EPCOT Christmas: 2023 In-Depth Guide

Let the magic of the season surround you as you discover radiant holiday lights, enchanting moments, and the heartwarming traditions of diverse cultures. All kinds of enchantment await at the EPCOT Christmas International Festival of the Holidays!

Listen to a heartwarming Christmas story narrated by a famous personality, indulge in local and international treats, or create special memories with your favorite Disney characters. Plus, bask in the holiday cheer as you wave to Santa, revel in a joyous tribute show, and step into a world of gastronomic wonder, where you can experience the delectable seasonal dishes and beverages. Your dream holiday celebration is about to come true at the Most Magical Place on Earth!

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Follow along as we dive into the Disney EPCOT Festival of the Holidays.

EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays Tickets

Valid admission and park reservations for the same park are required.

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Nearby Hotels and Lodging

An a-type and savvy traveler knows it’s best to stay as near as possible to Walt Disney World, especially if there are big events to join, such as EPCOT Food and Wine Festival.

This helps you save some serious cash and priceless time. Book any of these hotels nearby Disney World Resorts:

EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays Attractions

Candlelight Processional

Showtimes: From November 24 through December 30, 2023, at 5:15 PM, 7:00 PM and 8:30 PM

Feel the spirit of holidays come to life at Candlelight Processional, a sought-after attraction wherein a celebrity narrator shares the heartening story about the savior’s birth. This EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays Candlelight Processional experience is complete with inspiring and joyful songs played by the massed choir and a 50-piece orchestra.

For this year’s EPCOT Christmas processional, you’ll get to enjoy the voices of these celebrities:

  • November 24 to 25, 2023
    Chrissy Metz – NEW!
  • November 26 to 27, 2023
    Luis Fonsi – NEW!
  • November 28 to 29, 2023
    Ann-Margret – NEW!
  • November 30, 2023
    Simu Liu
  • December 1 to 2, 2023
    Simu Liu
  • December 3 to 5, 2023
    Neil Patrick Harris
  • December 9 to 11, 2023
    Marlee Matlin
  • December 12 to 14, 2023
    Brendan Fraser – NEW!
  • December 15 to 16, 2023
    Eva Longoria – NEW!
  • December 17 to 18, 2023
    Joey McIntyre — NEW!
  • December 19 to 20, 2023
    Sterling K. Brown — NEW!
  • December 21 to 23, 2023
    Jordan Fisher – NEW!
  • December 24 to 26, 2023
    Steven Curtis Chapman
  • December 27 to 28, 2023
    Audra McDonald – NEW!
  • December 29 to 30, 2023
    Lisa Ling
a lovely picture of the park with a large circular ball in the center and small trees on either side.
photo credit: Ear to Ear Magic via Facebook

Candlelight Processional Dining Packages

Make your night truly extraordinary with a perfect blend of exquisite dining and breathtaking entertainment. Relish a delectable meal that pampers your palate, then be swept away by an awe-inspiring show, ensuring a night to remember.

On top of tasting new flavors, you’ll get a guarantee to secure a spot at the Candlelight Processional when you avail of this dining package. So, enjoy a special holiday meal and easily save your seats at the anticipated Christmastime event.

Tickets cost range from $41 to $104.

Meet Santa Claus at The Odyssey Pavilion

When: November 24 through December 24, 2024 at 11:00 AM, 12:30 PM, 2:00 PM, 3:30 PM, 5:00 PM, and 6:30 PM

Is it really Christmas EPCOT Festivals without Santa Claus? No matter how old you are, visiting St. Nick makes you feel special. Don’t miss this jolly holiday show that will keep you smiling and feeling like a child.

JOYFUL! A Celebration of the Season

When: Daily at 1:15 PM, 2:20 PM, 3:25 PM, and 4:30 PM.

Put your dancing shoes on, as you’re guaranteed to groove at this Festival of the Holidays attraction. Feel the joy of the season and celebrate Kwanzaa by dancing and singing along to inspiring Gospel, R&B, and festive classics performed by the talented JOYFUL! group. Flock to World Showcase Plaza for this spirited spectacle.

aerial of Epcot World Showcase at night in Orlando, Florida, USA
photo credit: Carolyn at Pure Magic Vacations via Facebook

Holiday Storytellers

Christmas at EPCOT means taking your eyes and ears on a world tour. Deep dive into a bounty of holiday traditions and listen as storytellers share the magic of the season:

Mexico Pavilion – Las Posadas Celebration
Sunday through Thursday

Enjoy a fiesta like no other as you soak in the magic of Las Posadas. The celebration comes alive with energetic dancers, enchanting piñatas, and the irresistible rhythms of Mariachi Cobre.

Norway Pavilion – A Mischievous Magical Barn Santa

As the holiday spirit fills the air, prepare to be amused and charmed when a playful Barn Santa drops in on Sigrid, the unsuspecting Christmas storyteller.

