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Candlelight Processional

A candlelight processional at Holidays Around The World at Epcot

Behold the stirring story of Christmas as told by celebrity narrators… with heartwarming good will toward all!

Choir for the Candlelight Processional

Peace on Earth

Salute the season with joyous sights and sounds, including a 50-piece orchestra and sublime choirs.

Each winter, Holidays Around the World transforms Epcot into an international celebration replete with festive decorations, live entertainment and yule-tastic tidings for kids of all ages. One of the most inspiring events is the Candlelight Processional, a spectacular and wondrous pageantry that unites people from around the globe.

Spellbound audiences will experience pure holiday magic as special guest stars recount the biblical tale of Christmas interwoven with rich orchestral music and song that’s nothing short of heaven sent. An American Sign Language interpreter will translate on stage so hearing-impaired Guests can enjoy this popular family tradition as well.

Event Details
  • American Gardens Theatre
  • Select nights from November 25 to December 30
  • Show times are 5:00 PM, 6:45 PM and 8:15 PM
  • Valid Epcot admission required

Know Before You Go
No tickets required. However, attendance is on a first-come, first-served basis as this popular event fills up quickly. Guests can purchase a Candlelight Processional Dining Package to enjoy guaranteed seating. All entertainment and celebrity narrators are subject to change without notice.

Risotto in a bowl with shrimp, squid, clams, mussels and a light tomato sauce

Candlelight Processional Dining Packages

Savor a delicious breakfast, lunch or dinner—and enjoy guaranteed seating at this brilliant holiday performance!

As this popular event fills up quickly, please purchase Candlelight Processional Dining Packages as soon as possible to reserve your seats. Please note that dining packages do not include park admission.

Steven Curtis Chapman

Steven Curtis Chapman

November 25 to 27, 2016
With multiple gold and platinum albums as well as 48 #1 singles, this beloved singer-songwriter has won 58 Dove Awards, 5 Grammy Awards and an American Music Award.

Neil Patrick Harris

Neil Patrick Harris

November 28 to December 1, 2016
This accomplished Broadway, film and television actor is known for roles on CBS’ How I Met Your Mother and Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events.

Whoopi Goldberg

Whoopi Goldberg

December 2 to 3, 2016
The Oscar, Emmy, Grammy and Tony Award winner is an executive producer, talk show host, author and humanitarian.

Edward James Olmos

Edward James Olmos

December 4 to 6, 2016
Best known for his role on the SYFY television series Battlestar Galactica, this actor, producer and humanitarian has been nominated for Academy, Emmy and Tony Awards.

Anthony Mackie

Anthony Mackie

December 7 to 9, 2016
This accomplished film and Broadway actor is best known for Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Captain America: Civil War, The Adjustment Bureau and The Hurt Locker.

Robby Benson

Robby Benson

December 10 to 12, 2016
Recognized for voicing Beast in Disney’s Beauty & the Beast, this award-winning actor is also a producer, director, author, composer and professor.

Meredith Vieira

Meredith Vieira

December 13 to 15, 2016
A 14-time Emmy Award winner, the television host, executive producer and humanitarian is known for her self-titled talk show and The Today Show.

Jim Caviezel

Jim Caviezel

December 16 to 18, 2016
An award-winning film and television actor, Jim is known for roles on CBS' Person of Interest as well as The Passion of the Christ and The Count of Monte Cristo.

Joe Morton

Joe Morton

December 19 to 21, 2016
Having won multiple NAACP Image Awards, this Emmy Award-winning Broadway and television actor starred in the hit ABC drama Scandal.

Ming Na Wen

Ming-Na Wen

December 22 to 24, 2016
The accomplished film and television actor is known for Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Joy Luck Club, ER, Streetfighter and the voice of Mulan.

Jodi Benson

Jodi Benson

December 25 to 27, 2016
Known for voicing Ariel in The Little Mermaid, this Disney Legend is an award-winning actress, recording artist and star of Broadway, film, television and live concerts.

Cal Ripken Junior

Cal Ripken Jr

December 28 to 30, 2016
Baseball’s Hall of Famer, 19-time All-Star and all-time Iron Man now focuses on growing the game at a grassroots level.

The red torii gate beside World Showcase Lagoon, near the entrance to the Japan Pavilion at Epcot theme park

A Holiday Tradition in Sight and Sound

Experience holiday magic at this seasonal showcase for Guests of all ages at America Gardens Theatre.

Each year, the Candlelight Processional makes its way to Epcot, where the rich sounds of the full orchestra and choir fill the theatre, and a special guest narrator takes the stage. Listen along while the story of the babe in a manger touches your heart as it has for generations—accompanied by warm and inspiring holiday music.

In the wintertime, Holidays Around The World transforms Epcot into an international celebration of Yuletide traditions filled with festive decorations and live entertainment. A special event that’s part of the festivities, the processional is a wonderful way to share the magic of the season with your family and friends! For many Guests, the processional has become an essential family tradition.

A conductor holds a wood baton in the air as he directs the performance of an orchestra

Event Details

The Candlelight Processional shows take place 3 times a day. Check out the exact times and dates:

  • November 25 to December 30
  • 5:00 PM, 6:45 PM and 8:15 PM Eastern Time
  • American Gardens Theatre
  • Epcot admission required

An American Sign Language interpreter will be on stage to translate the narrated story, allowing our hearing impaired Guests the opportunity to enjoy this event.

Please note: No tickets are required. However, you can enjoy guaranteed seating when you purchase Candlelight Processional Dining Packages.

A wooden boardwalk in front of Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Know Before You Go

This spectacle is held on select nights and often fills up quickly, due to its popularity. Unless you purchase a Candlelight Dinner Package, attendance will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please Note: All entertainment and celebrity narrators are subject to change.


World Showcase

Valid Park Admission Required

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