Disney Theme Park

EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays

November 26 – December 30, 2021

Festival of the Holidays Overview

The EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays is a festival like no other and features the joyous holiday traditions of the 11 World Showcase nations. Guests will be surrounded in the wondrous sights, sounds, and flavors of the season, as celebrated by cultures near and far.

Guests can enjoy live music, seasonal food & beverage specialties, and even take a festive global tour as costumed performers bring time-honored traditions to life throughout World Showcase!

There are 14 Holiday Kitchens featured in 2021, including one NEW one – Chestnuts & Good Cheer Holiday Kitchen – serving up a wide variety of holiday bites and sweet seasonal treats.

Holiday Cookie Stroll

The Holiday Cookie Stroll will offer a complimentary cookie as reward for completing the confectionary collection – a delicious array of sweet treats from five different locations across the park. Once you've collected 5 stamps, bring the stamped Passport to Holiday Sweets & Treats at any time during the Festival to receive a specialty cookie! This activity is fun for all ages and can be completed at your leisure. The 2021 cookies are listed below:

REVIEW: Join Me for a Stroll: The Holiday Cookie Stroll at EPCOT’s [2019] International Festival of the Holidays

Olaf's Holiday Tradition Expedition 2021

“Olaf’s Holiday Tradition Expedition” scavenger hunt invites children of all ages to join a festive adventure around World Showcase, where they will round up holiday traditions the lovable snowman has misplaced. Guests can purchase a map with stickers at select merchandise outlets around the park for $9.99 plus tax.

Using the stickers provided on your map, mark the “tradition” Olaf has found in each pavilion. Once you complete the expedition, bring your map to Disney Traders, Creations Shop or World Traveler at International Gateway to redeem it for a gift worth melting for!

Festival Entertainment and 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 and we are SO excited that they are returning for the 2021 Festival!

Guests are encouraged to look for EPCOT SCROLLS in each entertainment location that tell the story of each country’s holiday tradition. Find all 13 of them to collect fun new ideas for celebrating your own holidays and tips for finding unique holiday photo spots in the park.

During the festival, holiday traditions of the world come to life around World Showcase, such as: 

The information below is subject to change at any time so be sure to check the My Disney Experience app for the schedule.

American Adventure: (VIDEO)

Canada: (VIDEO) The JAMMitors: This entertaining group will grace the Mill Stage with playful percussion full of merriment.

China: (VIDEO) Chinese Lion Dancer: Enjoy the colorful Chinese Lion Dance, which brings good fortune and happiness.

France: (VIDEO) Père Noël: Visit with Père Noël and rediscover the magic of Christmas through the letter of a delightful child.

Germany: (VIDEO) Chilli Da Mur: Watch as this accomplished German vocal group celebrates the season with folk music, pop, and original songs.

Hanukkah Storyteller: (VIDEO) Between the Morocco and France Pavilions at Epcot's World Showcase, Zachary the Hanukkah Storyteller shares songs and stories about what Hanukkah means for all those who come to hear!

Italy: (VIDEO) La Befana: Listen to the tale of La Befana, a kind-hearted witch who visits sleeping children on the eve of the Epiphany.

Japan: (VIDEO) Daruma Storyteller: Hear the fascinating story of the Daruma doll and the Japanese customs of the New Year.

Mexico: (VIDEO) Las Posadas Celebration: Feliz Navidad! Join the fun and pageantry of Las Posadas with dancers, piñatas and the music of Mariachi Cobre.

Morocco: (VIDEO) Festivity in Morocco: Join in as a lively band recreates the fun of street festivals and the holiday season across Morocco.

Norway: (VIDEO) A Mischievous Magical Barn Santa: Celebrate the season with laughter as a mischievous Barn Santa visits Sigrid, an unsuspecting Christmas storyteller.

United Kingdom: (VIDEO) Father Christmas: Join Father Christmas as he rings in the season, sharing the traditions of the United Kingdom and good cheer.

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Candlelight Processional

Candlelight Processional

Held each 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.

Follow the link above for participating restaurants and pricing details for 2021!

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2021 Holiday Kitchens

Holiday treats are also part of the festival, which includes Holiday Kitchens scattered throughout the World Showcase serving more than 50 bites from around the world and 60-plus specialty beverages. The full menus for each Holiday Kitchen will be added once they are published by Disney.

Holiday Kitchens are open daily!

American Holiday Table – American Adventure Pavilion
Enjoy a seasonal salute—dig into traditional dishes reminiscent of grandma’s cooking at the American Adventure Pavilion.

Bavaria Holiday Kitchen – Germany Pavilion
Willkommen—help yourself to heartwarming holiday dishes and refreshing beverages at the Germany Pavilion.

Chestnuts & Good Cheer Holiday Kitchen – Near Port of Entry – NEW for 2021!
Join in on the festivities when you visit this new location offering cinnamon-glazed nuts and holiday beverages.

The Donut Box – Near Test Track Presented by Chevrolet
Enjoy a classic dessert dressed up in a little holiday cheer when you try one of our seasonally-themed donuts!

Holiday Hearth Desserts – Near Port of Entry
Discover the hearth you’ll call home, with holly jolly desserts, hot cocoa and so much more.

Holiday Sweets & Treats – Near Port of Entry
Rock around the Christmas tree with tasty desserts and festive sips sure to top the “nice” list.

L'Chaim! Holiday Kitchen – Between Morocco and France Pavilions
Propose a toast to life—sink your teeth into classic deli noshes with a side of New York flair.

Le Marché de Noël Holiday Kitchen – France Pavilion
Feast on très magnifique fare, wine and specialty cocktails from the France Pavilion.

Mele Kalikimaka – Near Port Of Entry
Savor the flavor of fabulous, festive food and beverages from the islands of Hawa i‘i.

Las Posadas Holiday Kitchen – Mexico Pavilion
Feliz Navidad—celebrate with mariachi dancing and south-of-the-border fare at the Mexican Pavilion!

Shi Wasu Holiday Kitchen – Japan Pavilion
Please your palate with an array of festive dishes and drinks served at the Japan Pavilion.

Tangierine Café: Flavors of the Medina – Morocco Pavilion
Travel to the Morocco Pavilion for delicious kebabs and cocktails.

Tuscany Holiday Kitchen – Italy Pavilion
Mangiare—savor a seasonal take on some of the world’s best-loved food and beverages at the Italy Pavilion!

Yukon Holiday Kitchen – Canada Pavilion
Jingle your bells with delightful dishes and libations from the Great White North—at the Canada Pavilion.

Additional Locations

Funnel Cake – Between the American Adventure Pavilion
Satisfy your sweet tooth with a holiday classic: Pumpkin Pie Funnel Cake.

Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company – Throughout EPCOT
Salute the season with the usual selection of coffees, plus a tasty holiday-themed treat!

Refreshment Outpost – Between the China and Germany Pavilions
Chow down on this year’s holiday surprise: Coconut-Pineapple Cake with DOLE Whip. (Sorry, guess it’s not a surprise now.)

Refreshment Port – Showcase Plaza
Savor the flavor of holiday poutine and toast the season with specials like Coquito Soft-serve, also available with Spiced Rum.

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Festival of the Holidays Merchandise

2021 photos and information will be added here once available!

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Festival of the Holidays Videos

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