The Candlelight Processional at International Festival of the Holidays in Epcot

Every holiday season Epcot holds the International Festival of the Holidays. Typically the festival starts right after Thanksgiving and ends right before the new year.

Candlelight Processional

While you'll find a ton of amazing holiday treats, entertainment, shows and more, the most popular part of this event is the Candlelight Processional.

What is the Candlelight Processional

This amazing show consists of a choir and a 50-piece orchestra. One of the most amazing parts of the show is knowing that the choir is made up of Disney World Cast Members.

Each performance has a celebrity narrator who reads the story of Christmas, which is a recounting of the biblical tale of a savior born in Bethlehem. Woven in to the story are amazing Christmas songs sung by the choir and accompanied by the 50-piece orchestra.

Does Candlelight Processional Cost Extra

The Candlelight Processional is a free show that is included in the price of admission to Epcot.

That being said, this show is incredibly popular. And some narrators draw a larger crowd than others. If you are planning to attend you will want to plan ahead, and might mean booking a dining package that includes guaranteed seating.

Where is the Candlelight Processional Held

This is an incredibly popular show held in Epcot. You will need a park ticket, and a park reservation (if required with your ticket type). 

  • Location: America Gardens Theatre at EPCOT
  • Dates: November 24 to December 30, 2023
  • Showtimes: 5:15 PM, 7:00 PM and 8:30 PM

Because of it's popularity you will definitely want to plan ahead if you would like to attend. Lines start outside of the American Gardens Theater hours ahead of time. Even if you are in line you are not guaranteed a seat.

Celebrity Narrators at Candlelight Processional

One of the reasons this show has such a large draw is the celebrity narrators who participate. The 2023 line up is as follows:

  • Chrissy Metz
    November 24 and 25, 2023
  • Luis Fonsi
    November 26 through 27, 2023
  • Ann-Margret
    November 28 and November 29, 2023
  • Simi Liu
    November 30 - December 2, 2023
  • John Stamos
    December 3 through December 5, 2023
  • Neil Patrick Harris
    December 6 and December 8, 2023
  • Marlee Matlin
    December 9 through December 11, 2023
  • Brendan Fraser
    December 12 through December 14, 2023
  • Eva Longoria
    December 15 through December 16, 2023
  • Joey McIntyre
    December 17 and December 18, 2023
  • Sterling K. Brown
    December 19 through December 20, 2023
  • Jordan Fisher
    December 21 through December 22, 2023
  • Steven Curtis Chapman
    December 24 through December 26, 2023
  • Audra McDonald
    December 27 and December 28, 2023
  • Lisa Ling
    December 29 and December 30, 2023

Candlelight Processional Dining Package

The best way to make sure you get seating for this show is to book a Candlelight Dining Package. You have the option of booking  lunch or dinner packages that include your meal guaranteed seats for one of the 3 shows on that day.

Packages can be booked starting October 17, 2023.

Reservations can be made on Disney's website, and each package includes:

  • An appetizer, entrée and dessert or one (1) full buffet (where applicable), along with a non-alcoholic beverage
  • One (1) guaranteed seat per person to a Candlelight Processional performance held on the same day
  • Note that reservations at Spice Road table only include  2 small plates and one nonalcoholic beverage per person, plus a tagine and dessert platter for your party to share
  • Note that Regal Eagle is same day walk up only. Availability will be limited.

The dining packages for 2023 are:

Akershus Royal Banquet Hall

  • Breakfast:$71 per adult; $45 per child
  • Lunch & Dinner: $83 per adult; $53 per child

Biergarten Restaurant

  • Lunch & Dinner: Adult $65; Child $37

Coral Reef Restaurant

  • Lunch & Dinner: Adult $78;  Child $32

The Garden Grill

  • Breakfast: Adult $63; Child $40
  • Lunch & Dinner: Adult $78; Child $50

Le Cellier Steakhouse

  • Lunch & Dinner: Adult $104; Child $42

Regal Eagle Smokehouse (Same day walk up)

  • Lunch & Dinner: $41 per person

Rose & Crown Dining Room

  • Lunch & Dinner: Adult $66; Child $29

Spice Road Table

  • Lunch & Dinner: Adult $55; Child $24

    For more holiday entertainment, read all about the full International Festival of the Holidays and Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party.

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