This year's Festival of the Holidays at Epcot will run from November 29th to December 30th. It is a fun Epcot event that not only showcases cultural traditions around the world for the holidays, but also offers great food and one of Epcot's finest nighttime shows, the Candlelight Processional. This is a Disney holiday tradition that dates back to Disneyland in 1958. The show debuted at Epcot in 1994 and has been a family tradition for many Disney fans ever since.
The show is a retelling of the birth of Jesus with the help of a 50-piece orchestra and a full choir. In my opinion, it is the one must-see offering at this Epcot event. The story itself is narrated by a guest celebrity and it has been officially announced that some of the show's long-running favorites will indeed return for this year. So far, these are the confirmed celebrities appearing at Candlelight Processional and their performance dates. As the year moves on, we will find out more details of all the guests performing throughout the entire event:
Whoopi Goldberg – 12/6-12/7
Pat Sajak – 12/16-12/18
Steven Curtis Chapman – 12/22-12/24
Edward James Olmos – 12/25-12/26
Candlelight Processional will take place every night at the American Gardens Theatre for the entire length of the festival. Each night features 3 performance times at 5pm, 6:45pm and 8:15pm. This is an extremely popular show, and the one time I would highly suggest booking a dining package with reserved seating. It is essential if you want to get a good view. Otherwise, you may find yourself waiting in line at least 45 minutes before showtime. Especially on nights were big stars like Neil Patrick Harris and Whoopi Goldberg perform. You will be able to make reservations for the dining package from July 3rd on Disney's official website here. With the exception of Epcot's signature restaurants, you can book a dining package at any table service restaurant in the park. You can even get the dining package at resort locations at Disney's Boardwalk and Disney's Yacht Club. The cheapest option being breakfast at Ale & Compass at Yacht Club and the most expensive being at Teppan Edo in Japan and La Hacienda in Mexico.
For more details on Epcot's Festival of the Holidays, check out some tips and reviews on Beyond the Kingdom's official YouTube channel.