The Candlelight Processional is an absolute MUST DO if you plan to be at Walt Disney World Resort November 25-December 30, 2016! Each night, a celebrity narrator tells the biblical tale of a savior born to a virgin in Bethlehem. All the while, the most moving choir singing alongside a 50 piece orchestra provides an inspirational backdrop of songs of hope and joy. There is a sign language interpreter for the hearing impaired.
The list of celebrity narrators is as follows (please note this is subject to change):
- Steven Curtis Chapman Nov 25 to 27, 2016
- Neil Patrick Harris Nov 28 to Dec 1, 2016
- Whoopi Goldberg Dec 2 to 3, 2016
- TBA Dec 4 to 12, 2016
- Meredith Vieira Dec 13 to 15, 2016
- TBA Dec 16 to 18, 2016
- Joe Morton Dec 19 to 21, 2016
- Cal Ripken, Jr. Dec 28 to 30, 2016
*Narrators and entertainment are subject to change without notice. Theme park admission is required. There is no 5 p.m. show on 12/4.
Celebrity Narrator, Steven Curtis Chapman. Photo by Disney Parks
Dinner Packages:The Dinner Package allows you to dine at one of the participating Epcot restaurants for breakfast, lunch or dinner while having guaranteed seating at one of the three nightly shows (5:00, 6:45, and 8:15 p.m.).
- Breakfast starts at $27 (plus tax) adults, $14 (plus tax) children
- Lunch & Dinner starts $47 (plus tax) adults, $20 (plus tax) children
Please note that costs vary depending on restaurant
Participating restaurants include:
- Biergarten Restaurant
- Chefs de France
- Coral Reef Restaurant
- The Garden Grill
- La Hacienda de San Angel (dinner only)
- Nine Dragons Restaurant
- Restaurant Marrakesh
- Rose & Crown Pub & Dining Room
- San Angel Inn Restaurante
- Teppan Edo
- Tokyo Dining
- Tutto Italia Ristorante
- Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria
- Captain’s Grille
- Trattoria al Forno
DIStracted Tip: You will receive your Candlelight Processional Badge at the restaurant for guaranteed seating at the America Gardens Theater for the booked show time.
I will never forget the first time I was walking through the World Showcase and heard the most angelic sounds of “O Holy Night” coming from the America Gardens Theater. After spending a week hearing happy, joyful Disney music it was refreshing to actually hear a biblical Christmas song. I found myself running towards this music with my children in tow. We stood in the back of a packed theater to catch the last parts of the Candlelight Processional. I was speechless. Speechless with tears streaming down my face. Never in my life had I ever seen anything like this before! Sure we go to church throughout the Christmas holidays, however, nothing can prepare you for the delivery of this message until you see it for yourself!
We booked the Candlelight Processional Dinner Package for the very next year so we could sit and watch it all the way through. Lea Salonga, voice of Jasmine and Mulan, was the celebrity narrator and she was amazing! This will continue to be a tradition for my family each and every year we travel to Walt Disney World over the Christmas Holidays. I assure you, this is something you do not want to miss!
DIStracted Tip: The theatre is outside so prepare for the weather. Additionally, you must have a ticket to Epcot in order to attend this event. Purchasing the Dinner Package does NOT pay for your entrance into the Park.
Tickets may be purchased online through the Walt Disney World website.