Candlelight Processional

November 25 - December 30, 2016


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2016 Narrators | 2014 Photos, Video, and Program


What is the Candlelight Processional?

A Disney tradition now in its 46th year (2016), 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 25, 2016, 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?

The tentative schedule of those who will appear as narrators for performances of Epcot's 2016 Candlelight Processional, the annual retelling of the story of Christmas that features a mass choir and a full orchestra:

  • 11/25 – 11/27: Steven Curtis Chapman

  • 11/28 – 12/1: Neil Patrick Harris

  • 12/2 – 12/3: Whoopi Goldberg

  • 12/4 - 12/6: Edward James Olmos (There is no 5 p.m. show on 12/4.)

  • 12/7 - 12/9: Anthony Mackie

  • 12/10 - 12/12: Robby Benson

  • 12/13 - 12/15 : Meredith Vieira

  • 12/16 - 12/18: Jim Caviezel

  • 12/19 - 12/21: Joe Morton

  • 12/22 - 12/24: Ming-Na Wen

  • 12/25 - 12/27: Jodi Benson

  • 12/28 - 12/30: Cal Ripken, Jr.

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 2nd or 3rd 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?

2016 Candlelight Dining Package includes breakfast, lunch or dinner at a select Epcot restaurant OR, new this year, at several resort hotel restaurants, plus guaranteed general seating at the America Gardens Theatre during the Candlelight Processional. Meal includes three-course meal OR one full buffet, where applicable.

Candlelight Dining Packages for breakfast start at $27 plus tax per person for adults and $14 plus tax per person for children ages 3-9. Packages for lunch and dinner start at $47 plus tax per person for adults and $20 plus tax per person for children ages 3-9.

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

Lunch and dinner packages, which include a meal and reserved seating at the show, went on sale June 30, 2016.

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)

Rose & Crown Pub & Dining Room
United Kingdom Pavilion

$58.00 $23.00 $58.00 $23.00

Coral Reef Restaurant
The Living Seas

$69.00 $24.00 $69.00 $24.00

Biergarten Restaurant
Germany Pavilion

$39.00 $22.00 $53.00 $29.00

The Garden Grill*
The Land Pavilion

$57.00 $34.00 $57.00 $34.00

Nine Dragons Restaurant
China Pavilion

$41.00 $14.00 $51.00 $18.50

Restaurant Marrakesh
Morocco Pavilion

$50.00 $21.00 $58.00 $21.00

Spice Road Table
Morocco Pavilion

$50.00 $21.00 $58.00 $21.00

San Angel Inn Restaurante
Mexico Pavilion

$57.25 $15.50 $71.50 $17.50

Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria
Italy Pavilion

$54.00 $20.00 $57.00 $24.00

Chefs de France
France Pavilion

$65.99 $17.99 $75.99 $22.99

Tokyo Dining
Japan Pavilion

$62.00 $16.99 $74.00 $20.75

Teppan Edo
Japan Pavilion

$62.00 $16.99 $74.00 $20.75

Tutto Italia Ristorante
Italy Pavilion

$64.00  $22.00 $70.00 $25.00

La Hacienda de San Angel
Mexico Pavilion

N/A N/A $76.50 $17.50

Akershus Royal Banquet Hall* Norway Pavilion

$69.00 $41.00 $69.00 $41.00

Trattoria Al Forno*

N/A N/A $58.00 $23.00

Captain's Grille*

$47.00 $20.00 $64.00 $23.00

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

  • The Garden Grill Restaurant: $39.00 for adults; $23.00 for children
  • Trattoria Al Forno: $27.00 for adults; $14.00 for children
  • Captain's Grille: $31.00 for adults; $17.00 for children
  • Akershus Royal Banquet Hall: $54.00 for adults; $32.00 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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