction is the same boat voyage through many regions of the world, though the main theme song is not played fully. Instead, the children sing "Jingle Bells" and a bridge of "Deck the Halls" in addition to the main theme.
The holiday overlay has since been implemented at Tokyo Disneyland with similar decorations, if not more, than the Disneyland version.
Disneyland Paris's version used to add subtle decorations around the attraction and changed the music in the North American area to "Deck the Halls". For the 2009 winter season, Disneyland Paris has added "it's a small world celebration", a variation of "it's a small world - happy holiday" highlighting winter season frolic shared by people worldwide. It includes new costumes, lighting, sounds, decorations and uses a different version of the music.
Hong Kong Disneyland's "it's a small world - happy holiday" changes the music seasonally and subtly adds a few Christmas decorations.
As you approach the facade you hear a familiar tune, along with "Jingle Bells". Every 15 minutes a holiday projection show is projected on the "small world" facade. You board your boat and enter the "Hello Room", which now has a "Happy Holidays" sign. The Antarctica Room which is now the North Pole. You travel through the ride and discover Chinese New Year, Jungle Jangles, and Feliz Navidad. You enter the North American room to see yourself in a country Christmas. Finally you enter the "Finale Room" and you hear "Deck the Halls". Everything is decorated with white garland and lights hang from the roof. You exit through the Goodbye room, where the Postcards have been replaced with Christmas cards. You exit the building and catch the twinkling lights once more as you disembark.
The exterior is adorned with thousands of twinkling lights. The clock has a Santa hat and some white garland and wreaths hang along the doors to the clock numerals. The bushes also have lights in them. There is also a projection show that happens every 15 minutes.
When it re-opened in 2005, FASTPASS machines were added. They have since been removed.
When the North America room was the Rainforest Room, there were giant black curtains that hid the scene and it was used as a transition room.
The Hawaii room used to feature all of Santa's reindeer. Over the years it has been shortened.
In 2011 a new snowman was added to the finale.
In the Japan room of the Disneyland overlay, fireworks from the Main Street Electrical Parade's To Honor America unit can be seen. Considering how the original Anaheim parade (Version A) was scrapped for parts in 1997, these fireworks (built in 1979) were recycled to be used in the Small World Holiday theming. They, along with Casey Junior's drum are the only things saved from demolition.