When I am visiting Walt Disney World during the Christmas season, I absolutely cannot miss Celebrating Christmas with the Candlelight Processional at Epcot!

Why I Visit Epcot at Christmas

I may not be in the majority of people, but Epcot is my favorite Walt Disney World park. I love the feeling of “traveling” to many different countries. Plus, as a self-proclaimed foodie, the dining at Epcot is unmatched! All my favorite restaurants are here, as well as Illuminations on the water. This show is truly breathtaking! When you add the Christmas holiday magic, it brings tears to my eyes! I know, I am such a sap! The Christmas décor is tailored to every country area, so it is truly something you cannot see anywhere else! Santa also loves Epcot, because he and Mrs. Claus can be found at the American Pavilion during select times at Christmas! Among all of these activities, my favorite event is hands down the Candlelight Processional.

Celebrating Christmas with the Candlelight Processional at Epcot

One of my favorite events offered annually at Epcot during the Christmas season is the Candlelight Processional. I love the classic feel of this choral performance with the traditional reading of the Christmas story. The reading is actually narrated by celebrity guests.

The first year I was able to attend this event, I did not understand the popularity of the event and the minimal seating. When I arrived, the people waiting for at-will seats had been in line for over 4 hours! Turned out, the night we were attending was the night of Neil Patrick Harris narrating. I absolutely LOVE him! So do a lot of other people, because I was not able to get a seat. There was standing room allowed behind the seating for the performance, however it was very difficult to see and hear, and it took away from the ambiance and serene feeling of the tradition of reading the Christmas story and the traditional Christmas carols. If you are like me and want to experience the traditions of Christmas and Disney (my two favorite things), then you absolutely need to do guaranteed seating.

The only way to get guaranteed seating is by purchasing the Candlelight Dining Package. This package includes reserving a meal at many Epcot restaurants, followed by a guaranteed seat at the Candlelight Processional. You are able to pick your restaurant and time, and then you are able to attend the show time of your choice. There are over 15 restaurants participating in this event, and prices vary based on the restaurant you choose!

Celebrating Christmas With The Candlelight Processional At Epcot

Favorite Tip

Two popular character dining restaurants, Akershus Royal Banquet Hall and Garden Grill, are included in this package! Why not book a character meal with your Candlelight Dining Package, and take care of two popular and fun events at once?!  Akershus Royal Banquet Hall,  Garden Grill and Trattoria al Forno Bon Voyage Adventure Breakfast are all offering breakfast, lunch and dinner as a part of this package!

I can’t wait to book my Candlelight Dinner Package the next time I am at Walt Disney World for Christmas. Packages are now available for booking for the 2018 season! To reserve your Candlelight Dining Package, you can call (407) WDW-DINE or ask your travel planner to book it for you! This package is 2 table service credits on the Disney Dining Plan.

Are you looking for more holiday fun in Epcot? You won’t want to miss the Festival of the Holidays!

Check out The Disney Express Lane Facebook Group to discuss ideas, experiences and fun! See ya there!

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Mandi is a wife, Mom of 3, writer, creator of WaltExpress.com, and self-proclaimed Disney nerd. She loves to travel to Disney Destinations and blog about her magical experiences so she can share all the tips, tricks and tidbits she picks up during her travel. She and her family visit Disney World several times a year and she is always in the know when something new is happening and she shares it here first! Mandi also works as an online consultant by empowering women to be all they can be in all aspects of their life. You can find her at www.AmandaMiddleton.me
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