Walt Disney World EPCOT Christmas 2014: Candlelight Processional Dinner, Celebrity Guests
If you are looking to spend the holidays around the world but don't have the ability to truly travel there, then EPCOT might be your spot for all things holiday.
From the World Showcase transforming into a wonderland of that country's traditions to the can't-miss Candlelight Procession and performance, you'll find multiple activities to fill your days and nights with holiday spirit.
What To Plan First
Although it maybe sound backwards, you will likely want to plan the end of your day first.
The Candlelight Processional consists of a guest choir or choirs, a celebrity narrator sharing the Biblical version of the Christmas story and singing and orchestral music to accompany the story.
It is a breathtaking display of sights and sounds and you will be mesmerized.
Your park admission gets you into EPCOT and allows you to attend all the shows including the Candlelight Processional.
The show times are at 5:00 PM, 6:45 PM and 8:15 PM.
If you are not planning to purchase a Candlelight Dinner Package (see below) then you will need to get in line AT LEAST an hour before the show.
If you are facing the theater (with your back to the American Adventure) the stand-by line is to your right. Many begin lining up two hours early, especially as the season gets closer and the park gets full.
Lines also fill up quickly for popular celebrity narrator guests.
Candlelight Dinner Packages
One way to insure that see the guest choir and have a lovely dinner is to book a candlelight dinner package.
The package includes a dinner at your choice of restaurant and priority seating at the Candlelight performance that evening. You also get a reserved spot for the fireworks show and holiday fireworks at the end of the evening.
These packages need to be booked early to insure optimal time.
July 8, 2014 : Candlelight Packages are now being booked.
You can call (407) 939-3463 or (407) WDW DINE to book your package.
Packages are usually paid for at the restaurant where you will pick up your entry badge for the Candlelight Processional.
Dinner Package Options
Type of Food
Chefs de France
Coral Reef Restaurant
Sea Food, View Sea Creatures While Dining
The Garden Grill
Character Dinner, Farmhouse Style Platters
La Hacienda de San Angel
Le Cellier Steakhouse
Canadian Steak House
Nine Dragons Restaurant
Moroccan, Belly Dancing
Rose & Crown Pub & Dining Room
British Pub Fare
San Angel Inn Restaurante
Japanese, grilled at your table
Tutto Italia Ristorante
Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria
Celebrity Guests 2014
Each night Disney invites special celebrity guests to narrate the Christmas story. Past guests have included Neil Patrick Harris, Trace Adkins and Marlee Matlin,
Some like to book their EPCOT trip around their favorite celebrity Be aware that popular celebrity shows fill up early both for package seating and stand-by. Make plans accordingly.
The list will be updated as more information is released and narrators are confirmed.
What To Do During The Day At EPCOT Holidays Around The World
Another great holiday tradition is the holiday storytellers.
At many of the countries in the World Showcase, character actors will explain about that particular country's traditions for the holidays.
Times vary. The 2014 schedule is not available but times will be posted once they are.
EPCOT Holiday Storytellers 2014
Los Tres Reyes
La Navidad, Christmas Story
A lumberjack trying to find Santa
Christmas traditions in the UK
Christmas traditions and gift giving
Ramadan and Ashura
New Year's Celebrations
Mr. and Mrs. Claus
American holiday traditions
African harvest Kwanzaa traditions
Jewish holiday Hanukkah traditions
Start of Italian holiday traditions
Tale of the Nutcracker
Chinese New Year
IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth
EPCOT's nightly fireworks show gets an extra boost during the holidays.
A holiday segment and extra fireworks are added to the end of the show with a heartwarming narration by the late Walter Cronkite and a choir singing "Let There Be Peace On Earth."
If you have a Candlelight Dinner Package you will be instructed where to go for special viewing privileges.
If you are a regular guest you will want to pick your spot around the lagoon at least an hour to an hour and a half before the scheduled time (usually 9:30 but check your times guide). Some of the best spots for viewing are the bridge between the United Kingdom and France.
For a special treat, you can book a Fireworks cruise and watch the holiday fireworks from your own private boat. These cruises are filled up early so contact Disney at (407) 939-5277 for available times and prices.
Decorations All Around EPCOT
The holiday decorations around EPCOT are beautiful during the day but they dazzle at night.
Consider watching the tree lighting ceremony at dusk (usually around 5:45) at the entrance to the World Showcase.
Then walk around the world enjoying the special holiday decorations, lights and trees, all in the tradition of that country's holiday celebration.
Special holiday stands are also set up for food and holiday souvenirs.
There is plenty of holiday fun at EPCOT.
Each park also has their own take on the season including the Osbourne Lights at Hollywood Studios and Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom.
Another great tradition is to travel around to the different hotels, viewing each of their own unique decorations. Try the hotels at the Boardwalk and the monorail hotels for easy access.
Holidays at EPCOT and at Disney World are a special time for all ages. With a little bit of planning you can enjoy days of fun and festivities.