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Christmas at Disneyland Paris - Photo essay by Ian Parkinson

Christmas at Disneyland Paris starts right after the end of the Halloween Celebrations. This year that meant it arrived on the 10th November and will be in place until early January.

For some of you, like me, who have visited Walt Disney World or Disneyland California at Christmas, Disneyland Paris will be a little disappointing. The main reason for this is the limited amount of decorating you will find around the park. The only 'land' that has a Christmas feel is Main Street U.S.A. (You won't find for instance a 'tropical' Christmas in Adventureland.) This is not to say that they don't make an extra effort, there are plenty of other attractions to make Christmas in Disneyland Paris a wonderful place to be.

To give you a feel for a Christmas 'European' style (with a big dose of Disney thrown in for luck); I have put together this photo essay.

The Disneyland Park

Where better to start than just inside the main entrance with Main Street Station. As you can see the decorations used are bright, colorful and designed to withstand a harsh winter.

Main Street Station

Main Street Station

Next we find ourselves in Town Square, for those of you who have never been to DLP you will feel right at home here. On a bright sunny day in the summer you could easily be in Florida or California. The winter though is a different story. The day I took the photographs I was in luck, it was a glorious day, a little cold though, only 42F, notice how well people are wrapped up.

Town Square has a huge tree, unfortunately it's not real, strange really as we are very close to so many forests. You can see the details of the decorations in the close-up.

Town Square tree

Town Square tree

You can probably also see a strange looking arch spanning across Main Street USA. This set-up is also used at EPCOT at Christmas. It is a set of illuminated arches that span Main Street from Town Square to the hub. Here are some more photos of the arches. They do spoil the view a little, but give a stunning display at night (more about that later).

Main Street arch

Main Street arch

I'm sorry to say that is the end of the decorations around the park, but there are a number of smaller displays inside some food outlets and shops. Here you see a Christmas Tree in the Frontierland Fuente del Oro Restaurant, and a Pooh Christmas Tree in the Main Street Motors store.

Frontierland Fuente del Oro Restaurant tree Pooh Christmas Tree


Ian Parkinson may be reached at ian@mouseplanet.com


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