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Epcot's Festival of the Holidays 2023

Celebrate holidays around the world! Get wrapped up in the festive sights, sounds and flavors of the season at EPCOT from November 24 to December 30, 2023!

Epcot's Festival of the Holidays is an enchanting event that offers an incredible opportunity to celebrate the holiday season with a unique twist.

NEW Celebrity Narrators Join EPCOT Candlelight Processional Alongside Returning Favorites

Long a guest favorite, the EPCOT Candlelight Processional is the retelling of the Christmas story by a narrator and a massive choir, accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra, herald trumpets and the incredible Voices of Liberty. This spectacular event returns this year with more new celebrity narrators than ever before! Nine new voices join the ranks of captivating storytellers who share the universal message of this heartwarming story. It's truly mesmerizing experience that is sure to leave you feeling uplifted and filled with holiday spirit!!

To plan your visit, here’s the full list of this year’s celebrity narrators:

  • Chrissy Metz (NEW): Nov. 24-25

  • Luis Fonsi (NEW): Nov. 26-27

  • Ann-Margret (NEW): Nov. 28-29

  • Simu Liu: Nov. 30-Dec. 2

  • John Stamos: Dec. 3-5

  • Neil Patrick Harris: Dec. 6-8

  • Marlee Matlin: Dec. 9-11

  • Brendan Fraser (NEW): Dec. 12-14

  • Eva Longoria (NEW): Dec. 15-16

  • Joey McIntyre (NEW): Dec. 17-18

  • Sterling K. Brown (NEW): Dec. 19-20

  • Jordan Fisher (NEW): Dec. 21-23

  • Steven Curtis Chapman: Dec. 24-26

  • Audra McDonald (NEW): Dec. 27-28

  • Lisa Ling: Dec. 29-30

Candlelight Processional Dining Packages Opened Oct. 17

Want to ensure your seat for the performance? There’s no better way than to book a Candlelight Processional Dining Package. Choose from seven distinctive eateries, offering everything from character dining at Chip ‘N’ Dale’s Harvest Feast at Garden Grill Restaurant in The Land pavilion to signature dining at Le Cellier Steakhouse in the Canada pavilion. With breakfast, lunch and dinner options, there’s something for everyone.

Santa Returns to the Odyssey Pavilion

I hope you’re ready to make your list – and check it twice! Santa Claus himself will visit with guests at the Odyssey pavilion from Nov. 24 through Dec. 24.

Storytellers From Around the World Share Tales and Traditions

World Showcase comes alive with magical legends and lore as storytellers from around the globe captivate listeners with myriad tales. Celebrate the season with laughter in the Norway pavilion as a mischievous Barn Santa makes an appearance; observe the wonder of a Chinese Lion Dancer commemorating the Lunar New Year; join a fascinating journey to learn more about Hanukkah festivities around the world; and rediscover the magic of special moments as Pere Noel shares the delightful words of a child’s letter. As you stroll the park, don’t miss the beautiful and diverse décor throughout World Showcase – and beyond.

Even More Joy

To fill your cup up even more, sing along with the exuberant voices of JOYFUL! A Celebration of the Season in World Showcase Plaza. With uplifting Gospel and R&B songs celebrating Christmas and Kwanzaa, the biggest challenge you’ll have will be standing still! And as a bonus, enjoy a sparkling boat tour through Living with the Land in World Nature, where the greenhouses will be decked out with twinkling holiday light displays.

Delectable Holiday Kitchens and a Decadent Cookie Stroll Highlight Seasonal Flavors

FEASTING! More than 15 Holiday Kitchens scattered throughout the World Showcase, will entice your palate with treasured dishes that celebrate the diversity of global holiday cheer. From traditional favorites like turkey and gravy to the unique meat pies, there will be something for everyone.

Remember to save room for the delectable Holiday Cookie Stroll! There’s nothing better than exploring the sights and sounds of the festival with a sweet treat in hand. Purchase five cookies from any of the official cookie stroll locations and collect the matching stamp for each cookie to add to your festival passport. Once you’ve collected five stamps, bring the stamped passport to the Holiday Sweet & Treats Holiday Kitchen and receive a specialty cookie. Since you can complete the stroll at your leisure through December 30, it’s the perfect activity to enjoy with family and friends every time you visit the festival.

Olaf’s Holiday Tradition Expedition Scavenger Hunt

Do you want to join a snowman? Set off on an adventure with Olaf for his Holiday Traditions Expedition Scavenger Hunt, a fun way to explore World Showcase. Just purchase your map and stickers from select festival merchandise locations and seek out the “tradition” that Olaf has found in each pavilion. Whether or not you complete the quest, you can redeem your map at Creations Shop, Disney Traders or World Traveler at International Gateway for a special festival holiday keepsake.

Don't forget to take stroll through the park to enjoy the stunning decorations. Epcot transforms into a winter wonderland during this time, with beautiful lights, garlands & festive displays adorning every corner. It's a perfect backdrop for capturing memorable photos.

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