Christmas, with a dusting of Disney magic
This Christmas, Disneyland Paris has everything you might expect from a Disney holiday celebration, and so much more. Crisp winter days lit up by shows, parades and seasonal atmosphere, warmed by all the favourite characters in their most festive garb and made truly enchanting come nightfall with a unique version of Disney Dreams! nighttime spectacular.
Disney's Enchanted Christmas is without doubt one of the best times of the year to experience Disneyland Paris. The days might be shorter (and colder!) here in Marne-la-Vallée, but lavish decorations, Disney Characters and the biggest entertainment programme of the entire year make this the busiest time at the resort year after year and ensure the days are always merry and bright.
It all begins with some turn-of-the-century charm as Main Street, U.S.A. goes all-out for the "holidays" with a truly giant Christmas Tree and frequest snow showers guaranteed. Throughout each day, unique festive character meet 'n' greets — and of course an encounter with Santa Claus himself — mix with wonderful festive shows such as this summer's returning guest favourite Frozen Sing-along, featuring Anna, Elsa and Olaf in a wintry interactive stage show.
Each night, the tree lighting ceremony of Mickey's Magical Christmas Lights will warm your spirit. After a day — or two, or more — taking in all these winter treats, probably the best Christmas experience this side of Lapland, your wishlist might already be fulfilled...
Special parade, several times daily on the Parade Route
Disney's Christmas Parade
Christmas season now celebrates its very own parade with unique floats, costumes and an irresistibly joyous rhythm.
For many years marked just by an extra float at the end of the regular daily parade, several years of smart investment have seen Christmas spawn its very own separate parade. Consisting six brilliantly decorated, bright floats with a plethora of characters and some of the best parade dance units and costumes of the year, this is not be missed — fantastic, then, that it happens twice daily!
Even better, it's now also in addition to — rather than replacing — the regular Disney Magic on Parade!, so you get to see two top-quality Disney parades in one park.
• Two performances daily on the Disneyland Park Parade Route
Special unique version of the nighttime spectacular
Disney Dreams! of Christmas
Disney's Frozen takes centre stage for a completely different version of the park's flagship Disney Dreams! spectacular during Christmas.
Peter Pan and Wendy take a break from their nightly duties in the regular Disney Dreams! as this is a completely different and totally unique seasonal version of the show. Hosted by Olaf and Anna and including several songs from the film, the show uses all the same dazzling projections, water fountains and pyrotechnics to bring its "winter dreams" to life. There's also a cute Disney animation ice skating scene and a fun Toy Story segment where Woody and pals attempt to perform their own "Nutcracker".
Plus don't miss: around 20 minutes before the start of the show, the winter lights of Sleeping Beauty Castle are lit with a simply beautiful fountain ceremony.
• Every night at Central Plaza, at the heart of Disneyland Park
Nightly tree lighting ceremony at Town Square
Mickey's Magical Christmas Lights
Santa Claus is comin' to town for the most magical Christmas Tree illumination you'll see this holiday season, hosted by Mickey Mouse.
The Christmas Tree lighting ceremony has become a tradition at Disneyland Paris since its earliest years, going through numerous revisions and guises to this newly refreshed edition, likely to be considered one of the best yet. Simplified with just Mickey and Minnie appearing with several additional performers on a new elevated stage float in front of the tree, there's still time for a "Jingle Bells" sing-along before Santa Claus arrives and the magic of the tree lighting begins.
First installed for the 2013 season, the new 24-metre high Christmas Tree is a wonder to behold — towering over the park, dotted with 1,000 beautiful ornaments and lit, in spectacular fashion as snow tumbles from overhead, by colour-changing LED lanterns.
This is a popular event with limited space to get close to the stage, so arrive early. On very busy days, there may be two performances per evening!
Sing-along stage show at The Chaparral Theater
A storm in the mountains threatens to disrupt Anna's surprise for Elsa at the Arendelle winter festival. Can you raise your singing voice to save the show?
Fresh from its fully-expected success during this summer's Frozen Summer Fun season, Frozen Sing-along again provides the park's Christmas season with a stage show that has been sorely missing for several years. Though the set-up is simplistic and the interactive format might not suit everyone, it is nevertheless a well-produced spectacle that combines the best songs of the 2013 film with a chance to see its stars for real on stage.
Children will be captivated for the entire 20 minutes — and by the final moments, as Elsa emerges from the beautiful snowy stage backdrop to flurries of snow and the hit "Let It Go", even the most frosty adult will be moved, too.
Six performances daily.
Stage spectacle at Le Théâtre du Château (from 17 Nov)
Royal Christmas Wishes
Waltz into winter at a royal invitation to dance along with some of Disney's most beloved Princes and Princesses, in the shadow of Sleeping Beauty Castle.
This 10-minute musical Christmas production is a rare chance to see no less than nine royal Disney couples on one stage: Aurora and Phillip (Sleeping Beauty), Belle and her Prince (Beauty and the Beast), Ariel and Eric (The Little Mermaid), Snow White and the Prince (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs), Cinderella and Prince Charming (Cinderella), Rapunzel and Flynn (Tangled), Tiana and Naveen (The Princess and the Frog), Jasmine and Prince Ali (Aladdin).
With colourful dresses swirling and the castle moat's fountains dancing in the background, it's a beautiful, not-to-be-missed, if all too brief spectacle!
• Two performances daily at Royal Castle Stage, next to Sleeping Beauty Castle
Watch: Christmas Playlist
See the magic of Disney's Enchanted Christmas with our YouTube playlist of shows, parades and atmosphere past and present.
Daily at Meet Mickey Mouse
Meet Santa Claus
Santa Claus makes a stop to visit Mickey Mouse at his backstage dressing room.
Once you've seen Santa Claus in Disney's Christmas Parade and Mickey's Magical Christmas Lights, meet him for real and hand over your own Christmas wishes as he visits Meet Mickey Mouse.
Throughout the day you'll be able to meet either Mickey Mouse or Santa Claus at this dedicated indoor location.
Royal carriage procession along the Parade Route
Frozen: A Royal Welcome
Wave to Anna and Elsa from Disney's Frozen as they make their royal procession through the park.
Several times daily, a fanciful white horse-drawn carriage pulls Anna and Elsa along the parade route to the tune of "Let It Go". First seen during Frozen Summer Fun, there's little more to this event than that, but it's a welcome chance to see the famous pair in person. (Due to their enormous popularity Disney daren't attempt the queues that would be expected for a face-to-face meet 'n' greet.)
Special seasonal encounters
Festive Disney Characters
Disney characters both familiar and unusual are waiting for memorable encounters, photos and autographs.
Besides Mickey Mouse himself and childhood hero Winnie the Pooh, this Christmas offers a rare chance to meet some fluffy favourites: Thumper and Miss Bunny from Bambi and Marie from The Aristocats, each wearing with their own festive attire.
• Throughout Disneyland Park