Epcot International Festival of the Holidays

Epcot International Festival of the Holidays is a global celebration of the Season!

From November 19 – December 30, 2017 guests can enjoy enhanced offerings around World Showcase and experience holiday traditions from various cultures as expressed through decorations, stories, music, cuisine, and additional special events.

Holidays Around the World

Holidays Around the World

For many years, Epcot’s celebration of the season was known as Holidays Around the World. It was an annual Epcot tradition for years, and the offerings were expanded in 2016 with the addition of Holiday Kitchens. This change to a full-on Festival feel has now been updated to the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays for 2017!

Holiday Kitchens

Holiday celebrations the world over share something in common: a major aspect of the season is FOOD. Holiday Kitchens debuted around World Showcase in 2016, operating much like the Marketplace Booths for the Epcot Food and Wine Festival in that they provided enhanced food and beverage offerings for guests.

American Holiday Table

American Holiday Table

One noticeable difference, however, is that where the Food and Wine Festival focuses on small plates and snacking-sizes so guests can sample lots of everything, many of the Holiday Kitchens also share larger portions — nearly full entree-sized, in many cases, such as the Slow-Roasted Turkey at the American Holiday Table!

Slow-Roasted Turkey from American Holiday Table

Slow-Roasted Turkey from American Holiday Table

In 2017, the offerings will greatly expand to FIFTEEN Holiday Kitchens! We can’t wait to see what they will be serving up! In the meantime, you can check out all of the Holiday Kitchens from 2016, along with their offerings and prices, here!

Candlelight Processional

Walt Disney World’s Epcot has always been a beloved destination for guests visiting during the Holiday Season. The Candlelight Processional is an endearing, traditional way to celebrate the Christmas Story.

Conducting the Choir

Epcot’s Candlelight Processional

A celebrity narrator shares the Christmas story accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra and choir (composed of a Disney Cast Member choir along with an ever-changing group of guest choirs from around the country). Three performances take place each night at 5:00, 6:45, and 8:15 pm beginning November 24, 2017.

Candlelight Processional Dining Packages allow guests to pair breakfast, lunch, or dinner at a participating Epcot or Resort area restaurant and enjoy reserved seating for the popular production.

Visit our Candlelight Processional Page to see the list of this year’s celebrity narrators along with restaurants and prices for the Dining Packages.

Holiday Storytellers

The Festival of the Holidays offers guests a glimpse into how different cultures celebrate the holidays that take place during the Winter months.

Holidays Around the World -- Mexico

Holidays Around the World — Mexico

Stop by each and every World Showcase Pavilion to hear Holiday Storytellers share the traditions that are integral parts of the season in the country they represent.

Celebrating Christmas in the Germany Pavilion

Celebrating Christmas in the Germany Pavilion

Chip & Dale’s Christmas Tree Spree

Get ready for a festive seasonal Scavenger Hunt! Purchase a map and sticker set for Chip & Dale’s Christmas Tree Spree for $6.99 (plus tax) at a select merchandise location such as Pin Central, Disney Traders, and World Traveler at International Gateway. Then, travel around World Showcase to each Pavilion to seek out signs of Chip & Dale as they collect ornaments to decorate their Christmas Tree. Once you see Chip & Dale, add the corresponding ornament sticker to your map. Once you’ve spotted them all, just bring your completed map to Disney Traders for your surprise!

Holiday IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth

Epcot’s popular nighttime spectacular, IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth, is enhanced with a special ending during the Holiday Season.

IllumiNations, Reflections of Earth

IllumiNations, Reflections of Earth

Starting November 24th, be sure not to miss the Peace on Earth Holiday Tag at the end of the show for a spectacular way to cap off your day at the Epcot International Festival of Holidays!

Holiday Disney Trip Planning? Pre-Order the DFB Guide to the Walt Disney World® Holidays 2017 to Jump Start Your Fun!

The DFB Guide to the Walt Disney World® Holidays 2017 is a one-of-a-kind resource that will help you get the most out of your holiday vacation at Walt Disney World.

DFB Holiday Guide 2017_2D (1) March 6

We’ll guide you through all the special events, activities, and dining so that you can get the biggest bang for your buck! Yep — Our Holiday Guide covers everything Disney holiday-related — not just the food!

And if you pre-order the 2017 Guide now, we will send you an instant download of the 2016 Guide so that you can start your planning right away! Then, you will automatically receive the 2017 Guide as soon as it’s published the Fall!

As a special thank you to our readers for pre-ordering the DFB Guide to the Walt Disney World® Holidays 2017, we are also offering a discount. Enter discount code PreHoliday at check out, and receive 20% off the list price of $14.95! That’s both the 2016 Guide and the 2017 Guide for $11.95! Two for the price of one!