Everything RETURNING to the 2022 Festival of the Holidays in EPCOT

Can you believe we’re almost to the holiday season?!

Festival of the Holidays 2021

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is finally returning to Magic Kingdom (and some dates have started to sell out!). But, another holiday event is coming back to Disney World this year too — so let’s check out everything that’s been confirmed to return to the EPCOT Festival of the Holidays!

Disney just announced that the EPCOT Festival of the Holidays will be returning to the popular park beginning on November 25th, 2022. This exciting holiday-themed festival brings delicious food and drinks, exclusive experiences, and of course — all the holiday entertainment anyone might ever want.

EPCOT at Christmas

So, what do we know about this year’s fest?

Santa & Storytellers

Disney shared that Santa Claus and other Holiday Storytellers from around the world will be returning to the World Showcase to teach guests about holiday traditions from different cultures.


Here’s a look at the storytellers you’ll get to see:

  • Las Posadas Celebration — Mexico Pavilion
  • A Mischievous Magical Barn Santa — Norway Pavilion
  • Chinese Lion Dancer — China Pavilion
  • La Befana — Italy Pavilion
  • Santa Claus — The Odyssey Pavilion
  • Daruma Storyteller — Japan Pavilion
  • Hanukkah Storyteller — Between Morocco and France Pavilions
  • Pere Noel — France Pavilion
  • Father Christmas — United Kingdom Pavilion
  • Canadian Holiday Voyageurs — Canada Pavilion

You can see a FULL list of the performance details for these storytellers by clicking here!

Candlelight Processional

The beloved Candlelight Processional is returning as well. On select nights, guests can gather at the America Gardens Theatre to hear the Christmas story told by a celebrity guest accompanied by music and songs.

Candlelight Processional

The Candlelight Processional celebrity narrators have been revealed for this year and they include some new and returning celebs, including Simu Liu, Whoopi Goldberg, Josh Gad, and others.

Want to reserve your seat for the show? You can reserve a Candlelight Processional Dining Package at select restaurants around EPCOT (including some that offer day-of packages for last-minute planning).

Click here for the FULL list of celebrity narrators and dining package pricing

Holiday Overlay

And NEW to the Festival of the Holidays this year is a new attraction overlay! Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind will be playing “a mash-up of seasonal jams” on the ride.

Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind

Guests will blast off to holiday tunes.

Cookie Stroll

The Festival of the Holidays Cookie Stroll will be back, where guests can participate in a scavenger hunt that involves eating cookies — need we say more? You can also win a prize for completing the hunt!

The completed cookie stroll passport from 2021!

The cookie stroll will be available between November 25th and December 30th, 2022. Cookies that are part of the stroll include Alfajores at Nochebuena Cocina, the Black and White Cookie at L’Chaim! Holiday Kitchen, and a Gingerbread Cookie at Holiday Hearth Desserts.

Click here for the FULL list of cookies and booths that qualify for the 2022 cookie stroll

Olaf’s Holiday Tradition Expedition Scavenger Hunt

In 2022, Olaf’s Holiday Tradition Expedition Scavenger Hunt is coming BACK! In this scavenger hunt, you’ll go on a quest throughout World Showcase to see the holiday traditions Olaf has gathered and lost.

Pick up your prize when you’re done.

You’ll purchase a map from participating locations (including Creations Shop, Port of Entry, and World Traveler), mark Olaf’s spots in EPCOT through the stickers, and then bring back your map (competed or not) to Creations Shop or World Traveler to get a prize! Redemption is valid through December 31st, 2022 and the price is $9.99.

More Entertainment

Looking for more entertainment? The Festival of the Holidays has got it with the return of JOYFUL! A Celebration of the Season.


These performers will sing holiday songs, Gospel, and R&B to celebrate Christmas and Kwanzaa.

Food Booths

And of course, what would an EPCOT festival be without the festival booths?! Sample treats from around the globe at festive Holiday Kitchens.

Marche de Noel France booth

Disney has revealed the FULL LIST of food booths coming to the Festival this year and it includes a NEW addition as well as returning favorites. 2022 will bring back American Holiday Table, The Donut Box, Holiday Sweets & Treats, Mele Kalikimaka, and Shi Wasu Holiday Kitchen (among others). There will also be a NEW booth — Nochebuena Cocina!

Click here to see the FULL LIST of booths for 2022


Disney has also noted that you’ll be able to shop for holiday gifts, festive merchandise, and other items during the Festival of the Holidays, but no other details have been shared.

We can’t WAIT to see what else Disney brings back for the 2022 EPCOT Festival of the Holidays — so stay tuned for more updates and details!

Check Out the BEST of the 2021 EPCOT Festival of the Holidays

Want to learn more about Disney World around the holidays? Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is an exclusive after-hours event filled with treats, shows, parades, and more! You can read more about it here.


What’s your favorite EPCOT festival? Let us know in the comments!

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