Few things get kids as excited as the prospect of meeting their favorite cartoon characters such as Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Buzz Lightyear or Cinderalla. And what better season than the festive holidays to treat them to this magical experience? Plan a trip to Disneyland® Paris from November to January and surround yourselves with holiday decorations, snowflakes and festive spirit. So what are the best ways to wrap yourself up in the festive spirit? Read on to discover the magic of Disney and Christmas in Paris!
Visit Santa in his grotto
In front of the gates of the Disneyland Paris Park, at 10:00am, your little ones will be beside themselves with excitement and you won't be able to hold them back. You know that they've been waiting to visit the park for weeks now, especially with Christmas approaching. There is Santa, and there is Santa ‘Disney-style’. Father Christmas is waiting for you and your family to visit him in his grotto and have your photo taken. Be sure to visit him before 25 December, as he will take a long and well-deserved holiday after that.
See spectacular Christmas lights
The streets are filled with dazzling decorations like garlands, ribbons and glistening lights that illuminate the whole park. The small details of each decoration combined cast a magical blanket over the park making it feel more special than ever. The decorations alone are worth a visit as they are truly spectacular. If you have a very special Christmas wish this year, head on over to the giant tree with the glowing star at its top, and wish away. Who knows, your wish might even come true! Mickey and his friends will turn on the Christmas tree lights during a special ceremony, an event not to be missed.
Bring back childhood memories
The Disneyland Paris Park will bring back the heroes of your childhood as you experience the thrill of its iconic attractions: Hyperspace Mountain, or the recently renovated Big Thunder Mountain.This is the ideal opportunity to become a kid again !
Watch faces light up during the parade
Join the annual parade, the park’s largest, where everything is on a grand, colorful and festive scale. Follow the celebration as Mickey Mouse, Santa and your favorite Disney Characters flood the streets and lead the parade through the park on cool themed floats. Disney Dreams®! of Christmas is a show you shouldn’t miss.
Meet the characters from Frozen
One of the ultimate highlights for the young ones these days is Frozen. At Disneyland® Paris, you can actually experience an audience with Anna and Elsa and sing along. You can also catch Elsa and Anna as they roll through the streets on their horse and carriage.
A Disney break for adults
Surrounding the park, Disney Village houses one of the only IMAX cinemas in Europe (with higher quality and larger images), as well as several brasseries for when you feel a bit hungry. In need of a last minute Christmas gift? For better window shopping and an outlet mall, Vallée Village, a few kilometres from there, is a must. Luxury stores, designer stores, ready-to-wear stores, this temple to shopping will satisfy all of your desires, to say nothing of the restaurants – Lebanese, Spanish, French, or Korean... A real taste of world cultures and only a few kilometres away.
Sleeping beauty accommodation
There is no shortage of things to see and do for people of all ages. After a memorable day at the park, unwind at the Radisson Blu Hotel Paris, Marne-la-Vallée, just a few minutes away. You can get to and from the park using the complimentary shuttle service conveniently in just 7 minutes. The hotel offers spa and wellness facilities with everything from a fitness center, refreshing swimming pool to a lovely steam bath. Perfect for heating up the body and soul after a day spent in winter wonderland.
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