Planning a vacation to Walt Disney World for the holidays? With so many things vying for your precious Disney Vacation time be sure to take in the holiday fun over at EPCOT. Mainly because the festivities are included in your ticket, and include food, fun, performances, and more. Happening annually, the International Festival of Holidays gets in full swing right after Thanksgiving and offers special holiday performances happening throughout the season. There’s nothing like Christmas at EPCOT! This year, Christmas at Walt Disney World Begins on November 12, 2021, and the Festival of Holidays begins on November 26th. Here’s everything to do this year at Disney’s EPCOT park for the holidays.
EPCOT International Festival of Holidays | November 26- December 30, 2021
Visiting for Christmas at EPCOT is always a treat. Combining all our favorite cultural traditions amazing holiday treats EPCOT brings together food and fun throughout all four neighborhoods. As the main event of any Christmas at EPCOT, this festival is included in the price of a park ticket. For instance, you can find Holiday Kitchens across Epcot to help get your fill of favorite holiday foods from different countries. Or head to select countries in the World Showcase to listen to stories from Holiday Storytellers. As part of the Candlelight Processional, which happens nightly, you can hear a retelling of the Nativity Story. Check out the Festival of Holidays Menus to get an idea of the holiday feast in store. You can look forward to all our favorite festival dishes, like Slow-roasted Turkey with Stuffing at the American Holiday Table, gingerbread lattes at the Joffrey’s cart, and more.
Holiday Storytellers are part of each world showcase country to tell the stories of the holidays in their native lands. From La Befana in Italy to Mr. and Mrs. Clause in America and Pere Noel in France, these are rich culturally infused holiday tales from around the world, sure to add more fun to your visit. Due to popular demand, these performances take place a few times throughout the day. Check the My Disney Experience app and the times’ guide for schedules.
New for 2021 guests can listen to a Hanukkah storyteller along the promenade and delightful holiday storytellers in France, Italy, Japan, Norway, and the United Kingdom
Candlelight Processional Returns in 2021
Christmas at EPCOT never feels complete without the Candlelight Processional. This retelling of the Nativity Story is told by a celebrity speaker and accompanied by choral singers and an orchestra. As one of the best ways to ring in the holiday season at EPCOT, this performance happens a couple of times each evening. Because of the crowds, it’s important to note the latest timeslot is always the least crowded. And depending on the popularity of the celebrity, nights featuring certain stars fill up fast. 2021 welcomes back the Candlelight Processional with new Celebrity Speakers in 2021. This retelling of the Nativity Story takes place at the America Garden’s Theater throughout the festival.
New Celebrity Narrators
This year’s celebrity narrators include the following actors. Available through certain dates during the 2021 Season.
- Auli’i Cravalho
November 26 through November 28
- Chita Rivera
November 29 through December 1
- Jodi Benson
December 2 through December 4
- Alton Fitzgerald White
December 5 through December 7
- Bart Millard
December 8 through December 10
- Lisa Ling
December 11 through December 13
- Andy Garcia
December 14 through December 16
- Ana Gasteyer
December 17 through December 19
- Courtney B. Vance
December 20 through December 22
- Steven Curtis Chapman
December 23 through December 25
- Blair Underwood
December 26 through December 28
- Pat Sajak
December 29 through December 30
Check out the lineup of celebrity readers for Disney’s Candlelight Processional in 2021. Candlelight Processional Dining Packages are also returning and are available to be booked on Oct. 26.
One of the best parts of any festival at EPCOT is the food. And the EPCOT International Festival of Holidays is no exception. With seasonal foods, both savory and sweet, Christmas at EPCOT gives you a glimpse into the holiday traditions of other cultures and offers up the best holiday treats. Peruse the Festival of Holidays Menus to get a glimpse at all the dishes on the list for the holidays.
Olaf’s Tradition Expedition Scavenger Hunt Game
New for Christmas at Walt Disney World this Scavenger hunt game is part of the Festival of Holidays and one of our favorite things to do! A game board is typically less than 10 dollars each, comes with stickers, and includes a prize. We love that the game gives you a reason to hang out in each country, to search for Olaf. Each Olaf statue includes a cultural element that matches a special tradition for each culture. As a result, both kids and grown-ups alike can learn about how other cultures celebrate the holidays. Once found, collected, and marked on your gameboard, you can collect a festive prize.
The Cookie Stroll at Festival of Holidays
The Epcot International Festival of Holidays features food kitchens offering holidays foods from around the world. As part of the festivities, many of the kitchens feature a cookie that can count towards your Cookie Stroll. Collect 5 cookie stamps, one for each cookie, and you’ll get a complimentary cookie.
Festival of Holidays Cookie Stroll Locations 2021
Here are the Official Cookie Stroll Locations for the Walt Disney World EPCOT Festival of Holidays.
- Yukon Holiday Kitchen- SNICKERS®-Doodle Cookie
SNICKERS®-Doodle Cookie made with SNICKERS® bar pieces
- L’Chaim! Holiday Kitchen- Black and White Cookie
The L’Chaim Holiday Kitchen between Morocco and France Pavilions Black-and-White Cookie. The black and white cookie has returned this year for this stroll. Not only is it a classic but it’s also delicious! Half white icing, half black, this cookie was a fan favorite last year.
- American Holiday Table- Chocolate Crinkle Cookie
Chocolate Crinkle Cookie made with DOVE® Dark Chocolate. Chocolate Crinkles are one of our favorite classic holiday cookies and we are so excited for it to come to the cookie stroll this year. A soft, chocolate cookie with a fudge center, topped with powdered sugar, this is sure to be a holiday favorite this year.
- Bavaria Holiday Kitchen at the Germany Pavilion Linzer Cookie
Who doesn’t love a good Linzer cookie? This one is filled with raspberry jam and decorated with a gorgeous cut-out snowflake. It doesn’t get more classic than that!
- Holiday Hearth Desserts- Gingerbread Cookie
Visit all 5 official cookie stroll locations, collect a stamp in your passport at each, and head to the Sweets & Treats Holiday Kitchen to receive a FREE specialty cookie decorated for the 50th Anniversary of Walt Disney World.
Festival of Holidays Performances 2021
- Canadian Holiday Voyageurs | Canada: Head to Canada’s Mill Stage for musical stylings and festive songs from the Canadian Holiday Voyageurs!
- Chinese Lion Dance New Year Celebration | China: Head to China for an acrobatic celebration to ring in the Chinese New Year. Throughout the Festival of Holidays, you can see these performances throughout the day.
- JOYFUL! A Celebration of the Season | World Showplace: A celebration of music to bring the songs of Christmas and Kwanzaa to Disney includes Gospel, R&B, and holiday songs performed by the ‘Joyful!’ vocal ensemble.
- Voices of Liberty – Voices of the Season: A cappella holiday music sets the tone for the season at the America pavilion. Dressed as Dicken’s Carolers this is a great way to get into the classic feeling of Christmas.
- Las Posadas with Mariachi Cobre | Mexico Pavilion: Grab a seat at American Gardens theater to watch the colorful dancers and the band, Las Posadas, celebrating Mexican Christmas traditions to kick off the season.
- JAMMitors: Hang out to see the percussion players with a whole new set of holiday tunes throughout EPCOT.
Christmas at EPCOT
With so much to do at EPCOT for the holiday season, we love that this event is included with an EPCOT park ticket. And that spending the holidays at EPCOT adds a little more fun and festivities to the holiday season.