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EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays

November 21, 2023
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The EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays takes place from November 24 to December 30, 2023.  This annual festival is inspired by holiday traditions around the world from seasonal dishes to holiday storytellers and entertainment!

If you have a trip this holiday season, here is what you can look forward to at Festival of the Holidays along with some helpful tips to help you make the most of it.


Holiday Kitchens

Slow-roasted Turkey, Catfish, and Gingerbread Cookie from American Holiday Table (Photo Credit: Disney Parks Blog)

You’ll find these outdoor kitchens around World Showcase.  They’re open from 11:00am to park close.  

American Holiday Table – American Adventure Pavilion

Food

  • Slow-roasted Turkey with stuffing, mashed potatoes, green beans, and cranberry sauce
  • Blackened Catfish with Hoppin’ John and comeback sauce
  • Gingerbread Cookie (Cookie Stroll Item)

Beverages

  • Crooked Can Brewing Company Bah HOPbug IPA (New)  
  • 3 Daughters Brewing Eggnog White Porter
  • Playalinda Brewing Co. Peppermint Chocolate Stout
  • Beer Flight

Bavaria Holiday Kitchen – Germany Pavilion

Food

  • Pork Schnitzel with mushroom sauce, spätzle, and braised red cabbage
  • Cheese Fondue in a bread bowl with steamed baby vegetables and marble potatoes
  • Linzer Cookie (Cookie Stroll Item)

Beverages

  • Possmann Pure Hard Apple Cider
  • The Tank Brewing Co. Prost! Festbier
  • Köstritzer Schwarzbier Bitburger (New)  
  • Regional Riesling
  • Glühwein: House-made hot spiced wine
  • Beer Flight

Holiday Hearth Desserts – The Odyssey Pavilion

Food

  • Mint Chocolate Mousse Wreath (New)
  • Apple Caramel Crumb Cake (New)
  • Chocolate-covered Toffee Brittle (New)
  • Red Velvet Mini Bundt Cake with Cream Cheese Icing
  • Salted Caramel Spaceship Earth Cookie
  • Mouse Crunch made with M&M’S chocolate candies
  • Peppermint Pinwheel Cookie (Cookie Stroll Item)

Beverages

  • Hot Cocoa by Joffrey’s Coffee (Non-alcoholic Beverage)
  • Frozen Caramel Hot Chocolate with TWIX cookie bar pieces and whipped cream (Non-alcoholic Beverage) (New)
  • Wicked Weed Brewing Jack Frost IPA (New)
  • BrewDog It’s a Beaut Stout (New)
  • Wicked Weed Brewing Milk & Cookies Imperial Milk Stout
  • Peppermint Cocoa: Hot cocoa by Joffrey’s Coffee with peppermint schnapps
  • Beer Flight

Holiday Sweets & Treats – Near Port of Entry

Food

  • Peppermint Sundae: Chocolate ice cream, whipped cream, and peppermint candy

Beverages

  • Hot Cocoa by Joffrey’s Coffee (Non-alcoholic Beverage)
  • Chocolate Peppermint Shake featuring Twinings Peppermint Cheer Tea (Non-alcoholic Beverage)
  • Breckenridge Brewery Christmas Ale
  • Brew Hub Sugar Plum Red Ale (New)
  • Left Hand Brewing Co. Chai Milk Stout (New)
  • Hot Cocoa by Joffrey’s Coffee with assorted liqueurs (Baileys Irish Cream Liqueur, Buffalo Trace Bourbon Cream Liqueur, or Skrewball Peanut Butter Whiskey)
  • Chocolate Peppermint Shake featuring Twinings Peppermint Cheer Tea and whipped cream vodka
  • Beer Flight

L’Chaim! Holiday Kitchen – Between Morocco and France Pavilions

Potato Latke and Pastrami on Rye

Food

  • Pastrami on Rye with house-made pickles and deli mustard
  • Smoked Salmon Potato Latke
  • Potato Latkes (Plant-based)
  • Rugalach: Pastry filled with raspberry jam, walnuts, and cinnamon (New)  
  • Black and White Cookie (Plant-based) (Cookie Stroll Item)

