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2022 EPCOT Festival of the Holidays – What You Need to Know

During the EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays, presented by AdventHealth, guests can experience the wondrous sights, sounds, and flavors of the holiday season! The festival runs through December 30, 2022. Learn more about this fun festival below.


1 – Holiday Kitchens

Many of us visit an EPCOT festival because of the amazing food and beverage options, and this year’s holiday festival is no different. Holiday Kitchens will cook up treasured recipes and festive drinks from around the globe – from spiced pumpkin punch and cranberry mimosas to slow-roasted turkey with stuffing and pork schnitzel with braised red cabbage. An eye-popping selection of sweets and treats ranging from traditional linzer cookies and maple bûche de noël to chocolate-peppermint donuts will surely satisfy any sweet tooth.

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Latin-American heritage will be celebrated and savored at the all-new Nochebuena Cocina Holiday Kitchen. It features traditional dishes served throughout the holiday season, including Pernil: Mojo Pork with Tostones and Alfajores: Vanilla Shortbread Cookies with Dulce de Leche and Coconut.

Click here to see the full menus for the 2022 Holiday Kitchens during the EPCOT Festival of the Holidays.


2 – Holiday Cookie Stroll

The Holiday Cookie Stroll offers a sweet adventure. Lace up your sneakers for the Holiday Cookie Stroll. Purchase any five cookies from any of the official Cookie Stroll locations. Once your Festival Passport shows five stamps, bring it to Holiday Sweets & Treats to receive a specialty cookie.

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3 – Meet Santa Claus

No holiday celebration is complete without Jolly Old St. Nick himself. While Santa has greeted guests in the American pavilion, now through December 24, Santa Claus will be available for greetings in the Odyssey building, in between Test Track and the Mexico pavilion. The new location allows guests to say hello, pose for a photo and share their fondest Christmas wishes.

4- The Candlelight Processional

To the delight of guests, EPCOT once again welcomes back “Candlelight Processional,” a Disney Parks tradition. This heartwarming production takes place nightly at America Gardens Theatre. It features celebrity narrators retelling the Christmas story accompanied by the Voices of Liberty a capella ensemble, a 50-piece live orchestra with herald trumpets, and massed choirs comprising of Disney cast members and local community groups.

This year’s lineup of award-winning actors, singers, and TV personalities appearing as celebrity narrators feature several new names, including Gloria Estefan, Josh Gad, Simu Liu, Mariska Hargitay, Raúl Esparza, and Daymond John. They will join many returning fan-favorite celebrity narrators, such as Neil Patrick Harris, Whoopi Goldberg, Marie Osmond, Angela Bassett, Chita Rivera, Isabella Rossellini, Cal Ripken Jr., and Courtney B. Vance.

Candlelight Processional Dining Packages are available to reserve now. With a dining package, guests can enjoy a leisurely meal at a select EPCOT restaurant and guaranteed seating at one of the performances later that same day. To see the full lineup of artists, performance dates, and dining package pricing, and to make a dining package reservation, guests can visit EPCOTholidays.com.

Click here for more information on the Candlelight Processional.


5 – More Live Entertainment

“JOYFUL! A Celebration of the Season,” a stirring and uplifting performance of music in celebration of Christmas and Kwanzaa, returns to the World Showcase Plaza Stage with multiple performances daily. check the My Disney Experience app for showtimes.

6 – Holiday Storytellers

Holiday traditions of the world come to life around World Showcase with storytellers, musical acts, and other performers. Unique presentations include Las Posadas Celebration featuring Mariachi Cobre at the Mexico pavilion, the Canadian Holiday Voyageurs in the Canada pavilion, a Hanukkah storyteller along the promenade between Morocco and France, and other delightful holiday storytellers in France, Italy, Japan, Norway, and the United Kingdom.

7 – Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind Holiday Remix

For the first time ever, guests on Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind can experience an all-new holiday remix with a Guardians twist on this intergalactic chase through space and time now through December 30. During this time, you’ll be able to rock along to festive tunes all season long!

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8 – Living With the Land Holiday Overlay

A fan-favorite attraction overlay returns once again with Living with the Land – Glimmering Greenhouses. A ride aboard this classic EPCOT attraction offers guests a peaceful cruise to view twinkling holiday light displays throughout the greenhouses. The greenhouses are all lit up and decorated for the holidays. It’s a really great addition to the land!

9 – Olaf’s Holiday Tradition Expedition Scavenger Hunt Returns

“Olaf’s Holiday Tradition Expedition” scavenger hunt invites children of all ages to join a festive adventure around World Showcase, where they will round up holiday traditions the lovable snowman has misplaced. It’s a fun activity for the whole family.

10 – Holiday Light Display on Spaceship Earth

You’ll want to stay and enjoy the festival after dark because a new holiday light display shines across Spaceship Earth during the festival. The light display, set to a classic holiday tune, invokes sights of winter, including snowflakes, northern lights, and warm candles.

11 – Holiday Shopping

For those who want to check off items on their holiday gift list, EPCOT offers shopping around the world. From designer French fragrances and handmade treats to festive holiday wines and teas from around the world, there is something for everyone. You’ll also find exclusive festival merchandise throughout World Showcase.

12 – 50th Anniversary Celebration

This year’s festival takes place during The World’s Most Magical Celebration commemorating the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World Resort. The celebration adds to the merrymaking, with events taking on a special EARidescent glow.

To experience the 2022 EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays, guests need both a valid park admission and a park reservation for EPCOT on the same date. Events and entertainment are subject to change without notice. For more details on this year’s festival, guests may visit EPCOTholidays.com.

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