While visiting Disneyland Paris is fun at any time, it is particularly magical during the later months of the year. As the leaves turn, the nights draw in and the festivals of Halloween and Christmas take place the park is transformed into a wonderland with colourful themed parades, glittering night time light shows and all the characters are dressed up to celebrate the season.
The winter season festivities ensure that a visit to the park at this time of year is a real treat for all the family. There are special events laid on to celebrate Halloween, with Mickey's Halloween Celebration parade, which sees some of your favourite Disney characters celebrating the harvest and carving pumpkins into Jack-o'-lanterns.
There are friendly ghosts haunting Main Street USA and visitors are set the challenge of spotting them and snapping them on camera. Minnie Mouse indulges her love of fashion with a fabulous Halloween-inspired dress, which she models at Minnie's Costume Couture, an extravagant colourful world where you can let your imagination run wild with the very latest fashion designs.
The sweet smell of candy wafts from Goofy's Bonbons where he cooks up spooky treats using his fanciful bonbon machine. There's always a chance that Goofy himself will pop up to check up on his invention and perhaps share some of his confectionary secrets.
If you want to get the hairs on the back of your neck tingling, then tour Jack and Sally's Cemetery. Inspired by the outlandish sets of Tim Burton's Nightmare before Christmas, this unique place has been specially created to add to the Halloween celebrations at Disneyland Paris.
As Halloween is the time for tricks as well as treats, Disney's villains couldn't be left out of the fun, and they take to the streets so you can mingle with your favourite baddies. Those naughty villains have also snagged a starring role in the after-dark extravaganza Disney Dreams, which tells a moving tale with the help of a host of Disney characters and some truly spectacular special effects projected against the Sleeping Beauty Castle.
But the fun doesn't stop once winter arrives. Wrap up warm and enjoy the delights of the Christmas festivities at Disneyland Paris. The park is open all through the winter months with plenty of delights to keep the cold at bay.
From November through to January you can be amongst the first to meet the stars of Disney's new movie, Frozen. This tale of a young girl, Anna, embarking on a journey to rescue her sister, Elsa the Snow Queen, along with her faithful companions, mountain dweller Kristoff, his loyal reindeer Sven and the comical snowman Olaf, is sure to charm the whole family.
There are plenty of chances to get to know these brand new characters as they will be mingling with visitors in the park and snowman, Olaf, plays a key role in the special night-time show Disney Dreams of Christmas, where he can be seen conducting the orchestra. Held after dark this unmissable show combines Disney characters both new and old with projections, fountains, special effects and fireworks to create a dazzling experience that you will never forget.
The whole park looks at its very best decorated in its festive finery, complete with a 24ft Christmas tree, decked with 1,000 twinkling baubles from around the world. But of course no Christmas celebration would be complete without Santa Claus and so he has been given his own village in the park. Santa also appears in the Christmas Cavalcade along with larger-than-life toys from the Toy Story movies and the delightful musical ceremony Magical Christmas Wishes alongside Pinocchio and Jiminey Cricket.
With all these exciting events planned it's hard to imagine a better time to experience the magic of Disneyland Paris.
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