Christmastime at Walt Disney World includes The Festival of Holidays at EPCOT every year. Included with your park ticket, this year’s Festival of Holidays runs from November 26- December 30, 2021. With outdoor kitchens, performances, and holiday traditions galore this is one festival that helps get you into the holiday spirit. If you’re ready to ring in the season at Walt Disney World check out these Things to do at Festival of Holidays so you can maximize your time, stay safe and prioritize the most important ( and most FUN! ) things to do at Festival of Holidays.
What Can you Do at the Festival of Holidays?
Much like all the EPCOT festivals at Walt Disney World, the Festival of Holidays is all about learning. Learning new cultures, new foods, and new sounds. Each World Showcase country has its own magic, and during the Festival of Holidays, you get to see how other countries around the world celebrate the most wonderful time of year. Check out What’s New at Disney’s Festival of Holidays this year!
Take Time for the Holiday Storytellers
One of our favorite things to do at the Festival of Holidays is to See the Holiday Storytellers in each Country at EPCOT World Showcase. Sharing meaningful holiday stories in each country are Holiday Storytellers across World Showcase. These performers tell the tales of days gone by and the holiday traditions specific to each culture. These performances happen throughout the day. You can visit Santa in America, La Bafana in Italy, Helga in Germany and many more. Disney Pro Tip: Unless you’re taking pictures and need the daylight, save time in the evening to listen to the Storytellers when crowds are lower.
Visit the Holiday Kitchens
Featuring Holiday foods from around the world each Holiday Kitchen shares both savory and sweet treats for the holidays. From authentic Christmas dinner of turkey and stuffing and cranberry sauce to the Maple Buche de noel from Canada, there is so much to try! Check out the Festival of Holidays Menus so you can start planning your foodie journey before you arrive! Disney Pro Tip: Skip the quick service lunch on the day or days you’re visiting the festival. With so many foods to try, you can build a lunch with foods from the holiday kitchens and save some money too.
Play Olaf’s Tradition Expedition Scavenger Hunt
The newest game for the Festival of Holidays at EPCOT is Olaf’s Tradition Expedition Scavenger Hunt. Our favorite holiday snowman has lost a few traditions he now has to find in each country! Add a little bit of Christmas knowledge to your day by playing this game, complete with stickers and a prize when you finish! Disney Pro Tip: You can grab your prize and your scavenger hunt game board at the same time. That way you won’t have to fight the busy nighttime crowds in the gift shops just to pick up the prize.
Make Time for the Performances
2021 welcomes back the Candlelight Processional with new Celebrity Speakers in 2021. This retelling of the Navity Story takes place at the America Garden’s Theater throughout the festival.
Candlelight Processional Celebrity Narrators
This year’s celebrity narrators include the following actors. Available through certain dates during the 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 avaialble to be booked Oct. 26. Disney Pro Tip: We suggest attending the later performances of the day on a weeknight. EPCOT is traditionally crowded through the evenings starting on Thursday and through the weekend. A weeknight early in the week gives you fewer crowds and a great way to wrap up the evening.
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 a 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.
Take the Epcot Holiday Cookie Stroll Challenge
Up for a cookie challenge? One of the newer things to do at Festival of Holidays you can grab specialty cookies at select booths around the World Showcase and even grab a collectible Chip and Dale Cookie Tin! Once you buy all 5 cookies you get one for free. Disney Pro Tip: The 5 cookies you’re on a mission to find add up to 10 dollars. So, it really is more about the experience than the treats themselves. Our suggestion? Dedicate one family member to be the collector of the cookies so you can “complete the challenge” and get your prize. And instead, spend your cookie money on the more extravagant treats at each holiday kitchen.
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.
Visit Living with the Land: Merry and Bright Nights
This easy-going boat ride brings you through the agricultural journey of humanity so far! And during the holidays Living with the Land gets decorated with lights, decorations, and a little extra cheer. Be sure to head here in the evening. One of the rides at Epcot with historically lower waits, this boat ride is easy for both kids and adults and a perfect way to get in out of the crowds. Disney Pro Tip: Make the most of visiting the Land building by mobile ordering your dinner from Sunshine Seasons or checking out Soarin.’
Festival of Holidays Things to Do
If you’re traveling to Walt Disney World at the busiest time of year, be sure to stop by EPCOT. Grab our Beginners Guide to the Festival of Holidays to make sure you don’t miss a thing! With food, fun, games, and performances, this festival is a great way to start the holiday season with a whole lot of extra Christmas cheer!