Epcot’s ‘Candlelight Processional’ makes a welcome return to Walt Disney World’s Christmas lineup, and the first celebrity narrators have just been revealed.
After being canceled at the height of the pandemic last year, Epcot’s big seasonal extravaganza will be back in slightly modified form, but with the signature element of the guest narrators who relate the traditional Christmas story.
Dating back to 1958 at the Disneyland park, this heartwarming production is performed 3 times each evening at America Gardens Theatre, and features the Voices of Liberty as well as a choir of Disney cast members and a live orchestra.
This year’s narrators will include:
- 11/26 – 11/28: Auli’i Cravalho
- 11/29 – 12/1: Chita Rivera
- 12/2 – 12/4: Jodi Benson
- 12/5 – 12/7: Alton Fitzgerald White
- 12/8 – 12/10: Bart Millard
- 12/11 – 12/13: Lisa Ling
- 12/14 – 12/16: Andy Garcia
- 12/17 – 12/19: Ana Gasteyer
- 12/20 – 12/22: Courtney B. Vance
- 12/23 – 12/25: Steven Curtis Chapman
- 12/26 – 12/28: Blair Underwood
- 12/29 – 12/30: Pat Sajak
Candlelight Processional Dining Packages are also returning, and can be booked online beginning October 26.
But, whether your holiday traditions include choirs singing, chestnuts roasting, delicacies cooking, cookies baking, or gift unwrapping, the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays Presented by AdventHealth will be the festive place to be from November 26- December 30.
In addition to the “Candlelight Processional,” holidays at Epcot feature cherished cultural traditions, savory seasonal flavors, and costumed storytellers from the 11 nations around World Showcase, as well as all the recent additions commemorating the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World Resort, including Epcot’s new night-time extravaganza, “Harmonious,” providing a super-abundance of ways to create new memories with family and friends, making this holiday season extra special.
During the Festival, holiday traditions of the world come to life through performances around World Showcase, such as:
- Las Posadas at the Mexico pavilion
- Canadian Holiday Voyageurs in the Canada pavilion
- Chinese Lion Dance celebrating the New Year in the China pavilion
- A Hanukkah storyteller along the promenade and delightful holiday storytellers in France, Italy, Japan, Norway, and the United Kingdom
- Plus, outside The American Adventure, you can wave hello to Santa Claus as he gets ready for the big day.
Holiday Kitchens will cook up treasured recipes from around the globe – from slow-roasted turkey and holiday pot pie to pumpkin gingerbread cheesecake and peppermint sundaes. A new offering, Chestnuts & Good Cheer Holiday Kitchen, will serve up fire-roasted chestnuts and cinnamon-glazed almonds and cashews, filling the air with delightful aromas.
Guests can also enjoy an array of sweet treats during the popular Holiday Cookie Stroll. Purchase any five cookies – such as the delicious SNICKERS-Doodle Cookie made with SNICKERS Bars, or tasty Chocolate Crinkle Cookie made with DOVE Dark Chocolate – from any of the Cookie Stroll locations in the Festival Passport guide, and collect a matching stamp. Collect all five stamps, then take your passport to Holiday Sweets & Treats to receive a specialty cookie!
Olaf’s Holiday Tradition Expedition Scavenger Hunt is another fun family activity for guests of all ages. Search for holiday traditions Olaf has gathered from around the world – and lost along the way. Purchase the map and stickers from select Festival merchandise locations, while supplies last.
And, what’s a holiday season without gifts? From designer fragrances and handmade confectionary treats to festive holiday wines and teas from around the world, it’s easy to find gifts for everyone, including commemorative Festival merchandise featuring Olaf!
For more details, see https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/entertainment/epcot/candlelight-processional/.