Fall is in full swing at Disney World right now, which means that Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival is underway. However, as soon as Halloween is over, Christmas takes over! In Epcot, this means that Epcot’s Festival of the Holidays will once again return to the park.
The wintertime festival starts on November 29th with Candlelight Processionals, holiday kitchens and beverage locations, and even a holiday cookie stroll.
Let’s take a look at some of the most recent information!
Disney announced many of the Candlelight Processional Celebrity Narrators back in July, but there were still some blanks. Not all of those blanks have been filled in, but we do know that Isabella Rosselini will tell the Christmas story from December 8th through 10th and Marlee Matlin will speak on December 27th and 28th at the America Gardens Theatre in the American Adventure Pavilion. This leaves less than ten days basically bookending the festival without announced celebrity narrators.
As always, the Candlelight Processional will take place three times nightly at 5 pm, 6:45 pm, and 8:15 pm. Open seating is available, but you can reserve seating by booking a Dining Package.
Disney says there will be 13 Holiday Kitchens and even more food and beverage locations totaling 25 locations throughout World Showcase.
Get your favorite comfort meal – slow-roasted turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, green beans, and cranberry sauce – at American Holiday Table, try some Hanukah-inspired dishes at L’Chaim! Between Morocco and France, or munch on some Canadian dishes from Yukon Holiday Kitchen.
Many of the menu items at the Holiday Kitchens are eligible for the Disney Dining Plan as snacks, so you can get great value if you choose to book a DDP during this festival.
Holiday Cookie Stroll
Epcot will also introduce a Holiday Cookie Stroll this year. Grab a Festival Passport, try any five cookies, and collect matching stamps then receive a complimentary Santa Mickey Sugar Cookie trading pin at a Holiday Sweets and Treats. If you don’t want to eat that many cookies or forget to collect the stamps, you can also purchase this pin at one of the World Showcase Holiday Markets.
Here are some of the cookies available this year:
- Bavaria Holiday Kitchen: Linzer Cookie
- American Holiday Table: Gingerbread Cookie
- Yukon Holiday Kitchen: Peppermint Pinwheel Cookie
- Feast of the Three Kings: Chocolate Crinkle Cookie
- L’Chaim Holiday Kitchen: Black and white cookie
Epcot Festival of the Holidays runs through December 30th, 2019.
Would you like to celebrate Christmas in Disney World this year?