2018 Epcot Festival of the Holidays and Candlelight Processional Dates Announced!

Mark your calendars for the Holiday Season at EPCOT! The Epcot International Festival of the Holidays will return for the season on November 18th through December 30, 2018!

Epcot Festival of the Holidays

Epcot Festival of the Holidays

And, of course, the Candlelight Processional, returns along with it — albeit with a different start date from the Festival itself, as was the case in 2017.

Candlelight Processional

Candlelight Processional

The Candlelight Processional is a special presentation where the Christmas story is told by a celebrity narrator while a 50-piece orchestra and choir accompany the re-telling, and — for the first time ever — it will make its 2018 debut on Thanksgiving Day, November 22, 2018.

It’s always a fun day when Candlelight Processional Dining Packages and the list of celebrity narrators is announced for the season, and we look forward to sharing that information as soon as it’s announced!

The Epcot Festival of the Holidays includes several more lovely Holiday traditions, such as special entertainment including Holiday Storytellers sharing seasonal celebrations from around the globe.

Father Christmas in the United Kingdom Pavilion

Father Christmas in the United Kingdom Pavilion

And we can’t wait to find out what they’ll be serving at the 2018 Holiday Kitchens!

Alsace Holiday Kitchen in Epcot's France Pavilion

Alsace Holiday Kitchen in Epcot’s France Pavilion

Even if it’s not quite time to Deck the Halls, it’s never too early to start your planning if you are celebrating the Season in Disney World! We can’t wait to keep you posted on all the festive details along the way!

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Will you be celebrating the Holidays in Disney World? Please let us know with a comment!


  1. kate Markins says

    Will the Candlelight Processional run every night from Thanksgiving to December 30th? Or is it just a few nights a week? Thanks for all your great info!!

  2. Mike says

    We’ll be in WDW during the CP scheduled dates, are the dining packages available at the 180 day reservation mark, or some latter date ???

  3. Brandie says

    Do they do the candlelight processional every night during that time or is it a weekly thing?

  4. DFB Sarah says

    Brandie, in years past, Candlelight Processional was performed every night.

  5. DFB Sarah says

    Mike, last year’s Candlelight Processional Dining Packages went on sale at the end of June, and we expect to see a similar timeline this year. We will post as soon as the packages are available for booking — and we’ll send out the news ASAP via our DFB Newsletter, too!

  6. DFB Sarah says

    Kate, in years past, Candlelight Processional has been performed three times a night, every night.

  7. Scott says

    Is it correct that if you are using dining credits it takes 2 credits for the Candlelight ?

  8. DFB Sarah says

    Scott, in the past that has been the case, yes. We don’t expect that to change this year.

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