Return of the EPCOT International Holiday Festival


After the last few months (you know, like 21 of them), entering EPCOT for the holiday season is a reminder of what was and will still be. Last year, when we had a ‘taste’ of the holidays, there is nothing quite like an EPCOT celebration and it is back in full force for 2021 – including my favorite holiday tradition: the Candlelight Processional. If you’ve never been to EPCOT at this time of year, it’s more alive than you’ll ever see. With storytellers and musical performers all over the World Showcase, you’re sure to find at least one act that would make even Grinch’s meanest heart grow three sizes.

EPCOT has always been my favorite of the Disney parks for this time of year thanks to all the activity, music and food! During this festival, chefs put a little more magic into holiday kitchens with incredible dishes from around the world located around the World Showcase Lagoon, including returning favorites like Pastrami on Rye, Slow Roast Turkey and everyone’s favorite holiday cookie walk. . In addition, a new Fire-roasted chestnuts and cinnamon-glazed almonds and cashews at Chestnuts and Good Cheer Holiday Kitchen that you swear has to be right next door due to the amazing aroma that seems to engulf the whole park.

Even though some guests try to deny it, EPCOT isn’t just about the food – there are some amazing attractions too. They also get a little bit of love during the Holiday Festival, including Figment getting her own “ugly sweater” and Living with the Land getting a bit more sparkle with the Merry and Bright Nights with a new spiel based on them. holidays for 2021.

No trip around World Showcase would be complete without stopping off and telling Santa what you want for Christmas when you visit his place in the American adventure.

The EPCOT International Holiday Festival is truly descending from storytellers of the past to include one of the most uplifting musical acts, JOYFUL! A celebration of the seasons. This group has become a mainstay of the festival with music celebrating both Christmas and Kwanzaa, so it’s no wonder they’re the first group you come across as you approach the World Showcase Lagoon.

I could talk for days about how much I love this festival, but instead I’m just going to add a link here to watch more videos to help get you in the holiday spirit. But I have to share my favorite part of this time of year: the Candlelight Processional, whose origins can be traced back to Walt and Disneyland. Of all the things I’ve missed over the past year, this was the one. And while it might not be the full show, I think you’ll get a feeling of what I’ve kept and hope to encourage you to book your own trip before the end of the year or maybe a gift for next year.

The EPCOT International Holiday Festival runs until December 30.

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Darcy J. Skinner