Today marks the beginning of some very special Holiday events in Epcot. Holidays Around the World begins which includes the annual Candlelight Processional (my favorite!). Ongoing Holiday celebrations throughout the World Showcase will feature festive food, fun and entertainment from a variety of exciting cultures worldwide. Some of this year’s highlights will include:
Candlelight Processional – One of the most beloved holiday traditions at Epcot – a joyous retelling of the Christmas story by a celebrity narrator accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra and a glorious mass choir. There is a sign language interpreter for the hearing impaired.
The 2014 celebrity narrators have been announced as follows:
- Jodi Benson – 11/28 & 29
- Neil Patrick Harris – 11/30 – 12/2
- Jonathan Groff – 12/3-12/4
- Whoopi Goldberg – 12/5-12/6
- Levar Burton 12/7-12/9 ** (no 5:00 p.m. show on 12/7)
- Edward James Olmos 12/10-12/11
- Joe Morton 12/12-12/14
- Chita Rivera 12/15-12/17
- Anna Gasteyer 12/18-12/20
- Marlee Matlin 12/21-12/23
- Isabella Rossellini 12/24-12/25
- Blair Underwood 12/26-12/27
- Steven Curtis Chapman 12/28-12/30** Celebrity narrators are subject to change.
JOYFUL! A Gospel Celebration of the Season: Joyful! uniquely blends the soulful expressiveness of Gospel and Inspirational music with the sounds of Jazz, R&B and urban music. The music will touch, uplift and inspire you! The concert is featured at the Future World Fountain Stage – Daily: 1:15 p.m., 2:15 p.m., 3:15 p.m., 4:15 p.m.
IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth: A spectacular light and sound show every night at 9:30 p.m. at the World Showcase Lagoon featuring a very special holiday finale, which includes the classic song “Let There Be Peace On Earth.”.
Holiday Storytellers: Listen to legendary holiday folklore from around the world as told at the World Showcase by the legends themselves. International storytellers, including Father Christmas in the United Kingdom, Père Noël in France, the Monkey King in China, LaBefana in Italy, Helga in Germany, and America’s Santa Claus share tales and traditions from their homeland throughout World Showcase. Holiday traditions of Kwanzaa and Hanukkah are celebrated as well.
Epcot Holiday Merchandise: Stroll through the World Showcase and discover festive holiday gifts for the entire family! Visit Santa’s Village in America Adventure or stop by France for a delicious gourmet treat. You may even catch a glass blower in Germany putting the finishing touches on a seasonal ornament!
Candlelight Dining Packages: Savor an extra special treat when you ring in the holiday season with a Candlelight Dining Package. Each package includes lunch or dinner at a select Epcot restaurant and reserved general seating at the America Gardens Theater during the Candlelight Processional. For more information or to make dining reservations, please call (407) WDW-DINE (939-3463).
***Valid admission to Epcot is required.