FESTIVAL OF THE HOLIDAY HUDDLE VERSION

Head over to EPCOT for a spirited seasonal event inspired by cultures near and far!  The EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays presented by AdventHealth is back with glad tidings and festive foods.  Celebrate the magic of the season with holiday kitchens, music celebrating holidays of many cultures, storytellers, a holiday cookie stroll, and even a scavenger hunt with everyone’s favorite snowman, Olaf!  EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays welcomes Guests from November 24 through December 30, 2023.

FLAVORS OF THE SEASON
Holiday Kitchens

Indulge in flavors of the season with scrumptious bites and merry libations at the 2023 EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays!  Take a stroll around the world and sample tasty treats from holiday kitchens celebrating the most magical time of the year. 

Details

  • Holiday Kitchens are open daily during the festival from park open to park close, unless otherwise noted.
  • A theme park reservation and valid EPCOT admission is required.
  • Food and beverage offerings require a separate purchase.
  • Availability may be limited for some food studio offerings.
  • Alcohol will only be served to Guests 21 and older.
  • Holiday Kitchens and all menu items are subject to closure or change without notice.

Holiday Cookie Stroll:  Enjoy an array of sweets during the Holiday Cookie stroll!  Purchase 5 cookies from any of the official cookie stroll locations featured in  your Festival Passport – and be sure ot collect a matching stamp for each cookie purchased.  Once you’ve collected 5 stamps, bring the stamped Passport to the Holiday Sweets & Treats booth to receive a specialty treat!

Menu Items and Locations:

  • Nochebuena Cocina (World Showcase – Near Port of Entry): Spiced Chocolate Cookie
  • Yukon Holiday Kitchen (World Showcase – Canada):  Snickerdoodle Cookie made with SNICKERS® Bar pieces
  • L’Chaim! Holiday Kitchen (World Showcase – between Morocco and France): Black and White Cookie (plant-based)
  • American Holiday Table (World Showcase – The American Adventure): Gingerbread Cookie
  • Bavaria Holiday Kitchen (World Showcase – Germany): Linzer Cookie
  • Holiday Hearth Desserts (World Discovery – The Odyssey Pavilion): Peppermint Pinwheel Cookie
  • Sunshine Seasons (World Nature – The Land Pavillion): Jingle Sugar Cookie made with M&M’S® chocolate candies
  • Connections Café (World Discovery near Test Track): Sugar Cookie

This fun-for-all-ages activity can be completed at your leisure. Simply bring your stamped Festival Passport to EPCOT at any time during EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays to finish your stroll—and receive your reward.

Cookie Stroll
HOLIDAY FUN & ENTERTAINMENT FOR ALL AGES
Candlelight Processional

EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays Candlelight Processional – Each night a celebrity Candlelight Narrator tells the story of Christmas, recounting the biblical tale of a savior born in Bethlehem. Woven into the production are stirring songs of hope and joy performed by the orchestra and massed choir. You can see this show nightly at 5:15 PM, 7:00 PM or 8:30 PM at the America Gardens Theatre at EPCOT.

2023 Celebrity Narrators – Make a date to watch the following celebrities lend their voices to the Candlelight Processional:

Chrissy Metz (NEW!) – November 24 and 25Brendan Fraser (NEW!) – December 12 – December 14
Luis Fonsi (NEW!) – November 26 and 27Eva Longoria – December 15 and 16
Ann Margret (NEW!) – November 28Joey McIntyre – December 17 and 18
Ashley Eckstein – November 29Sterling K. Brown (NEW!)  – December 19 and 20
Bart Millard – November 30 – December 2Jordan Fisher (NEW!) – December 21 – December 23
John Stamos –December 3 – December 5Steven Curtis Chapman – December 24 – December 26
Neil Patrick Harris – December 6 – December 8Audra McDonald (NEW!) – December 28 and 28
Marlee Matlin – December 9 – December 11Lisa Ling – December 29 and 30

 

JOYFUL! A Celebration of the Season – Experience the joy of Christmas and Kwanzaa with the uplifting Gospel, R&B and holiday songs of the JOYFUL! ensemble.  Performances begin at 1:15 PM, 2:20 PM, 3:25 PM, and 4:30 PM daily at World Showcase Plaza.

Voices of Liberty:  Dickens Carolers – Hear original rendition of holiday tunes from these harmonious vocalists

Storytellers – Throughout the holidays, World Showcase comes alive with tales of holiday traditions celebrated by diverse cultures.  Be sure to check your Festival Guide or the My Disney Experience App for showtimes. 

Las Posadas Celebration – Mexico Pavilion

¡Feliz Navidad! Join the fun and pageantry of Las Posadas with dancers, piñatas and the music of Mariachi Cobre.

A Mischievous Magical Barn Santa – Norway Pavilion

 Celebrate the season with laughter as a mischievous Barn Santa visits Sigrid, an unsuspecting Christmas storyteller.

Chinese Lion Dancer – China Pavilion 

Catch a glimpse of a colorful performance that brings good fortune and happiness in the Lunar New Year.

La Befana – Italy Pavilion

 Come hear the tale of La Befana, the kind-hearted witch who visits sleeping young children on the Eve of the Epiphany.

Daruma Storyteller – Japan Pavilion

Hear the fascinating story of the Daruma doll and the Japanese customs of the New Year!

 

Hanukkah Storyteller – Between Morocco and France Pavilions

Guests will discover an entertaining celebration of Hanukkah along World Showcase promenade, where a storyteller recounts traveling abroad to explore the diverse music and traditions of Hanukkah around the world.

Père Noël – France Pavilion

Visit with Père Noël and rediscover the magic of Christmas through the letter of a delightful child.

 

Father Christmas – United Kingdom Pavilion

Join Father Christmas as he rings in the season, sharing the traditions of the United Kingdom and good cheer.

 

Canadian Holiday Voyageurs – Canada Pavilion

 Explore holiday customs from the various regions of Canada on a musical tour of the Great White North with the Canadian Holiday Voyageurs.

 

Santa Claus – The Odyssey Pavilion

Get ready for Christmas with Santa Claus now through December 24. Whether you know him as St. Nick, Père Noël or Father Christmas, a visit with jolly Santa Claus brings good cheer to the season.

 

 

FOTH Dad and daughter

Olaf’s Holiday Tradition Expedition Scavenger Hunt –   Go on a festive quest throughout World Showcase hunting for holiday traditions that Olaf has gathered––and lost––along the way! Simply purchase your map and stickers from select Festival merchandise locations—including Creations Shop, Port of Entry and World Traveler at International Gateway.

Using the stickers on your map, mark the “tradition” Olaf has found in each pavilion. Whether you complete the expedition or not, you may bring your map to Creations or World Traveler at International Gateway to redeem your map for a special holiday keepsake! Redemption valid through December 31, 2022, or while supplies last. 

GENERAL EVENT DETAILS
  • EPCOT admission required
  • A theme park reservation and valid EPCOT admission is required.
  • Events are subject to change or cancellation without notice.
  • Food studios are open daily November 25, 2022 through December 30, 2022, from park open to park close, unless otherwise noted.
  • Food and beverage offerings require a separate purchase.
  • Alcohol will only be served to Guests 21 and older.
  • Availability may be limited for some food studio offerings.
  • Food studios and all menu items are subject to closure or change without notice.
  • Events take place at various locations and stages across EPCOT.
  • Performance times and days vary.