Candlelight Processional

November 22 - December 30, 2018



What is the Candlelight Processional?

A Disney tradition in its 48th year (2018), the Candlelight Processional is a moving presentation of the Christmas story in readings by a celebrity narrator and music by a Mass choir and 50-piece orchestra.

Where and when does it take place?

This event takes place in the America Gardens Theatre in World Showcase in Epcot. It is an outdoor (uncovered, not climate controlled) setting and is not cancelled due to inclement weather. It is recommended you dress accordingly.

This year, it begins November 22, and runs every evening through December 30. Shows are approximately 40 minutes long. Each evening there are three shows -- 5, 6:45 and 8:15 p.m.

Who are the narrators?

Celebrity narrators for performances of Epcot's 2018 Candlelight Processional have not yet been announced.

As reference, here are 2017's narrators:

  • 11/24 – 11/26: Laurie Hernandez – NEW!

  • 11/27 – 11/28: Matt Bomer NEW!

  • 11/29 – 11/30: Ana Gasteyer

  • 12/1 – 12/3: Whoopi Goldberg

  • 12/4 - 12/5: Pat Sajak NEW!

  • 12/6 - 12/8: Jodi Benson

  • 12/9 - 12/11: Kurt Russell – NEW!

  • 12/12 - 12/14: Warwick Davis NEW!

  • 12/15 - 12/17: Trace Adkins

  • 12/18 - 12/21: Neil Patrick Harris

  • 12/22 - 12/24: CCH Pounder NEW!

  • 12/25 - 12/27: Jaci Velasquez

  • 12/28 - 12/30: Chandra Wilson

Is there a charge to see the Candlelight Processional?

No, it is included in your admission to Epcot. There is, however, a dining package available for purchase that includes a ticket to Reserved Seating for the Candlelight Processional.

Seating without the dining package is on a first come, first serve basis for each show. Folks line up 45 minutes (longer as you are closer to Christmas) before show time. 15 minutes prior to the show, seating is then opened up to those on line. Also, keep in mind if you wait in line for the second or third show of the night, that you will be hearing the show before yours as it is performed.

You can always stroll by the America Gardens Theatre in World Showcase to listen to the music and wonders of Christmas.

If you wish to purchase the dining package (explained below) with reserved seating, there is a charge.

What does the Candlelight Processional Dining Package include?

We don't have 2018 information yet, but will update this section when we do.

2017 Candlelight Dining Packages
included lunch or dinner at a select Epcot restaurant, plus guaranteed general seating at the America Gardens Theatre during the Candlelight Processional. (Note that there are a few restaurants offering a breakfast package; see footnote below.) Meal includes three-course meal (appetizer, entree, dessert and non-alcoholic beverage) OR one full buffet, where applicable.

Candlelight Dining Packages start at $44 plus tax per person for adults and $15.50 plus tax per person for children ages 3-9.

For more information or to make reservations, call (407) WDW-DINE (939-3463).

2017 Candlelight Packages, which include a meal and reserved seating at the show, went on sale June 30, 2017.

Participating restaurants are listed below. Package Prices do not include tax and gratuity. Packages do not include park admission.

  Lunch Adult Lunch
Child (3-9)
Dinner Adult  Dinner
Child (3-9)

Akershus Royal Banquet Hall* Norway Pavilion

$70.00 $42.00 $70.00 $42.00

Biergarten Restaurant
Germany Pavilion

$44.00 $25.00 $51.00 $29.00

Chefs de France
France Pavilion

$65.99 $17.99 $75.99 $22.99

Coral Reef Restaurant
The Living Seas

$66.00 $22.00 $66.00 $22.00

The Garden Grill*
The Land Pavilion

$57.00 $36.00 $57.00 $36.00

La Hacienda de San Angel
Mexico Pavilion

N/A N/A $80.00 $17.50

Nine Dragons Restaurant
China Pavilion

$50.00 $16.99 $58.00 $18.50

Restaurant Marrakesh
Morocco Pavilion

$50.00 $21.00 $58.00 $21.00

Rose & Crown Pub & Dining Room
United Kingdom Pavilion

$57.00 $21.00 $57.00 $21.00

San Angel Inn Restaurante
Mexico Pavilion

$60.00 $15.50 $74.00 $17.50

Spice Road Table
Morocco Pavilion

$50.00 $21.00 $58.00 $21.00

Teppan Edo
Japan Pavilion

$62.00 $16.99 $74.00 $20.75

Tokyo Dining
Japan Pavilion

$62.00 $16.99 $74.00 $20.75

Trattoria Al Forno*

N/A N/A $60.00 $21.00

Tutto Italia Ristorante
Italy Pavilion

$64.00  $22.00 $70.00 $25.00

Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria
Italy Pavilion

$54.00 $20.00 $57.00 $24.00

*The following restaurants will also serve a Breakfast Dining Package:

  • Akershus Royal Banquet Hall Breakfast: $60.00 for adults; $36.00 for children
  • Garden Grill Breakfast: $43.00 for adults; $27.00 for children
  • Trattoria al Forno Bon Voyage Adventure Breakfast: $47.00 for adults; $28.00 for children

Packages are paid for at the individual restaurants. Guests are asked to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to their reservation to check–in. Guests will receive Candlelight Seating badges at the restaurant for guaranteed seating at the America Gardens Theatre for the booked show time.

How do I book the Candlelight Processional Dinner Package?

Reservations for the Candlelight Processional dinner packages can be made by calling (407) WDW-DINE (939-3463) or online via the official Walt Disney World site.

Do I still need an Advance Dining Reservation?

YES! When you call to order your dinner package tickets, you will be asked to select a restaurant and time.

Be sure to allow sufficient time to dine and get to the America Gardens Theatre.

Do I have a reserved seat at the show?

Not exactly. There is a reserved section for those with the dinner package. The reserved section is front and center, behind any VIP seating. Within the reserved section, seating is on a first come, first serve basis, so if you want your choice of seats, you should arrive 30-45 minutes early. 15 minutes prior to the show beginning, available seating is opened up to folks without dinner package tickets.

Where do I enter the theater?

If you stand in World Showcase directly in front of the America Gardens Theatre (facing the theatre), the line to the left side is for those WITH Candlelight DiningTickets. The line to the right side is for first-come available seating. Be sure to check upon arrival so you are in the correct line!

Is it worth doing?

If you enjoy the Christmas holidays, we highly recommend the show. We have seen the show several times over the last several years.  We have purchased the dinner package in the past and felt was worth the price. 

The first time we saw the show, we stood in line for the first show of the evening.  It was still early in the season and a week night, so the crowds were not too bad -- waited about 30-40 minutes in line.

If you are on a budget, you don't need to purchase the tickets.

If you are already planning to dine at one of the restaurants in the package, take a look at the Menus from around the World and see if the price of a ticket works out better for you.

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