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Candlelight Processional Begins Tonight at Epcot®

While the day after Thanksgiving is a day of shopping to many in the United States, at the Walt Disney World® Resort in Florida it is the official kickoff to the Holiday Season! Today was the beginning of Epcot’s® Holidays Around the World and tonight they will hold their first Candlelight Processional.

During Holidays Around the World, special storytellers from the respective World Showcase pavilions share traditions and lore from their homeland along with other live entertainment. But no Yuletide tradition would be complete without a meet and greet with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Guests will end their night with a special seasonal finale to IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth.

Epcot’s® Candlelight Processional is a timeless holiday offering that pairs the reading of the Christmas story by a celebrity narrator with seasonal music performed by a mass choir and 50-piece live orchestra. Performed three times daily (5p, 6:45p, and 8:15p), the show is a guest favorite that is difficult to get seats for. Guests wanting to attend can purchase a Candlelight Dining Package which includes lunch or dinner at a select Epcot® restaurant, guaranteed seating for the Candlelight Processional, and VIP viewing of IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth.

This year’s list of celebrity narrators include:

11/23-11/25 — Geena Davis
11/26-11/29 — Neil Patrick Harris
11/30-12/1 — Whoopi Goldberg
12/2-12/4 — Andy Garcia
12/5-12/7 — Blair Underwood
12/8-12/9 — James Denton
12/10-12/13 — Jodi Benson
12/14-12/16 — Lea Salonga
12/17-12/19 — Alfre Woodard
12/20-12/22 — Trace Adkins
12/23-12/25 — Gary Sinise
12/26-12/28 — Amy Grant
12/29-12/30 — Marlee Matlin / Jack Jason

Narrators are subject to change without notice.

2011 Candlelight Processional Narrators

Revel in the joy of the season as you listen to an unforgettable retelling of the Christmas story by a celebrity narrator accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra and mass choir at the American Gardens Theatre in Epcot®.

The current schedule (subject to change without notice) is:Candlelight Processional

  • Mira Sorvino (“Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion”) Nov. 25-27
  • Michael W. Smith (Christian singer) Nov. 28-Dec. 1
  • Whoopi Goldberg (“The View”) Dec. 2-3
  • TBD Dec. 4-6
  • Isabella Rossellini (“Alias”) Dec. 7-9
  • Neil Patrick Harris (“How I Met Your Mother”) Dec. 10-12
  • TBD Dec. 13-14
  • TBD Dec. 16-18
  • Trace Adkins (country singer) Dec. 19-21
  • Susan Lucci (“All My Children”) Dec. 22-24
  • Blair Underwood (“The Event”) Dec. 25-27
  • Marlee Matlin (“Celebrity Apprentice”) Dec. 28-30

Guests attend these shows on a first-come, first-served basis, and due to its popularity, we highly recommend looking in to buying a Candlelight Processional dining package. Lunch and dinner packages, which include a meal and reserved seating at the show, will go on sale later this summer.

Contact your Magic Maker® about reserving your Candlelight Processional Dining Package for your holiday Walt Disney World® vacation.

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