6 festive things you MUST DO at EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays

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6 festive things you MUST DO at EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays

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It’s the most wonderful time of year! The International Festival of the Holidays at EPCOT® brings in all of the holiday fun with live entertainment, themed marketplaces, and delicious treats. The fun kicks off when guests arrive on November 25th and runs through December 30th. When you stay at a Casiola vacation rental for the holidays, you’re so close to all the holiday happenings!

Festival of the Holidays or Holidays around the World

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EPCOT’s annual celebration was known as Holidays Around the World. In 2019, the festival’s name changed to EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays and it’ll run from November 25 to December 30. The event features decorations, entertainment, and food inspired by different cultures and is filled with holiday fun and activities for the whole family to enjoy.

Beyond the seasonal food, music, and merchandise, there are also special events taking place at each pavilion. Holiday Gift Marketplaces will be located throughout the park with unique gifts for everyone on your list. You can catch Candlelight Processional or Olaf’s Holiday Traditions Expedition during this time period! And don’t forget about Joyful: A Celebration of the Season at America Gardens Theatre in World Showcase Plaza!

Candlelight Processional

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EPCOT’s Candlelight Processional is a great way to get into the holiday spirit. The show features a celebrity narrator who tells the story of Christmas while accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra and massed choir. Even if you’re not familiar with the story of Christmas, this is an experience that will leave you feeling inspired and at peace as you head into the holiday season.

2022 Celebrity Narrators

You can see this show nightly at 5:15 PM, 7:00 PM or 8:30 PM at the America Gardens Theatre at EPCOT.

2022 Schedule

Make a date to watch the celebrities lend their voices to the Candlelight Processional.

Events and entertainment are subject to change without notice.

Global Holiday Kitchen Marketplaces

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Feast around the world, as chefs celebrate holiday traditions from France to America. The Global Holiday Kitchen Marketplaces are a great chance to try out some of the best food from around the world. You can indulge in French-inspired dishes, like escargot with garlic butter and herb breadcrumbs, or Italian desserts such as tiramisu cake and chocolate budino (a sweet pudding). German classics include marinated grilled pork schnitzel and potato salad. American favorites include smoked pulled pork sliders with pickled onion slaw and maple bourbon wings. Mexican cuisine will be represented by carnitas tacos with guacamole and pico de gallo salsa, as well as churros with spiced caramel sauce for dessert!

Holiday Cookie Stroll

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Collect delicious delectables during the Festival of the Holidays at each of the six locations throughout the World Showcase. What better way to enjoy holiday treats than on a cookie stroll? The Holiday Cookie Stroll is located in the World Showcase, each location offers five different cookies to choose from, so you can try them all! When you buy five cookies from any of the official cookie stroll locations featured in your Festival Passport and be sure to collect a matching stamp for each cookie purchased. Once you’ve collected 5 stamps, bring the stamped Passport to Holiday Sweets & Treats to receive a specialty treat!

Menu Items and Locations

  • Nochebuena Cocina: Alfajores – Vanilla Shortbread Cookie with Dulce de Leche and Coconut
  • Yukon Holiday Kitchen: SNICKERS®-Doodle Cookie made with SNICKERS® Bar pieces
  • L’Chaim! Holiday Kitchen: Black and White Cookie (plant-based)
  • American Holiday Table: Chocolate Crinkle Cookie
  • Bavaria Holiday Kitchen: Linzer Cookie
  • Holiday Hearth Desserts: Gingerbread Cookie
  • Sunshine Seasons: M&M’s® Sugar Cookie
  • Connections Café: Sugar Cookie

Joyful: A celebration of the Season

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Joyful: A Celebration of the Season is a holiday show during the Festival of the Holidays that features the music of the season, including new songs and an all-new story. Performances begin at 1:15 PM, 2:20 PM, 3:25 PM, and 4:30 PM daily at World Showcase Plaza.

Olaf’s Holiday Tradition Expedition

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This year’s festive quest takes place in World Showcase during EPCOT’S Festival of the Holidays where Olaf has gathered holiday traditions that he lost along the way of his travels around the world. Purchase your map and stickers (Price: $9.99 plus tax) to track down each tradition hidden within one of 11 countries around the World Showcase: China, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Japan, Morocco, the United Kingdom, the United States, Mexico, and Canada. Find them all and you’ll receive a special holiday keepsake! Redemption is valid through December 31, 2022, or while supplies last.

Santa Claus has been spotted at The Odyssey Pavilion

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Have you been good this year? If so, Santa Claus will be stopping by The Odyssey Pavilion through December 24th at the Festival of the Holidays. He’ll be there at 11:00 AM, 12:30 PM, 2:00 PM, 3:30 PM, 5:00 PM and 6:30 PM each day with 60-minute performances, and he won’t be leaving until after Christmas Day. Whether you know him as St. Nick, Père Noël or Father Christmas, a visit with jolly Santa Claus brings good cheer to the season.

Vacation Home for the Holidays

It’s the season for getting into the holiday mood, stuffing yourself with food, and spending time with family. And what better way to unwind than by taking a vacation? The holidays may be a bit easier for you with all the details taken care of, and to create everlasting memories for the rest of the family at the vacation home capital of the world. More importantly, your vacation home will be deep cleaned and ready for you to move in. After a stress-free holiday getaway in one of these Casiola vacation homes, you’ll be wondering why you don’t do this every year.

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