EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays

EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays
November 26 to December 30, 2021

Festival of the Holidays

This celebration of the season replaced the previous event Holidays Around the World. In 2021 the Festival will bring back Holiday Kitchens and continue festival holiday character promenades that began in 2020. The Candlelight Processional was suspended in 2020, but it is BACK for 2021! (Info below!) International storytellers from around World Showcase are back this year, too!

Holiday Kitchens bring seasonal flavor to World Showcase!

Festival of the Holidays Logistics

The Festival begins November 26, 2021.

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 

Returning in 2021!

This retelling of the Christmas story as told by a celebrity narrator accompanied by 50-piece orchestra and a mass choir will wow audiences from November 26 through December 30! 

Neil Patrick Harris is a perennial favorite at Candlelight Processional

The 2019 narrators included Pat Sajak, Jodi Benson, Neil Patrick Harris, and Whoopi Goldberg.

When Disney announces the 2021 narrators, we will update this space! 

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

Festival Entertainment

Confirmed to entertain the holiday guests in 2021 are:

  • the Las Posadas celebration (Mexico pavilion)
  • the Canadian Holiday Voyageurs (Canada pavilion)
  • the Chinese Lion Dance (China pavilion)
  • Santa Claus (American Adventure pavilion)

Holiday Kitchens

Starting November 26, 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 2020 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 2021!

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The 2021 Cookie Stroll will include:

  • 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

Olaf’s Holiday Tradition Expedition

Unknown for 2021

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.

Holiday Entertainment

A seasonal Character Promenade entertained guests around World Showcase in 2020. We will let you know if they return for 2021.

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. (Unknown for 2021)

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! Storytellers are expected to return in 2021!

Norway’s Julenissen

Learn more about Festival of the Holidays Storytellers here!

Harmonious Holiday Finale

In years past, EPCOT’s nighttime spectacular, IllumiNations, included a special holiday tag at the end of their nightly performances. Beginning October 1, Harmonious will debut, but there’s no word yet from Disney about a holiday tag for this brand new nighttime spectacular.

Epcot Forever Concept Art