‘Candlelight Processional’ Will Return November 26 for the EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays!

Source: Disney Parks Blog

The holidays are coming fast and even though we haven’t even gotten close to celebrating the Halloween season in every way possible, it’s time to start planning for the Christmas season as well. We are very excited to report that the “Candlelight Processional” will be returning to EPCOT this year for the Festival of the Holidays!


The “Candlelight Processional” is an extremely popular holiday event at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland. This year the event will run at EPCOT November 26 through December 30. Per the Disney Parks Blog, “this is a long-standing Disney Parks tradition, dating back to 1958 at Disneyland park. Walt Disney World guests have enjoyed the annual “Candlelight Processional” since 1971, initially at Magic Kingdom Park and since 1994 at EPCOT. After being greatly missed during last year’s holiday season, this magnificent production will once again grace the America Gardens Theatre with a live orchestra, cast choir, and celebrity narrator retelling the traditional Christmas story in spectacular and heartwarming fashion.”

Cast members, musicians, singers, and narrators will be required to be fully vaccinated due to the ongoing pandemic, so this year the park will unfortunately will not be hosting choirs from different community groups and schools. Instead, to maintain the grandeur of the performance, they are expanding their cast member choir to fill the stage with voices. Disney states that they are optimistic that guest choirs will be able to rejoin the event next year for this special holiday opportunity.

Normally a celebrity guest hosts the “Candlelight Processional”, however Disney is still working to confirm the schedule of celebrity narrators and details about “Candlelight Processional” Dining Packages.

An announcement has not yet been made about the “Candlelight Processional” at Disneyland. Stay tuned for more details as we expect more announcements on this event in the coming weeks ahead!

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