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Your guide to visiting Disneyland Paris at Christmas

A family walking into Disneyland Park at Disneyland Paris
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Dina Malyana
By Dina Malyana14 Dec 2021 5 minutes read

Disneyland Paris is a merry place all year round. But when the holiday season rolls in, it’s a different game altogether. Disney pulls out all the stops for Christmas—and the extravaganza starts early, too. From mid-November to early January, you can expect over-the-top Christmas decor, festive foods, and a huge dose of holiday entertainment at Disneyland Paris.

And it’s not just Disneyland Park that will boast an extra sparkle during Christmas. The whole of Disneyland Paris—that’s including the Walt Disney Studios Park, Disney Village, and the Disney Hotels—will be joining in the celebrations. Trust us, you don’t want to miss this.

Pack your winter wear and don’t forget the Santa hats. Your favorite Disney characters will be dressed up in their Christmas best, ready for the selfies.

Download the Disneyland app and plan your day in advance to beat the crowds. To help you out, we’re sharing some of the Christmassy attractions that await you during Disney's “Enchanted Christmas”.

Christmas decorations and displays in Disneyland Paris

Disneyland Paris Christmas tree
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During the Christmas season, you don’t have to venture far past the entrance to be greeted by Christmas decorations. Come mid-November, Main Street U.S.A. is dressed in lights, garlands, ribbons and wreaths. Multiple times a day, a flutter of snow will fall over you for that magical white Christmas vibe.

At the Town Square, a giant Christmas tree steals the show. It’s draped in so many ornaments, you can’t possibly count them all.

But wait till you see the Sleeping Beauty Castle that lies at the end of the street; only a fairy godmother can make it shine that bright. It’s clear that Santa’s elves had some help in decorating all the magical lands in Disneyland Park.

To fully soak in the festivities, you should start your day as early as possible. The park’s opening hours vary throughout the Christmas season, but it can stretch anywhere between 9 a.m. and 10 p.m. Gather stamina because the real magic appears at night during the Disney Illuminations, which is a show of music, lights and fireworks.

The enchantment spills over to Disneyland Park’s neighboring attractions—Walt Studios Disney Park, which highlights all things television and cinema, and Disney Village, the heart of shopping and dining outside the park gates. Both locations feature festival-style winter markets with regional and seasonal delicacies. You’ll surely spy classic treats like spiced wine and roasted chestnuts, along with goodies such as gingerbread, pretzels and crepes.

Christmas parades and events in Disneyland Paris

Christmas parade at night at Disneyland Paris
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Twice a day Christmas parades

The Christmas Parade is the cherry on the yule log cake. It’s one of those special things you simply must slot into your Disneyland Paris itinerary. Titled Mickey's Dazzling Christmas Parade, this spectacle takes place twice a day along Main Street U.S.A. It features Mickey Mouse accompanied by his friends (such as Tinker Bell, Donald Duck, Santa Claus and many Disney Princesses) on Christmas-themed floats. If possible, catch both the day version at 12.45 p.m. and the evening version at 4.45 p.m. because the latter comes with show-transforming illuminations.

Selfies with the gang

Can’t get enough of Mickey? Snap a selfie with him while he’s still decked out in his Christmas outfit at Fantasyland. More “Christmas Selfie Spots” like these are dotted throughout Disneyland Park. In Frontierland, you can say cheese with chipmunk brothers Chip & Dale, and in Discoveryland, Santa can take some time off his busy schedule to pose for a photo or two.

Holiday shows not to be missed

If you know your Christmas carols by heart, pop into the Videopolis Theatre for Let’s Sing Christmas! which is a singalong session with your Disney friends. Then, belt out to Let it Go along with Elsa in her Ice Palace at Animation Celebration–Frozen: A Musical Invitation. Meanwhile, in the Production Courtyard of Walt Studios Disney Park, A Funny, Snowy Winter is a festive show that will have you laughing along with Donald and Goofy.

