• 9 Merry Must Dos at this year's Festival of the Holidays!

    9 Merry Must Dos at this year's Festival of the Holidays!

    Gabriela V.

    Created: Dec 12, 2023

    Last Updated: Dec 12, 2023

    9 Merry Must Dos at this year's Festival of the Holidays!

    This Christmas Season at Disney has been lovely, and the wonderful EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays, presented by AdventHealth, captivates visitors with its festive details. 

    Here are the nine MUST-DOS according to Disney:

    1. Candlelight Processional: A Disney Tradition

    From all the festivities, the EPCOT Candlelight Processional is a real highlight! This extraordinary retelling of the origin of Christmas features celebrity narrators, a choir of Disney cast members, local community groups, and a 50-piece live orchestra with herald trumpets. 

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    Be sure to catch the impressive lineup of celebrity narrators, including newcomers like Brendan Fraser, Eva Longoria, and Joey McIntyre. Performances run nightly at the America Gardens Theatre in EPCOT, with showtimes at 5:15, 7:00, and 8:30 p.m.

    2. Spaceship Earth Shines Bright

    The iconic Spaceship Earth attraction transforms into a sparkling spectacle. Admire the vibrant lights every night, accompanied by the Disney100 anthem, an original version of “When You Wish Upon a Star.” 

    3. Holiday Kitchens: A Global Feast

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    Enjoy your day with the culinary delights of more than 15 Holiday Kitchens. From Cheese Fondue in a Bread Bowl to Slow Roasted Turkey, and Spiced Pumpkin Punch to Cranberry Mimosas, these festive recipes and drinks from around the world are a treat for food enthusiasts

    4. Holiday Cookie Stroll: Sweet Delights

    Embark on the unique Holiday Cookie Stroll, featuring delightful cookies from the Holiday Kitchens. Collect stamps in your Festival Passport by purchasing cookies from official locations. 

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    Present your stamped passport at Holiday Sweets & Treats to receive a specialty cookie that is a sweet reward for your festive journey!

    5. Visit Santa Claus Until Dec. 24

    Embrace the classic tradition of meeting Santa Claus at the Odyssey Pavilion in EPCOT. 

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    Say hello, pose for a photo, and share your Christmas wishes. Santa's meet-and-greet is available daily at 11 a.m., and additional sessions at 12:30, 2, 3:30, 5:00 and 6:30 p.m. until December 24th.

    6. Holiday Storytellers: A Global Journey

    Explore the World Showcase and discover the rich holiday traditions of different countries through merry Holiday Storytellers.

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    From Mexico's Las Posadas Celebration to China's colorful Lion Dancer, each pavilion unveils unique stories that add a global flair to your holiday experience.

    7. JOYFUL! A Celebration of the Season: Musical Upliftment

    You need to give yourself the experience of the joyous melodies of Christmas and Kwanzaa with JOYFUL! 

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    Daily performances at the World Showcase Plaza Stage (1:15, 2:20, 3:25, and 4:30 p.m.) 

    8. Living with the Land: Glimmering Greenhouses

    Embark on a festive journey through Living with the Land, where the greenhouses come alive with holiday lights

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    Experience the magic of the season and witness innovative horticultural techniques employed by Walt Disney World to support a growing planet.

    9. Olaf’s Holiday Tradition Expedition Scavenger Hunt

    Get on board a magical quest with Olaf’s Holiday Tradition Expedition Scavenger Hunt. 

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    Purchase a map and stickers at festival merchandise locations, leading you on a delightful adventure to discover traditions Olaf has found in every pavilion.

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    WE ARE LOVING Disney during this time of year, especially the holiday magic at the EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays. Want to book a trip to Disney and feel a bit of that special Christmas spirit? Send us a message and let us handle everything. Until next time!

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