We may be in the middle of fall, but we can’t help but shift our attention to the fast-approaching holiday season ahead! 2022 will be a great year to visit Walt Disney World Resort for the holidays, with one of EPCOT’s most beloved holiday entertainment options stepping into the spotlight.
Not only has Disney announced the return of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom Park, but we are also preparing for the EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays arriving on November 25, 2022.
The Festival promises holiday storytellers around the World Showcase, the delicious Holiday Cookie Stroll, plenty of holiday decor, excellent Holiday Kitchens with heavenly food and beverages, and must-have EPCOT holiday merchandise.
But, one experience that stands out above the rest at EPCOT is the fan favorite Candlelight Processional held on stage at the America Gardens Theatre in the World Showcase’s American Adventure Pavilion.
Each night, a celebrity narrator tells the story of Christmas, recounting the biblical tale of a savior born in Bethlehem. Woven into the production are stirring songs of hope and joy performed by the orchestra and massed choir. The candlelight, the chorus, the instrumental music, the narration… it’s a memorable experience not to be missed.
And while Disney first revealed some of its Candlelight Processional celebrity narrators, including new and returning voices such as Josh Gad (voice of Frozen‘s Olaf) and the fan-favorite Neil Patrick Harris… we now have the FULL line up of narrators! Check out the list below.
2022 Celebrity Narrators
- Simu Liu
November 25 and 26, 2022
- Edward James Olmos
November 27 through 29, 2022
- Raul Esparza
November 30 and December 1, 2022
- Whoopi Goldberg
December 2 and December 3, 2022
- Isabella Rossellini
December 4 through December 6, 2022
- Daymond John
December 7 and December 9, 2022
- Josh Gad
December 10 through December 12, 2022
- Gloria Estefan
December 13 and December 14, 2022
- Neil Patrick Harris
December 15 through December 18, 2022
- Mariska Hargitay
December 19 and December 20, 2022
- Cal Ripken Jr.
December 21 through December 23, 2022
- Marie Osmond
December 24 through December 26, 2022
- Courtney Vance
December 27 and December 28, 2022
- Angela Bassett
December 29 and December 30, 2022
What an incredible lineup of celebrities to share the Christmas story!
You can see EPCOT’s Candelight Processional nightly at 5:15 p.m., 7:00 p.m., or 8:30 p.m. at the America Gardens Theatre at EPCOT.
Looking for the best way to ensure a seat for the show? Purchase a Candlelight Processional Dining Package, which offers a meal at a select EPCOT restaurant, along with a reserved seat for the Candlelight Processional.
Dining Packages are available for booking beginning October 6, 2022. The lunch or dinner selections allow Guests to choose an appetizer, entrée, and dessert or one full buffet, where applicable, along with a non-alcoholic beverage. It also provides one guaranteed seat per person to a Candlelight Processional performance held on the same day.
Participating restaurants and pricing include Biergarten Restaurant ($65 per adult, $37 per child), Coral Reef Restaurant ($74 per adult, $30 per child), Garden Grill Restaurant ($71 per adult, $46 per child), Le Cellier Steakhouse ($100 per adult, $39 per child), Regal Eagle Smokehouse: Craft Drafts & Barbecue ($40 per adult), Rose & Crown Dining Room ($64 per adult, $28 per child), Spice Road Table ($52 per adult, $23 per child).
Be sure to snag your Candlelight Processional Dining Package as soon as possible via Disney’s website. We wish you an early Merry Christmas, Disney fans!