A Complete Guide to the 2021 Festival of the Holidays at EPCOT

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A Complete Guide to the 2021 Festival of the Holidays at EPCOT

This post is your complete guide to the 2021 EPCOT Festival of the Holidays! Disney knows how to celebrate nearly anything, and EPCOT is one park that is sure to bring out all the stops. Whether it’s the EPCOT Food and Wine Festival, The EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival, or a holiday extravaganza, EPCOT showcases the uniqueness and cultures of the world.

As far as the 2021 EPCOT festivals go, we know one thing’s for sure: EPCOT Festival of the Holidays 2021 is happening, and we couldn’t be more excited! In order to celebrate properly, we’ve come up with the ultimate guide on all you need to know in regards to the 2021 EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays.

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So if you’re ready to learn everything we know about the 2021 Festival of the Holidays read on!

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What is the 2021 EPCOT Festival of the Holidays?

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Are you planning a trip to EPCOT this winter? Be sure to immerse yourself in the 2021 Festival of the Holidays at EPCOT. It is another one of the popular 2021 EPCOT festivals, but this time, they celebrate EPCOT holidays around the world, and park-goers get immersed in the park’s sights, surroundings, activities and (of course) food.

During this festival, you can expect to be tasting the most wholesome, cheery dishes from the Holiday Kitchens sprinkled around the showcase. Disney Christmas at Epcot is elevated to a whole other level, where is celebrates not only Christmas, but a Yuletide Extravaganza. Epcot Festival of the Holidays also offers the crowd favorite Cookie Stroll, Candlelight Processional and more!

This is one of the many spectacular ways Disney celebrates the holidays and joy. And another great reason to make sure you don’t miss out on anything going on at Walt Disney World during the Christmas season. 

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When is the 2021 EPCOT Festival of the Holidays? 

Dates for the 2021 Festival of the Holidays have been announced on Walt Disney World’s website. This year, the Disney Festival of the Holidays will begin on November 26th and run until December 30th!

We love this time of year for a few reasons, the first being the weather and the second being Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. 

2021 EPCOT Festival of the Holidays Dates: 

  • November 26th to December 30th, 2021

The Best Time to Visit EPCOT Festival of the Holidays

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When is the Best Time to Visit the 2021 EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays?

  • Nov. 26th-30th
  • Dec. 1st-13th

Related Article: When Does Disney World Decorate for Christmas

The Best Disney Resorts for the 2021 EPCOT Festival of the Holidays

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With the addition of the Disney Skyliner there have never been more Disney hotel options for guests visiting EPCOT. Below are our recommendations when visiting the 2021 WDW Festival of the Holidays:

Hotels in walking distance to 2021 Festival of the Holidays Epcot:

  • Disney’s Boardwalk Inn
  • The Disney Yacht Club Resort
  • Disney’s Beach Club
  • Swan & Dolphin (friendly neighbor resorts)

Disney Skyliner access to 2021 EPCOT Festival of the Holidays

  • Disney’s Riviera Resort
  • Caribbean Beach Resort
  • Disney’s Pop Century Resort
  • Art of Animation Resort

What’s Included With Your 2021 EPCOT Festival of the Holidays Ticket?

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Access to the 2021 EPCOT Festival of the Holidays at World Showcase is included with your regular Walt Disney World ticket. It’s important to note that food and drink tastings are not included in the cost of your ticket.

For the most part, tastings at each Holiday Kitchen will run you between $5.00-$9.00 for food and $4.00-$10.00 for drinks.

With that being said there are a ton of free things to do at the 2021 EPCOT Festival of the Holidays. These include unique character meet-and-greets, EPCOT holiday story tellers, live music, the candlelight processional and holiday treats.

Related post: Walt Disney World Food and Wine Festival 2021

2021 Disney Festival of the Holiday Tickets 

To confirm, you do not have to purchase a specific 2021 Festival of the Holidays ticket to enjoy this amazing event! Simply shop for any Walt Disney World ticket and make your Disney park reservation at EPCOT for the day you plan to visit. We also encourage all guests to take a look at our one day EPCOT park plan to save even more time while visiting the 2021 Festival of the Holidays. 

Disney Festival of the Holidays Cost

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When Does Disney Decorate for the 2021 Festival of the Holidays?

EPCOT has always been one of the last parks to be decorated for Christmas at Walt Disney World. We typically see all of their holiday displays officially up right around the last few days of November just in time for the EPCOT festival of the Holidays to start.

And if you feel like, that seems late compared to some of the other Walt Disney World theme parks you’re right! However we feel like this has to do with the popular EPCOT Food and Wine Festival ending so late in November.

