EPCOT’s International Festival of the Holidays is a global celebration of the Season! The 2022 Festival of the Holidays is running from November 25th through December 30th!
During the Festival guests can enjoy enhanced offerings around EPCOT’S World Showcase (and beyond) and experience holiday traditions from various cultures as expressed through decorations, stories, music, cuisine, and additional special events.
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. And if you need help locating the Holiday Kitchens, look no further than our map below!
Just click on the image to download the map, then either save it to your phone or print it out to use while you’re at the festival!
Click HERE to See the 2022 Holiday Kitchen Menus!
Festival of the Holidays Passport and Printable Checklist
When you enter the park, be sure to pick up a FREE Festival of the Holidays Passport.
It’s an easy-to-carry pocket guide to access all the Festival Offerings once you’re in EPCOT.
You’ll find them tucked in along with Park Maps at the main EPCOT entrance and at International Gateway (between the France at United Kingdom pavilions).
And our FREE 2022 EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays Printable Checklist provides you with a full list of ALL of the food being offered in EPCOT for the festival, so you can keep track of everything you want to try.
Just click on the images below to download the printable!
You can either save it to your phone to have it on hand or print it out and take it with you. (It’s TWO pages, so make sure you grab both of them!)
We’ve color coded some details on the printable, like which items are on the Cookie Stroll (those are in red) and which items are gluten/wheat friendly (those are in green!).
Speaking of the Cookie Stroll…
Holiday Cookie Stroll
Cookie fans are gonna love this! Once again in 2022, the Holiday Cookie Stroll has returned! To complete the cookie stroll, you’ll need to buy 5 cookies from ANY of the cookie stroll locations featured in the Festival Passport.
When you buy a qualifying cookie, make sure to get the matching stamp in your passport to show you’ve made the purchase.
The cookies for 2022 include the Linzer Cookie at the Bavaria Holiday Kitchen.
Holiday Hearth Desserts is where you can find the Gingerbread Cookie this year.
The Black and White Cookie is found at L’Chaim!
The Chocolate Crinkle Cookie is found at the American Holiday Table.
And the SNICKERS®-Doodle Cookie made with SNICKERS® bar pieces is found at the Yukon Holiday Kitchen!
NEW cookies choices for 2022 include: Vanilla Shortbread Cookie with Dulce de Leche and Coconut at Nochebuena Cocina, an M&M’s® Sugar Cookie at Sunshine Seasons, and a Sugar Cookie at Connections Cafe.
Once you complete the Cookie Stroll, stop by Holiday Sweets and Treats to receive a Specialty Completer Cookie (and perhaps another small surprise!) when you present your fully stamped Festival Passport!
We love this tasty tradition!
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 (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 5:15PM, 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 also offer Walk-up Candlelight Processional Dining Packages.
Visit our Candlelight Processional Page to see the list of this year’s celebrity narrators along with restaurants and prices for the Dining Packages. You can also find our full review of the Candlelight Processional Dining Package HERE.
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
- 11:05 AM, 12:05 PM, 1:05 PM, 2:45 PM, 3:50 PM and 5:15 PM (Sundays through Thursdays)
- Canadian Holiday Voyageurs – Canada pavilion
- 11:45 AM, 12:45 PM, 1:40 PM, 3:05 PM, 4:10 PM, 4:55 PM and 6:10 PM
- Chinese Lion Dance — China pavilion
- 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM, 3:00 PM, 4:00 PM
- Hanukkah Storyteller — The World Showcase Promenade (between the Morocco and France pavilions)
- 10:15 AM, 11:30 AM, 12:40 PM, 1:15 PM, 2:45 PM, 3:45 PM, 5:00 PM and 6:00 PM
- Père Noël — France pavilion
- 10:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 12:10 PM, 12:50 PM, 2:15 PM, 3:15 PM, 4:30 PM and 5:15 PM
- La Befana — Italy pavilion
- 11:30 AM, 12:15 PM, 1:00 PM, 2:40 PM, 3:35 PM, 4:20 PM, 5:05 PM and 5:45 PM
- Learn about the Daruma — Japan pavilion
- 11:20 AM, 12:40 PM, 1:40 PM, 3:20 PM, 4:20 PM, 5:05 PM, 5:50 PM and 6:35 PM
- Sigrid will be visited by A Mischievous Magical Barn Santa — Norway
- 11:35 AM, 12:35 PM, 1:35 PM, 2:35PM, 4:35PM, 5:35 PM, 6:35 PM and 7:10 PM
- Father Christmas — United Kingdom pavilion
- 10:30 AM, 11:30 AM, 12:40 PM, 1:30 PM, 3:00 PM, 4:00 PM, 5:00 PM, 6:00 PM and 6:45 PM
- Santa Claus — The Odyssey Pavilion
- 11:00 AM, 12:30 PM, 2:00 PM, 3:30 PM, 5:00 PM and 6:30 PM (through December 24th)
Performance times can be found in the My Disney Experience app.