Beverages

  • Brooklyn Brewery Winter IPA
  • Frozen New York Whiskey Sour featuring Manifest Whiskey and Manischewitz Blackberry Wine

Las Posadas Holiday Kitchen – Mexico Pavilion

Food

  • Giant Tostada de Chorizo: Giant tostada with chipotle black bean purée, ground chorizo, salsa verde, queso cotija, crema Mexicana, and pickled onions (New)
  • Tamale de Barbacoa: Shredded barbacoa beef in a corn masa topped with mole negro, queso cotija, crema Mexicana, and pickled onions (New)
  • Dulce de Leche Churro sprinkled with cinnamon-sugar

Beverages

  • Apple Margarita: Centinela Blanco Tequila, apple purée, black tea-cinnamon cordial, and Nixta Corn Liqueur topped with whipped cream and holiday salt (New)
  • Horchata Margarita: Cinnamon-infused Ilegal Mezcal, Abasolo Corn Whiskey, Agua de Horchata, and cinnamon-horchata rum
  • Holiday Cerveza: Mexican Artisanal Craft Lager with black currant liqueur (New)

Le Marché de Noël Holiday Kitchen – France Pavilion

Food

  • Crème de Saumon Fumé en Brioche à l’Aneth, Concombre: Cream of smoked salmon in house-made dill brioche bread with cucumber (New)
  • Rôti de Jambon Sauce Moutarde à l’Ancienne, Patate Douce Rôties: Roasted ham with mushrooms, pearl onions, bacon, mustard sauce, and roasted sweet potatoes
  • Bûche de Noël au Pain D’Épices, Ganache Chocolat au Lait et Noisettes: Gingerbread Christmas log with milk chocolate and hazelnut ganache (New)

Beverages

  • Frozen Hot Chocolate Martini: Grey Goose La Vanille Vodka, vodka, chocolate milk, and whipped cream
  • Le Joyeux de Noël: Vodka, Grey Goose Vodka, cold brew coffee, sea salt caramel toffee, and peppermint (New)
  • Blood Orange Mimosa: Pol Remy Sparkling Wine, orange juice, and blood orange (New)

Nochebuena Cocina – Near Port of Entry

Food

  • Tamale with chorizo, plant-based cotija cheese and spicy red chile sauce (Plant-based)
  • Pernil: Mojo pork with tostones and ketchup-mayonnaise
  • Spiced Chocolate Cookie (Cookie Stroll Item)

Beverages

  • Ponche Navideño: Mexican Christmas punch with apples, pears, guava, oranges, dried hibiscus, brown sugar, tamarind, cinnamon sticks, and clove (Non-alcoholic beverage) (New)
  • 81Bay Brewing Co. Horchata Beer

Shanghai Holiday Kitchen – China Pavilion

Food

  • Chicken Skewer with creamy peanut sauce
  • Beef and Noodle Soup Bowl with slow-braised beef shank, green onion, and house-made chili oil
  • Vegetable Spring Rolls with citrus sauce

Beverages

  • Bubble Tea: Classic milk tea with black and white boba pearls
  • Brew Hub Year of the Dragon – Dragon Fruit Lager
  • Butterfly Lantern with butterfly pea blossom gin, vodka, prickly pear, lychee, soda water, and boba (New)
  • Kung Fu Master with vodka, triple sec, mango, orange juice, and soda water
  • The Lucky Mo with citrus vodka, peach schnapps, piña colada mix, orange juice, and soda water

Shi Wasu Holiday Kitchen – Japan Pavilion

Food

  • Sushi Tree: Sushi roll with krab meat and cream cheese topped with Aonori seaweed, Ikura salmon roe, and spicy mayonnaise
  • New Year Celebration Soba: Buckwheat soba noodles in a hot dashi soup with yuzu, shrimp tempura, and chopped green onion
  • Sweet Potato Mochi Cake: Gooey sweet potato mochi cake with purple sweet potato cream, strawberry, black sugary syrup, and sesame seeds (New)

