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Candlelight Processional Returns to Epcot Tonight at Walt Disney World Resort

Jennifer Fickley-Baker

by , Editorial Content Manager, Walt Disney World Resort

The “Candlelight Processional,” a highlight of the holiday offerings at Epcot, will return to the park tonight.

In case you haven’t seen the processional, the show is a retelling of the Christmas story by a celebrity narrator with seasonal songs performed by a live choir and orchestra. Shows take place each day at 5, 6:45 and 8:15 p.m. (except on December 7, when shows will take place only at 6:45 and 8:15 p.m.).

Christmas by Candlelight

First up in this year’s schedule of narrators is actress Jodi Benson, who voiced Ariel in “The Little Mermaid.” Joining the lineup for the first time this year are Jonathan Groff, who voiced Kristoff in “Frozen” and comedian Ana Gasteyer. Check out the full schedule below (entertainment is subject to change).

  • Jodi Benson – November 28 – 29, 2014
  • Neil Patrick Harris – November 30 – December 2, 2014
  • Jonathan Groff (NEW!) – December 3 – 4, 2014
  • Whoopi Goldberg – December 5 – 6, 2014
  • Levar Burton – December 7 – 9, 2014
  • Edward James Olmos – December 10 – 14, 2014
  • Chita Rivera – December 15 – 17, 2014
  • Ana Gasteyer (NEW!) – December 18 – 20, 2014
  • Marlee Matlin – December 21 – 23, 2014
  • Isabella Rossellini – December 24 – 25, 2014
  • Blair Underwood – December 26 – 27, 2014
  • Steven Curtis Chapman – December 28 – 30, 2014

One of the easiest ways to experience the Candlelight Processional is by purchasing a dining package – find more info on that here. It’s a family tradition my family adopted years ago and we can’t wait to attend again this season.

Will you see the Candlelight Processional at Epcot this year? Which narrator are you most excited about? Tell us in the comments section below.


  • Can you clarify the above question from Elise? Is Joe Morton not appearing at all now?

  • Is Edward James Olmos taking over all of Joe Morton’s performance dates? I thought he was only replacing him for December 12th and Joe Morton was still performing on December 13th and 14th.

    • Correct.

  • This is our third year watching the Processional, and the first year with Whoopi Goldberg. I had the fortunate experience of meeting her once a long time ago when she came to Albuquerque, and so I’m excited for this experience on the 5th! I hear that she does a phenomenal job!

    • I hope you have a great time, Jonathon.

  • Love this article. It means so much to us,the guests, to hear the Christmas story told as it should be and music that takes you on a spiritual journey through the story.

    Ellen, N.J.

    • Thanks so much, Ellen!

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