Entertainment Guide to Epcot International Festival of the Holidays

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Entertainment Guide to Epcot International Festival of the Holidays
Global festive fun at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida!
Celebrate holidays around the world at Epcot, in the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays.

Returning for another year, this international yuletide extravaganza will allow you to discover joyous worldwide holiday traditions, across the 11 World Showcase nations.  

There’s so much entertainment to take part in and enjoy at the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays at  Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. Here’s what the 2019 festival has in store for you:

Candlelight Processional 

This moving show sees celebrity narrators tell the story of Christmas, accompanied by a choir and 50-piece orchestra. 

Each night, a famous face will recount the biblical tale, while gorgeous choral pieces are woven into the production, and an orchestra and choir provide a stunning backdrop with their songs of hope and joy. 

Here’s the star-studded 2019 line-up - 

  • Ming-Na Wen - November 29 through December 1

  • Neil Patrick Harris - December 2 through December 5

  • Whoopi Goldberg - December 6 and 7

  • Isabella Rossellini - December 8 through 10

  • Chita Rivera - December 11 through 12

  • Gary Sinise - December 13 through 15

  • Pat Sajak - December 16 through 18

  • Warwick Davis - December 19 through 21

  • Steven Curtis Chapman - December 22 through 24

  • Edward James Olmos - December 25 and 26

  • Marlee Matlin - December 27 and 28

  • Lisa Ling - December 29 and 30

Performances start at 5pm, 6:45pm, and 8:15pm nightly from November 29.

You can combine this fantastic experience with a Candlelight Processional Dining Package. Enjoy a festive holiday meal with loved ones, and have peace of mind knowing that seating is guaranteed the event in the evening. Packages are available for breakfast, lunch and dinner - each meal includes an appetiser, entree and dessert OR one full buffet, along with a non-alcoholic drink. Choose from one of 16 eateries around Epcot, three of which also offer a breakfast option instead: 

  • Ale & Compass - Disney’s Yacht Club Resort (breakfast available)

  • Biergarten Restaurant - Germany Pavilion

  • Chefs de France - France Pavilion

  • Coral Reef Restaurant - The Living Seas

  • The Garden Grill - The Land Pavilion (breakfast available) 

  • La Hacienda de San Angel - Mexico Pavilion

  • Nine Dragons Restaurant - China Pavilion

  • Restaurant Marrakesh - Morocco Pavilion

  • Rose & Crown Dining Room - United Kingdom Pavilion

  • San Angel Inn Restaurante - Mexico Pavilion

  • Spice Road Table - Morocco Pavilion

  • Teppan Edo - Japan Pavilion

  • Tokyo Dining - Japan Pavilion

  • Trattoria al Forno - Disney’s Boardwalk (breakfast available)

  • Tutto Italia Ristorante - Italy Pavilion

  • Via Napoli - Italy Pavilion 

Holiday Cookie Stroll

Stop for delicious treats while making your way around the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays. Pick up a Festival Passport, and travel through the World Showcase to find the five official cookie stroll locations. Once you’ve collected all five delicious dessert items, bring your Passport to the Sweets & Treats Holiday Kitchen to receive a complimentary Santa Mickey Sugar Cookie!

Cookie Stroll Locations:

  • Bavaria Holiday Kitchen at the Germany Pavilion - Linzer Cookie

  • American Holiday Table at The American Adventure - Gingerbread Cookie

  • Yukon Holiday Kitchen at the Canada Pavilion - Peppermint Pinwheel Cookie

  • Feast of the Three Kings near the Mexico Pavilion - Chocolate Crinkle Cookie

  • L’Chaim Holiday Kitchen between the Morocco and France Pavilions - Black-and-White Cookie 

You can also purchase a Cookie Stroll Cookie Jar, to store all of your collected cookies from the Holiday Cookie Stroll. Available at the Holiday Markets throughout World Showcase

Holiday Shopping

Of course, it wouldn’t be the holidays without a spot of festive shopping. The Epcot stores and marketplaces are brimming with unique gifts, including hand-made craft items, one-of-a-kind stocking stuffers, and other gift-giving favourites. 

Head to Mouse Gear for all your Disney holiday and character apparel, toys and plush, park souvenirs, PANDORA jewelry, and loads more. 

Meanwhile, the Holiday Markets are showcasing round-the-world items that make the perfect holiday gifts: 

  • Mexico Pavilion - Plaza de los Amigos

  • Norway Pavilion - The Fjording

  • Outpost - Reinhard Herzog

  • Germany Pavilion - Die Weihnachts Ecke and Der Teddybar

  • Italy Pavilion - Il Bel Cristallo

  • The American Adventure

  • France Pavilion - La Signature and Plume et Palette 

  • United Kingdom Pavilion - The Tea Caddy

  • Canada Pavilion - Northwest Mercantile 

There’s also exclusive Chip ‘n’ Dale holiday gear, including apparel, giftware and ornaments - go nuts! 

Chip ‘n’ Dale’s Christmas Tree Spree

Purchase a map and join in on all the holiday fun with your favourite cheeky chipmunks. Gather ornaments from holiday decorations in each World Showcase pavilion, and complete this festive scavenger hunt. Once you spot them, add the corresponding ornament sticker to your map, then take your map to Disney Traders or World Traveler and exchange it for a festive surprise! 

JOYFUL! A Celebration of the Season

Take part in the joy of Christmas and Kwanzaa through gospel, R&B and holiday songs, sung by a fantastic vocal ensemble. 

Storytellers and Holiday Entertainment 

World Showcase is coming alive, as Christmas and holiday traditions around the world are shared…

  • Mexico: Las Posadas Celebration - Enjoy dancers, pinatas and the music of Mariachi Cobre

  • Norway: A Mischievous Magical Barn Santa - Barn Santa visits Sigrid, an unsuspecting Christmas storyteller

  • China: Chinese Lion Dancer - A colourful performance that brings fortune and happiness in the Lunar New Year

  • Germany: Chilli Da Mur - An accomplished German vocal group celebrate the season with folk music, pop and original songs

  • Italy: La Befana - Hear the tale of La Befana, a kind-hearted witch who visits sleeping children on the eve of the Epiphany

  • The American Adventure: Santa and Mrs. Claus - The Christmas couple have slipped away from their workshop to bring good cheer this holiday season

  • Japan: Daruma Storyteller - Listen to the story of the Daruma doll and the Japanese New Year customs

  • Morocco: Festivities in Morocco - See street festival and the holiday season recreated

  • Between France & Morocco: Hanukkah Storyteller - Zachary highlights Hanukkah celebrations throughout the world, sharing legends, tales and sing songs. 

  • France: Pere Noel - Rediscover the magic of Christmas through the letter of a delightful child

  • United Kingdom: Father Christmas - Father Christmas rings in the season, sharing UK traditions and good cheer

  • Canada: Canadian Holiday Voyageurs - Take a musical tour of the Great White North and the vast regions of Canada 

Voices of Liberty 

Enjoy a capella holiday melodies sung by the Dickens Carolers!


Want to find out more about each country’s holiday tradition? Look for the Epcot SCROLLS in each entertainment location. Collect all 13 and be inspired by fun new ideas for celebrating your own holidays, plus tips for finding unique holiday photo spots in the park. 

Holiday Kitchens 

Complete your festive holiday celebrations with a scrumptious bites, decadent desserts and merry libations. Each World Showcase location has a range of themed goodies for you to dine on, as well as drinks to wash it all down with. 

Epcot International Festival of the Holidays welcomes guests from November 29 - December 30, 2019, across World Showcase. Ready to explore Walt Disney World Resort in Florida? Click here to browse our attraction tickets now.

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