China Pavilion – Chinese Lion Dancer

Embrace the traditions and catch a glimpse of a colorful performance that brings good fortune and happiness in the Lunar New Year.

Italy Pavilion – La Befana

Be enchanted by the tale of La Befana, the kind hearted witch who visits young children in their dreams on the Eve of the Epiphany.

Japan Pavilion – Daruma Storyteller

Bask in the wonder of Japanese culture as you listen to the fascinating story of the Daruma doll and the customs that define the New Year.

Between the Morocco and France Pavilions – Hanukkah Storyteller

Uncover the harmonious symphony of Hanukkah traditions worldwide during EPCOT on Christmas Day as a storyteller unfolds their tales of exploration and discovery.

France Pavilion – Pere Noel

EPCOT at Christmas means stepping into the world of Père Noël, where you’ll find the joy of Christmas reignited by the touching letter of a magical child.

United Kingdom Pavilion – Father Christmas

Join in on an enchanting journey filled with British holiday traditions, as Father Christmas leads the way, spreading joy and good cheer to all who follow.

Canada Pavilion – Canadian Holiday Voyageurs

Enjoy a celebration of Canada’s cultural diversity as the Canadian Holiday Voyageurs lead you on a musical exploration of the country’s unique holiday customs.

The Odyssey Pavilion – Santa Greeting
Daily through December 24, 2023

Capture the joy of the season with a photo alongside Santa Claus, St. Nick, Père Noël, and Father Christmas in different corners of the world.

Cinderella's Castle in Disney World - Orlando, FL USA

Holiday Kitchen

Your celebration begins with a toast to the most magical time of the year. Delight in the exquisite seasonal dishes and beverages from the EPCOT Festival of the Holidays food kitchens.

American Holiday Table American Adventure Pavilion

The season kicks off the festivity with a culinary tribute that transports you back to the warmth of grandma’s cooking. Traditional dishes await to delight your taste buds.

Bavaria Holiday Kitchen (Germany Pavilion)

Get ready for a hearty Willkommen! EPCOT invites you to enjoy delicious cuisine, paired with a charming selection of German beverages.

Bubbles & Brine (near Port of Entry)

Prepare to savor the ocean’s finest offerings and the best food at the EPCOT Festival of the Holidays, perfectly complemented by the elegance of Champagne. This promises a truly exquisite dining experience.

Char & Chop (near Disney Traders)

A world of gourmet meats awaits at this butchery-inspired holiday kitchen, where culinary tradition meets holiday indulgence.

Holiday Hearth Desserts (The Odyssey Pavilion)

Like Mickey s Very Merry Christmas Party, this event lets you wrap yourself in warmth with an inviting selection of sweet treats, creamy hot cocoa, and an array of tasty brews, setting the scene for a soothing experience.

Holiday Sweets & Treats (near Port of Entry)

Gather around the iconic EPCOT Christmas tree for a delightful soirée, complete with an assortment of cookies, comforting hot cocoa, and an array of specialty sips that promise to add an extra dash of sweetness to your festivities.

L’Chaim! Holiday Kitchen (between the Morocco and France Pavilions)

Raise your glass to the good life while indulging in classic deli favorites, infused with the unmistakable charm of New York’s culinary heritage.

Las Posadas Holiday Kitchen (Mexico Pavilion)

Revel in the culinary traditions of Latin America, where you can expect a season filled with flavors and joy.

Le Marché de Noël Holiday Kitchen (France Pavilion)

Say “oui” to an extraordinary dining experience where you’ll feast on très magnifique cuisine, complemented by an array of specialty cocktails.

Nochebuena Cucina (near Test Track presented by Chevrolet)

Wave goodbye to bland and hello to bold as you embark on a culinary adventure that’s all about spices and Latin flair.

Shanghai Holiday Kitchen (China Pavilion)

Make your holiday season extra merry with a delightful meal featuring popular Chinese plates and an assortment of potables.

Shi Wasu Holiday Kitchen Japan Pavilion

Celebrate the season with a culinary voyage to Japan. Let your palate be enchanted by festive dishes and drinks that transport you to the Land of the Rising Sun.

Swirled Showcase (near Port of Entry)

A day of frosty fun brimming with a selection of whimsical frozen treats and a variety of chilled drinks is what we are all waiting for.

Tangierine Café: Flavors of the Medina (Morocco Pavilion)

The vibrant culture of Morocco comes alive on your plate as you enjoy a culinary voyage featuring grilled kebabs and hard cider.

Tuscany Holiday Kitchen (Italy Pavilion)

Say “benvenuto” to a culinary adventure that’s all about indulgence. Savor a seasonal twist on iconic dishes and beverages from around the globe and let your taste buds explore a world of deliciousness.

