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Dates Announced For 2018 Epcot International Festival of the Holidays & Candlelight Processional

Jennifer Fickley-Baker

by , Editorial Content Manager, Walt Disney World Resort

Recently, we shared dates for this year’s Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Parties at Magic Kingdom Park. And today, we’re back with another holiday update for all of you vacation planners out there! We’re happy to share that the 2018 Epcot International Festival of the Holidays will return to the park November 18 – December 30. The Candlelight Processional also returns this year and for the first time, the popular holiday tradition will open for Thanksgiving on November 22 and run through December 30.

Candlelight Processional at Epcot

The Epcot International Festival of the Holidays invites guests to discover holiday cheer throughout the park and across all 11 World Showcase pavilions. Special entertainment, storytellers, seasonal favorites at Holiday Kitchens, and eye-catching holiday decor are all part of the fun. Evenings during this time are topped off with a special holiday presentation of “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth.”

The Candlelight Processional, a holiday must-do for many Epcot guests, is a retelling of the traditional Christmas story read by a celebrity narrator, accompanied by a massed choir and live orchestra.

Keep your eye on the Disney Parks Blog in coming months for updates on this year’s Candlelight narrators and dining package information.


  • I have already booked my accommodations and reserved my dining based on the restaurants included in the dining/processional package last year. Assuming that the restaurants I selected are included in this year’s dining/processional package, how do I get the processional added to my dining reservation when it is released for the current year?

  • Dining should be realeasrd in July based off previous years. Speakers will be when they have all or most confirmed.

  • I don’t see an answer to any of the questions which is mine too when will we be able to book dining packages for candlelight processional i noticed some of the epcot restaurants are already booked for the night i would need which is nov 23rd .

  • Could you please tell me when the participating restaurants for the Candlelight Processional Dinner package will become available to make reservations?

  • Will Neil Patrick Harris be returning this year?

  • Jennifer
    Do you have any idea when the dining part of the Processional will become available

  • I’m considering going to Epcot on Christmas Eve. Will there be a candlelight Processional on that day since it is a holiday? Will dinner reservations be available for the show as well? If so, is there an Epcot Christmas menu at any restaurant?Thanks!

  • We should be seeing the announcement of celebrity narrators very soon as traditionally they make that official announcement about six months prior to the official candlelight dates. So I would advise anyone to keep checking back on a daily basis

  • Planning my first Disney World vacation and would really love to know when will we know what narraters and when we can book dining package? Thanks so much!

  • When should we expect to see the list of celebrity narrators and the participating restaurants?

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