5 entertainment ideas to experience the magic of Christmas in France

The end of year celebrations are fast approaching! Discover without further delay our selection of magical Christmas activities to put you in the mood.


  • Celebrate Christmas in a castle… in the Loire
  • Celebrate Christmas in Mickey’s Castle
  • Treat yourself to the Chocolate Museum
  • Go back to childhood at the Toy Museum in Colmar
  • Admire the Christmas lights of the City of Lights in an open-top bus

The end-of-year festivities are coming and no doubt you are impatiently awaiting the Christmas entertainment. And for good reason ! Conviviality, pleasure, good humor and good times to share with family or friends are essential. This year at Generation Voyage, we wanted to mark the occasion by offering you new thematic experiences . In addition, these are experienced in the four corners of France thanks to the tourist formulas put together by Tiqets .

This online booking platform gives you access to a multitude of sites of cultural interest and attractions. Thanks to this trusted partner, you can enjoy fun excursions inspired by the magic of Christmas . We have selected the five best of them: there is no doubt that you will find what you are looking for… and that of your loved ones, of course!

Celebrate Christmas in a castle… in the Loire

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  • 📍 Location: Rise of Emir Abd el Kader, Amboise (37)
  • 💙 We like: the historical importance of the place

Welcome to the Château d’Amboise, a sublime Renaissance royal residence located in Indre-et-Loire . This palace is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful castles of the Loire with its refined architecture and its hanging gardens. It dominates the river, its valley and the city of Amboise from a spectacular rocky promontory. There is no doubt that François 1er took advantage, in his time, of the panorama… just like Leonardo da Vinci who spent the last three years of his life at the castle. The illustrious scientist still rests there: his burial can also be visited in the Saint-Hubert chapel.

The place is transformed in December, as every year, during an edition of “Christmas in the Land of Castles”. From December 3, 2022 to January 2, 2023, the public will be able to benefit from Christmas entertainment especially intended for families. On the menu: guided tours, night tours, musical shows, workshops and storytelling walks. Gourmets will enjoy fabulous gastronomic discoveries to share. Decidedly, the magic of Christmas is fully experienced on the banks of the Loire : do not hesitate to take advantage of it!

Celebrate Christmas in Mickey’s Castle

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  • 📍 Location: Boulevard de Parc, Coupvray (77)
  • 💙 We like: the quality of the -countless- attractions offered

Disneyland Paris ? We no longer need to introduce this mythical amusement park which this year celebrates its 30th anniversary. From November 12 to January 8, Mickey and his friends intend to impress you with their incredible Christmas entertainment . All around the majestic 24-meter-tall fir tree shimmering in the heart of the park, lively celebrations are legion.

The Christmas Parade and the incredible Disney Dreams night show are worth a look. The latter is a show combining fireworks, projections, fountain games and Christmas music. It highlights the great Disney classics and is based on the architecture of the castle, illuminated in rhythm for the occasion. Breathtaking light entertainment !

The Disney parks deploy around fifty fun attractions for young and old. There is something for all tastes and all ages. The worlds of the Disney franchise follow one another as you move around the complex. Disney, Pixar, Marvel or Star Wars will delight young and old alike. Our advice? Enjoy the moment! You probably won’t have time to do everything anyway, so enjoy the magic of Christmas in peace .

Treat yourself to the Chocolate Museum

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  • 📍 Location: 28 Boulevard de Bonne Nouvelle, Paris (20th arrondissement)
  • 💙 We like: the educational and… gourmet workshops

Celebrate Christmas in Paris in its gourmet version? This is what we offer you in the aisles of the Chocolate Museum, the temple of this cocoa confectionery. This cultural space reveals the fascinating origins of chocolate since its creation by the Mayan and Aztec civilizations . Fascinating exhibitions are set up to highlight the cultural importance of this – very – consumer product. We will notice the gigantic replicas of the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe – which we will be careful not to taste, of course.

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In addition, the public is invited to lend a hand to make succulent creations to take away. Accessible from the age of 6, the manufacturing workshops are a unique opportunity to learn how to shape your own confectionery. Under the guidance of a master chocolatier, you will learn the basic techniques essential to the elaboration of these cocoa delights .

The Christmas activities offered at the end of the year aim to create chocolate Advent calendars or Santa Clauses. These playful workshops are very pleasant, especially with the family. You can even spoil your loved ones at home by bringing them your creations. Watch out for the liver attack, all the same…

Go back to childhood at the Toy Museum in Colmar

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  • 📍 Location: 40 Rue Vauban, Colmar (68)
  • 💙 We like: discovering unique pieces

After the Chocolate Museum, we suggest you visit the Toy Museum, located in Colmar . Opened around thirty years ago, this Alsatian site offers collections of period and contemporary toys . Puzzles, toy soldiers, rocking horses and puppets rub shoulders with board games, electric toys and lovely porcelain dolls.

Housed in a former neighborhood cinema, the Colmar Toy Museum will amaze young and old alike. The variety of exhibits presented and the quality of the temporary exhibitions have something to do with it. We will even note, on the top floor, a network of trains that runs through the entire level!

The Toy Museum is a great idea for a family outing to Colmar . Crossing its lively alleys in the company of your loved ones will probably give you the opportunity to come across your childhood toys. Experiencing the magic of Christmas in this way exposes you to falling back into childhood or even getting a little old: you have been warned!

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Admire the Christmas lights of the City of Lights in an open-top bus

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  • 📍 Location: 11 rue d’Auber, Paris (9th arrondissement)
  • 💙 We like: to do as a couple: romantic as you wish

The French capital is quite simply magical during the end-of-year celebrations! The Christmas events in Paris make it amply deserve its nickname of City of Light . To find out, enjoy a nighttime open-top bus tour that guarantees stunning views. This crossing of Paris lasts 90 minutes and, good news, you benefit from plaids to cover you. The route is accompanied by a personal audio guide providing information and Christmas songs.

Your double-decker bus will thread its way along the Avenue des Champs-Élysées and the Grands Boulevards, arteries shining with a thousand lights at the end of the year. You will have a front row seat to contemplate the Eiffel Tower and the emblematic monuments of Paris. A hot drink is also provided to comfort the more cautious. But where was your head: your other half could also be used as an auxiliary heater, right?

Given the romantic setting , we obviously recommend this activity to a couple in love. You and your partner can then enjoy an idyllic getaway imbued with the magic of Christmas in Paris… what more could you ask for an unforgettable moment to share ?

So, which of these Christmas animations will you fall for? Do not hesitate to tell us about your experience in the comments. As for us, we wish you a wonderful end of year celebrations!

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Mohamed SAKHRI
Mohamed SAKHRI

I am Mohamed SAKHRI, the creator and editor-in-chief of this blog, 'Discover the World – The Blog for Curious Travelers.' Join me as we embark on a journey around the world, uncovering beautiful places, diverse cultures, and captivating stories. Additionally, we will delve into mysterious and, at times, even bizarre destinations.

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