EPCOT’s International Festival of the Holidays is a global celebration of the Season! The 2021 Festival of the Holidays is taking place November 26 – December 30, 2021.
During the Festival 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.
Click HERE to See the 2021 Holiday Kitchen Menus!
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.
Holiday celebrations the world over share something in common: a major aspect of the season is FOOD. The food booths — referred to as Holiday Kitchens for this event — operate much like the Marketplace Booths for the EPCOT Food and Wine Festival. You can find ALL of the Holiday Kitchens along with their complete menus here.
We even have a handy DFB Exclusive 2021 EPCOT Festival of the Holidays Map so you can find ALL of the Holiday Kitchens! Simply click the image to enlarge and print, if you wish!
Click HERE to See the 2021 Holiday Kitchen Menus!
Holiday Cookie Stroll
Cookie fans are gonna love this! Once again this year, the Holiday Cookie Stroll gives guests the chance to track their purchases of five select holiday cookies in their Festival Passport by collecting a unique stamp for each one.
See more about the 2021 cookie stroll below.
The FIVE Cookies for 2021 include the Linzer Cookie at the Bavaria Holiday Kitchen.
Holiday Hearth Desserts is where you’ll find the Gingerbread Cookie.
Find the Black and White Cookie at L’Chaim!
You’ll find the Chocolate Crinkle Cookie made with DOVE® Dark Chocolate at American Holiday Table.
And the NEW SNICKERS®-Doodle Cookie made with SNICKERS® bar pieces can be found at the Yukon Holiday Kitchen!
Once you complete the Cookie Stroll, stop by Holiday Sweets and Treats to receive a Specialty Completer Cookie (and perhaps a few more surprises!) when you present your fully stamped Festival Passport!
We love this tasty tradition!
We are happy to say that the Candlelight Processional has returned for 2021!
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.
A celebrity narrator shares the Christmas story accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra and choir (typically composed of a Disney Cast Member choir along with an ever-changing group of guest choirs from around the country). Note that for 2021 Disney will not be hosting choirs from different community groups and schools as part of the performance.
Three performances take place each night at 5:15PM, 7PM, and 8:30PM.
Candlelight Processional Dining Packages allow guests to pair lunch or dinner at a participating EPCOT Table Service restaurant and enjoy reserved seating for the popular production.
Two Counter Service restaurants are also offering Walk-up Candlelight Processional Dining Packages this year.
Visit our Candlelight Processional Page to see the list of this year’s celebrity narrators along with restaurants and prices for the Dining Packages.
The Festival of the Holidays offers guests a glimpse into how different cultures celebrate the holidays that take place during the Winter months.
Guests are invited the World Showcase Pavilion to hear Holiday Storytellers share the traditions that are integral parts of the season in the country they represent.
- Las Posadas Celebration — Mexico pavilion
- Canadian Holiday Voyageurs – Canada pavilion
- Chinese Lion Dance — China pavilion
- Hanukkah Storyteller — The World Showcase Promenade (between the Morocco and France pavilions)
- Père Noël — France pavilion
- La Befana — Italy pavilion
- Learn about the Daruma — Japan pavilion
- Sigrid will be visited by A Mischievous Magical Barn Santa — Norway
- Father Christmas — United Kingdom pavilion
- Santa Claus — The American Adventure pavilion
Performance times can be found in the My Disney Experience app and in the Times Guide included with the EPCOT park maps.
Take a moment, too, to read about various cultural traditions in the seasonal scrolls artfully presented near each Storyteller’s performance area.
The Storytellers are one of several entertainment offerings throughout the Festival!
Voices of Liberty
You can find the outstanding a cappella group, Voices of Liberty, singing holiday music while dresses as Dickens Carolers at the America Gardens Theatre this year!
Joyful: A Celebration of the Season
Catch a performance of Joyful: A Celebration of the Season!
This show features gospel mixed with jazz, R&B and more celebrating Christmas and Kwanzaa.
Times for 2021 are: 1:15PM, 2:20PM, 3:25PM, and 4:40PM; and you can always check the Times Guide and the My Disney Experience app for times and location.
Olaf’s Holiday Tradition Expedition
Get ready for a festive seasonal Scavenger Hunt! Guests can go on a hunt around World Showcase looking for holiday traditions that Olaf has gathered — and lost — along the way.
In order to help our pal Olaf out, guests can purchase a Scavenger Hunt map and stickers at locations like Creations Shop, Port of Entry, and World Traveler at International Gateway for $9.99.
Once you find ALL the traditions, you can visit Disney Traders, Creations Shop, or World Traveler at International Gateway to redeem the map for a special gift! You can read all about our adventure with Olaf here!
Living With the Land — Holiday Lights
The classic attraction Living with the Land — location in The Land pavilion in EPCOT’s World Nature — gets dressed up for the season with a lovely light display at night!
Special, festive touches enhance the boat cruise throughout the day, as well.
It’s a truly charming and festive display.
Santa Claus Sighting
Guests are able to wave at Santa Claus as he greets guests outside at The American Adventure pavilion!
You can find times in the My Disney Experience app and in the Times Guide included with the EPCOT park maps. Times are also posted in the pavilion for your reference.
Gingerbread Capital City
Be sure to step inside the Rotunda in The American Adventure pavilion to see the Gingerbread Capital City!
You’ll find gingerbread versions of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, and the Lincoln Memorial.
New this year is EPCOT’s American Adventure building!
Don’t miss this terrific display!
Annual Passholder Exclusives
Annual Passholders can enjoy a 10% discount on food and non-alcoholic beverages on Tuesdays throughout the Festival using cashless payment at the Holiday Kitchens!
Additionally, Annual Passholders are eligible to purchase an exclusive Passholder cup with the Gingerbread Milkshake from the Donut Box Holiday Kitchen.
2021 EPCOT Festival of the Holidays Merchandise
And of course, no Festival is complete without some festive merchandise!
You’ll want to make your list — and check it twice! — for fun finds including festival of the Holidays apparel.
You’ll spot housewares like mugs, tumblers, and more!
Pin collectors will find goodies to stuff a stocking.
And if you participate in the Holiday Cookie Stroll we chatted about earlier, there are special souvenirs you can grab, too!
There’s plenty more, of course, where that came from…
Keep your eyes peeled for Festival goodies all around the park, including locations like World Celebration’s Creations Shop and specialty Holiday Markets around World Showcase.
We hope you’ll visit this page often for ALL of the information about the EPCOT Festival of the Holidays!