Winter is coming… The main theme park season in Europe is over. Plenty of parks have closed and some of them are already in full preparation for next season. Luckily, not all parks have closed and we’ve picked out those worth considering a visit! Let’s go!
2017 has been great and we’ll have a recap later on, but there’s still two months of fun left! Not all coasters have gone into rest mode yet and here are 10 parks worth visiting!
Tivoli Gardens, Denmark
Christmas in Denmark! What better place to celebrate than in Tivoli Gardens! Visit Father Christmas until December 24th at the park. If you plan on going after Christmas, then you’ll be treated to the Firework Festival running till New Year’s Eve! On the lake, there is also a special Christmas Illuminations fountain show. And don’t forget about the VR on Dæmonen!
Winter in Europa-Park is a special way to visit the park. Walk through the park in a beautiful decorated atmosphere! Ride Wodan, Blue Fire or Euro-Mir to get the necessary thrills if the weather allows it. Also added to the list since this year is Silver Star! If you prefere it more are ease, you can enjoy the added ‘Bellevue’ ferris wheel. Of course Europa-Park offers a broad selection of special themed shows in Christmas and winter atmosphere.
Wintertraum in Phantasialand brings a magical atmosphere to the park. Almost all rides are open including the spectacular Taron and Chiapas! (unless the weather is way too bad of course) Feast your eyes to the special entertainment including Tiempo de Fuego, a project mapping show on Chiapas. The night ends with spectacular fireworks: “The Magic Rose – Spirit of Light”.
Disneyland Paris, France
This year’s Christmas is more special than ever. For the first time, not only Disneyland Park but also the Walt Disney Studios is offering Christmas entertainment. Enjoy a project mapping show on the Tower of Terror: “Goofy’s Incredible Christmas”. Fans are also enjoying the new show at the Hyperion restaurant: “Mickey’s Christmas Big Band”. Don’t miss out on a special puppet of Coco at Frontierland too. Plenty of new presents for the 25th celebration!
We included this park in the list because Mirabilandia will open its gates for the first time ever during the winter holidays. Most of the rides are open such as iSpeed and Katun! Water rides and some other selected ones are closed. As most parks, they will have an ice skating ring and loads of Christmas decorations.
Winter Efteling has become an icon in the European theme park world. Discover the many winter themed decorations or the renewed Ice Palace. Unless the weather is too cold, all rides are open except for the water rides. Winter Efteling goes through to the 31st of January! So even after the Christmas Holidays, you can still plan a visit in a probably empty park.
Liseberg is also offering Christmas atmosphere at the park! Until the end of December, guests can enjoy special added rides, an ice ballet and more. There is also a treasure hunt in the Medieval village! Christmas lights and market included!
Parque Warner, Spain
The Looney Tunes characters are waiting for you, dressed up for Christmas, at Parque Warner Madrid! The whole family can join a walkthrough through an enchanted forest, sing-along with a Christmas musical, enjoy a big parade at the end of the day and many other shows and street entertainment. Of course, the lighting of the Christmas tree is also a must!
PortAventura World, Spain
Open until the first week of January, all the classic entertainment is back to the park. “PortAventura Christmas World” is the big show this year. An ice skating show and the village of Santa Claus are also the highlights of the event. Woody Woodpecker and the Sesame Street characters will of course join the celebration. Don’t forget to watch the winter parade followed by the nighttime spectacular! And don’t forget about all the Christmas decorations, for winter brings a whole new atmosphere and experience of the park.
Plopsaland De Panne, Belgium
In Belgium, there is only one major theme park open: Plopsaland De Panne. Ride on the new Heidi or Anubis and enjoy the special winter parade. Warm up in Mayaland or with a hot chocolate. There are also special shows, including the classic Samson & Gert Christmas show (for an additional price). On selected days, you can end the day with a fireworks spectacular!
There are still some other parks left in Europe that offer winter experiences such as Tibidabo, Chessington Worlds of Adventures, Drayton Manor, Gardaland, Toverland… Either way you celebrate, we hope you have the opportunity to pay a visit to one of these parks! Don’t hesitate to send us a tripreport!
Thanks so much for reading our winter/Christmas special. Please keep in mind, all images found on this site, unless otherwise stated, are owned by European Coaster Kings! Sharing them is fine, but only if credit to europeancoasterkings.com is given!