Top 3 Holiday Activities at Epcot

When it comes to Holiday activities to do at Disney, and Epcot, it’s a pretty long list. During the Holidays, the list grows even longer. The only way to do it all, would be several days in the park, which is not what most people are able to do on their short vacation. When you have to choose the top things to do, here is what we would recommend as must do’s at Epcot during the Holidays.

Epcot Candlelight Procession

The procession takes place at the America Gardens Theatre in the American Pavilion around the World Showcase, three times each evening during the Festival of the Holidays. Celebrity narrators share the Christmas story, along with an orchestra, Voices of Liberty, a cast member choir, and local choirs. The local choirs process in carrying candlelight and singing. The later shows are better for the candlelight procession. 

The narrator reads a part of the Christmas story, then the orchestra and choirs perform songs to correlate with the readings. This is a very popular event, and tough to get seats, unless you purchase a special event dinner package. Your only other option for seating in the theatre, is to get there early and line up for general seating. Although seating in the theatre is wonderful, we have no problem either standing behind the seating area, or even sitting near the fountain. There is nothing more moving than to see people of all ages, backgrounds, ancestry, and beliefs, come together as one, and celebrate the Christmas season. 

Kurt Russell in 2017

Some of our favorite narrators have been Gary Sinise, Kurt Russell, and Neil Patrick Harris. 

Here is the line-up for this years narrators, which is subject to change.

  • Ming-Na Wen November 29 through December 1
  • Neil Patrick Harris December 2 through December 5
  • Whoopi Goldberg December 6 and 7
  • Isabella Rossellini December 8 through 10
  • Chita Rivera December 11 through 12
  • Gary Sinise December 13 through 15
  • Pat Sajak December 16 through 18
  • Warwick Davis December 19 through 21
  • Steven Curtis Chapman December 22 through 24
  • Edward James Oleos December 25 and 26
  • Marlee Matlin December 27 and 28
  • Lisa Ling December 29 and 30

Performances are at 5:00 PM, 6:45 PM and 8:15 PM nightly

Storytellers Around the World

From our first visit at Christmastime 11 years ago, we have fallen in love with storytellers at Epcot. It became part of our homeschool lessons during the Holidays when the kids were younger, but we still enjoy to watch them. Several countries from around the World Showcase host storytellers to share traditions from their country. 

Our favorites have been Norway, when Sigrid meets the mischievous Christmas gnome, Julenissen. 

Our Jojo was even the mischievous bell ringer a couple years ago!!

France, with Père Noël, as he shares the magic of Christmas through the eyes of a child and their letter. 

United Kingdom, hear of traditions from Father Christmas. 

In 2018 we saw La Befana in Italy for the first time. She shares her story of visiting sleeping children on the Eve of the Epiphany. 

Santa & Mrs Claus in America

Such a magical experience. Kids of all ages, including those young at heart, will love to meet Santa & Mrs Claus outside the American Pavilion. It has been our girls’ most memorable place to sit and talk with the big guy. 

More To Do

Even though these are our top 3 Holiday activities at Epcot, be sure not to miss some of these other fun shows. 

Like British Revolution in the United Kingdom. They play British Rock music, but toss in a couple Holiday tunes as well. 

Over in Canada you can find the Canadian Holiday Voyageurs, as they share some Canadian traditions, and play Holiday music. 

The Voices of Liberty come close to making our top three, so be sure to get over and see them inside The American Adventure. Voices of Liberty are Dickens Carolers who sing acapella Holiday music. It’s beautiful. 

Share one thing that gets you in the Christmas Spirit during the Holidays!! Learning more about how the Holidays are…

Posted by How We Find Happy on Thursday, November 7, 2019

As you’re walking the park, don’t miss all the decorations and topiaries!! So festive!! Share one thing with us that gets you in the Christmas Spirit during the Holidays!!

Pinterest graphic with Mickey & Minnie Holiday topiaries

Lastly

You won’t want to miss out on all the delicious Holiday food offerings. You can find a full list of this years Holiday Kitchens HERE, or you can pick up your guide when you enter Epcot.

Looking for more Holiday activities?

Holiday Hotel Hopping Around Disney’s Bay Lake!

You should even consider checking out our Central Florida Holiday Guide for Families and visit one of our historic small towns.

53 thoughts on “Top 3 Holiday Activities at Epcot

  • December 27, 2018 at 11:10 pm
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    What a dream!!!! Disney at Christmas time is on my bucket list! Epcot seems to take the backburner to Magic Kingdom during the holidays. I will be sure to make Epcot a priority for Christmas.

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    • December 29, 2018 at 10:44 pm
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      I agree, but I’ll take the lower crowds, lol.

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  • December 28, 2018 at 5:15 am
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    I have heard of Epcot but never investigated it further than that. Sounds fun and worth more looking into.

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    • December 29, 2018 at 10:45 pm
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      Totally worth looking into. We spend more time at Epcot, than any other park.

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  • December 28, 2018 at 5:52 pm
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    MY HUSBAND AND MADE A TRIP OVER TO EPCOT ONE YEAR WHEN WE VISITED UNIVERSAL STUDIOS IN DECEMBER. I LOVE THE CANDLELIGHT PROCESSIONAL! IT IS SO SPECIAL. WE HAD BRAD GARRETT FROM “EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND” READ THE CHRISTMAS STORY. HE HAS A GREAT VOICE FOR IT!

