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Experience Holidays Around the World at Epcot Starting November 27

Shawn Slater

by , Senior Communications Manager, Disney Live Entertainment

Returning to Epcot this November is perennial favorite Holidays Around the World, where time-honored traditions come alive through the sights and sounds of the countries of World Showcase. Whether it’s learning about the customs of Hanukkah and Kwanzaa or listening to the tales of characters like Père Noël in France and the kind-hearted witch La Befana in Italy, this event is a must-do every year.

For the 2015 holiday season, new live musical performances by American Music Machine are being added to the mix. Introduced to rave reviews last summer, this five-member a cappella group brings to Holidays Around the World a contemporary take on the classic Christmas TV special. With unique vocal arrangements by Tim Davis (“Glee”), American Music Machine will be rocking around the Fountain Stage, performing both modern and nostalgic holiday hits, including “White Christmas,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “All I Want for Christmas is You.”

The Chinese Lion Dance During Holidays Around the World at Epcot The Chinese Lion Dance During Holidays Around the World at Epcot

Holidays Around the World has something for everyone! “Joyful! A Gospel Celebration of the Season” enlivens the Fountain Stage throughout the day, while the Canadian Holiday Voyageurs take us on a musical exploration of holiday traditions from across the Great White North in the Canada Pavilion. In Mexico, “Feliz Navidad” features colorful dancers and mariachis, who celebrate the holiday customs of Mexico in an interactive, musical performance, and the China Pavilion bursts to life with the vibrant Chinese Lion Dance, bringing good fortune and happiness to all in honor of major holidays such as the Lunar New Year and Lantern Festival.

See 'Feliz Navidad' During Holidays Around the World at Epcot See 'Feliz Navidad' During Holidays Around the World at Epcot

Of course, a day at Epcot during Holidays Around the World would not be complete without taking in a performance of the gorgeous and moving Candlelight Processional or catching the stunning, holiday fireworks finale to “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth.”

Holidays Around the World begins Friday, November 27, at Epcot and continues through December 30, 2015. You won’t want to miss it!


  • Does anyone know if they will be having the outdoor kitchens again for Winter/Holiday season foods & beverages? I read about a passport at kiosks, but nothing mentioned about the outdoor kitchens and which countries are offering outdoor kitchens.

  • I am extremely disappointed that the Osbourne Light Display is terminated after this year. Don’t get me wrong, I love Star Wars; I just fail to see how something that comes only once a year, for just a few weeks can interfere with the new promotion. The lights brought many people together, not just Christians, in order to celebrate the season. Then this announcement regarding the Holidays, says it begins November 27-after the Thanksgiving week when many of us can make a visit due to both work and the blackout dates in December. Mostly due to work. Definitely sad! Please tell me the corporation that funded the Lights, Siemons, will continue to fund this beautiful display someplace else.

  • holidays around the world would be even more enticing with some kind of food offerings such as whats at food and wine and the flower and garden festival!

  • I’m pretty sure The Voices of Liberty will still be performing in there normal location.

  • I hope they bring back the gates between Future World and World Showcase, the ones with all the lights on them. (I forget what they were called, but it was cool riding the monorail between them.) If not this year, maybe next year, now that the Osborne Lights at DHS will be gone.

  • Does this mean no more Voices of Liberty at the Holiday’s 🙁

    • Michael – There’s just so much going on during Holidays Around the World, I couldn’t include everything. Of course, Voices of Liberty will be performing throughout the holiday season, appearing in their traditional “Dickens Carolers” costumes in the rotunda of The American Adventure.

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