November 25 – December 2022
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!
In 2022, there will be 16 Holiday Kitchens featured including one NEW one – Nochebuena Cocina – serving up a variety of plant-based holiday bites.
The Holiday Cookie Stroll will offer a complimentary cookie as reward for completing the confectionary collection – a delicious array of sweet treats from 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 between November 25 and December 30, 2022. The 2022 cookies are listed below:
REVIEW: It’s Good to Have Goals: Completing EPCOT’s Holiday Cookie Stroll
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. You can see the full 2022 schedule by following this link.
Videos of each country's storyteller (filmed in 2021) can be found linked below with the exception of Germany and Morocco who did not perform in 2021.
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.
The information below is subject to change at any time so be sure to check the My Disney Experience app for the schedule.
During the festival, holiday traditions of the world come to life around World Showcase, such as:
JOYFUL! A Celebration of the Season – Showcase Plaza Stage
Experience the joy of gospel and rhythm and blues as the JOYFUL! ensemble performs holiday music in celebration of Christmas and Kwanzaa.
American Adventure: (VIDEO)
China: (VIDEO) Chinese Lion Dance: Catch a glimpse of this colorful performance that brings good fortune and happiness in the Lunar New Year.
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. (NOTE: This act is for reference purposes only.)
Hanukkah Storyteller: (VIDEO) Between the Morocco and France Pavilions at Epcot's World Showcase, a storyteller recounts traveling abroad to explore the diverse music and traditions of Hanukkah around the world.
Italy: (VIDEO) La Befana: Come hear the tale of La Befana, the kind-hearted witch who visits sleeping young 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. (NOTE: This act is for reference purposes only.)
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: See Father Christmas as he rings in the season, sharing the traditions of the United Kingdom and good cheer.
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. LEARN MORE
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 can be the only way to get a seat. Those with Dining Packages booked are typically the first to be seated – those waiting in the standby line will be given the few seats that remain. If you're at Walt Disney World during the holidays, this event should not be missed! LEARN MORE
Holiday eats, treats, and sips are a big part of the festival and include stand-alone Holiday Kitchens that are scattered throughout the World Showcase serving more than 50 bites from around the world and 60+ specialty beverages. You can view the full menus for each Holiday Kitchen by following this link.
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 Test Track Presented by Chevrolet
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 – The Odyssey Pavilion
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.
Las Posadas Holiday Kitchen – Mexico Pavilion
Feliz Navidad—celebrate with mariachi dancing and south-of-the-border fare at the Mexico Pavilion!
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 Hawai’i.
Nochebuena Cocina – Near Port of Entry – NEW!
Delight in a delicious plant-based offering while celebrating the happiest season of the year!
Shanghai Holiday Kitchen – China Pavilion
Have yourself a merry little meal—tempt taste buds with popular plates and potables from the China 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.
Visitors will find an array of special merchandise that has been created for the EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays inside of the shops and various merchandise kiosks around the park. We recommend that if you see something you cannot live without, pick it up before walking away as many times, the items for sale vary from one location to another and you may not see that specific item again during your visit.