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Family Fun at Epcot’s International Festival of the Holidays

We all have our own holiday traditions, but if your family is multicultural, then you may already be used to a mix of holiday traditions this time of year. Even if you tend to stick with classic holiday traditions, you can explore a whole world of traditions all in one place at Epcot’s International Festival of the Holidays. Book a vacation villa at FantasyWorld, one of the leading Kissimmee FL resorts, and you will have plenty of room and a full kitchen to enjoy your traditions and maybe include some new ones!

Inspired by cultures near and far, this special seasonal event takes place November 25 through December 30, 2022. There are performances and food from numerous countries to enjoy throughout the day. There’s also Olaf’s Holiday Tradition Expedition Scavenger Hunt, and the Holiday Cookie Stroll, with cookies from other countries and favorites from the US. Try five and get your passport stamped to receive a special treat!

Join the fun and pageantry of Las Posadas with dancers, piñatas and the music of Mariachi Cobre in the Mexico Pavilion. In the Norway Pavilion, a mischievous Barn Santa visits Sigrid, an unsuspecting Christmas storyteller. In the Italian Pavilion, you’ll learn about one of the good witches, La Befana, who comes with gifts for good children who sleep through the night on the Eve of the Epiphany. In the Japan Pavilion, learn about the Daruma doll and the Japanese customs of the New Year. There are also special customs shared by Canada, the UK, France, and even a celebration of Hanukkah along the World Showcase promenade, where a storyteller recounts the diverse music and traditions of Hanukkah around the world. Finally, don’t miss the Christmas and Kwanzaa celebrations with the uplifting gospel, R&B and holiday songs of the JOYFUL! Ensemble, with multiple performances each afternoon at World Showcase Plaza.

One of the big events is the Candlelight Processional, which takes place every evening, with shows at 5:15 PM, 7:00 PM and 8:30 PM at the America Gardens Theatre. This special presentation features a celebrity narrator who tells the story of Christmas, recounting the biblical tale of the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem. As well as the narration, there are beautiful songs of joy performed by the orchestra and the massed choir, lit by flickering candles, for a truly moving event.

Among the celebrity narrators are Edward James Olmos, Whoopi Goldberg, Isabella Rossellini, Gloria Estefan, Neil Patrick Harris, Mariska Hargitay, Cal Ripken Jr., Marie Osmond, and Angela Bassett. Check the official website for celebrities and dates, though some may change without notice. You can also purchase special dining packages for the Candlelight Procession, giving you a great meal and a perfect view of the show.

These are just some of the many holiday pleasures to enjoy at Epcot’s International Festival of the Holidays. If you’re planning a visit, be sure to book one of the spacious vacation villas at FantasyWorld, one of the most entertaining Kissimmee FL resorts. No matter where you go, when you come back to FantasyWorld, you’ll always have a wonderful time!

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