Every year at both the Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort, the Candlelight Processional is a tradition that celebrates the spirit of the season. This year, the Candlelight Processional will begin on November 22 at the Walt Disney World Resort in Epcot. Tickets will be going on sale on July 11.
The Candlelight Processional is part of the Epcot International Festival of Holidays. Every year it is a popular event with celebrity narrators* coming to Walt Disney World to share the Christmas story. For many, their holiday trips are planned around specific narrators for this special event. This year’s processional begins on Thanksgiving, November 22nd. Performances will continue through December 30th.
For the Candlelight Processional’s telling of the Christmas story, a 50 piece orchestra accompanies a massed choir and celebrity narrator. Each night this happens three times (5:00, 6:45 and 8:15 p.m.) throughout the Christmas season at the America Gardens Theatre. For those that want to plan ahead, on select days dining packages are available. The dining packages include a meal and a seat for a Candlelight Processional performance. It should be noted that availability is limited for this so it is best to get tickets early.
2018 Candlelight Processional Celebrity Narrators
The Walt Disney World Resort continues to book celebrity narrators for this year’s Candlelight Processional. Already it is known that narrators include Neil Patrick Harris, Whoopi Goldberg, Blair Underwood, Jodi Benson, Gary Sinise, Pat Sajak, Chita Rivera, and Edward James Olmos. Here is the lineup of when narrators are currently scheduled:
- 11/22 – 11/23 – Chita Rivera
- 11/24 – 12/2 – TBD
- 12/3 – 12/6 – Neil Patrick Harris
- 12/7 – 12/9 – Whoopi Goldberg
- 12/10 – 12/12 – TBD
- 12/13 – 12/14 – Blair Underwood
- 12/15 – 12/17 – Gary Sinise
- 12/18 – 12/20 – Pat Sajak
- 12/21 – 12/23 – TBD
- 12/24 – 12/25 – Edward James Olmos
- 12/26 – 12/27 – Jodi Benson
- 12/28 – 12/30 – TBD
Candlelight Processional Dining Packages
There are multiple options for where to eat for the dining packages. For lunch and dinner, guests can visit Epcot restaurants like Akershus Royal Banquet Hall (Norway pavilion); Biergarten Restaurant (Germany pavilion); Chefs de France (France pavilion); Coral Reef Restaurant (The Seas pavilion); The Garden Grill Restaurant (The Land pavilion); La Hacienda de San Angel** and San Angel Inn Restaurante (Mexico pavilion); Nine Dragons Restaurant (China pavilion); Restaurant Marrakesh and Spice Road Table (Morocco pavilion); Rose & Crown Pub & Dining Room (United Kingdom pavilion); Teppan Edo and Tokyo Dining (Japan pavilion); and Tutto Italia Ristorante and Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria (Italy pavilion). If breakfast is the preferred options, Epcot-area resort restaurants at Ale & Compass at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, with breakfast and dinner options being offered at Trattoria Al Forno at Disney’s BoardWalk.
- Breakfast: $38 plus tax per person for adults and $22 plus tax per person for children, ages 3-9.
- Lunch: $50 plus tax per person for adults and $16.99 plus tax per person for children, ages 3.
- Dinner: $55 plus tax per person for adults and $16.99 plus tax per person for children, ages 3-9.
The Candlelight Processional is a truly magical experience. It is definitely worth checking out if you are at Walt Disney World during the holiday season. What celebrity narrator would you like to see narrate the Christmas story?
*Narrators and entertainment are subject to change without notice. Epcot admission is required and not included in the dining package price.
** Candlelight Processional Dining Packages are available for dinner only.