How to Plan Your Disneyland Paris Christmas Trip

Christmas at Disneyland Paris

A Disneyland Paris Christmas trip is a wonderland way to spend your Christmas holidays. Disney just celebrated its 100th Anniversary, so you can expect the most magical Christmas at the parks.

The first thing you need to do is buy your Disneyland Paris Christmas tickets as soon as possible before they all sell out! We suggest you purchase the tickets from this website, where you can select your preferred date and choose if you want to visit one or both parks.

Once you have your Disneyland Paris Christmas 2023 tickets, it’s time to discover what Christmas 2023 brings to Disneyland Paris.

When to Go (Disneyland Paris Christmas 2023 Dates)

White Rabbit - Disneyland Paris

Christmas in Disneyland Paris is a season full of wonders and lasts for nearly two months! To enjoy the magic of Christmas at Disneyland Paris, the Disneyland Paris Christmas 2023 dates go from 11 November 2023 to 7 January 2024. The opening times during the Disneyland Paris Christmas season are from 9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. in both parks, with the Magic Hour (for the Disney Hotels guests) starting at 8:30 a.m.

The Disneyland Paris Christmas season is considered a high season. To learn the best days to visit Disneyland to avoid the bigger crowds, check out our Disneyland Paris crowd calendar.

Disneyland Paris at Christmas time gets very crowded with its Christmas-themed attractions, shows, and parades. Generally, earlier in the season is better than closer to Christmas Day, and during weekdays you will find fewer crowds than on weekends.

Christmas Day at Disneyland Paris is usually the most crowded day.

When deciding the best time to take your Disneyland Paris Christmas trip, you should also consider that many French families plan to visit Disneyland Paris during the school holidays in France, from 23 December 2023 to 8 January 2024 this school year.

How to Get to Disneyland Paris

Disneyland-Paris Train Station

Disneyland Paris is one of everyone’s favorite destinations when visiting Paris in December. There are several ways to travel to Disneyland Paris. Whether by plane or car, the following is all the information you need to know to organize your Disneyland Paris Christmas holidays.

If you want to travel to Disneyland Paris from abroad and there is no train travel option, you can fly to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) or Paris Orly Airport (ORY), the two closest airports to Disneyland Paris.

Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) is the closest airport to Disneyland Paris, only 35km away from the parks. Click here for all the ways to get from CDG Airport to Disneyland Paris.

Orly Airport (ORY) is located 45km from Disneyland Paris. Click here for all the ways to get from Orly to Disneyland Paris

If you want to visit Disneyland from London, UK, check out this London to Disneyland Paris guide with everything you need to know to travel to Disneyland Paris by train.

If you wish to visit Paris at Christmas time before your Disneyland trip, check out how to get from Paris to Disneyland Paris.

If you own a car or you are on a French road trip, getting to Disneyland Paris will be easy! You don’t need to worry about parking: Disneyland Paris has free parking areas near the parks and in the Disney Hotels.

Disneyland Paris at Christmas Time – Things to Do

If all of that sounds ideal for your next Disneyland Paris Christmas holidays, then here’s a list of the best things to do in Disneyland Paris Christmas 2023.

1. Disneyland Paris Christmas Market (Disney Village)

There are so many things you can do in Disneyland Paris at Christmas time that it will be hard to choose! One of the best is to visit the Disneyland Paris Christmas Market, located at Disney Village.

You’ll find the Disney Village between the theme parks and the Disney Hotels, just out of the train station.

During Christmas, the Disney Village is festively decorated and turned into a cozy Christmas Market with wooden stalls where you can buy food, Christmas sweets, and souvenirs.

To visit the Christmas Market Disneyland Paris, you won’t need to buy tickets to Disneyland Paris Parks, which is why the Disneyland Paris Christmas Market is usually very popular with locals at Christmas time.

2. Disneyland Park

Disneyland Park is divided into five themed lands: Main Street USA, Frontierland, Adventureland, Fantasyland, and Discoveryland. Everywhere there are beloved Disney characters who you can meet during the meet-and-greet. You’ll also find many roller coasters in all shapes and sizes at Disneyland Park.

At Christmas, Disneyland Park becomes a winter wonderland with many decorations, the spectacular Christmas tree in Town Square, and the Disney Characters dressed for the season.

Venture into Disneyland Park, watch the snowflakes fall on Main Street USA, and follow the Christmas lights until you reach the Sleeping Beauty Castle. Have fun on the rides, for children and adults (check out this list of the best rides). And when it’s time to eat, go to one of the many restaurants, cafés, and bars to enjoy the Disneyland Paris Christmas food and drinks!

3. Walt Disney Studios

The Walt Disney Studios is the incredible park of Disneyland Paris, where the worlds of Disney, Pixar, and MARVEL come alive. There are so many fantastic adventures for children and grown-ups at Walt Disney Studios, from the Toy Story Playland to the Finding Nemo area, where you’ll find the Crush’s Coaster attraction.

The Disneyland Paris Christmas season is an excellent time to visit Walt Disney Studios Park for the beautiful decorations all around the park. The Disney Pixar and Marvel characters all dressed for the magical season create an enchanting atmosphere that you’ll love!

However, Walt Disney Studios doesn’t have special shows during Christmas. If you want to visit Walt Disney Studios, we suggest purchasing a combined ticket for the two parks, so you can also enjoy the Disneyland Paris Christmas parades and other Christmas activities in Disneyland Park.

4. Disneyland Paris Christmas Events

Day Parade – Christmas at Disneyland Paris

Disneyland Paris at Christmas time gets filled with events and Christmas-themed entertainment. One of the biggest events is Mickey’s Dazzling Christmas Parade: five gigantic floats featuring Mickey & Friends, Disney Princesses, Santa Claus & Tinker Bell, and more character parade each day inside Disneyland Park.

