Celebrate the Season at EPCOT’s Festival of the Holidays

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EPCOT's Festival of the Holidays

Hey Disney Vacationers! Exciting news for all Disney holiday fans! Disney World has announced the return of the beloved EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays, set to take place from November 29 through December 30, 2024. This festival offers visitors the unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the holiday traditions from across the globe, accompanied by an array of spectacular sights, sounds, and flavors. Let’s look at what’s return for this year’s EPCOT’s Festival of the Holidays.

A Festival of Lights, Music, and Joy

Candlelight Processional: A standout feature of the festival, the Candlelight Processional, is an absolute must-see. Imagine the resonant voice of a celebrity narrator, woven together with the harmonious sounds of a 50-piece orchestra and massed choir. This performance not only tells the timeless story of Christmas but does so with grandeur, featuring herald trumpets and the melodious Voices of Liberty. It’s a breathtaking experience that truly embodies the spirit of the season.

Meet Santa Claus: No holiday celebration is complete without Santa Claus. Drop by the Odyssey Pavilion for a heartwarming and festive photo opportunity with Santa. It’s a perfect moment for families looking to add a magical touch to their holiday scrapbook.

JOYFUL! A Celebration of the Season: This vibrant show pays homage to Christmas and Kwanzaa with a lively mix of Gospel, R&B, and traditional holiday songs.Performed live, JOYFUL! brings together talented musicians and vocalists to create a jubilant, foot-tapping celebration that resonates with guests of all ages.

EPCOT's Festival of the Holidays

Stories and Culinary Delights

Holiday Storytellers: As you wander through EPCOT, you’ll encounter storytellers ready to share captivating tales of holiday legends and lore from diverse cultures. These stories provide a fascinating glimpse into the holiday traditions from around the world, enriching your visit with cultural insights and festive cheer.

Holiday Kitchens: Ready your taste buds for a culinary journey at the Holiday Kitchens scattered throughout the park. Here, you can indulge in an array of savory and sweet dishes, each offering a taste of different international holiday cuisines. Whether you’re craving a hearty meal or a delicate dessert, EPCOT’s Festival of the Holidays caters to every palate.

Holiday Cookie Stroll: For those with a sweet tooth, the Holiday Cookie Stroll is a delightful treat. As you explore the festival, sample various festive cookies and collect stamps in your Festival Passport. Complete your cookie adventure with a special treat, a perfect souvenir to commemorate your culinary exploration.

EPCOT's Festival of the Holidays

Unique Experiences

Living with the Land – Glimmering Greenhouses: Take a serene boat ride through festively decorated greenhouses on the Living with the Land attraction. This experience showcases the season’s bounty in a dazzling display of lights, offering a unique perspective on how the holiday season can blend with natural beauty.

Olaf’s Holiday Tradition Expedition Scavenger Hunt: Add a dash of adventure to your festival experience with Olaf’s Holiday Tradition Expedition. This scavenger hunt is a fun-filled activity for guests of all ages, inviting you to help Olaf track down holiday traditions he’s collected (and lost) around EPCOT.

The EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays is not just an event; it’s a collection of experiences that blend festive entertainment with cultural education and culinary delights. It’s where joy, traditions, and the magic of Disney come together to create unforgettable holiday memories. Don’t miss this spectacular seasonal celebration—plan your visit today and immerse yourself in the world of holiday wonders at EPCOT.

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I’m a die-hard Disney fan with 38 years of visits under my belt, having stepped into Disney World 120+ times. Proud to be a Disney Annual Passholder, a Vacation Club member since ’92, a Castaway Club Member, and a runDisney enthusiast. Oh, and I’ve graduated from the Disney College of Knowledge. Need Disney insights or planning tips? I’m your guy!