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Candlelight Processional

A candlelight processional at Holidays Around The World at Epcot

Hear the stirring story of Christmas as told by a celebrity narrator, accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra and several magnificent choirs.

Choir for the Candlelight Processional

A Holiday Tradition – with Celebrity Narrators

Each year, the Candlelight Processional comes to the America Gardens Theatre at Epcot, filling it with holiday music. A special guest narrator takes the stage and tells the biblical story of Christmas, interweaving it with the rich sounds of a full orchestra and a variety of choirs that inspire the audience with songs of hope and joy.

A few new faces and voices join an exciting lineup of celebrities lending their dramatic talents to this year’s production, including:

  • Steven Curtis Chapman
    November 25 to 27, 2016
  • Neil Patrick Harris
    November 28 to December 1, 2016
  • Whoopi Goldberg
    December 2 to 3, 2016
  • Edward James Olmos
    December 4 to 6, 2016
  • Robby Benson
    December 10 to 12, 2016
  • Meredith Vieira
    December 13 to 15, 2016
  • Jim Caviezel
    December 16 to 18, 2016
  • Joe Morton
    December 19 to 21, 2016
  • Ming-Na Wen
    December 22 to 24, 2016
  • Jodi Benson
    December 25 to 27, 2016
  • Cal Ripken, Jr.
    December 28 to 30, 2016

For many Guests, the Candlelight Processional has become an essential family tradition.

The magic continues in the wintertime with the spectacular Holidays Around The World, which transforms Epcot into an international celebration of Yuletide traditions—featuring festive decorations, live entertainment and delightful, fun-filled moments the whole family can enjoy!

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 Pacific 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.

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 the Candlelight Processional! Since the Candlelight Processional is a popular event, please purchase Candlelight Processional Dining Packages as soon as possible and reserve your seats.

Please Note: The Candlelight Processional Dining Packages do not include park admission.

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.


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