Here’s the schedule of the different shows during the Disneyland Paris Christmas season:

  • Disney Stars On Parade: 12: 55 p.m.
  • Mickey and his Sparkling Christmas Parade: 4:35 p.m. and 6:15 p.m.
  • Disney D-Light 10 minutes before dreams
  • Disney Dreams Christmas Party when the park closes

These times are from the last year, but they shouldn’t change for 2023-2024. You can follow eventual updates on your Disney app.

Night Parade – Christmas at Disneyland Paris

Another not-to-be-missed event during Christmas in Disneyland Paris is the moment of the day when the giant Christmas tree in Town Square lights up by the Disney characters. This happens around 7 pm.

To get into the Christmas spirit, stop by the musical show “Let’s Sing Christmas!” where Mickey and the other beloved Disney characters take the stage and sing some Christmas carols several times a day: 11:40 a.m., 2:10 p.m., 3:10 p.m., and 4:10 p.m. Let’s Sing Christmas show is located at the Hyperion Café (next to the Buzz Lightyear attraction), in Disneyland Park.

Night Parade – Christmas at Disneyland Paris

5. Disneyland New Year’s Party

The holiday celebrations at Disneyland Paris don’t stop at Christmas. The Disneyland New Year’s Eve party is a unique event that will make your visit unforgettable! That day, the Disneyland Paris park will be open until 1:00 a.m.

At midnight, the sky behind Sleeping Beauty’s castle lights up with dazzling fireworks in the presence of all the Disney Characters dressed up for the special occasion. There will be other special activities too.

Dining at Disneyland Paris

Disneyland Paris Parks offer many options when it comes to food and dining! During summer, you can have a picnic in the park; however, it’s too cold to do it in winter. So it’s essential to know the different dining options and to book your favorites well in advance.

Inside the parks, you’ll find table-service restaurants, all-you-can-eat buffets, quick-service restaurants, and snack bars.

Table service and all-you-can-eat restaurants are very popular, and you should reserve your table in advance. All the restaurants in Disneyland Paris are Disney-themed, and during the holidays, special Disneyland Paris Christmas food can be found everywhere: winter velouté, stuffed poultry with chestnuts and cranberries, hot chocolate, and more.

The easiest way to book a table in one of the Disneyland Paris restaurants is to download the official Disneyland Paris app and make the reservation with a click. Alternatively, you can contact Disneyland Paris customer service, or once you arrive, through the reception desk at your Disney Hotel or the restaurant directly.

Mickey Pizza @Pizzeria Bella Notte (Disneyland Paris)
Food from the Middle East @Agrabah Café (Disneyland Paris)

There are dining options outside the parks as well, inside the Disney Village. One of our favorites is Rainforest Café: you’ll feel immersed in the Amazon forest, surrounded by lush nature and animated animals. At Rainforest Café, you can choose between the classics of American cuisine and modern proposals that will delight the whole family.

Extend the Magic in one of the Disneyland Paris Hotels

Disneyland Hotel - Paris

For a unique Christmas Experience, consider booking one of the Disneyland Paris hotels. It’s a great decision if you want to enjoy all the magic of Christmas in Disneyland Paris and the Disney night shows until the very last minute or if you want to visit Disneyland Park and the Walt Disney Studios, which we highly recommend.

Each hotel has leisure facilities, such as pools, fitness centers, and spas, with a corner designed to entertain kids. And you can also find the Disneyland Paris Christmas decorations in the hotels. Besides, hotel guests can enjoy extra time in the park (known as Magic Time) by entering the parks before the general opening.

Following are our favorite Disneyland hotels, and all of them offer a free shuttle bus to reach the two parks.

Disney Hotel New York

In this 4-star hotel with a Manhattan-style design, you’ll find more than 350 pieces of MARVEL artwork. Take a dip in the Metro Pool and head to one of the Marvel Hero Photo Stations to have an incredible experience! – Click here to book your stay at Disney Hotel New York

Disney Newport Bay Club

This 4-star hotel has an elegant classic New England style and nautically-themed rooms. Take a swim in the Nantucket Pool, the hotel’s very own heated indoor and outdoor pools, and spend some time with Mickey and Minnie after a full day at the parks! – Click here to book your stay at Disney Newport Bay Club

Disney Sequoia Lodge

Relax in a cozy forest-lodge style inspired by the great American National Parks! You’ll find this accommodation at the edge of Lake Disney, just a short walk from the Disney Parks, surrounded by lush pines and sequoias – Click here to book your stay at Disney Sequoia Lodge

Disney Hotel Cheyenne

If you love the Wild West style and Toy Story, this hotel is for you! Only 20 20-minute walk to the Disney Parks, you can explore the outdoor play forts or go for a pony ride! Click here to book your stay at Disney Hotel Cheyenne

Disney Hotel Santa Fe

The Disney Hotel Santa Fe is inspired by the American Route 66. Spend the night inside Disney and Pixar’s Cars-themed rooms, and let the kids enjoy the indoor play area before shopping at the hotel’s boutique Click here to book your stay at Disney Hotel Santa Fe

Disneyland Hotel

The Disneyland Hotel is a 5-star hotel that will make you feel like you are in a fairy tale kingdom! From classics like Beauty and the Beast to more recent hits like Frozen, expect to meet your favorite characters in the alleys of the hotel, which offers impeccable service and unrivaled Disney hospitality Click here to book your stay at Disneyland Hotel

The Disneyland Hotel is currently under renovation to make it more magical than ever! It will open its doors on 25 January 2024.

And there you have it, all the information and our best tips to enjoy Disneyland Paris Christmas 2023. Bon voyage!

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