A much-anticipated part of the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays is the Candlelight Processional. This gorgeous show is one of the most beloved events taking place at Walt Disney World, in fact, many guests plan their entire holiday vacations around it.
This year’s event begins earlier than ever; on Thanksgiving Day, November 22.
The Candlelight Processional presents the traditional story of Christmas in truly spectacular fashion – with a 50-piece orchestra, a massed choir, and a celebrity narrator. The processional is performed three times each night (5:00, 6:45 and 8:15 p.m.) throughout the holiday season at the America Gardens Theatre.
Also available, on select days and evenings, Candlelight Processional Dining Packages which include a delicious meal along with guaranteed seating for one of that evening’s Candlelight Processional performances. Availability is limited and reservations are required.
Candlelight Processional Dining Packages go on sale Wednesday, July 11 and will be able to be booked either online or by calling (407) WDW-DINE.
Returning favorite celebrity narrators include actress/host Whoopi Goldberg; entertainer Pat Sajak; actors Neil Patrick Harris, Chita Rivera, Gary Sinise, Blair Underwood and Edward James Olmos; and Jodi Benson, who voices Ariel in Disney’s animated classic The Little Mermaid.
Below is the lineup that has been announced as of the time of this posting. Additional narrators will be shared as soon as they are made available.*
- 11/22 – 11/23 – Chita Rivera
- 11/24 – 12/02 – TBD
- 12/03 – 12/06 – Neil Patrick Harris
- 12/07 – 12/09 – Whoopi Goldberg
- 12/10 – 12/12 – TBD
- 12/13 – 12/14 – Blair Underwood
- 12/15 – 12/17 – Gary Sinise
- 12/18 – 12/20 – Pat Sajak
- 12/21 – 12/23 – TBD
- 12/24 – 12/25 – Edward James Olmos
- 12/26 – 12/27 – Jodi Benson
- 12/28 – 12/30 – TBD
Lunch and dinner packages are available at some favorite Epcot restaurants like Akershus Royal Banquet Hall (Norway pavilion); Biergarten Restaurant (Germany pavilion); Chefs de France (France pavilion); Coral Reef Restaurant (The Seas pavilion); The Garden Grill Restaurant (The Land pavilion); La Hacienda de San Angel** and San Angel Inn Restaurante (Mexico pavilion); Nine Dragons Restaurant (China pavilion); Restaurant Marrakesh and Spice Road Table (Morocco pavilion); Rose & Crown Pub & Dining Room (United Kingdom pavilion); Teppan Edo and Tokyo Dining (Japan pavilion); and Tutto Italia Ristorante and Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria (Italy pavilion).
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner options are also available this year at Epcot-area resort restaurants at Ale & Compass at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, with breakfast and dinner options being offered at Trattoria Al Forno at Disney’s BoardWalk.
Candlelight Processional Dining Packages start at:
- For Breakfast: $38 plus tax per person for adults and $22 plus tax per person for children, ages 3-9.
- For Lunch: $50 plus tax per person for adults and $16.99 plus tax per person for children, ages 3.
- For Dinner: $55 plus tax per person for adults and $16.99 plus tax per person for children, ages 3-9
*Narrators and entertainment are subject to change without notice. Epcot admission is required and not included in the dining package price.
** Candlelight Processional Dining Packages are available for dinner only.
Source: Disney Parks Blog