EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays

EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays
begins November 25th, 2022

This celebration of the season replaced the previous event Holidays Around the World.

Festival of the Holidays

In 2022 the Festival will feature the always-popular Holiday Kitchens and more. The Candlelight Processional is a guest favorite (info below!) and the International storytellers from around World Showcase are a truly unique experience.

Shi Wasu Holiday Kitchen

Festival of the Holidays Logistics

The Festival begins on November 25th, 2022.

The Festival is included with the price of admission to EPCOT, though Holiday Kitchens, Festival merchandise, and some Festival offerings are an additional cost.

Festival of the Holidays

Candlelight Processional 

This retelling of the Christmas story as told by a celebrity narrator accompanied by a large and incredibly impressive orchestra (typically a 50-piece orchestra) and a mass choir will wow audiences starting November 25th! 

Candlelight Processional 2021

2022 Narrators have not yet been announced, the 2021 narrators included:

  • 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

The show typically takes place at the America Gardens Theatre each evening at 5:15PM, 7PM, and 8:30PM.

Times

Dining packages are usually available to pair with your Candlelight Processional experience. These enable you to enjoy a meal at select restaurants in EPCOT and then get reserved seating for one of the Candlelight Processional shows for the day. There are usually dining packages you can reserve in advance, as well as some day-of options. Check back for 2022 details.

JOYFUL! A Celebration of the Season

This uplifting performance typically takes place on Showcase Plaza Stage, right at the top (or bottom?) of World Showcase between Canada and Mexico. JOYFUL! brings song traditions from both Christmas and Kwanzaa!

JOYFUL!

Daily Performance Times from 2021: 

1:15PM, 2:20PM, 3:25PM, and 4:30PM

World Showcase Entertainment

The official 2022 lineup of entertainers has not yet been confirmed . The offerings in 2021 were:

    • the Las Posadas celebration (Mexico pavilion)
    • Mischievous Barn Santa and Sigrid (Norway Pavilion)
    • the Chinese Lion Dance (China pavilion)
    • La Befana (Italy pavilion)
    • Santa Claus (American Adventure pavilion; 11/26 -12/24)
    • Daruma Storyteller (Japan pavilion)
    • the Hanukkah Storyteller (Between France and Morocco)
    • Pere Noel (France pavilion)
    • Father Christmas (United Kingdom pavilion)
    • the Canadian Holiday Voyageurs (Canada pavilion)
Zachary with the Hanukkah Story

Holiday Kitchens

Starting November 25th, the Festival of the Holidays will bring back Holiday Kitchens. Favorite dishes like Slow-Roasted Turkey from American Holiday Table and Cheese Fondue in a Bread Bowl from Bavaria Kitchen could return in 2022!

Las Posadas

Click here to check out the 2021 Holiday Kitchens menus while we wait for 2022 details

Cookie Stroll

Back in 2018, the Festival of the Holidays started offering a Cookie Stroll. This tasty survey of Holiday Kitchens’ cookies culminates in a celebratory final cookie — and it’s confirmed to return for 2022!

Cookie Stroll

The 2021 Cookie Stroll included:

    • Yukon Holiday Kitchen
      SNICKERS®-Doodle Cookie made with SNICKERS® bar pieces
    • L’Chaim! Holiday Kitchen
      Black and White Cookie
    • American Holiday Table
      Chocolate Crinkle Cookie made with DOVE® Dark Chocolate
    • Bavaria Holiday Kitchen
      Linzer Cookie
    • Holiday Hearth Desserts
      Gingerbread Cookie
Black and White Cookie

The prizes for 2021 included a completer cookie that celebrates the 50th anniversary, a Festival of the Holidays cup with a Peppermint Sundae, and a choice of one foam ornament!

Cookie Stroll Redemption Prizes

Check back for details about the 2022 Cookie Stroll.

Olaf’s Holiday Tradition Expedition

This family-friendly holiday fun allows guests purchase a map and stickers from select merchandise locations and travel around World Showcase looking for traditions the famous snowman has lost along the way.

Olaf Scavenger Hunt Map and Prize

Guests typically return their completed maps to Disney Traders, Creations Shop, or World Traveler for a festive surprise. In 2021, maps were $9.99 plus tax and could be purchased at select Festival merchandise locations including Creations Shop, Port of Entry, and World Traveler.

Check back to see details about whether this activity will return in 2022.

Holiday Entertainment

Enjoy the sights and sounds of the nations of World Showcase as each country’s holiday heritage comes to life amid joyful music and time-honored traditions.  Live musical performances typically happen throughout World Showcase. 

Holiday Voyageurs

Holiday storytellers in nearly every World Showcase country share tales from their own traditions, including (usually) a presentation in Norway to celebrate the Scandinavian Julenissen!

Norway’s Julenissen

We’re awaiting full details about the Holiday Storytellers for 2022, but Disney has confirmed that storytellers will return to EPCOT as part of the Festival.

Learn more about Festival of the Holidays Storytellers here!

Holiday Lights at Spaceship Earth

In years past, EPCOT’s nighttime spectacular, IllumiNations, included a special holiday tag at the end of its nightly performances. IllumiNations has since ended and now the new Harmonious show is being presented in EPCOT.

If you’re looking for a special way to end your night with a bit of the holiday spirit though, you’ll want to head to Spaceship Earth! 

Holiday lights on Spaceship Earth!

During the 2021 holiday season, Spaceship Earth added a special holiday section to its Beacon of Magic performance. Check back for details about what will be offered in 2022.

Click here to see more photos and a video of this holiday overlay!

Stay tuned for more updates about EPCOT’s International Festival of the Holidays.

Click here for our post about everything confirmed to return to the 2022 EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays