Thinking about visiting Disneyland Paris in December? Well let me tell you that December is actually one of our favourite times of year to visit the park. The enchanted Christmas theme, decorations, shows and special Christmas parade makes it a magical experience no matter what age children you are visiting Disneyland Paris with. So if you are visiting Disneyland Paris in December read on for our tips, tricks and more to ensure you make the most out of your visit.
Visiting Disneyland Paris in December 2021? When does Christmas start at Disneyland Paris?
Disney’s Enchanted Christmas runs from November 13, 2021 until January 9, 2022.
Please note: that some details for the 2021/2022 seasons may be different due to Covid restrictions. Please be sure to check with booking provider and the park before booking to ensure all the experiences you wish to have are available this year.
Disneyland Paris in December Weather?
When thinking about if December is a good time to visit Disneyland Paris one big consideration has to be what the December weather is like. Now I am not going to lie, Disneyland Paris in December weather tends to be cold – very cold but is very much like the weather we get in the UK in December. The daytime high tends to be around 8 degrees and lows tend to be 4 but so long as you pack plenty of layers, hats, scarfs and gloves etc then you should be fine.
What to pack for Disneyland Paris in December?
We have a really comprehensive packing list for Disneyland Paris list here. But if you are visiting Disneyland Paris in December there are some special things you will want to pack:
I always recommend taking Disney themed clothes so if you can manage to find a Disney Christmas jumper this is the first thing you should be packing.
Hat, scarf and Gloves
The weather can get very chilly at Disneyland Paris, and if you are waiting for parades or fireworks then you can get cold quickly so a hat, scarf and gloves are an essential.
For the same reason, some thermal leggings or a top might be a good idea especially for your little ones
Warm, waterproof shoes
Comfortable shoes are an essential for any Disney park but if you are visiting the park in December then be sure you pack warm and waterproof ones.
Is December a good time to visit Disneyland Paris?
Best things to do at Disneyland Paris in December
Note: Please check before booking which of this usual Disneyland Paris Christmas Experiences are still running as due to Covid currently Parades are not running and character meet and greets have been currently converted to selfie spots.
See the Parade
Note: this may not be running for December 2021. Currently due to COVID they have no parades but have been doing some calvacades instead.
One of my favourite things about visiting Disneyland Paris with toddlers, children or even just as an adult is watching the parade. On top of the regular parade in normal years there is also a Christmas parade which features characters in their Christmas clothing, snow on main street and a visit from Santa himself.
Top Disneyland Paris in December tip: be sure to watch the parade from Main street to experience snow at Disneyland Paris. For more general Disneyland Paris top tips and tricks click here.
Meet the Characters in their Christmas clothes
Meeting the characters has to be at the top of any Disneyland Paris bucket list and this is especially true when visiting Disneyland Paris at Christmas because many of the characters will be in their festive attire.
Note: For 2021 there may not be character meet and greets and currently they are running selfie spots instead. But this should still allow you to see the characters in their Christmas clothes.
Usually there is a Santa Meet and Greet at Disneyland Paris and has to be one of the best places for your little ones to meet Santa.
Disneyland Paris have not yet confirmed how Santa will be featured this year but we will update as get more information for Disneyland Paris December 2021.
Try the holiday food
One of the things I love about visiting Disneyland Paris for special seasons like Christmas or Halloween is the special themed food they have. Usually there are Christmas shaped cookies and donuts, festive drinks and more.
Watch Mickey’s Big Band Show
Mickey’s Big Band Show was a highlight of our December visit to Disneyland Paris. The show is held at the Animagique Theater and features music and dance as well as featuring the classic disney characters.
See Surprise Mickey
Surprise Mickey is an outdoor show in the Walt Disney Studio Park. It is a great chance to see the main characters with a festive twist.
Enjoy the Christmas Market in the Village
While the Disney village is a great spot to grab some food and do some shopping whatever time of year you visit Disneyland Paris, it is especially good at Christmas as there is a small Christmas market where you can pick up festive fare and gifts.
Watch the Let’s Sing Christmas Show
Held at Videopolis in the Disneyland Park Tomorrowland area, this show is on every weekend featuring different visiting choirs as well as performances by Mickey, Minnie and Friends. It is also a great way to get the kids to stop for food while still being entertained and not losing any precious time in the park.
Buy Disneyland Paris Christmas Ornaments
Whenever we travel we buy a Christmas ornament as we love having a travel themed Christmas tree and Disney is a great place to pick up a Christmas Ornament or Souvenir.
Best places to stay at Disneyland Paris in December?
No matter what time of year you visit Disneyland Paris, I always recommend staying on site if you can but I think this is even more important at Christmas because
- Disneyland Paris in December is very busy – especially towards the end of the month and over the Christmas period itself. By staying on site you will get to make use of Extra Magic Hours which gets you into the park early and means you can beat the queues and get on rides that you know have long queues or do some early morning character meet and greets.
- The hotels are decorated for Christmas which adds to the magic of your stay.
Now you know why you should stay on site in Disneyland Paris in December – which of the hotels is best?
Well in my opinion all of the hotels are fabulous and so it really depends on your budget (if you are visiting Disneyland Paris on a budget do check out our handy tips here). The Disneyland Paris Hotel has to be highlight and is the most highly decorated of all the on site hotels at Disneyland Paris. However all of the hotels on site will have decorations to some degree or another. When we last visited in December we stayed at Hotel Cheyenne which still had some nice decorations.
Other Questions about Disneyland Paris in December
Does Disneyland Paris change it’s It’s a Small World for Christmas?
Unfortunately unlike its Disney World and California counter part, Disneyland Paris does not change it’s It’s a Small World for Christmas.
Does Disneyland Paris’ Phantom Manor have a Nightmare before Christmas overlay?
Disneyland Paris does not change the outside of Phantom Manor to be themed Nightmare before Christmas for the festive season.
Are most of the attractions open in Disneyland Paris in December?
When we have visited Disneyland Paris in December we have found most of the attractions to be open. Whenever you go to Disneyland Paris there are bound to be some ride closures due to technical faults or renovations however we didn’t notice anymore closures in December than we did when we visited Disneyland Paris in August.