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    • December 29, 2018 at 10:46 pm
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      Oh, I would love to see Brad Garrett for candlelight!! He does have a great voice for it!!

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  • December 28, 2018 at 11:52 pm
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    Wow, there is so much to do at Epcot! I never considered visiting during The Holidays because I figured it would be crowded, but now I may reconsider.

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    • December 29, 2018 at 10:41 pm
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      It can get pretty crowded at Epcot depending on who the narrator is for the candlelight, but the first 2 weeks of December are the best time to try and visit.

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      • November 8, 2019 at 10:31 am
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        Yes, Food & Wine is a must do!!

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  • December 29, 2018 at 7:42 am
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    What a cool event! I do like the diversity of things to see and do at Epcot. I just hadn’t thought about what they’d do over the holidays. Love it!

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    • December 29, 2018 at 10:39 pm
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      It really amazes me how much goes into all the things they do during the Holidays!!

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  • December 29, 2018 at 7:57 pm
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    I loved reading about this! I’ll have to put it on my to-do list for next year!

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    • December 29, 2018 at 10:35 pm
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      It definitely adds to the Holiday experience!!

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  • December 29, 2018 at 11:05 pm
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    We love listening to stories. Great storyteller makes are a memorable experience.

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    • January 2, 2019 at 7:24 pm
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      I agree, and Disney has such great storytellers!!

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    • February 16, 2019 at 2:03 pm
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      Happy to share!! Hope it’s helpful!!

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  • November 7, 2019 at 12:40 pm
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    Oh I’d love to go to Epcot for the holidays! Very informative post!

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    • November 8, 2019 at 10:29 am
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      It’s so magical!! The storytellers never get old!!

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  • November 7, 2019 at 1:07 pm
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    I’ve never been to DisneyWorld at Christmas, so I’ve missed out on all of these amazing events. I’m thinking my next visit better be during the holidays!

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    • November 8, 2019 at 10:29 am
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      Yes!! Your family will love it during the Holidays!!

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  • November 7, 2019 at 2:20 pm
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    We’ve only visited Disney once at Christmas and although I loved it, I don’t recall any storytellers – sounds fantastic! I did LOVE the decorations. Disney definitely goes all out!

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    • November 8, 2019 at 10:31 am
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      Storytellers are not out all day long, so you can miss them. Best to grab a schedule and choose the ones you want to see.

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  • November 7, 2019 at 8:59 pm
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    Disney at Christmas sounds like a dreamy vacation! On my list for sure!

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    • November 8, 2019 at 10:36 am
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      Couldn’t believe what we were missing our on before we moved here!!

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  • November 7, 2019 at 10:28 pm
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    All of these event make me dream of Disney. I get this way every few months!

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    • November 8, 2019 at 10:37 am
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      Understandable. If I don’t get down there every week, I have withdrawals!!

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  • November 8, 2019 at 1:04 am
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    It can be overwhelming to choose what to do at Epcot so appreciate your insight to narrow it down to a few choices.

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    • November 8, 2019 at 10:39 am
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      Yes, I think Epcot is the most overwhelming park at Walt Disney World. Happy to help!

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  • November 8, 2019 at 1:59 am
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    Love Epcot and been to the Candlelight Procession years ago. Neil Patrick Harris was the narrator, lol!

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    • November 8, 2019 at 10:39 am
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      How funny!! He is one of the best!!

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    • November 12, 2019 at 10:44 am
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      We should plan to meet up one day!!

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  • November 8, 2019 at 12:38 pm
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    I love all the storytellers. I would love to come prior to Christmas to enjoy all of this. The last time we went was just after Christmas so it would be even better to go before.

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    • November 12, 2019 at 10:44 am
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      Yes!! The first two weeks in December are typically slower too.

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  • November 8, 2019 at 9:11 pm
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    hands down best disney post I’ve seen. well done

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    • November 12, 2019 at 10:44 am
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      Thank you so much!!

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  • November 9, 2019 at 7:13 am
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    I love Christmas at WDW. We have been, but it was a while ago. The Festival of the Holidays was not around when we were there. Just another reason to go back (like I need one 😉 )

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    • November 12, 2019 at 10:45 am
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      Yeah, you need to come back for this!!

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  • November 9, 2019 at 4:58 pm
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    Not my thing but I showed it to my aunt and she’s in! lol. You should get a commission. 😉

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    • November 12, 2019 at 10:45 am
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      Everyone knows someone who loves Disney!!

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  • November 9, 2019 at 6:24 pm
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    This looks like a blast! I would love to experience this!

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    • November 12, 2019 at 10:46 am
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      If this doesn’t get you in the spirit, nothing will!!

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  • November 9, 2019 at 7:04 pm
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    I would love to attend each event. I like everything. 🙂

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    • November 12, 2019 at 10:46 am
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      It’s tough to pick, when you want to do everything!! It’s a struggle.

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    • November 12, 2019 at 10:46 am
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      Thank you!

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  • November 10, 2019 at 2:17 pm
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    Epcot is one of our favorite parks because you feel like you get to go on all of these little over seas trips without ever leaving Florida! We would love to visit sometime during the holidays.

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    • November 12, 2019 at 10:47 am
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      Exactly!! I enjoy the educational part of everything!

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