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Epcot International Festival of the Holidays


Festival of the Holidays Overview

New for 2017 is the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays. Epcot’s popular celebration, Holidays Around the World, has been reimagined.

There will be 15 Holiday Kitchens featured this year that will be serving up more holiday cookies and other sweet seasonal treats than ever before. Stop into the Odyssey for snowflake sugar cookies and warm apple fritters topped with cinnamon ice cream, or head over to the Canada pavilion for Maple Buche de Noel.

Expect some new and returning entertainment that celebrates culture and the holidays as well as a completely new scavenger hunt.

New this year is the group Mostly Kosher, who will perform holiday classics celebrating Hanukkah in the America Pavilion. Returning favorites will include JOYFUL! A Gospel Celebration of the Season and Canadian Holiday Voyageurs.

Chip and Dale's Christmas Tree Spree New!

Chip and Dale are collecting ornaments for their Christmas tree. Guests can purchase a map and stickers for $5.99 from select merchandise locations and travel around World Showcase looking for the famous chipmunks with their ornaments. Guests can return their completed maps for a festive surprise, courtesy of Chip and Dale.
Live Music on Fountain Stage

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Holiday Storytellers

Celebrating the holiday season at Epcot is so special. Guests can learn about the holiday traditions of all the different countries that are represented in the World Showcase pavilions. Each country has its own special theme that highlights its culture. Storytellers will delight you with tales of their heritage and how the holidays are celebrated in their homeland. It's a unique opportunity to learn more about the world in which we live.

Times listed below are from 2016 and will be updated as soon as the 2017 times are available. Be sure to check the times guide for storytellers' schedules.

American Adventure: (VIDEO)

Canada: (VIDEO) Follow the Canadian Holiday Voyageurs on a musical tour to discover the country's holiday customs. 12:25, 1:20, 2:15, 3:10, 4:25, 6:00pm.

China: (VIDEO) Enjoy the colorful Chinese Lion Dance, which brings good fortune and happiness. 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30, 4:40pm.

France: (VIDEO) Pere Noel. 11:20am, 11:55am, 12:30pm, 1:20pm, 2:10pm, 3:40pm, 4:25pm, 5:40pm.

Germany: (VIDEO) Helga reveals the story of the first Christmas tree and her first nutcracker. 1:40, 2:40, 3:40, 4:40, 5:25, 6:35, 7:35, 8:30pm.

Italy: (VIDEOLa Befana, Italy's good Christmas witch, celebrated her first Christmas 2,000 years ago. 1:40, 2:35, 3:30, 4:25, 5:45, 6:25, 7:00, 7:30pm.

Japan: (VIDEO) Daruma doll and the Japanese New Year. 12:00, 12:45, 1:45, 3:00, 4:30, 5:15, 6:10, 6:45pm.

Mexico: (VIDEO) Fiesta de Navidad - Mariachis and dancers bring to life the music, dances and traditions of a holiday fiesta. 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, 4:00, 5:00, 6:00pm.

Morocco: (VIDEO) Experience the seasons of holidays, where celebrations are "the spice of life". 12:45, 2:00, 2:50, 3:25, 5:15, 6:10, 7:25pm

Norway: (VIDEO) Sigrid will tell the story of Julenissen, the trouble-making Christmas Gnome. 11:15am, 12:00, 1:15, 2:00, 3:00, 3:45, 4:45, 5:45pm.

United Kingdom: (VIDEO) Father Christmas. 1:05, 2:00, 2:55, 4:30, 5:40, 6:30, 7:30, 8:30pm.

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IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth will feature a special holiday ending.

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Candlelight Processional

Held every year at Epcot, the Candlelight Processional is a not-to-be-missed event. A mass choir, joined by a 50-piece live orchestra and a celebrity narrator, tell the story of Christmas in words and music, in a very moving performance. An American Sign Language interpreter will also be on stage to translate the narrated story, allowing hearing-impaired guests to enjoy the event. Performances are held at the America Gardens Theatre.

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Candlelight Processional Dining Package
The Candlelight Processional Dining Package allows you to enjoy a meal at one of Epcot's restaurants, or a surrounding restaurant, while guaranteeing you a seat for that evening's show. It's important to note that at times, this is THE only way to get a seat. Those with Dinner Packages are the first to be seated - those waiting in line (a.k.a. those who didn't buy the package) will be given the very few seats that remain. If you're at Walt Disney World during the holidays, we consider this is a not-to-be-missed event.

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Holiday Kitchens

This section will be updated as soon as 2017 information is available.

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Festival of the Holidays Merchandise

This section will be updated as soon as 2017 information is available.

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