There is nothing quite like Walt Disney World during Christmas. Magic Kingdom has Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, Hollywood Studios has the Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM show, Animal Kingdom has a special Mickey & Minnie Christmas meet & greet and Epcot has the International Festival of the Holidays.
During Christmas season, Epcot celebrates holiday traditions for each of the 11 World Showcase Nations with storytelling, decorations, food and music!
Epcot International Festival of the Holidays
When you arrive at Epcot, the first thing you need to do is grab a Epcot International Festival of the Holidays Passport. This will tell you about everything going on during the festival along with where you will find everything from Holiday Food Kitchens to Cookie Stroll locations.
During the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays, you will be able to try different holiday dishes from around the world. Each kitchen showcases different small plates, desserts and beverages. Here is some of what you will find:
American Holiday Table – From the tender roast turkey to the tasty pork tenderloin, memories of grandma’s kitchen will come flooding back when you visit this salute to the great flavors of America
Feast of the Three Kings – Dine like royalty as you enjoy scrumptious foods and delicious drinks from the Caribbean at this holiday kiosk inspired by the story of the Magi. While you nibble, learn about the celebration of Three Kings’ Day, El Día De Los Reyes Magos!
Holiday Sweets and Treats – From decadent desserts to savory snacks and merry libations, you’ll be in full swing of the season at this festively-appointed holiday kiosk.
Chip & Dale’s Christmas Tree Spree
Chip & Dale need your help collecting ornaments for their tree. All the ornaments can be found in the World Showcase.
You can do this on your own OR you can purchase a sticker map for $6.99.
If you do purchase the map, once you complete it, you can turn it in for a souvenir.
Maps are available to purchase at Pin Central, Disney Traders and World Traveler at International Gateway.
Epcot Cookie Stroll
Inside your Festival Passport you will find the 5 cookie stroll locations.
Each place offers a delicous cookie for purchase and once you purchase it be sure to get your passport stamped. If you try all 5 and bring your Passport to the Sweets & Treats Holiday Kitchen, you will receive a complimentary Santa Mickey Sugar Cookie!
Epcot Cookie Stroll Locations
- Bavaria Holiday Kitchen at the Germany Pavilion Linzer Cookie
- American Holiday Table at the America Pavilion Gingerbread Cookie
- Yukon Holiday Kitchen at the Canada Pavilion Peppermint Pinwheel Cookie
- Feast of the Three Kings near the Mexico Pavilion Chocolate Crinkle Cookie
- L’Chaim Holiday Kitchen between the Morocco and France Pavilions Black-and-White Cookie
Guests get the chance to learn about other cultures through story-telling and music during their time in the World Showcase section of Epcot.
It is a fun event for the whole family and I’m sure you will walk away learning something you didn’t know before!
Norway: Sigrid and Julenissen tell story of Christmas with the help of a Gnome
China: Lion Dancers put on a show Welcoming the New Year and wishing guests good luck
Germany: Heiga tells Story of the Nutcracker
Italy: La Befana the good witch tells the story of Epiphany
America: Story of Maccabees and Hanukkah celebration, Kwanzaa celebration, Voices of Liberty sing seasonal favorites
Japan: Daruma Vendor tells about Daruma Doll and New Year celebration
Morocco: Holiday Storyteller
France: Pere Noel tells the story of receiving a letter from a child at Christmas
United Kingdom: Father Christmas rings in the season with traditions
Canada: Take a musical tour of Canada
Mexico: Mariachis and Dancers explain the pinata.
Epcot Christmas Displays
When we think of Christmas decorations at the Disney parks, we usually think of Magic Kingdom. It is always decorated beautifully with wreaths and garland.
When you attend the International Festival of Holidays, you will find Epcot Christmas decorations, both traditional and whimsical!
When you think of topiaries, you probably think of Epcot’s Flower & Garden festival that happens in the Spring. Epcot brings a few back for the holiday season! You will find Disney characters along with traditional holiday themed designs through out the park.
One thing you won’t want to miss seeing is the Gingerbread Capitol Building, Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument. Located inside the American Adventure Pavilion in World Showcase, this Gingerbread display is a site to see.
Not only is it totally built from sugary goodness, it also has some hidden Mickeys for you to find!
Look carefully and you can probably spot a few in this photo. Make sure you take your time to find all of them while you are there!
Epcot Candlelight Processional
Held in the America Gardens Theatre, the Candlelight Processional is one of the highlights of the holiday season.
This show is part live orchestra, part massed choir and usually involves a celebrity narrator in the retelling of the traditional Christmas story.
There is nothing quite like it and you will walk away feeling the Christmas spirit for sure!
The Candlelight Processional is performed three times per night (5:00, 6:45 and 8:15pm), and guaranteed seating is available if you book a breakfast, lunch or dinner with the Candlelight Processional Dining Package.
If you don’t have guaranteed seating, you will need to line up about one hour before the Candlelight Processional in order to get a good seat!
2019 Epcot Christmas Candlelight Processional Narrators
- Ming-Na Wen – 11/29-12/1
- Neil Patrick Harris – 12/2-12/5
- Whoopi Goldberg – 12/6-12/7
- Isabella Rossellini – 12/8-12/10
- Chita Rivera – 12/11-12/12
- Gary Sinise – 12/13-12/15
- Pat Sajak – 12/16-12/18
- Warwick Davis – 12/19-12/21
- Steven Curtis Chapman – 12/22-12/24
- Edward James Olmos – 12/25-12/26
- Marlee Matlin – 12/27-12/28
- Lisa Ling – 12/29-12/30
If you are planning to go to Walt Disney World from November 29-December 30, I highly recommend you check out Epcot International Festival of the Holidays!
Have you been to the Epcot Festival of the Holidays? What was your favorite part of your trip?