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First Look: EPCOT ‘Candlelight Processional’ Celebrity Narrators

Joey McElroy

by , Communications Manager, Disney Live Entertainment

Get ready to fill your holiday season with songs at the “Candlelight Processional,” returning to the EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays presented by AdventHealth starting Nov. 25. This time-honored tradition has been a part of the holiday season at Walt Disney World since its opening in 1971. Experience the celebrity narrators, the Voices of Liberty acapella ensemble, a 50-piece live orchestra and glorious massed choirs as they present a heartwarming retelling of the traditional Christmas story.

Because the holidays are best celebrated with others, we could not be more excited to again share this tradition with the community as we invite guest choirs from across Florida to take part in the show. Choirs comprised of Disney cast members will also return, bringing magic to their performances as they do in their roles every day.

The 2022 lineup of celebrity narrators features new and returning favorites, including actors from some of your favorite films, world-renowned singers, and other talented artists. Here’s your first look at this year’s narrators:

  • 11/25 – 11/26: Simu Liu (NEW)
  • 11/27 – 11/29: Edward James Olmos
  • 11/30 – 12/1: Raul Esparza (NEW)
  • 12/2 – 12/3: Whoopi Goldberg
  • 12/4 – 12/6: Isabella Rossellini
  • 12/7 – 12/9: Daymond John (NEW)
  • 12/10 – 12/12: Josh Gad (NEW)
  • 12/13 – 12/14: Gloria Estefan (NEW)
  • 12/15 – 12/18: Neil Patrick Harris
  • 12/19 – 12/20: Mariska Hargitay (NEW)
  • 12/21 – 12/23: Cal Ripken Jr.
  • 12/24 – 12/26: Marie Osmond
  • 12/27 – 12/28: Courtney Vance
  • 12/29 – 12/30: Angela Bassett

Secure your spot at the show by booking a “Candlelight Processional” Dining Package! Packages go on sale Oct. 6. Find out more by visiting

EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays presented by AdventHealth is available with valid theme park admission and a park reservation for the same date. Check back with us here on the Disney Parks Blog for more details in the weeks ahead.


  • Is this event live streamed? We would love to see other narrators! We had to chance to see Shimu Liu and Whoopi while there. Absolutely amazing. Such talented conductor, cast members & orchestra!

  • It would be great if they would open the Candlelight Procession to the public here at Disneyland CA. We had one year where they had a lottery for pass holders, and I was lucky enough to have seen it twice: Kurt Russell and Patricia Heaton.

  • “Beginning October 6, 2022, you can secure your spot for this limited-time experience by booking online. Advance reservations are highly recommended and can be made up to 60 days prior to your visit.” This is from the Disney website so itll be your 60 days

  • Do packages go on sale october 6th for the whole season or just for 60 days ahead of the start of your trip like other advanced dining reservations? If someone is coming December 15th then can they get their package in October 6th?

  • I am so excited that you finally announced! Can’t wait to book my dining package and to see Whoopi. This experience is so beautiful and moving, it’s a must not miss.

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