EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays

EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays
Beginning November 27, 2020

Festival of the Holidays

This celebration of the season replaced the previous event Holidays Around the World. In 2020 the Festival will bring back Holiday Kitchens and introduce festival holiday character promenades. The Candlelight Processional is suspended for 2020. Disney has not yet confirmed the return of international storytellers from around World Showcase!

Holiday Kitchens bring seasonal flavor to World Showcase!

Festival of the Holidays Logistics

The Festival begins November 27, 2020.

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 Display

Candlelight Processional 

Suspended for 2020

This retelling of the Christmas story as told by a celebrity narrator accompanied by 50-piece orchestra and a mass choir typically starts in late-November.

Neil Patrick Harris is a perennial favorite at Candlelight Processional

Last year’s narrators included Pat Sajak, Jodi Benson, Neil Patrick Harris, and Whoopi Goldberg. Click here to read the list of 2019 Candlelight Processional narrators!

The show typically takes place at the America Gardens Theatre each evening at 5:00 pm, 6:45 pm, and 8:15 pm.

Note: JOYFUL will perform seasonal favorites in World ShowPlace, while Voices of Liberty will perform on the America Gardens Theatre stage.

Holiday Kitchens

Starting November 27, 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 are set to return!

Las Posadas Holiday Kitchen

Click here to review the 2019 Holiday Kitchens menus!

Cookie Stroll

Beginning in 2018, the Festival of the Holidays also offers a Cookie Stroll. This tasty survey of Holiday Kitchens’ cookies culminates in a celebratory final cookie — and it’s back for 2020!

Click here to find out what was offered for the 2019 Cookie Stroll!

Linzer Cookies

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. Guests return their completed maps to Disney Traders, Mouse Gear, or World Traveler for a festive surprise. Maps are $7.99 plus tax and can be purchased at Disney Traders, Mouse Gear, World Traveler, Port of Entry, Stroller Rental locations, and the merchandise cart in Canada.

Mouse Gear

Holiday Entertainment

A seasonal Character Promenade will entertain guests around World Showcase for 2020.

A procession of princesses in World Showcase!

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 happen throughout World Showcase. (Not yet announced for 2020.)

Canada Holiday Music

Holiday storytellers in every World Showcase country share tales from their own traditions, including this presentation in Norway to celebrate the Scandinavian Julenissen! (Not yet announced for 2020.)

Norway’s Julenissen

Learn more about Festival of the Holidays Storytellers here!

EPCOT Forever Holiday Finale

Fireworks shows remain suspended for 2020.

In years past, Epcot’s nighttime spectacular, IllumiNations, included a special holiday tag at the end of their nightly performances. In 2019, Epcot Forever temporarily replaced IllumiNations. In 2020, Harmonious is expected to blast off in the Park as the new permanent nighttime spectacular.

Epcot Forever Concept Art