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; Disney has not yet said whether it will return in 2021. Disney also 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 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 

Unknown for 2021

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: Voices of Liberty will perform on the America Gardens Theatre stage. JOYFUL may return in 2021; we will update when Disney announces.

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!

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

Linzer Cookies

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.

Mouse Gear

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! (Not yet announced for 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