Festival of Holidays EPCOT Activities and Entertainment

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These EPCOT December events are worth celebrating, and really tie in the festival and what they stand for!

EPCOT Christmas Storytellers

Each country located in world showcase has performers bringing their holiday traditions to life for all guests to hear. These storytellers share the history of their country’s Christmas celebrations. This is a very educational yet entertaining activity that both kids and adults would love to experience. 

Storytellers are scheduled intermittently throughout the day, with times listed in the 2021 EPCOT Festival of the Holidays Passport. Because they happen in their respective countries, it would be difficult to see them all in one day. Nonetheless, if there’s a storyteller in a country your family has ancestry from, or perhaps there’s a culture you’re interested in, this is a great way to learn more about their holiday traditions.

Christmas storytellers are typically found in the following countries:

  • Mexico
  • Norway
  • China
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • America
  • Japan
  • Morocco
  • France
  • United Kingdom
  • Canada

There’s also usually always a Hanukkah storyteller during the Festival of the Holidays as well.

Disney Christmas EPCOT Processional

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Update October 2021: EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays – Candlelight Processional will be returning to EPCOT this year!

Although Disney has not made an official announcement we all have our fingers crossed that the 2021 Festival of the Holidays Candlelight Processional will be back this year! This event is by far one of the most popular attractions in all of Walt Disney World not just at EPCOT.

One of the reasons it’s so popular is, guests get to enjoy the stirring story of Christmas as told by a celebrity narrator. Each night, a celebrity narrator would tell the biblical tale of a savior born to Bethlehem. The story would also include choral performances from an orchestra and choir. Guests will also enjoy some familiar Christmas songs throughout the entire performance.

Which celebrity narrators will perform at this years candlelight processional?

Disney has made the official announcement on which celebrities will perform at this years 2021 Festival of the holidays. Regardless of which night you choose to visit the candlelight processional we always recommend to make sure you show up as early as possible. The reason being is this event is first come first serve and seating does go super fast. So you’ll want to make sure you give yourself the best chance to see some of the most popular celebrities that always appear!

EPCOT Candlelight Processional Celebrity Narrators

This year, the following celebrity lineup will lend their talents to the performance:

  • Chita Rivera
    November 29 through December 1
  • Jodi Benson
    December 2 through December 4
  • Alton Fitzgerald White
    December 5 through December 7
  • Lisa Ling
    December 11 through December 13
  • Steven Curtis Chapman
    December 23 through December 25
  • Blair Underwood
    December 26 through December 28
  • Pat Sajak
    December 29 through December 30

Celebrity narrators, dates and other entertainment are subject to change or cancellation without notice.

Be sure to sign up for our newsletter to so you are one of the first to know as soon as the EPCOT Christmas Candlelight performances are announced!

How long is candlelight processional at EPCOT?

Typically, the processional lasts approximately 40 minutes. Each evening there were three shows.

Like any celebration in Disney, there’s always some amazing food to correspond with the event. Why would the EPCOT Festivals of the Holidays be any different? They’ve got some exciting comebacks for their EPCOT Christmas around the world food.

Additional Entertainment for the 2021 Festival of the Holidays

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Olaf’s Holiday Tradition Expedition – At EPCOT Festival of the Holidays

For this year’s Festival of Holidays EPCOT 2021, Olaf has been sledding all around the World Showcase collecting new and interesting holiday traditions. However, on his journey he’s seemed to misplace some of them! He needs your help, as you must go on a festive quest to find these traditions. Simply purchase your Scavenger Hunt map and stickers at participating locations. Then, search for Olaf in each pavilion. Once he’s found, match each sticker to the location on the map. Once you have found all traditions, visit Disney Traders, Mouse Gear, or World Traveler to trade in your map for a gift. It may even be better than a warm hug! This event is similar to Chip and Dale’s Christmas Tree Spree in the past.

Related post: Epcot for Kids: Kid-Friendly Activities Your Little Ones Will Love

EPCOT Cookie Stroll – At EPCOT Festival of the Holidays

This sweet holiday tradition is back for 2021! Purchase 5 cookies from the official cookie stroll locations featured in this year’s Festival Passport and make sure to collect a matching stamp for each cookie purchased. These cookies include a Linzer cookie from Bavaria Holiday Kitchen in Germany, a chocolate crinkle cookie from American Holiday Table in the American Adventure, a peppermint pinwheel cookie from Yukon Holiday kitchen in Canada, a gingerbread cookie from Festival Favorites in the World Showplace, and a black and white cookie from L’Chaim! Holiday Kitchen between Morocco and France. Once you have all 5 stamps, bring the stamped passport to Holiday Sweets & Treats in the World Showcase Promenade to receive a complimentary cookie! Talk about a delicious reward.

