EPCOT’s Candlelight Processional Returns

Girl holding candle at EPCOT Processional
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Walt Disney World will be returning the popular holiday event to EPCOT this Christmas season.

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What is the Candlelight Processional?

Voices of Liberty / Candlelight Processional

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Located in the America Gardens Theatre across from the American Adventure in World Showcase, a celebrity narrator recounts the biblical story of Christmas. The presentation also combines songs of hope and joy performed by a live 50-piece orchestra and choir. The show is part of EPCOT’s annual International Festival of the Holidays.

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Details, Dates, and Prices

Candlelight Processional

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Although Disney has not yet released its schedule of this year’s celebrity narrators, notable presenters from last year include Whoopi Goldberg, Josh Gad, Gloria Estefan, Neil Patrick Harris, and Angela Bassett.

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The Candlelight Processional dates are EXPECTED to be from November 24 to December 30, 2023, but the official dates have yet to be released.

As with previous years, Disney’s also expected to offer Candlelight Processional Dining Packages. In the past, you could buy the package for dining options at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall (Norway Pavilion), Biergarten Restaurant (Germany Pavilion), the Coral Reef Restaurant (The Living Seas), Garden Grill Restaurant (The Land Pavilion), Le Cellier Steakhouse (Canada Pavilion), Regal Eagle Smokehouse: Craft Drafts & Barbecue (American Adventure Pavilion), Rose & Crown Dining Room (United Kingdom Pavilion), and the Spice Road Table (Morocco Pavilion).

Coral Reef Restaurant

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The packages ranged last year from $40-$100 for adults ($28-$51 for children) and included one guaranteed seat per person to the processional.

Akershus Royal Banquet Hall Decor

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For those interested in partaking in the Candlelight Processional at EPCOT, please remember that the event will likely be crowded and that at least half of the theater seats will be occupied by those who have purchased the dining package.

Candlelight Processional

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About Steven Wilk

Steven has a complicated relationship with Disney. As a child, he visited Walt Disney World every few years with his family. But he never understood why kids his age (and older) were so scared of Snow White or Alien Encounter. He is a former participant of the Disney College Program (left early…long story), and he also previously worked in Children’s publishing, where he adapted multiple Disney movies and TV shows. He has many controversial opinions about Disney…like having a positive view of Michael Eisner, believing Return of the Jedi is superior to The Empire Strikes Back, and that Toy Story Land and Galaxy’s Edge should have never been built (at least not at Hollywood Studios). Every year for the past two decades, Steven has visited either Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Aulani or went on a Disney Cruise. He’s happy to share any and all knowledge of the Disney destinations (and he likes using parenthesis a lot…as well as ellipses…)