The holiday season at EPCOT is such a fantastic time. You have the opportunity to learn about so many great holiday traditions about so many different countries. And this year, you’ll have the opportunity to celebrate the holiday season at EPCOT from November 24-December 30.
Now, of course, one of the biggest parts of the EPCOT Festival of the Holidays is the Candlelight Processional. You can find out the latest details about this year’s narrators here.
But let’s move on to some of the other fun holiday festivities.
If you’re looking to meet Santa, Guests will find him at the Odyssey pavilion from November 24 through December 24. From my own experience, do keep in mind that this is an extremely popular meet and greet experience and you will want to line up early in the day to make sure you see him, as this line gets extremely long and has frequently been cut off.
One of my favorite things about the EPCOT Festival of the Holidays are the Holiday Storytellers. Guests get to learn about how other countries celebrate the season. Celebrate in the Norway pavilion as a mischievous Barn Santa makes an appearance; observe the wonder of a Chinese Lion Dancer commemorating the Lunar New Year; join a fascinating journey to learn more about Hanukkah festivities around the world; and learn about the magic of Pere Noel.
Another one of my favorite things to experience during this season are the voices of JOYFUL!. This is an incredibly talented Gospel and R&B who perform in World Showcase Plaza.
Looking to experience a fun holiday overlay? You won’t want to miss visiting Living with the Land at night. That’s because the greenhouses twinkle with a fantastically festive light display.
Of course, food is a huge part of the holiday season and the EPCOT Festival of the Holidays doesn’t disappoint. More than 15 Holiday Kitchens will be available for Guests to enjoy.
In addition, you could also take part in the Holiday Cookie Stroll! Purchase 5 cookies from any of the official cookie stroll locations, get a stamp in your festival passport, and then once you’ve collected 5 stamps, you’ll want to take that passport to the Holiday Sweet & Treats Holiday Kitchen and receive a specialty cookie. Since you can complete the stroll at your leisure through December 30, it’s the perfect activity to enjoy with family and friends every time you visit the festival.
If you’ve got kids, or you’re a kid at heart, take part in the Olaf’s Holiday Tradition Expedition Scavenger Hunt. This is a fun way to explore World Showcase. Guests can purchase a map and stickers from select festival merchandise locations and seek out the “tradition” that Olaf has found in each pavilion. Whether or not you complete the quest, you can redeem your map at Creations Shop, Disney Traders or World Traveler at International Gateway for a special festival holiday keepsake.
Speaking of keepsakes, you know that there will be fantastic merchandise available to celebrate the season.
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