Wine & Wedge (near Disney Traders)

Elevate your palate with artisanal cheeses that are a true culinary masterpiece, accompanied by a collection of fine wine, port, and other delectable choices.

Yukon Holiday Kitchen (Canada Pavilion)

The most wonderful time of the year is upgraded with an EPCOT Christmas Food feast that’s inspired by the beauty of the Great White North.

Additional Locations

Say “yum” to a world of snacking options as you explore year-round food destinations. Discover nibbles, morsels, and noshes. Each stop has unique additions to its regular menu, guaranteeing you’re in for a delightful treat.

Funnel Cake (American Adventure Pavilion)

Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company (multiple locations at EPCOT)

Refreshment Port (near Canada)

Refreshment Outpost (between the China and Germany Pavilions)

As we eagerly await the EPCOT Festival of the Holidays 2023 menu’s unveiling, make sure to also whet your appetite by visiting Disney’s website for an exclusive early look at what’s cooking.

Holiday Cookie Stroll

When it comes to sweet treats, Walt Disney World serves the best. Get your sugary fix during this season at the Holidays Cookie Stroll! Marvel through the official cookie areas that are included in your Festival Passport to get five cookies and earn a stamp.

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After collecting all five stamps, head to Holiday Sweets & Treats to receive a gift! Guests of all ages are welcome to join this fun game and enjoy the sweet taste of the holidays EPCOT Christmas 2023.

Living with the Land – Glimmering Greenhouses

Prepare for a journey filled with wonder as you experience the season’s bounty in a whole new light. Explore greenhouses aglow with dazzling lights and celebrate the beauty of nature like never before.

gingerbread man coming out of the door of his gingerbread house with a gingerbread bunny, sleigh, and tree all on white icing.Olaf’s Holiday Tradition Expedition Scavenger Hunt

It’s time to use your detective skills! Journey throughout the World Showcase and hunt for the festive traditions that Olaf has found and lost. First, purchase stickers and a map from festival merchandise locations at International Gateway. Then, start your quest.

Make sure to mark all the “traditions” you can find by using your stickers. Afterward, bring your map to the World Traveler or Creations whether you complete the adventure or not. A special holiday souvenir awaits each Olaf s Holiday Tradition Expedition participant. Don’t forget to redeem your keepsakes now throughout EPCOT!

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Can’t Miss Walt Disney World Attractions

Step into a world filled with captivating attractions and delightful activities that will add an extra layer of magic to your holiday celebrations.

Cinderella’s Castle

Step into Cinderella’s Castle, where wishes do come true on Christmas Day at EPCOT. This 189-foot attraction at Magic Kingdom boasts postcard-worthy photo ops with its lush gardens and enchanting wishing well.

Space Mountain

Buckle up! This roller-coaster ride will take you into outer space filled with migrant meteors and comets.

Fantasy Land

Step right into your favorite fairytale land or take photos with your beloved Disney friends at Fantasy Land.

Mickey’s Magical Friendship Faire

Mickey Mouse and his friends are ready to show their moves, so don’t miss their incredible musical performance.

Toy Story Land

Whether you want to stay in Andy’s room or bond with Woody and his gang outdoors, Toy Story Land invites you to a wild adventure.

Disney Junior Characters

Traveling with your little ones to Hollywood Studios? But then, visiting your Disney Junior Pals, from Doc McStuffins to Nancy, is a must!

Lake in foreground and people riding Expedition Everest at Walt Disney World's Animal Kingdom - Orlando, Florida, USA
photo credit: Visit Orlando via Facebook

 EPCOT Festival of the Holidays 2023 Dates

The Disney Festival of the Holidays dates run from November 24, 2023, through December 30, 2023. “When does EPCOT decorate for Christmas?” You can enjoy the holiday season early as EPCOT’s grand celebrations begin just before Thanksgiving.

EPCOT Internation Festival of the Holidays Venue

All the festivities of Festival of the Holidays EPCOT will be held at P.O. Box 10000 Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830.

Experience the EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays

Embrace sparkling holiday decorations, authentic cuisines, and global traditions at the Most Magical Place on Earth!

EPCOT Christmas Festival transports you to a land of magic and holiday cheer this festive season. Hear the touching story of Christmas and joyful carols, munch down seasonal flavors at holiday kitchens, or capture holiday card-worthy photos with your favorite Disney characters.

At EPCOT, Christmas is festival lights and traditions, so dress in your best holiday attire and get ready for a one-of-a-kind celebration of holidays around the world.

While at it, extend your mouse-themed visit to experience the park’s upcoming events, such as the EPCOT Food Wine Festival. Voices of Liberty, and Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind, with a Walt Disney World® vacation package.


Start Date:

November 24, 2023 @ 9:00 am CST

End Date:

December 30, 2023 @ 9:00 pm CST



Epcot Events

200 Epcot Center Dr
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32836 United States


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