Candlelight Processional at EPCOT’s Festival of the Holidays

2021 Narrators | Photos, Video, and Program


What is the Candlelight Processional?

A Disney tradition in its 51st year (2021), 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.

Candlelight Processional 2021

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) setting and is not cancelled due to inclement weather. It is recommended you dress accordingly.

This year Candlelight Processional begins November 26 and goes through December 30 (the length of the Festival of the Holidays). Shows are approximately 40 minutes long. Each evening there are three shows — 5:15, 7:00, and 8:30PM.


Candlelight Processional

Who are the narrators?

The following have been confirmed by Disney as narrators for 2021:

  • 11/26 – 11/28: Auli’i Cravalho
  • 11/29 – 12/1: Chita Rivera
  • 12/2 – 12/4: Jodi Benson
  • 12/5 – 12/7: Alton Fitzgerald White
  • 12/8 – 12/10: Bart Millard
  • 12/11 – 12/13: Lisa Ling
  • 12/14 – 12/16: Andy Garcia
  • 12/17 – 12/19: Ana Gasteyer
  • 12/20 – 12/22: Courtney B. Vance
  • 12/23 – 12/25: Steven Curtis Chapman
  • 12/26 – 12/28: Blair Underwood
  • 12/29 – 12/30: Pat Sajak

*Narrators and entertainment are subject to change without notice. EPCOT admission is required and not included in the dining package price.


Candlelight Processional performance are 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. That costs extra and is optional.

Regal Eagle Candlelight Dining Package Ticket

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. Fifteen 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 prefer not to wait in line or to sit for a full 40-minute show.

Auli’i Cravalho narrates on November 26, 2021

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

Candlelight Processional Dining Package

Candlelight Dining Packages typically include lunch or dinner at a select EPCOT restaurant, plus guaranteed general seating at the America Gardens Theatre during the Candlelight Processional. Packages typically include a three-course meal (appetizer, entree, dessert, and non-alcoholic beverage) OR one full buffet, where applicable.

Regal Eagle Candlelight Dining Package Eats

This year, four restaurants have been announced for Dining Packages. See them below.

Advance Dining Reservations for Candlelight Processional Dining Packages could be booked online starting October 26, 2021.

Candlelight Processional Dining Package Locations

Disney has announced the following locations for Dining Packages:

Biergarten Restaurant — Adults $62 // Kids $35
Coral Reef Restaurant — Adults $74 // Kids $25
Garden Grill Restaurant — Adults $71 // $46
Rose & Crown Dining Room — Adults $63 // $25

Regal Eagle Smokehouse and Spice Road Table also offer Dining Packages. These are day-of, first come/first served optionsread more here.

For more information about the EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays or to book a Candlelight Processional Dining Package, visit or call 407-WDW-DINE (939-3463).

*Narrators and entertainment are subject to change without notice. Theme park admission is required.

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.