Holidays Around the World at Epcot Ignites the Season’s Spirit with New Entertainment and Classic Favorites in 2015

The giant Christmas tree at Epcot, seen here glistening in front of the iconic Spaceship Earth attraction, is the centerpiece of the holiday celebration at the theme park in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. It's all part of the park's annual "Holidays Around the World" celebration, in which international traditions of the season unfold all throughout World Showcase. Epcot is one of four theme parks at Walt Disney World Resort. (Garth Vaughan, photographer)
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Epcot invites guests to experience the magic of the season and time-honored traditions from around the globe during Holidays Around the World. This year’s festive celebration rings in a new entertainment offering as well as seasonal favorites from Nov. 27 – Dec. 30, 2015 at Walt Disney World Resort.

One of the most beloved holiday traditions during this special seasonal event is The Candlelight Processional. This poignant performance allows guests to experience the Christmas story through masterful storytelling by celebrity narrators, accompanied by a mass choir and the Walt Disney World orchestra performing traditional and contemporary Christmas songs.

The Candlelight Processional is performed three times each evening, 5:00, 6:45 and 8 p.m., from Nov. 27 to Dec. 30. The line-up of celebrity narrators includes (entertainment and times subject to change):

11/27 – 11/29 — Gary Sinise

11/30 – 12/3 — Neil Patrick Harris

12/4 – 12/5 — Whoopi Goldberg

12/6 – 12/8 — Joe Morton

12/9 – 12/11 — Ana Gasteyer

12/12 – 12/14 — Meredith Vieira – NEW

12/15 – 12/17— America Ferrera – NEW

12/18 – 12/20 — Chandra Wilson – NEW

12/21 – 12/23 — Daniel Dae Kim – NEW

12/24 – 12/26 — Edward James Olmos

12/27 – 12/28 – Blair Underwood

12/29 – 12/30 — Amy Grant

For an extra special yuletide experience, guests can purchase the Candlelight Processional Dining Package. Dining packages include appetizer, entrée, dessert and non-alcoholic beverage at select Epcot full-service restaurants (or one full buffet where applicable), and guaranteed seating for the Candlelight Processional. Dining packages do not include park admission. For reservations, guests can call 407-WDW-DINE, or visit

The Candlelight Processional is one of many jubilant holiday entertainment offerings at Epcot. Classic Christmas tunes soar to new heights with soulful performances at the Fountain Stage in Future World each day with two merry musical ensembles. The five-person a capella performing group American Music Machine gives a contemporary twist to favorite Christmas tunes with the expertise of ground-breaking vocal arranger Tim Davis, whose previous credits include the hit TV series “Glee.” This holiday stage show includes new musical arrangements, dances, and a brand new look with performances of both modern and nostalgic holiday hits, including “White Christmas,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “All I Want for Christmas is You.” And for spirited renditions of holiday classics, guests also can sing and dance to the music of “Joyful! A Gospel Celebration of the Season.”

In addition to the joy-filled stage performances, Holidays Around the World immerses guests in holiday celebrations and traditions from various countries throughout World Showcase. Amid joyful music and festive treats, treasured traditions spring to life as storytellers share their countries’ holiday heritage. International holiday experiences around the World Showcase include the musical Canadian Holiday Voyageurs at the Canada Pavilion, the colorful Chinese Lion Dance at the China Pavilion, a festive mariachi band and vibrant dancers at the Mexico Pavilion, and a lesson about the “spice of life” by a Moroccan drummer at the Morocco Pavilion. Guests also can enjoy the music of the Voices of Liberty Dickens Carolers and greet Santa and Mrs. Claus at the American Adventure Pavilion. For a full list of Holidays Around the World festivities, visit

The celebration comes to a joyful conclusion each night with “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth,” a laser, light, and fireworks spectacular capped with a dazzling seasonal finale.
For information about this and other events at Walt Disney World Resort, contact your Academy Travel Representative directly, or call 609-978-0740 for more information.

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