Form An Orderly Queue: Europe’s Best Winter Friendly Theme Parks
The nights may be drawing in quicker and the temperatures falling, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop. Yes, we may associate eating candyfloss with the summer months, and we certainly wouldn’t fancy riding the log flume when the temperatures are in single figures, but theme parks around the world are still open, and they’re just as exciting.
Of course their attentions turn from selling ice creams and focus on Santa Claus and the winter which thrills children all over the planet. But where are the best places to celebrate the Christmas period in style?
We take a rollercoaster ride through a few of the best theme parks in Europe all ready for a wild winter.
Disneyland Paris, France
Disneyland Paris is one of the most famous theme parks on the planet so naturally it really does do Christmas in style. Located around an hour’s drive from the city centre, Disneyland has been thrilling children for two decades and really adds that extra bit of sparkle in the winter months. Christmas lights line the streets and huge trees dominate the squares. What’s more, we see Mickey and Mini out of their regular costumes and in a festive costume as Santa and Mrs Claus.
From the start of November right through until the 7 January, Christmas is celebrated in the resort and even includes a Christmas parade featuring all of Disney’s best-loved stars, and of course with Frozen such a big hit over the last few days, there’s plenty of chance to see Elsa and Anna too.
It really is a once in a lifetime trip to see Father Christmas and Santa Claus Village is the man’s home away from the workshop to say hello to all the good little boys and girls and make sure he knows exactly what they want for Christmas.
Located in Rovaniemi in the Lapland region of Finland, the theme park is at its very finest during the winter, when the crisp white snow is on the floor and the reindeer are ready for take-off. You can visit Santa in his office as well as visit his post office to send your letters and postcards to friends and family around the world.
What’s more, the Arctic Circle cuts right through the village, giving a real sense of festive cheer, and the lights and decorations during the months of November and December make it a real winter wonderland.
Siam Park, Tenerife
In stark contrast, just because it’s the winter months, it doesn’t mean that you have to be cold. In fact, when it comes to Siam Park in Tenerife you’ll need your shorts and t-shirt.
The temperature in the winter months stays at a relatively warm 20°C, making it ideal for a winter sun break and Siam Park, Tenerife’s premiere water park offers plenty of thrills.
The Siamese themed park has a host of brilliant slides in which claims to be the most spectacular water park in Europe and includes Vulcano, a four-person slide with a laser flashing images of dragons.
It’s a water park you’d expect to see alongside Walt Disney World, not on a small Canary Island, and it’s the ideal afternoon away from the beach on the coast of Costa Adeje.
LEGOLAND Windsor will enter its 20th year when 2016 comes round and is still one of the most thrilling in Europe with a total of 55 rides and of course Miniland which contains almost 40 million bricks of LEGO making up some of the world’s most iconic landmarks.
Buildings such as the Houses of Parliament, the Lloyds Building, City Hall, and a 5.2 metre Canary Wharf Tower feature in the area, whilst elsewhere DUPLO Valley is perfect for the little ones.
The resort is the 10th most visited theme park in Europe, and you can see why with the amount there is to do, and during the winter period their Christmas Bricktacular sees Miniland lit up and a Christmas Kingdom where LEGO reindeer graze, and children have chance to meet Father Christmas and receive a LEGO gift.
Additionally, this year, with the release of Star Wars on December 18, Star Wars Miniland will also be opening, creating double the excitement and transporting fans young and old to a galaxy far far away.