Beverages

  • Ichigo Milk Boba: Cranberry and yuzu cream drink featuring Japanese calpico soft drink and popping strawberry boba pearls (Non-alcoholic Beverage)  
  • Japanese Christmas Punch: Shōchū, plum wine, cranberry, and lemon
  • Choya Sparkling Plum Wine (New)
  • Sapporo Premium Beer

Tangierine Café: Flavors of the Medina – Morocco Pavilion

Food

  • Grilled Kebabs with carrot-chickpea salad and garlic aïoli
    • Lamb Kefta
    • Chermoula Chicken
  • Stone-baked Moroccan Bread with hummus, chermoula, and zhoug dips (Plant-based)

Beverages

  • Bold Rock Orchard Frost Hard Cider (New)  
  • Gulf Stream Brewing Company Holiday Snakebite (New)  
  • Woodchuck Winter Chill Hard Cider
  • Fig Cocktail with fig vodka and white cranberry juice
  • Hard Cider Flight

Tuscany Holiday Kitchen – Italy Pavilion

Food

  • Montanara: Fried house-made pizza dough with pomodoro sauce, parmesan, and fresh basil (New)
  • Farfalle Salmone Affumicato: Farfalle pasta with smoked salmon and cream sauce (New)
  • Torta Caprese: Flourless chocolate torta with chocolate sauce and vanilla cream (New)
  • Dolce Pizza: Fried house-made pizza dough with sugar and cinnamon (New)

Beverages

  • Prosecco
  • Moscato
  • Chianti
  • Italian Sangria (Red or White)
  • Italian Margarita with tequila and limoncello
  • Peroni Pilsner

Yukon Holiday Kitchen – Canada Pavilion

Food

  • Seared Salmon with butternut squash purée, maple-bourbon glaze, and fennel-arugula salad (New) 
  • Beef Bourguignon with crushed potatoes
  • Snickerdoodle Cookie made with SNICKERS bar pieces (Cookie Stroll Item)

Beverages

  • Frozen Joffrey’s Coffee (Non-alcoholic Beverage)
  • 81Bay Brewing Co. Peanut Butter Banana Porter
  • Playalinda Brewing Co. Maple Cookie Blonde Ale
  • Collective Arts Coffee Maple Porter
  • Regional Icewine
  • Regional Red Wine
  • Frozen Joffrey’s Coffee with Tap 357 Whisky
  • Beer Flight

Swirled Showcase (New)

Food

  • Mickey-shaped Liquid Nitro Cake
  • Soft-serve in a Waffle Cone: Vanilla, apple-cinnamon, and salted caramel
  • Cream Soda Float with vanilla soft-serve
  • Fanta Grape Float with vanilla soft-serve

Beverages

  • Frozen Apple Pie (Non-alcoholic Beverage)
  • Cinnamon Apple Cider (Non-alcoholic Beverage)
  • 3 Daughters Brewing Toasted Coconut Porter
  • 3 Daughters Brewing Toasted Coconut Porter Float with salted caramel soft-serve
  • Berry Fizz Fragolino Red Sparkling Wine Float with vanilla soft-serve

Bubbles & Brine (New)

Food

  • Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail with prosecco cocktail sauce and grilled lemon  
  • Jonah Crab Claw Cocktail with stone-ground mustard sauce

Beverages

  • Moët & Chandon Impérial
  • Veuve Clicquot Rosé
  • Dom Pérignon

Wine & Wedge (New)

Food

  • Assorted Artisanal Cheeses and Accompaniments   
  • Boursin Fig & Balsamic Soufflé with fig tapenade   
  • Southern Pimento Cheese with bread-and-butter pickled vegetables and grilled bread    
  • Artist Palette of Wine and Cheese: Assorted artisanal cheeses and accompaniments paired with Selbach-Oster Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese, Hartley Apple Brandy, and Florida Orange Groves Winery Black and Blue Port   

Beverages

  • Selbach-Oster Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese  
  • Hartley Apple Brandy
  • Florida Orange Groves Winery Black and Blue Port   
  • Flight

Char & Chop (New)

