The Christmas Candlelight Processional anchors Epcot’s holiday celebration and takes place in World Showcase’s theater across from the American Adventure. The show is simple in concept yet grand in production. It features A) a famous actor or singer telling the story of Jesus’ birth in five-minute snippets, B) Christmas carols between the snippets appropriate to whatever was just said, C) a handful of Disney’s best singers, D) over a hundred other singers bussed in from local high schools, E) a 50-piece orchestra, and F) great stage lighting.
For many Orlando-area families, a trip to Epcot and the Christmas processional is a family tradition. While it helps to be Christian, it’s high entertainment regardless of your personal beliefs.
For 2011, the nightly show begins Nov. 25 and runs through Dec. 30. There are three shows nightly at 5:00, 6:45 and 8:15 p.m. (Two for Edward James Olmos), and lines build early, especially on weekends. The early show generally has the longest line; the last show the shortest. Guests who opt for a dining plan offered by Disney on some nights get reserved seating close to the stage, while regular park guests must sit a bit farther back.
2011 stars reading the Christmas story
- 25-27: Mira Sorvino
- 28-Dec. 1: Michael W. Smith
- 2-3: Geena Davis
- 4-6: Edward James Olmos (guest shows at 6:45 and 8:15 p.m. only)
- 7-9: Isabella Rossellini
- 10-12: Neil Patrick Harris
- 13-15: Lorraine Bracco
- 16-18: Chita Rivera
- 19-21: Trace Adkins
- 22-24: Susan Lucci
- 25-27: Blair Underwood
- 28-30: Marlee Matlin
A lunch package runs from $33 to $54 plus tax for adults, $13 to $18 for kids three to nine. A dinner package costs $50 to $65 for adults; $16 to $27 plus tax for kids. You can choose from 12 different restaurants for lunch and 13 for dinner, including some of the more popular choices in Future World and World Showcase. The set price includes an appetizer, entrée, dessert, and non-alcoholic drink.
The find out more or make a dining reservation, visit Disney’s Candlelight Processional webpage or call 407-WDW-DINE.