Christmas at Epcot for the Holidays

Christmas at Epcot for the Holidays

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 11, 2022, and the Festival of Holidays begins on November 25th. Here’s everything to do this year at Disney’s EPCOT park for the holidays. 

Visiting for Christmas at EPCOT is always a treat. Combining all our favorite cultural traditions and amazing holiday treats EPCOT brings together food and fun throughout all four neighborhoods. 

Epcot for the holidays 2020

EPCOT International Festival of Holidays 

Disney’s EPCOT International Festival of Holidays runs from November 25- December 30, 2022. 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

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. Guests can listen to a Hanukkah storyteller along the promenade and delightful holiday storytellers in France, Italy, Japan, Norway, and the United Kingdom 

Get ready for Christmas with Santa Claus now through December 24. Whether you know him as St. Nick, Père Noël or Father Christmas, a visit with jolly Santa Claus brings good cheer to the season.

Las Posadas Celebration – Mexico Pavilion

¡Feliz Navidad! Join the fun and pageantry of Las Posadas with dancers, piñatas and the music of Mariachi Cobre.

Performance Details:

  • Sundays through Thursdays
  • 11:05 AM, 12:05 PM, 1:05 PM, 3:05 PM, 4:10 PM and 5:15 PM
  • 25-minute performances

A Mischievous Magical Barn Santa – Norway Pavilion

Celebrate the season with laughter as a mischievous Barn Santa visits Sigrid, an unsuspecting Christmas storyteller.

Performance Details:

  • Sundays through Saturdays
  • 11:35 AM, 12:35 PM, 1:35 PM, 2:35PM, 4:35PM, 5:35 PM, 6:35 PM and 7:10 PM
  • 15-minute performances

Chinese Lion Dancer – China Pavilion

Catch a glimpse of this colorful performance that brings good fortune and happiness in the Lunar New Year.

Performance Details:

  • Sundays through Saturdays
  • Noon, 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM, 3:00 PM and 4:00 PM
  • 15-minute performances

La Befana – Italy Pavilion

Come hear the tale of La Befana, the kind-hearted witch who visits sleeping young children on the Eve of the Epiphany.

Performance Details:

  • Sundays through Saturdays
  • 11:30 AM, 12:15 PM, 1:00 PM, 2:40 PM, 3:35 PM, 4:20 PM, 5:05 PM and 5:45 PM
  • 15-minute performances

Santa Claus – The Odyssey Pavilion

Get ready for Christmas with Santa Claus now through December 24. Whether you know him as St. Nick, Père Noël or Father Christmas, a visit with jolly Santa Claus brings good cheer to the season.

Performance Details:

  • Sundays through Saturdays
  • 11:00 AM, 12:30 PM, 2:00 PM, 3:30 PM, 5:00 PM and 6:30 PM
  • 60-minute performances

Daruma Storyteller – Japan Pavilion

Hear the fascinating story of the Daruma doll and the Japanese customs of the New Year!

Performance Details:

  • Sundays through Saturdays
  • 11:20 AM, 12:40 PM, 1:40 PM, 3:20 PM, 4:20 PM, 5:05 PM, 5:50 PM and 6:35 PM
  • 15-minute performances

Hanukkah Storyteller – Between Morocco and France Pavilions

Guests will discover an entertaining celebration of Hanukkah along World Showcase promenade, where a storyteller recounts traveling abroad to explore the diverse music and traditions of Hanukkah around the world. 

Performance Details:

  • Sundays through Saturdays
  • 10:15 AM, 11:30 AM, 12:40 PM, 1:15 PM, 2:45 PM, 3:45 PM, 5:00 PM and 6:00 PM
  • 15-minute performances

Père Noël – France Pavilion

Visit with Père Noël and rediscover the magic of Christmas through the letter of a delightful child.

Performance Details:

  • Sundays through Saturdays
  • 10:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 12:10 PM, 12:50 PM, 2:15 PM, 3:15 PM, 4:30 PM and 5:15 PM
  • 15-minute performances

Father Christmas – United Kingdom Pavilion

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

Performance Details:

  • Sundays through Saturdays
  • 10:30 AM, 11:30 AM, 12:40 PM, 1:30 PM, 3:00 PM, 4:00 PM, 5:00 PM and 6:00 PM
  • 15-minute performances

Canadian Holiday Voyageurs – Canada Pavilion

Explore holiday customs from the various regions of Canada on a musical tour of the Great White North with the Canadian Holiday Voyageurs.

Performance Details:

  • Sundays through Saturdays
  • 11:45 AM, 12:45 PM, 1:45 PM, 3:25 PM, 4:30 PM and 6:35 PM
  • 20-minute performances

Candlelight Processional at Disney's Festival of Holidays

Candlelight Processional

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. This retelling of the Nativity Story takes place at the America Garden’s Theater throughout the festival. 

New Celebrity Narrators

This retelling of the Nativity Story takes place at the America Garden’s Theater throughout the festival and features new celebrity speakers throughout the festival.  Check out the lineup of celebrity readers for Disney’s Candlelight Processional in 2022. Candlelight Processional Dining Packages are also available. 

Candlelight Processional Narrators at EPCOT 2022 International Festival of Holidays. 

  • 11/25 – 11/26: Simu Liu (NEW)
  • 11/27 – 11/29: Edward James Olmos
  • 11/30 – 12/1: Raul Esparza (NEW)
  • 12/2 – 12/3: Whoopi Goldberg
  • 12/4 – 12/6: Isabella Rossellini
  • 12/7 – 12/9: Daymond John (NEW)
  • 12/10 – 12/12: Josh Gad (NEW)
  • 12/13 – 12/14: Gloria Estefan (NEW)
  • 12/15 – 12/18: Neil Patrick Harris
  • 12/19 – 12/20: Mariska Hargitay (NEW)
  • 12/21 – 12/23: Cal Ripken Jr.
  • 12/24 – 12/26: Marie Osmond
  • 12/27 – 12/28: Courtney Vance
  • 12/29 – 12/30: Angela Bassett

Christmas at EPCOT for the Holidays

Holiday Kitchens

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 Holiday Tradition Expedition

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. 

Snickers Cookie Stroll Festival of holidays Epcot Foods

The Cookie Stroll at Festival of Holidays

The Epcot International Festival of Holidays features food kitchens offering holiday 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.

  • Nochebuena Cocina: Alfajores – Vanilla Shortbread Cookie with Dulce de Leche and Coconut
  • Yukon Holiday Kitchen: SNICKERS®-Doodle Cookie made with SNICKERS® Bar pieces
  • L’Chaim! Holiday Kitchen: Black and White Cookie (plant-based)
  • American Holiday Table: Chocolate Crinkle Cookie
  • Bavaria Holiday Kitchen: Linzer Cookie
  • Holiday Hearth Desserts: Gingerbread Cookie
  • Sunshine Seasons: M&M’s® Sugar Cookie
  • Connections Café: Sugar Cookie

Festival of Holidays Cookie Stroll Locations 2022

For this cookie challenge, 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.

Christmas at EPCOT Walt Disney World

EPCOT Holiday Performances 2022

  • 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.
  • JAMMitors: Hang out to see the percussion players with a whole new set of holiday tunes throughout EPCOT.

Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind Holiday Edition

Guests will blast off to the tune of an awesome holiday single, bringing joy to Xandar and Terra, too. As one of the newest rides in EPCOT, it’s fun to see this ride get a festive holiday overlay for the Christmas season. 

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. 

Everything happening at EPCOT for the holidays! The festival, new snacks, merchadnise, performances and more. #polkadotpixies

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