Food

  • Roasted Porchetta with lemon-parsley salsa verde and shaved fennel salad   
  • Grilled IMPOSSIBLE Spicy Sausage with herbed polenta, puttanesca sauce, and ricotta   
  • Meat Assorti: Trio of shaved meats with baby arugula, pickled mustard seeds, truffle oil, and grilled ciabatta  

Beverages

  • Krombacher Pilsner   
  • North Coast Laguna Baja Vienna Lager   
  • Motorworks Brewing Midnight Espresso Coffee Porter   
  • GoGi ‘Birdie’ Pinot Noir
  • Bloody Mary with Seaside Grown Bloody Mary Mix and Kurvball Barbecue Whiskey
  • Beer Flight

Funnel Cake – Between the American Adventure Pavilion and Japan Pavilion

Food

  • Holiday Cinnamon Celebration Funnel Cake topped with powdered sugar, vanilla ice cream, cinnamon cookie crunch, cream cheese whipped cream, and gold dust inspired by the culinary treasures of the Kingdom of Rosas in Disney’s all-new animated musical film, “Wish”

Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company – Throughout EPCOT

Beverages

  • Horchata Cold Brew: A holly jolly blend of Joffrey’s Shakin’ Jamaican Cold Brew and horchata topped with whipped cream and cinnamon (Non-alcoholic Beverage) (Spirited version available with Creamy Spiced Rum)

Refreshment Outpost – Between the China and Germany Pavilions 

Food

  • Peanut stew with sweet potatoes, mustard greens, and roasted peanuts (Plant-based)
  • DOLE Whip Raspberry

Beverages

  • Ciderboys Caramel Apple Hard Cider (New)  
  • 81Bay Brewing Co. Cinnamon Orange Cranberry Ale (New)  
  • Ivanhoe Park Brewing Co. Gingerbread White Stout (New)  
  • Pumpkin Spice Ginger Cocktail featuring Boyd & Blair Potato Vodka (New)  

Refreshment Port – Showcase Plaza

Food

  • Turkey Poutine: Sweet potato fries with turkey gravy, cranberry relish, and crispy onions

Beverages

  • Gingerbread Milk Shake (Non-alcoholic Beverage)
  • Eggnog (Non-alcoholic Beverage)
  • Keel Farms Hard Pumpkin Cider (New)
  • Pasek Cellars Cranberry Wine
  • Gingerbread Milk Shake with Whipped Cream Vodka
  • Firenog: Eggnog with Fireball Cinnamon Whisky

Connections Café and Connections Eatery – World Celebration

Food

  • Holiday Sugar Cookie (Cookie Stroll Item)

Beverages

  • So Many Wishes: Pomegranate-green tea, hibiscus, lemon, and a dash of stardust (Non-alcoholic beverage)
  • Coquito Milk Shake (Non-alcoholic beverage)
  • Coquito Milk Shake with Bacardí Superior Rum

Activities

Cookies from the Holiday Cookie Stroll (Photo Credit: Disney Parks Blog)

Holiday Cookie Stroll

Collect stamps in your festival passport as you enjoy any five of the featured cookies dishes below, and bring your completed passport to Holiday Sweets & Treats to get a complimentary cookie ! The featured cookies include:

  1. Spiced Chocolate Cookie (Nochebuena Cocina)
  2. Snickerdoodle Cookie made with SNICKERS® Bar pieces (Yukon Holiday Kitchen)
  3. Black and White Cookie (Plant-based) (L’Chaim! Holiday Kitchen)
  4. Gingerbread Cookie (American Holiday Table)
  5. Linzer Cookie (Bavaria Holiday Kitchen)
  6. Peppermint Pinwheel Cookie (Holiday Hearth Desserts)
  7. Holiday Sugar Cookie (Connections Café)
  8. Jingle Sugar Cookie made with M&M’s chocolate candies (Sunshine Seasons)

JOYFUL! A Celebration of the Season

Watch the JOYFUL! ensemble perform Gospel, R&B, and holiday songs at World Showcase Plaza.  Performances take place at 1:15pm, 2:20pm, 3:25pm, and 4:30pm.