Related article: Experience the Holiday Season at Walt Disney World

EPCOT Christmas Concert – At EPCOT Festival of the Holidays 

The EPCOT Center Christmas Show is back again this year! This concert, titled JOYFUL! A Celebration of the Season, is a series of concerts to celebrate Christmas and Kwanzaa. This year it will take place at the World ShowPlace, and contains a mix of inspiring gospel, jazz, R&B, and other genres. You can take a look at the EPCOT Christmas schedule performances on the daily park guide or your Festival Passport.

The Voices of Liberty a cappella group will also be performing their Disney Christmas Concert in EPCOT this year at the Americans Garden Theater. They will be alternating showtimes with Mariachi Cobre. Plus, the JAMMitors will also be performing their Christmas show at EPCOT at the Mill Stage over in the Canada pavilion.

Gingerbread Capital City – At EPCOT Festival of the Holidays

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Although there will not be the typical gingerbread displays at the Deluxe Resort hotels this year, Disney is still making some big happen at the Holiday Festival EPCOT. Guests will still be able to stare in awe over a realistic gingerbread city created by Disney Chefs. This city pays tribute to some of the United States’ greatest landmarks, such as the Capitol Building, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, and a five-foot tall Washington Monument. Find it at the World Showplace!

Living with the Land Holiday Overlay – At EPCOT Festival of the Holidays

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We love the special overlays that Disney provides for Epcot Christmas cheer.

Last year, this ride got a holiday makeover, featuring twinkling Christmas lights and décor. The greenhouses contained a family of snowmen, beautiful wreaths, and even a Mickey reindeer head. It’ll be making a comeback in the decorations this year!

Related post: Epcot for Kids: Kid-Friendly Activities Your Little Ones Will Love

Mickey and Friends World Tour – At EPCOT Festival of the Holidays 

As you make way to the World Showcase, see if you can find Mickey and the gang roaming around on their own sightseeing tours. They’ll be dressed up for the holiday spirit!

Frozen and Princess Promenade – At EPCOT Festival of the Holidays

The cold never bothered Elsa anyway, so make sure you’re on the lookout for her and Anna leaving Arendelle to visit and say hello throughout the World Showcase! Plus, you’ll be able to see some of your favorite Disney princesses in a horse-drawn carriage.

Santa Claus Promenade – At EPCOT Festival of the Holidays 

Of course, the holidays aren’t complete without seeing Santa Claus! This year, watch as Santa takes a grand tour around the World Showcase in his horse-drawn carriage, cheering happy holiday wishes to all!

Related Article: The Absolute Best Restaurants in EPCOT

Holiday Kitchens EPCOT

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The Disney EPCOT holiday food festival 2021 never fails to bring delicious culture to the table with their unique dishes. There will be 16 EPCOT kitchens to enjoy this year, so make sure you’re visiting on an empty stomach, as you’ll want to be trying all of the Festival of the Holidays menu.

The Holiday Kitchens EPCOT 2021:

Below is the list of EPCOT Festival of the Holidays food booths from 2020.

  • American Holiday Table (The American Adventure)
  • Bavaria Holiday Kitchen (Germany)
  • Citrus Blossom (Showcase Plaza)
  • Festival Favorites (World Showplace)
  • Holiday Hearth (World Showplace)
  • Holiday Sweets and Treats (Showcase Plaza)
  • L’Chaim! Holiday Kitchen (between Morocco and France)
  • Le Marche de Noel Holiday Kitchen (France)
  • Mele Kalikimaka (Showcase Plaza)
  • Posadas Holiday Kitchen (Mexico)
  • Prost! (World Showcase)
  • Sapphire Holiday Kitchen (Morocco)
  • Shanghai Holiday Kitchen (China)
  • Shi Wasu Holiday Kitchen (Japan)
  • Tuscany Holiday Kitchen (Italy)
  • Yukon Holiday Kitchen (Canada)

These pop-up kitchens make original dishes specifically for  the 2021 Disney Festival of the Holidays, so keep that in mind when you’re exploring, because they’ll be gone before you know it!

EPCOT Christmas Eve

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Just like any other major holiday in Disney, it will most likely be crowded. This is especially because kids are on school break, and there is truly no more magical time than in Disney EPCOT at Christmas. We suggest booking hotels and flights early, as well as making reservations at all of your desired restaurants. Just keep in mind it will most likely be crowded, so plan accordingly!

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