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EPCOT’s Festival of the Holidays 2023: What’s New and What’s Back!

October 5, 2023
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The most wonderful time of the year is fast approaching! The EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays presented by AdventHealth is ready to light up the Walt Disney World Resort with its unique blend of international traditions, festive entertainment, mouth-watering culinary delights, and exclusive holiday merchandise. So, grab your favorite cozy sweater, a warm cup of cocoa, and let’s dive into all the exciting happenings lined up for this year’s event!


A Star-Studded Candlelight Processional

A beloved tradition of the festival, the EPCOT Candlelight Processional, makes a grand return. This enchanting event retells the Christmas story through a celebrity narrator backed by a choir and a 50-piece orchestra. This year, nine new celebrity narrators will join the lineup, including Chrissy Metz, Luis Fonsi, Ann-Margret, Brendan Fraser, Eva Longoria, Joey McIntyre, Sterling K. Brown, Jordan Fisher, and Audra McDonald.

  • 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

Dine in Style with the Candlelight Processional Dining Packages

Starting October 17, you can secure your seat at the Candlelight Processional by booking a Dining Package. Choose from seven unique dining experiences, ranging from character dining at Chip ‘N’ Dale’s Harvest Feast to signature dining at Le Cellier Steakhouse. For more details on pricing and availability, head over to DisneyWorld.com. Also, subscribe to Unlocked Magic today to take advantage of our Disney Dining Reservation Finder to get the perfect Candlelight Processional reservation!

Meet Santa at the Odyssey Pavilion

From November 24 through December 24, Santa Claus will be greeting guests at the Odyssey pavilion. Don’t forget to dress in your festive best for a memorable photo opportunity!

Storytellers From Around the World Share Tales and Traditions

As you explore the World Showcase, you’ll encounter storytellers from various cultures sharing their holiday traditions and tales. From a mischievous Barn Santa in Norway to a Chinese Lion Dancer celebrating the Lunar New Year, there’s a world of holiday magic to discover.

A Feast for the Senses at the Holiday Kitchens

With over 15 Holiday Kitchens offering international festive dishes, your taste buds are in for a treat! Be sure to take part in the Holiday Cookie Stroll, where you can sample delicious cookies from various locations and collect stamps for your festival passport.

Join Olaf’s Holiday Tradition Expedition Scavenger Hunt

Embark on a fun-filled adventure with Olaf as part of his Holiday Traditions Expedition Scavenger Hunt. Purchase your map and stickers and set off to find the “tradition” Olaf has discovered in each pavilion. Even if you don’t complete the quest, you can redeem your map for a special festival holiday keepsake!*

Shop for Exclusive Festival Merchandise

Finally, commemorate your visit or find the perfect holiday gift with an array of exclusive festival merchandise. There’s something for everyone on your list!


The EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays is a celebration of global holiday cheer that’s not to be missed. So, mark your calendars and get ready to join in the festivities!

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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