Olaf’s Holiday Tradition Expedition Scavenger Hunt

Look for the holiday traditions that Olaf has gathered and lost around the World Showcase!  Maps and stickers for the scavenger hunt can be purchased at Port of Entry, Creations Shop, or World Traveler at International Gateway.  After finding all of the holiday traditions and marking the map with the stickers, redeem your completed map for a prize at Creations Shop or World Traveler at International Gateway.  

Storytellers Throughout the World Showcase

Las Posadas Celebration with Mariachi Cobre – Mexico Pavilion (Sunday through Thursday)

A Mischievous Magical Barn Santa – Norway Pavilion (Daily)

Chinese Lion Dancer – China Pavilion (Daily)

La Befana, the Kind-hearted Witch – Italy Pavilion (Daily)

Santa Claus – The Odyssey Pavilion (Daily at 11am, 12:30pm, 2pm, 3:30pm, 5pm, and 6:30pm through December 24, 2023)

Daruma Storyteller – Japan Pavilion

Hanukkah Storyteller – Between Morocco and France Pavilions

Père Noël – France Pavilion (Daily)

Father Christmas – United Kingdom Pavilion (Daily)

Canadian Holiday Voyageurs – Canada Pavilion (Daily)

Candlelight Processional

Listen to the story of Christmas with celebrity narrators, a 50-piece orchestra, and full choir at America Gardens Theatre.  Performances take place at 5:15pm, 7:00pm, and 8:30pm.  The remaining narrators for the 2023 Candlelight Processional are:

  • November 24 to 25 – Chrissy Metz
  • November 26 to 27 – Luis Fonsi
  • November 28 to 29 – Ann-Margret
  • November 30 to December 2 – Simu Liu
  • December 3 to 5 – John Stamos
  • December 6 to 8 – Neil Patrick Harris
  • December 9 to 11 – Marlee Matlin
  • December 12 to 14 – Brendan Fraser
  • December 15 to 16 – Eva Longoria
  • December 17 to 18 – Joey McIntyre
  • December 19 to 20 – Sterling K. Brown
  • December 21 to 23 – Jordan Fisher
  • December 24 to 26 – Steven Curtis Chapman
  • December 27 to 28 – Audra McDonald
  • December 29 to 30 – Lisa Ling

Helpful Tips for the EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays

  • Check out the holiday kitchen menus in advance to plan your trip around the World Showcase.  This way, you can prioritize the dishes you would like to try, so you don’t fill up too quickly!
  • If you don’t feel like carrying around the festival passport, you can also find a digital version of the festival guide in the My Disney Experience app.  
  • Some of the items are marked as plant-based or gluten/wheat-friendly on the menus.  However, if you have other dietary concerns, speak to a cast member before placing your order.  
  • Bring your own bottle of water or a reusable bottle that you can fill at locations like Connections Eatery.  The Holiday Kitchens sell bottled water, but most if not all are unable to provide the free cups of ice water you typically find at quick service dining locations.  
  • Holiday Hearth Desserts is located in the Odyssey, so it’s a nice indoor spot for warmer days.  There are also tables and chairs, which make for much more comfortable dining spots than the traditional EPCOT trash can.  
  • For the Holiday Cookie Stroll, you do not need to get one of each cookie to get your completer cookie.  You can purchase more than one of the same cookie, and it will still qualify as another stamp on your passport. 
  • If you are doing the Cookie Stroll solo or you simply have lots of dishes you would like to try, bring a container to save your cookies for later.  It’s always fun to have some extra treats when you go home! 
  • The Candlelight Processional is a holiday tradition for many families, and seats can fill up.  With more popular celebrity narrators, you may need to line up early for a seat.  For a guaranteed seat to a performance, you can reserve a Candlelight Processional Dining Package that includes lunch or dinner at a select EPCOT restaurant and a guaranteed seat at American Gardens Theatre for each person on the dining reservation.

It’s not too late to plan your trip for the EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays!  Check out some great Confirmed Reservations from the DVC Rental Store.

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