ULTIMATE GUIDE to the 2023 EPCOT Festival of the Holidays!

We hope you’re ready because it’s time for the EPCOT Festival of the Holidays!

It’s happening!

The most festive festival of them all runs from November 24th to December 30th, 2023 so you have just over a month to squeeze in as much holiday fun as possible! We’ve been getting ready for the festival and now it’s officially time to experience it, so let’s go!

We’ll continue to update this post as we make our way around the EPCOT Festival of the Holidays. Keep checking back for updates!


The first thing you should do after entering the park is grab a passport! Here’s a look at this year’s version.

The festival passports contain everything you need to know about the festival and it’s where you can collect stamps for the Cookie Stroll.

You’ll find all sorts of important info in here!

See the ENTIRE Festival Passport Here!


The first day of each EPCOT festival is usually one of the busiest. However, since this festival takes place during one of the most crowded times of the year in Disney World, you can expect the park to be busy.


Most of the festival booths open later in the day, but folks were already gathered and ready to eat when we arrived! The park doesn’t feel as busy as it has been over the past week, though.

See More Crowd Updates Here


The EPCOT Festival of the Holidays has some exclusive merchandise that has debuted!

You can check out a full look at all the merchandise by clicking the link below.

Check Out ALL the Festival of the Holidays Merchandise Right Here

Ride Overlays

There are several rides that get holiday overlays in EPCOT during this festive time. One of those is Living with the Land! See more photos of the 2023 overlay here.

What a fun detail!

Over at Journey Into Imagination with Figment, you may notice that the famous purple dragon has a holiday sweater on! We’re thrilled he decided to get into the spirit again this season.

Figment in his holiday sweater! (2022)

We had several Cast Members confirm that the holiday overlay at Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind would not be returning this year.

There’s lots more to see at the festival!

See ALL the Entertainment at the 2023 EPCOT Festival of the Holidays Here

Food Booths

There are 17 booths at the 2023 EPCOT Festival of the Holidays including four 100th anniversary booths that debuted at the Food & Wine Festival earlier this year. We kicked things off by stopping at Joffrey’s to try the Horchata Cold Brew.

We also stopped by the American Holiday Table booth to check out the eats and drinks over there.

Stop by Las Posadas Holiday Kitchen for some tasty eats.

L’CHAIM! Holiday Kitchen is serving some traditional Jewish eats like Pastrami on Rye, Smoked Salmon Latkes, and Rugalach!

Over at Nochebuena Cocina, we are eatin’ GOOD!

These grilled kebabs at Tangierine Cafe keep us coming back every year!

Come with us to Yukon Holiday Kitchen for some savory eats and a few sweets!

We stopped by Tuscany Holiday Kitchen to see what they were cookin’ up, too.

Bavaria Holiday Kitchen is offering some iconic holiday eats!

You can snag the So Many Wishes drink at Connections Eatery!

The Holiday Cinnamon Celebration Funnel Cake is new this year!

Craving some desserts? The Holiday Hearth Booth is definitely where you want to be!

Next, we stopped by Shi Wasu Holiday Kitchen!

Want some more Holiday Sweets and Treats? You got it!

Don’t forget to stop by Refreshment Port for Turkey Poutine!

We also tried some eats over at Shanghai Holiday Kitchen!

Le Marche de Noel was a hit again this year!

After trying a lot of new and returning treats, we rounded up some of the BEST festival foods. Check out our recommendations below!


Check Out Our BEST Festival Eats Here

Oh, and remember how we said we tried a LOT of food this year? We weren’t kidding! From a table full of cookies and desserts to a sushi TREE, we have reviews of everything we ate this year! 

We have a BIG review!

WHEW! We’re full!

MASSIVE REVIEW: We Tried EVERY Booth at the 2023 EPCOT Festival of the Holidays!


Candlelight Processional

The most popular entertainment offering at the festival is the Candlelight Processional!

We attended the show and saw Chrissy Metz! You can see the full lineup for the festival here.

Everything You Need to Know About the 2023 EPCOT Candlelight Processional


Around World Showcase pavilions, you’ll find Storytellers that teach you about how different cultures celebrate the holidays

Hanukkah Storyteller (2022)

Here’s a full list of the storytellers:

  • Mexico Pavilion — Las Posadas Celebration (Sunday through Thursday)
  • Norway Pavilion — A Mischievous Magical Barn Santa (Daily)
  • China Pavilion — Chinese Lion Dancer (Daily)
  • Italy Pavilion — La Befana (Daily)
  • Japan Pavilion — Daruma Storyteller (Daily)
  • Between the Morocco and France Pavilion — Hanukkah Storyteller (Daily)
  • France Pavilion — Pere Noel (Daily)
  • United Kingdom Pavilion — Father Christmas (Daily)
  • Canada Pavilion — Canadian Holiday Voyageurs (Daily)


There’s an impressive gingerbread display in the American Adventure building in the American Adventure pavilion.

The pavilion made of gingerbread

 It features a ton of monuments you might just recognize!

Something NEW Is at the American Adventure Pavilion in EPCOT!


SANTA!!! I KNOW HIM!! And you can meet him over at the Odyssey Pavilion! He’ll be meeting and greeting guests daily until December 24th when he needs to return to the North Pole.

It’s SANTA! (2022)


For live music, check out the show called “JOYFUL! A Celebration of the Season.”

You’ll find them at the World Showcase Plaza several times throughout the day.

Spaceship Earth

In honor of the new film Wish and the start of the festival, you can now catch a new light show on Spaceship Earth! The shows begin after dark.


The show features special lighting and new music! Check it out during your next visit.

See How Spaceship Earth CHANGES During the EPCOT Festival of the Holidays!


Olaf’s Holiday Tradition Expedition Scavenger Hunt

The Olaf Scavenger Hunt has returned to this year’s festival! Once you purchase a map at Creations Shop or World Traveler for $9.99, you can search for Olaf all over EPCOT’s World Showcase. After you complete the hunt, you’ll get a prize!

We Ran All Over EPCOT for a PRIZE…and It Was Totally Worth It

Keep following AllEars for more as we bring you everything you need to know about the 2023 EPCOT Festival of the Holidays!

MENUS Announced for the 2023 EPCOT Festival of the Holidays in Disney World

What are you most excited about at the 2023 EPCOT Festival of the Holidays? Let us know in the comments!

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