The Candlelight Processional at Epcot Center

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We had the wonderful opportunity of experiencing this very special Christmas program at Epcot Center last year. This Disney tradition has been a part of the special

”Holidays Around the World” celebration for 35 years. The Candlelight Processional is a re-telling of the blessed Christmas story by a celebrity narrator accompanied by a huge choir and a 50-piece orchestra performing all the Christmas favorites. Guest choirs travel near and far to sing with over 400 performers each evening!

The Candlelight Processional takes place annually in the American Gardens Theatre beginning at the end of November (normally the day after Thanksgiving) and running to the end of December with 3 shows nightly. There is no extra charge to attend the program as it is included in your Epcot Center admission.

We attended during the week following Christmas. We waited quite a long time in line and missed the beginning of the program. I thought we would miss it altogether, but we lucked out when they opened up a reserved seating section in the front that had not been filled and we were fortunate enough to be ushered in to these excellent seats! Every year, there is a very impressive line-up of celebrity narrators scheduled for the duration of the season. We were lucky enough to be there to see Levar Burton who did a fantastic job! He read with such passion as the choir and orchestra punctuated his oral presentation with an outstanding performance of all the Christmas favorites. We all found the experience to be deeply moving and would recommend this to everyone!

Little did we know, but the best way to enjoy the Candlelight Processional (and be assured of the seating that we just happened to be lucky enough to get! ) is with the purchase of the Dinner Package. Along with dinner at a select Epcot restaurant, preferred seating for the show is included. This package guarantees you good seating (front and center) without waiting in line. Participating restaurants include:
  • Biergarten - Germany Pavilion
  • The Garden Grill Restaurant - The Land
  • Nine Dragons - China Pavilion
  • Rose & Crown - United Kingdom Pavilion
  • Restaurant Marrakesh - Morocco Pavilion
  • San Angel Inn - Mexico Pavilion
  • Chefs de France - France Pavilion
  • Coral Reef - The Living Seas
  • L'Originale Alfredo di Roma Ristorante - Italy Pavilion
  • Le Cellier Steakhouse - Canada Pavilion
  • Mitsukoshi Teppanyaki Dining Room - Japan Pavilion
You must eat prior to your show of choice and for those who prefer an early meal, lunch pricing is available with tickets to the first performance at 5:00 pm.

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