Illuminations Getting Replaced & Disneyland Paris Christmas Season News (2022)

Disneyland Paris has announced that Illuminations will be replaced by Disney Dreams®! of Christmas (November 12th, 2022 to January 8th, 2023) and the Christmas 2022 seasonal offerings.

The holiday season at Disneyland Paris will begin on November 12th with Disney Enchanted Christmas. This year, Disneyland Paris will fuse the magic of Christmas celebrations with the 30th Anniversary celebrations. As soon as park goers enter Disneyland Park, they will be greeted by the majestic glittering tree that stands 24 meters (78,7 feet) tall. Park goers can expect the iconic Christmas music, garlands and Disneyland Paris created snowflakes in the air on Main Street, U.S.A..

The Christmas Tree on Town Square, Disneyland Park, Paris. Source: Disney
The Christmas Tree on Town Square, Disneyland Park, Paris. Source: Disney

In addition to the Disney D-Light drone show which was designed for the 30th Anniversary celebration, park goers will get to enjoy the comeback of Disney Dreams®! of Christmas”. This famous nighttime spectacular will finally return to Disneyland Paris, in an upgraded form, as part of the 30th Anniversary celebration.

Mickey’s Dazzling Christmas Parade at Disneyland Paris. Source: Disney
Mickey’s Dazzling Christmas Parade at Disneyland Paris. Source: Disney

This show combines fireworks, dancing fountains and Christmas songs, along with projection mapping on the castle. Immersing park goers into the worlds of Disney classics, Frozen and Pixar movies (like Toy Story). Sleeping Beauty Castle’s rooftops will be illuminated by new LED* matrix technology that enables Imagineers to create unique patterns and effects that are synchronized to the soundtrack.

Mickey’s Dazzling Christmas Parade will also return. The parade – first debuted in 2021 – aims to deliver two unique experiences to park goers. It features five colorful and illuminated floats that celebrate the magic of winter. The parade can be performed during the day as well as at night. The unique floats feature synchronized music and feature Mickey and his friends, along with Disney Princesses as well as Santa Claus. The performers’ shiny glowing snowflake costumes – which have been specially created for the parade – light up the park at night. 

Dream… and Shine Brighter will not be performed during the Halloween and Christmas seasons. However, a float showcasing some of the characters exclusive to the show will run through Disneyland Park daily. The full show will return on Jan 9, 2023!

Don’t forget to check out the tree lighting ceremony on Town Square, performed during the evening run of the parade. To learn more about the parade and the Christmas season at Disneyland Paris listen to our podcast episode here now.

This year all of the official Disneyland Paris hotels will also be adorned with Christmas decorations.

Disney Characters in the parks will also be waring their cute Holiday costumes. Santa Claus will likely also be a meet and greet opportunity during the Christmas season. In the past, park goers could meet Santa Claus in Videopolis.

Stitch meeting park goers in his Christmas outfit at Disneyland Paris. Source: Disney
Stitch meeting park goers in his Christmas outfit at Disneyland Paris. Source: Disney

Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy and Goofy will be singing Christmas carols several times a day on the Videopolis stage as part of the musical show “Let’s Sing Christmas!”. Minnie Mouse will also perform her own take on the famous Mariah Carey song “All I want for Christmas is… Mickey”.

Let’s Sing Christmas! musical performed at Videopolis, Disneyland Paris. Source: Disney
Let’s Sing Christmas! musical performed at Videopolis, Disneyland Paris. Source: Disney

Park goers will also get to enjoy Christmas through Disneyland Paris’ food and beverage options. The Disneyland Paris food teams have developed a wide variety of Holiday dishes and treats. This season, L’Hiver Gourmand will also return to Walt Disney Studios Park (near Ratatouille). Consisting of several chalets, this winter market will serve gingerbread, crepes, hot chocolate, and other treats. For the first time, three of the new chalets will be installed in Fantasyland, Disneyland Park.

Preview of the Christmas Season food offerings at Disneyland Paris. Source: Disney
Preview of the Christmas Season food offerings at Disneyland Paris. Source: Disney

Visitors can also look forward to Christmas merchandise, also available all year around in Boutique du Château, which is exclusively dedicated to Christmas ornaments.

Disneyland Paris will also celebrate New Year’s Eve on Central Plaza, Disneyland Park on December 31st, 2022. The program will include a dazzling fireworks display, access to attractions, Disney Characters, exclusive shows and many other 30th Anniversary-themed surprises. The New Year’s celebration run from 8:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Disneyland Paris.

Santa Clause on his sleigh during Mickey’s Dazzling Christmas Parade at Disneyland Paris. Source: Disney
Santa Clause on his sleigh during Mickey’s Dazzling Christmas Parade at Disneyland Paris. Source: Disney

Park goers can already book their stay for the Christmas season and Disney New Year’s Eve party over the official website.

The Christmas Season at Disneyland Paris in numbers:

Christmas decorations at Disneyland Paris
10 km of garlands installed in Disney Parks
11.604 Christmas ornaments
78 Christmas trees
A majestic  24-meter-high Christmas tree (weighing 24 tons), decorated with more than 1000 ornaments
More than  37.000 flowers planted over 4 days by Horticulture teams
300 costumes designed for Mickey’s Dazzling Christmas Parade

Are you looking forward to the Christmas Celebrations and New Year’s Eve at Disneyland Paris? Let us know in the comments below.

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Published by Eric from AirMagique

Eric is the host and chief content editor of the AirMagique - Unofficial Disneyland Paris Podcast. He writes articles, takes photographs, produces videos and edits the podcast.

One thought on “Illuminations Getting Replaced & Disneyland Paris Christmas Season News (2022)

  1. We are soo looking forward to our trip in November, just in time for the Christmas season. My daughter and husband first time at Christmas and I can’t wait to share it with them 🥰

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