2022 Epcot Candlelight Processional FULL Guide (Narrators, Tips, & Details)

The Epcot Candlelight Processional is the perfect way to enjoy all of the festival food, drinks, and culinary adventures with a yuletide treat to end the of your solo day or day with family.

If you’re planning on attending the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays, then you must listen to one of your favorite entertainers narrate the beautiful Christmas Story at this joyful event.

Epcot Festival of the Holidays

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What is the Epcot Candlelight Processional?

The Candlelight Processional at Epcot brings you along on the incredible Nativity story. Each year a celebrity narrator takes Disney guests through the journey complete with a mass choir and a 50-piece orchestra.

Each evening the choir, that’s shaped like a Christmas tree, transports you magically into that wonderful night in which the Savior was born.

Epcot Candlelight Processional choir in gold at Walt Disney World

The annual yuletide series is a part of the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays and takes place on the American Gardens Theatre stage in the American Adventure Pavilion at Epcot.

This year’s festival is bringing back fan favorites such as Pat Sajak, but there are also some other good celebrities coming to help make this amazing annual holiday even more spectacular!

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When is the Epcot Candlelight Processional?

This holiday event runs nightly from November 26th through December 30th with three showtimes each night (5:00 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and 8:15 p.m.).

Epcot Festival of the Holidays 3 France Pavilion with Green Red and White Peppermint Light Pole for the Epcot Candlelight Processional
Epcot Festival of the Holidays France Pavilion

Not only will you get to experience the wonders of the Candlelight Processional at Epcot, you’ll also to get to go through all 11 World Showcase pavilions to learn how each culture celebrates the holidays.

Christmas at Epcot 2013: Epcot Candlelight Processional with James Denton
Christmas at Epcot 2013: Candlelight Processional with James Denton

2021 Epcot Candlelight Processional Narrators Schedule

You can marvel at the Candlelight Processional in the America Gardens Theatre. Here’s who is scheduled to appear:

  • 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

Epcot Candlelight Processional Times and Details

  • Where: America Gardens Theatre at World Showcase, Epcot
  • When: Daily from November 26th through December 30th of 2021
  • Showtimes: Nights at 5:00 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and 8:15 p.m.

*Per Disney the lineup is subject to change at any time.

7 Pro Tips for the Epcot Candlelight Processional

Now that we know what this year’s schedule is and what you can expect, let’s go through my top tips for you to make the most of your time at EPCOT.

Epcot Festival of the Holidays
Epcot Festival of the Holidays

1. Get there Early

Popular narrators tend to have LONG lines waiting to grab the best seats between each show. This is especially important if you plan on experiencing the Candlelight Processional on December 25th.

The outdoor theater seats roughly 1,000 people on benches. This number sounds like a lot, but the area quickly fills up.

2. Bring Sun Protective Gear

Accessories such as a hat, sunglasses, an umbrella, and sunscreen are great to have just in case you have to wait a while to be seated.

Epcot International Festival of the Holidays 18 America Pavilion with Tall Christmas Tree
Epcot International Festival of the Holidays America Pavilion

The queue for the Candlelight Processional at Epcot is basically in the walkway of World Showcase. So, you will not have any shade to keep you protected from the sun.

3. Don’t Worry if You Don’t Get in the Theatre

You can still view and hear the celebrity narrators from the American Pavilion pathway or courtyard.

Epcot Candlelight Processional 1 Chandra Wilson of Greys Anatomy
Epcot Candlelight Processional 2015 Chandra Wilson of Grey’s Anatomy

4. Remember that Queue Lines Sometimes Form on Both Sides of the Theatre

There are usually two queues on each side of the American Gardens Theatre.

But, be sure to check that the line that is closer to Japan is not specified for the Epcot Candlelight Processional Dining Package.

5. Double Check the Schedule Before You Go

Before you make your way out to the Candlelight Processional, be sure to double check the performance schedule.

Epcot International Festival of the Holidays Santa Claus Story Teller in UK Pavilion
Epcot International Festival of the Holidays Santa Claus Storyteller in UK Pavilion

Although Disney does confirm the dates with the celebrities, there have been times when the narrators have had to change last minute due to unforeseen circumstances.

6. Don’t Feel Bad if You’re Not Able to Go to the First Show

The first show of the evening is usually the hardest to get in since people are waiting throughout the day to be the first to experience the Christmas Story.

I’ve found the second and third shows tend to be the best. The narrator is usually warmed up and there’s a better opportunity to get the seat of your choice.

7. Book an Epcot Candlelight Processional Dining Package

If you want to have a guaranteed seat to see your favorite celebrity narrator, then I recommend booking an Epcot Candlelight Processional Dining Package.

Epcot Festival of the Holidays entrance with topiary stitch for the Epcot Candlelight Processional.

You’ll avoid the extremely long lines and you’ll get to enjoy a delicious 3-course meal or buffet meal to enhance your day at the park.

Booking a dining package is definitely my favorite type of way to enjoy country hopping and exploring at Epcot!

Epcot Candlelight Processional Dining Package: What to Expect…

Why not enjoy a meal that also guarantees your seat for any Epcot Candlelight Processional.

Christmas at Epcot: Candlelight Processional Standby Entrance
Christmas at Epcot: Candlelight Processional Standby Entrance

You can feel safe knowing that you will not miss any of your favorite celebrity narrators, because your reservation is confirmed!

According to Disney, availability is limited and advance reservations are highly recommended and can be made up to 180 days prior to your visit.

What’s included in the Epcot Candlelight Processional Dining Package?

The Epcot Candlelight Processional Dining Packages allows you to choose to have lunch or dinner prior to the nightly presentation.