Disneyland Paris on Christmas Day

Christmas parade in the day at Disneyland Paris
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Opening hours during Christmas week: 9 a.m.-10 p.m. (Disneyland Park); 9 a.m.-8 p.m. (Walt Disney Studios Park)

Disneyland is very much open on Christmas Day. In fact, if you’re in Disneyland Paris on Christmas Day, count yourself lucky as you don’t have to jostle with the usual crowds. While a Christmas holiday in Disneyland Paris is highly coveted, most locals visit on the days leading up to Christmas.

Compared to a normal day, you get two to three precious extra hours for nighttime explorations—and what a joy it will be. The attractions, shows and parades will be in full swing. The main difference is the strong spirit of Christmas in the air.

Christmas food at Disneyland Paris

Mickey mouse ice cream at Disneyland Paris
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Chuck the diet. Every day in Disneyland Paris will be a cheat day because it’s nearly impossible to resist the seasonal delights. Christmas treats call out from every food cart and windowfront: shortbread cookies on a stick, doughnuts that resemble Christmas ornaments, cakes shaped like Christmas trees… the list goes on.

On top of that, most if not all of the restaurants in Disneyland Paris will add Christmas specials to their menu. From Café Hyperion for fast-food galore to The Lucky Nugget Saloon which serves up Tex-Mex food, you’ll enjoy festive dining at its best.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day menu

What about on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, though? Chef's Enchanting Festive Cuisine is your answer. The chefs in Disneyland Paris have prepared a Christmas menu with a Disney twist. This holiday feast is available as a Christmas Eve dinner and a Christmas Day brunch. Vegan options are available, too. The only catch is that you need to book your table in advance.

Disneyland Paris Christmas merchandise

Girl wearing Mickey mouse ears in front of the Disneyland Paris Castle
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La Boutique du Château is the place in Disneyland Paris to stock up on all things Christmas. This medieval-style boutique sells Christmassy gifts and ornaments year-round. Baubles, pendants, cards, snow globes, puzzles, soft toys—you name it, they have it.

For even more Christmas and Disney merchandise, drop by Emporium and Flora's Unique Boutique along Main Street U.S.A., or the Walt Disney Studios Store at the entrance of the Walt Disney Studios Park. Can’t decide what to get? An advent calendar is always full of surprises.

Disneyland Paris Christmas packages

Get the most bang for your buck with Disneyland Paris packages. The Disneyland Paris 1-day ticket gives you the option of spending the whole day at Disneyland Park or you can also enjoy two parks (including the Walt Disney Studios) in one day.

If you’re based in central Paris, stretch your budget with the bundled packages: admission plus train ticket or admission plus express shuttle ticket.

Special Christmas packages which give you access to the two Disney Parks and accommodation at a Disney Hotel are also available on the official Disneyland Paris website.

Where to stay at Disneyland Paris

People working towards Disneyland Hotel in Disneyland Paris
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There are seven Disney Hotels in Disneyland Paris to complete your trip—and each of them will be glammed up for Christmas.

The crème de la crème is Disneyland Hotel, the only five-star kingdom of the lot. A short walk away, in front of Lake Disney, lies Disney's Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel, which is a paradise for Manhattan and Marvel lovers. For Christmas, this hotel offers rooms decorated in the festive theme complete with surprise gift packages for the young and old.

In the vicinity, Disney's Newport Bay Club exudes a maritime charm while Disney's Sequoia Lodge gives you the feel of a mountain retreat. For a wallet-friendly option that doesn’t compromise on comfort and hospitality, opt for Disney's Hotel Santa Fe.

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Dina Malyana
Dina Malyana is an all-in-one writer, content manager and SEO specialist from Singapore. She considers herself lucky to love her profession. Beyond that, she’s a travel addict who’s lost count of the number of countries she’s visited. When she’s not travelling, she’s probably planning her next trip.