A Glorious Celebration Of Christmas: Epcot’s Candlelight Processional

One of the most loved events of the holiday season at Walt Disney World is the Candlelight Processional at the American Gardens Theater in Epcot. Each night between now and December 30th, a revolving cast of celebrity narrators will offer guests a glorious retelling of the biblical Christmas story, accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra and a magnificent mass choir. Happening three times per night, the Candlelight Processional takes place at 5:00, 6:45, 8:15 p.m. and is included with your admission to the Epcot Theme Park.

A Glorious Celebration Of ChristmasA Glorious Celebration Of Christmas

As I mentioned above, the Candlelight Processional is an extremely popular annual event, which means that you can expect really, really long stand-by lines. I've known folks that have waited three hours or more on nights with the most popular narrators such as Neil Patrick Harris and Whoopi Goldberg. The American Gardens Theater seats 1,000, but at least half or more of these will be reserved for guests that have purchased guaranteed seating through a dinning package.

My #1 tip for Candlelight Processional viewing is to book a Candlelight dining package that includes a meal and seating at a Candlelight Processional performance.

Candlelight Processional Three Times A NightCandlelight Processional Three Times A Night

The Candlelight dining package includes your choice of an appetizer, entree, dessert, and non-alcoholic, non-specialty beverage from the chosen restaurant's menu or 1 full buffet.

According to the Walt Disney World website "packages for breakfast start at $35 plus tax per person for adults and $21 plus tax per person for children, ages 3-9. Candlelight Dining Packages for lunch and dinner start at $44 plus tax per person for adults and $15.50 plus tax per person for children, ages 3-9." For a full list of restaurant options be sure to visit our friends over at the Disney Food Blog Candlelight Processional Dining Package Page.

Matt Bomer Helps Get The Season StartedMatt Bomer Helps Get The Season Started

This annual event is just one of the reasons that Christmastime is perfect for celebrity spotting at Walt Disney World! Not only can you see an array of well known personalities narrating the processional three times a night; but they tend to spend their off time enjoying the Disney Parks and Resorts just like anyone else.

Matt Sighting "In The Wild"Matt Sighting "In The Wild"

Wondering who you should keep your eye out for this holiday season? Here's a list of some of the famous faces you just end up in line next to, and when they are scheduled to narrate.

  • Matt Bomer - November 27 to 28, 2017
  • Ana Gasteyer - November 29 to 30, 2017
  • Whoopi Goldberg - December 1 to 3, 2017
  • Pat Sajak - December 4 to 5, 2017
  • Jodi Benson - December 6 to 8, 2017
  • Kurt Russell - December 9 to 11, 2017
  • Warwick Davis - December 12 to 14, 2017
  • Trace Adkins - December 15 to 17, 2017
  • Neil Patrick Harris - December 18 to 21, 2017
  • CCH Pounder - December 22 to 24, 2017
  • Jaci Velasquez - December 25 to 27, 2017
  • Chandra Wilson - December 28 to 30, 2017

Sounds Like Matt Is Having A Good TimeSounds Like Matt Is Having A Good Time

If you would like a little more information on the event, check out our previous review of the Candlelight Processional from guest blogger Holly L.

JoAnn C wrote on Thu, 11/30/2017 - 01:39:

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I saw Jodi Benson last year the day after Christmas. She was fantastic. The show was wonderful. I would definitely do it again.

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