Fans cheered when the Lin-Manuel Miranda made his way onto the podium in front of the Main Street Station at Disneyland for a soundcheck ahead of this year’s Candlelight Processional. During his soundcheck, he sang the music from Moana and generated even more cheers. A little over an hour later, the Candlelight Processional began.

The weather report had been uncertain throughout the day with rain predicted. However, the procession began and the skies did not drop precipitation on the event. In fact, the night was quite comfortable. It wasn’t too cool, the rain didn’t fall, and the spirits of those in attendance were warm.

At around 5:30, the orchestra tuned and the music began. Within minutes the mass choir made its way into Town Square as it sang Christmas carols. Once the choir was in place, Lin-Manuel Miranda was introduced by the voice of Disneyland Bill Rogers.

Miranda’s delivery of the Christmas story was exactly what one would expect from him. It was quick and full of spirit. The accompanying choir was beautiful, as was the orchestra, fanfare trumpeters, and handbell choir. Other than a few sprinkles that could be seen coming down through the spotlights, performance went off without hitch.

Since the 1950’s the Candlelight Processional has been an annual tradition at the Disneyland ResortSince the 1950’s the Candlelight Processional has been an annual tradition at the Disneyland Resort. For over a decade, DAPS MAGIC has been able to film and post this beautiful ceremony online.

The songs included in the Candlelight Processional are:

  • Sing Praise to Him, Our Lord
  • First Noel
  • Away in a Manger
  • He is Born
  • Angels We Have Heard on High
  • What Child is This?
  • We Three Kings
  • Sing Noel
  • Silent Night
  • Joy to the World
  • Hallelujah Chorus

The orchestra, choir, cast member choir, fanfare trumpeters, and handbell choir are conducted by Nancy Sulahian. The Disneyland Candlelight Processional is performed on Saturday and Sunday night of the first weekend in December. Each year, a different narrator shares the story of Christmas with the musicians.

What did you think of Lin-Manuel Miranda as the narrator for this year’s Candlelight Processional at the Disneyland Resort? Share your thoughts in the comments below!