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. You can also hear the Voices of Liberty in The American Adventure pavilion!
This acapella choral group dons Dickensian Caroler costumes just for the Festival.
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.
You can catch JOYFUL! daily at the World Showcase Plaza at 1:15 PM, 2:20 PM, 3:25 PM, and 4:30 PM.
However, showtimes may change, so be sure to check the Information Boards in the park and the My Disney Experience app to confirm times and performance location.
Olaf’s Holiday Tradition Expedition
Olaf’s Holiday Tradition Expedition made its debut in 2020, and it is back once again this year.
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 for $9.99 at locations like Creations Shop, Port of Entry, and World Traveler at International Gateway.
Once you find ALL the Olafs, you can visit Disney Traders, Creations Shop, or World Traveler at International Gateway to redeem the map for a special gift!
Holiday Attraction Overlays
The classic attraction Living with the Land — located 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.
NEW in 2022, Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind has received a festive update!
Don’t forget to pay a visit to Journey Into Imagination with Figment to see the star of the ride (that’s FIGMENT) in his HOLIDAY SWEATER!
EPCOT’s iconic Spaceship Earth in World Celebration presents a limited-time look and show for the Festival!
Walt Disney Imagineering has created a light display for the 2022 Festival of the Holidays inspired by winter, with images such as candles, snowflakes, and northern lights. The show begins when it gets dark outside and plays several times each night.
Santa Claus Sighting
Get ready to visit Santa Claus!
This year, he’s greeting guests inside The Odyssey Pavilion!
There is a photo op with Santa and his SLEIGH in this new immersive greeting experience!
Jolly Old Saint Nick will greet guests daily starting at the following times (for 60 minutes) through December 24th: 11:00 AM, 12:30 PM, 2:00 PM, 3:30 PM, 5:00 PM and 6:30 PM. (In case appearance times change, you can confirm times in the My Disney Experience app during your visit.)
Gingerbread Capital City
The Gingerbread Capital City is an edible display presented in The American Adventure pavilion!
These patriotic displays feature gingerbread versions of iconic locations and landmarks such as the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial.
A gingerbread version of EPCOT’s American Adventure building made its debut in 2021!
Don’t miss this terrific display!
Annual Passholder Exclusives
Two Annual Passholder-exclusive drinks are coming to EPCOT for the Festival. Find the Cinnamon Frozen Coca-Cola at Refreshment Outpost. It will be served in a passholder-themed cup that you can keep as a souvenir!
The Happy Snowman frozen cocktail (made with frozen lemon and blue-curaçao-flavored syrup, along with a splash of Grey Goose vodka) can be found at various Joffrey’s locations in EPCOT.
2022 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 like this Spirit Jersey.
You’ll spot housewares like mugs, tumblers, and more! Pin collectors will find goodies to stuff a stocking.
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.
Festival Novelty Item
Disney Character Sporks (a spoon-and-fork all in one) have become popular Festival novelty items over the past few years. Not only do they make cute and very affordable souvenirs, but they also come in super handy as a reusable utensil as you’re going from Food Booth to Food Booth enjoying your must-try food items.
This year, guests could choose to dine with Chip ‘n Dale throughout the festival thanks to the NEW Chip ‘n Dale Spork!
We found ours at the Chestnuts and Good Cheer Holiday Kitchen, but keep your eyes peeled for signs like the one pictured above at the various Holiday Kitchens.
We hope you’ll visit this page often for ALL of the information about the EPCOT Festival of the Holidays!