Candlelight Processional to Return to EPCOT This Holiday Season

Disney is celebrating “Halfway to the Holidays” by sharing lots of updates for this year’s holiday season at the Walt Disney World Resort, and among today’s announcements is the news that Candlelight Processional will be returning to EPCOT this year!

Candlelight Processional is a Disney tradition that goes all the way back to Disneyland Park in 1958. The event features a full choir along with the Voices of Liberty A Cappella group singing iconic Christmas songs alongside a celebrity narrator who reads from the Biblical Christmas story.

This year, Candlelight Processional will return for the EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays beginning on November 25, 2022.

Candlelight Processional

Epcot’s Candlelight Processional (Credit: Disney)

While Disney has not confirmed the complete dates for the EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays, the event typically begins the day after Thanksgiving and runs through December 30, so this year’s event is likely to take place November 25-December 30, 2022.

One of the highlights of Candlelight Processional is the inclusion of celebrity narrators, which in the past have included the likes of Neil Patrick Harris, Jodi Benson, and Auli’i Cravalho, just to name a few, however narrators will be announced at a later date.

Candlelight Processional

In years past, the choir during Candlelight Processional was made up of a group of talented Walt Disney World Cast Members who are selected to perform through an audition process as well as a visiting school group. Outside groups were not included in last year’s Candlelight Processional performances due to COVID-19, but we will keep you updated on this year’s event as we learn more.

Candlelight Processional takes place in the America Gardens Theatre in the American Adventure pavilion. The show can be extremely popular, especially on dates closer to Christmas and depending on who the evening’s narrator is. When they become available, we recommend purchasing a dining package for the event so that you can enjoy a delicious meal in EPCOT as well as early access to seating for the show.

Candlelight Processional

Credit: Disney

In additional to Candlelight Processional, Disney also announced the return of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party to the Magic Kingdom. We could not be more excited for this holiday season at Walt Disney World, and we will be back with more news of seasonal festivities as we have it here on DisneyTips.

About Brittany DiCologero

Brittany is a New England-based writer focused on the history of the Walt Disney World Resort. She is the author of "Red, White, and Disney: The Myths and Reality of American History at the Walt Disney World Resort," and "Brittany Earns Her Ears."