Epcot Festival of the Holidays 4 Japan Pavilion New Years Soup
Epcot Festival of the Holidays 4 Japan Pavilion New Years Soup

Each meal includes:

  • An appetizer
  • Entrée
  • Dessert
  • Or one full buffet (if applicable)
  • Non-alcoholic beverage
  • One guaranteed seat per person to the Candlelight Processional held on the same day
Epcot Candlelight Processional Dining Locations

You can choose your Dining Package from one of 4 excellent eateries around Epcot theme park.

  • Biergarten Restaurant – Germany Pavilion: Lunch and Dinner: $62.00 (adult) $35.00 (Child 3-9)
  • Coral Reef Restaurant – The Living Sea: Lunch and Dinner: $74.00 (adult) $25.00 (Child 3-9)
  • The Garden Grill – The Land Pavilion: Lunch and Dinner: $71.00 (adult) $46.00 (Child 3-9)
  • Rose & Crown Dining Room – UK Pavilion: Lunch and Dinner: $63.00 (adult) $25.00 (Child 3-9)
Information to Know Before Booking Your Epcot Candlelight Processional Dining Package
  • Candlelight Processional Dining Packages are only offered during the holiday season.
  • Alcohol will only be served to Guests ages 21 and older.
  • Reservations required
  • You will receive your Candlelight Seating badges at the restaurant after your meal.
  • You’ll enter the America Gardens Theatre in a separate queue and it’s seated on a first-come, first served basis. However, your seating is guaranteed.
  • Don’t FORGET that both a theme park reservation and valid theme park admission are required. EPCOT admission is not included in the price of the dining package.

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How to Book for the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays Dining Package

You can make your reservations by calling 407/WDW-FEST (407-939-3378) and remember to book quickly to guarantee your spot.

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Things to Know Before You Go to Epcot

Epcot Festival of the Holidays 11 Norway Pavilion Holiday Story Near Christmas Stage
Epcot Festival of the Holidays Norway Pavilion

What to Expect from the Epcot Festival of the Holidays

In case you didn’t know, the Candlelight Processional at Epcot is only one piece of all the festive fun during the holidays.

Epcot Festival of the Holidays 14 Park Entrance with Topiary Goofy Holiday Decor

At the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays you can expect to enjoy sweet and savory treats from the Holiday Kitchens and the opportunities to hear festive stories from Cast Members represented in each country.

Just imagine a Christmas version of Epcot Food and Wine Festival and you’ll understand what the Holidays Around the World is like during this season at the park.

How much does Epcot cost?

A one-day REGULAR season Epcot ticket starts at $109* (prices do fluctuate based on the season).

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How many countries does Epcot have?

There are 11 (eleven) countries in Epcot for you to enjoy and explore.

Epcot International Festival of the Holidays 20 Germany Pavilion Christmas Tree Store
Epcot International Festival of the Holidays Germany Pavilion Christmas Tree Store

What are the countries in Epcot?

Do you need a separate ticket for Epcot Festival of the Holidays?

You do not need an additional ticket to participate in the Holidays Around the World at Epcot.

Epcot International Festival of the Holidays 26 World Showcase Entrance Holiday Decor Tall Christmas Tree

If you plan on doing any of the special dining experiences, then you will have to pay additional fee.

Can you use snack credits at Epcot Festival of the Holidays?

You sure can! But keep in mind that the Disney Dining Plan is currently suspended at this time.

Epcot International Festival of the Holidays 23 China Pavilion Holiday Kitchen Menu
Epcot International Festival of the Holidays China Pavilion Holiday Kitchen Menu

The snack credit can be used for most food items under $5.49. Simple snacks include pastries, ice cream bars, water bottles and soda.

Where are the best places to have a drink Epcot?

Like everywhere in the park and I mean that.

Nothing else needs to follow…

Epcot Festival of the Holidays 6 Germany Pavilion Gluhwein Warm German Mulled Wine
Epcot Festival of the Holidays Germany Pavilion Gluhwein Warm German Mulled Wine

I will say that Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar in the Italy Pavilion and La Cava Del Tequila in the Mexico Pavilion are the absolute best places to chill and enjoy a drink. If it’s not too crowded.

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Epcot International Festival of the Holidays 21 China Pavilion Mango Gingerita at Joy of Tea
Mango Gingerita at Joy of Tea in China Pavilion Epcot

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What are the best drinks at Epcot?

My top 5 must have alcoholic beverages are:

  1. Avocado Margarita from La Cava del Tequila in Mexico
  2. Mediterranean Journey for Spice Road Table in Morocco
  3. Leaping Leprechaun from Rose & Crown Pub in United Kingdom
  4. Canadian Apple Ice Wine from the Trading Post in Canada
  5. Tokyo Sunset from Kabuki Cafe in Japan

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Is the Candlelight Processional at Epcot Worth It?

Absolutely! You have to at least try it once. Plus, it’s included in your Epcot park admission so why not check it out on your day.

Epcot International Festival of the Holidays 27 Entrance Holiday Decor Pluto Topiary

Disney during the holidays is just simply incredible and ending your day off with the beautiful story of Christmas at Epcot is what I call the best way of doing the parks during this time of the year.

Epcot International Festival of the Holidays 28 Entrance Holiday Decor Pluto Topiary Epcot Candlelight Processional
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Now that you’re ready to go to Epcot, let us know which narrator you’re looking forward to seeing in the comments section below!

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Until next time, Happy Holidays Hipsters!

NikkyJ

(Original Article Date: November 11, 2014/Updated November 19, 2021)

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