Pere Noel reminds guests of how magical Christmas is in the heart of a child. In France, homes and churches have a cr¨che (Nativity scene), which is considered to be the most important symbol of Christmas to the French. Candles are lit around the cr¨che and sometimes there is a special Yule Log placed in the fireplace. Families attend Midnight Mass, then return home where they enjoy a feast called le reveillon. This feast is often concluded with a Buche de Noel, a chocolate-rolled cake that looks like the Yule Log. Children set out their shoes around the Christmas tree where Pere Noel will sneak in later and fill them with all sorts of goodies. In the France Pavilion there are special holiday treats sold as well. Les Halles Boulangerie & Patisserie serves Buche de Noel au Chocolat (chocolate Christmas log), and L’Artisan des Glaces offers Gingerbread Ice Cream. Character Meet and Greets Princess Aurora is available in the garden gazebo. Belle appears on the Promenade next to the water. Cast Member Costumes Women wear rose-colored long dresses with waist aprons that have a white ruffled edge that matches the one on their sleeves, and white collars. The men wear crisp white long sleeve shirts, black bow ties, red vests, and black long pants. Other Information The Kidcot Fun Stop is at the exit to Impressions de France. There is a public restroom to the side of the inside seating area for Les Halles in the back of the pavilion. It is very small. The closest large restroom is in Morocco next door. The full-service restaurants have their own restrooms.
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