Written by: Bridget Virden, Senior Travel Planner
When the holiday season arrives at Walt Disney World, the entire resort comes alive with enchanting decorations, festive entertainment, and special events. One of the most beloved traditions is the Candlelight Processional held at Epcot. This awe-inspiring show combines the beauty of Christmas with the magic of Disney, making it a must-see event for visitors of all ages.
What is Epcot’s Candlelight Processional?
Epcot’s Candlelight Processional is a time-honored Christmas tradition that has been a part of the park’s holiday festivities since 1994. This spectacular event is a retelling of the biblical story of the birth of Jesus, accompanied by a mass choir, live orchestra, and celebrity narrator. The show combines the magic of Disney with the profound and timeless story of Christmas, creating an unforgettable and heartwarming experience.
This year, the Candlelight Processional runs from November 24 to December 30 and takes place in the America Gardens Theatre, located in Epcot’s World Showcase. The centerpiece of the show is the massive choir, composed of members from various Central Florida schools and churches, as well as Cast Members, adding an authentic and deeply emotional element to the performance.
Each evening, a celebrity narrator takes the stage to tell the story of Christmas. These narrators are typically well-known actors, television personalities, or public figures.This year’s narrators include Neil Patrick Harris, John Stamos, Jordan Fisher, and Marlee Matlin, among others. Their presence adds a touch of Hollywood glamour to the event, making it even more special.
Attending the Candlelight Processional is an incredibly popular activity during the holiday season, and it’s advisable to secure reserved seating to ensure a prime view of the performance. There are three ways to obtain reserved tickets:
Candlelight Processional Dining Package: The most popular and convenient way to secure reserved seating is through a Candlelight Processional Dining Package. This package includes a meal at one of Epcot’s participating restaurants and guaranteed seating at the show. Booking a dining package not only ensures a fantastic meal but also spares you the need to wait in long lines for a chance to see the show.
Same-Day Dining Packages: Planning a last-minute visit? You may be able to purchase a same-day dining package, which allows you to dine without reservations at Regal Eagle Smokehouse: Craft Drafts & Barbecue and enjoy guaranteed seats to a Candlelight Processional performance later that day. You’ll need to visit Regal Eagle Smokehouse: Craft Drafts & Barbecue on the day of your visit to see if this option is available. Packages are subject to availability and may not be available on peak dates.
Same-Day Standby Tickets: If you’re more flexible with your schedule and not interested in dining, you can try your luck with same-day standby tickets. These are distributed near the entrance to the American Gardens Theatre on a first-come, first-served basis.Standby
Epcot’s Candlelight Processional is a holiday tradition that captures the spirit of Christmas in a uniquely Disney way. With its moving story, powerful music, and celebrity narrators, it’s an event that should not be missed if you’re visiting Walt Disney World during the holiday season. By reserving tickets and opting for a dining package, you can make the most of your experience and create cherished memories that will last a lifetime. So, don’t miss out on this magical blend of Christmas and Disney! Dining package reservations open up on October 17, so reach out to your Middle of the Magic travel agent to plan your visit to the Candlelight Processional and embrace the joy of the season at Epcot!